Why Body Psychotherapy
As humans we are cognitive beings, and yet we experience our world primarily through our body. Not only do our sensory organs continuously tell us what they observe; we often also have a direct “gut feeling”, we feel how our stand is or we sense if something is getting too close. In addition to all its other tasks, our body also always acts as a bridge: a bridge to experiencing, to our next impulse, to expression and to learning something new.
Just when our thoughts are going around in circles, or we thought about it all and thus feel like we are stuck, our body can show us new ways and open the gates. The work with the body often is also more immediate than staying purely on the verbal and cognitive level in psychotherapy.
In the course of the process we can learn to experience more fully, feel more connected to our body, feel more secure and trust our body again, to draw from its wisdom and strength again and thereby become whole again.
Who I am
Daniel Holbach, born 1979, in Berlin since 2005. Important to me, apart from my own process, were my travels to India, the Middle East and South America, my yoga practice and encounters with a multitude of therapists, healers, coaches and teachers.
Professionally the first step in my career was Computer Sciences, work as a software engineer at first, but soon my interest shifted to processes and concerns of teams and projects, especially working with volunteers in Open Source communities. So I know the fast-paced working life quite well. In my sabbatical 2017 I became “Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie”.
As you can easily see from my own development, I firmly believe in second chances in life. And that our inner wisdom shows us the way and that we can learn more and more to trust our vitality and our body.
Why did I become a therapist and why is this work a matter so close to my heart?
For years I was deeply unhappy myself, I lived relationships in ever-repeating loops I did not comprehend. In my core I felt wrong, foreign or insecure a lot of the time. I experienced hollow bleakness and did not see opportunities for change. I thought more than I felt and did not understand urgent impulses of my body. It required crisis on multiple levels and the encouragement of people close to me until I embarked on the voyage that led me ever closer to myself and to becoming the person I actually am.
After years of individual and group therapy, all kinds of self-experience, workshops, retreats and exploration I realised how much the work had changed and inspired me. In 2016 I decided to become a therapist myself and support people on their path.
How I work
Often we lose connection to important parts of our self or repress early experiences, because the pain and confusion were just too much for us back then. To get to know these parts of ourselves and slowly make friends with them again, can make us whole as a human being; thus a deeper and more fulfilling life is possible.
To me this is central to the work:
- getting to know and using vital and lively resources for coping and change
- discovering and bringing to life our natural wishes, ideas and plans
- maturing with the challenges of life
Body Psychotherapy has a lively and very rich tradition and gives us a multitude of possibilities to work directly with breath, grounding, centering, stabilisation, posture and interaction. Through e.g. perception exercises, expression and movement work, massages, stagings and creative processes out of experience and body memory we can create a field for direct, perceptible, holistic and lively experiences in dealing with ourselves and others.
To me, healing must be seen holistically - it takes place on different levels: for example the body, our cognition, in the spiritual dimension, our psyche or in our relationships. What is beneficial to us and proves to be a resource is highly personal and different for all of us. My own healing journey illustrated this to me and I continue to explore the field. Psychotherapeutically I’m in continuous training, primarily in the trauma and body psychotherapy fields.
|Year||Activity / Training||Institute|
|2020||Points & Positions - Basic massage||Matthias Wenke, Bonn|
|2019-2020||Somatic Ego-State Therapy®||Institut für NeuroTracking, München: Maggie Phillips PhD|
|since 2019||Associated member in DGK and EABP|
|2019||Online training “Pain Training Program for Professionals”||Maggie Phillips, PhD, et al|
|↑||Online training “Healing Sexual Trauma”||Diane Poole Heller, PhD and Peter Levine, PhD|
|since 2018||4 year training body-oriented psychotherapy||Institut für Körperpsychotherapie, Berlin (Dr. Manfred Thielen, Ebba Boyesen, Anna Willach-Holzapfel, Prof. Dr. Ulfried Geuter, Stephan Hamblin-Trué)|
|since 2017||Participation in DGK and EABP|
|2017||Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie||Arche Medica, Berlin|
Therapy - for whom and how
I offer therapy for people who
- are at a turning point in their life or in the middle of a crisis
- feel resigned, burdened or without joy
- have to deal with anxiety
- suffer from contact problems, interpersonal conflicts, break-ups
- are close to bursting with anger, but stay polite and well-behaved
- want to feel more connected and alive
- feel like rediscovering themselves and try out new ways
- need the space to clarify current problems in peace
- wish a deeper, more satisfying life for themselves
- want more fulfilling relationships with others
- want to develop a good self-esteem
People of all ages, genders, sexual identities and origins are welcome here.
The sessions happen in individual setting and take around 50 minutes. Appointments are currently only possible on Thursdays all-day and Friday mornings. Therapy in English or German.
I’m currently in the middle of a 4-year body-psychotherapy training, following DGK/EABP guidelines and my practice still is in gradual development and I am in regular supervision and intervision. As training candidate I currently still have some spots available. The fee per session is 40-60€ depending on your income situation. My offer is aimed at self-payers.
If you are interested, please contact me (find the information at the bottom end of the website) and we set up a first appointment. Here we can find out what you would like to work on and we get a first impression of each other.
Please also get in touch for any questions I didn’t answer yet on this page.