It is not the traumas we suffer in childhood
that make us emotionally ill,
but the inability to express the trauma.
Alice Miller, quoted according to John Bradshaw, Healing the shame that binds you.
Healing | Counseling | Meditation
Holistic, verbal, body-oriented process support with the tools of Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM®), The Learning Love Work, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Polarity Therapy.
Self-regulation, stress management, trauma healing. Emotional intelligence, transformation, growth. Meditation.
The process of working through experiences of shock and trauma is often very long and challenging. Sensory overload of the nervous system, fragmentary memory, blackouts, and a subconscious mind that attempts to protect us emotionally from having to go through the same experience again, are aggravating factors.
A pattern of behavior often emerges that enabled a person to survive emotionally, because he/she did not feel secure enough at the time of the traumatic event to work through the emotions triggered. Many years later, however, the automated behavioral strategy which evolved from this trauma hinders us in our lifes, our goals, our expressions as well as our relationships with others, and may even lead to health problems.
Somatic Experiencing® (SE™)
SE™ physically and mentally ‘renegotiates’ a traumatic event. The event itself is not decisive, but rather the reaction of the nervous system to the event, and how the physiological regulatory forces of the nervous system cope with the threat. By identifying and revitalizing the biological and physical defenses that arise from the traumatic event instead of feeling paralyzed and frozen, the affected person starts to feel a renewed sense of vitality as well as an opening to new possibilities and a zest for life.
“A trauma suppresses the unfolding of life. It disrupts our connection to ourselves and with other people, with nature and with our spiritual source.”
Peter A. Levine, PhD, founder of SE™
The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM®)
This resource-oriented, non-regressive model emphasizes helping clients establish connection to the parts of self that are organized, coherent and functional. It helps bring into awareness and organization the parts of self that are disorganized and dysfunctional without making the regressed, dysfunctional elements the primary theme of the treatment.
“The spontaneous movement in all of us is toward connection and health. No matter how withdrawn and isolating we have become, or how serious the trauma we have experienced, on the deepest level, just as a plant spontaneously moves towards the sun, there is in each of us an impulse moving toward connection. This organismic impulse is the fuel of therapy.”
Laurence Heller, PhD, founder of NARM®
A treatment with healing energy in which the affected person is placed in a meditative condition while standing or sitting, allows you to probe your core to discover the cause of the problem in a relaxed and protected environment. You remain fully conscious all the time, while your unconscious mind is activated with the goal of re-experiencing the traumatic event of the past on a rational, emotional, and/or physical level of consciousness and releasing the blocked energy.
“Love, spiritual love, is not something you do. It is what you are.”
Malcolm S. Southwood, healer, teacher, author
The treatment method is based on The Learning Love Work by Krishnananda and Amana Trobe, founders of the Learning Love Institute, Sedona (Arizona), USA. It is a dynamic growth approach that, while not confrontational, is nevertheless very effective.
The basic principle of the work is to help people reconnect with a basic trust in themselves and to learn the art of deep, committed, and sustained intimacy – we are not born knowing how to love, we have to learn it.
All too often our efforts to find and sustain love result in conflict, disappointment and frustration. We find ourselves repeating the same painful patterns over and over again. The problem lies in the deeply seated wounds we carry inside which leads to dependency or isolation.
The work penetrates through the superficial and non-essential so that we can:
• Learn to accept ourselves deeply with all of our insecurities and fears.
• Stop believing that we are deficient and defective and start appreciating who we are.
• Have deep love and intimacy in our lives – both with ourselves and with others.
The work teaches us to:
• Recognize when our wounds get triggered in our daily life and learn to feel the fear and pain that comes up.
• Reconnect with our essential life energy and discover our hidden beauty inside.
• Learn the tools to relate and communicate consciously.
Reconnecting in trust
The Learning Love Work is a process of learning to live a life of love, creativity and inner silence. It is focused on learning to love ourselves and from that place, creating love in our lives.
In many cultures, meditation is a common spiritual method aimed at easing and concentrating the mind through awareness and concentration exercises. In Eastern cultures particularly, mediation is a central element of mind expansion.
My technique is based on a simple, easy-to-learn approach to meditation.
OSHO ACTIVE MEDITATIONS™
“Once you start looking into this ‘inner science’ of self-discovery, you soon realize that the key is something called ‘meditation’. It is not what most people assume it is. It is not about being holy, sitting in dreadfully uncomfortable postures with a sanctimonious look on your face. It is not about concentration, about mantras, about prayers, about devotion to anyone.
Simply put, it is the ability to distance yourself from the mind. Just as you watch the traffic when you cross the road, in meditation you apply that same awareness to the traffic of the mind, the endless flow of thoughts and emotions, the tape recordings from yesterday.”
OSHO International Foundation, The OSHO Experience.
Stefan Christian Aeschbach
Before I became aware of my special healing skills, I spent many years working in leadership positions for various companies, with an emphasis on project management and application development. I have a degree in business information systems with separate leadership studies and a certificate of advanced studies in practical counseling from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, with a specialization in systemic solution-oriented counseling.
My own existential crisis triggered my journey on which I have been for many years to find and improve my inner self, to add depth, authenticity, quality of life and spirituality. My life has changed very much since the beginning of this journey. I am happier, and at peace with myself and life in general. My life has become deeper, more real, and much more fulfilling.
During the years, I have tried, tested, and learned a lot. My experiences led me to the Learning Love Institute. I found their approach so healing that I trained in this method myself. In addition, I completed the full training with Malcolm S. Southwood, who has been a spiritual healer, teacher and author since 1984. With time, I recognized and learned that I possess a powerful energy that can be transmitted to others and contribute to their well-being.
During a nine-month sabbatical in 2011 that took me to Australia, Brazil, and the United States, I decided to pursue my calling to work as a therapist/healer to help others in their own process.
I live and work in Zurich. I am a certified practitioner in Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), The NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM®), The Learning Love Work and trained in Marshall B. Rosenberg's ‘Nonviolent Communication’ as well as Urs Honauer's ‘Authentic Communication’.
My therapeutic methods are influenced by my training and education at various institutes:
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, IAP Institute for Applied Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland (2007-2008);
Learning Love Institute, Sedona (Arizona), USA (2007, 2009-2012, continuous);
Southwood Healing Centre, Basel, Switzerland (2008-2010);
OHSO Multiversity/International Meditation Resort, Pune, India (2010);
Polarity Center, Zurich, Switzerland (2012-2013, continuous);
Center for Inner Ecology, Zurich, Switzerland (2012-2015, continuous);
The Coaching Company, Kusnacht, Switzerland (2014-2015).
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Praxis am Stauffacher
c/o IKP Institut
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Practice appointments take place on Wednesday and Friday.
Skype appointments on Thursday.
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A 15 minutes walk or three tram stops from the main railroad station. Tram no. 3 or 14.
Tram no. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 14 takes you to the tram stop ‘Stauffacher’.
The practice room is located in the facilities of ‘IKP Institut für Körperzentrierte Psychotherapie’.
Main entrance, ground floor, on the right. Waiting room and restroom available.
There is a limited number of chargeable parking lots in the neighborhood on Kanzleistrasse, Rotwandstrasse, Stauffacherstrasse.
The parking garage ‘Stauffacher-Tor’ is located at Werdstrasse 6.
Learning Love Institute, Sedona (Arizona), USA
Southwood Healing, Malcolm S. Southwood, England
Polarity Center & Center for Inner Ecology, Zurich, Switzerland
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder (Colorado), USA
Somatic Experiencing®, Peter A. Levine, PhD, USA
The NeuroAffective Relational Model™, Laurence Heller, PhD, USA