The Centre for Healthy Autonomy is the London home for the therapeutic research and education work of Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy (IoPT). This is the trauma work developed by Professor Franz Ruppert of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany. To find out more about the Centre click here.
It provides office space for Healthy Autonomy Research, Education & Development Ltd (a not-for-profit organisation), whose goal is the understanding and dissemination of information about psychological trauma.
Our work is based on an understanding of what trauma actually is, the internal dynamics involved and the real possibilities of healing. The theoretical framework, while standing on much thinking that has gone before, is quite new and groundbreaking, and calls into question many basic assumptions of psychotherapy as it is widely practised. To find out more about the theory click here.
Since our focus at the Centre is psychological and emotional trauma, we are keen that the Centre provides a comfortable and welcoming environment, where participants at our events can feel at ease. We have a gallery of photographs to show the ambience of our Centre.
This year (2018) we will be running an Introductory Course, which will cover the basic theory and provide a forum for personal exploration. We also have an Advanced Professional Training which aims to support those who wish to become practitioners of the work. The current one finishes next December, and next one will start in January 2019.
The more we explore trauma within the IoPT framework, the more we understand that all of our fundamental and primary life concerns are profoundly affected by the traumatic experiences of our early life. These primary life concerns include our ordinary daily activities, our eating habits, our relationships, our physical fitness or ailments, our sexuality and gender concerns, our sense of trust, safety and wellbeing... and all of these follow through into our family, our children, our work, our society, our culture, our politics, and all other engagement with our world.
The work of developing good theories of trauma, attachment, relationships and so on continues. No one fully understands everything about trauma yet, but our underlying distress as a result of trauma is lived in our society every day. The current formal diagnostic category of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is extremely limited and in our view quite inadequate to cover the far-reaching effects of traumatisation, particularly very early trauma. So we are constantly viewing our work as an ongoing research project.
In addition we are clear that currently in general we as a society are seriously under-informed and under-educated about the issue of traumatisation. In our view trauma is not a topic just for professionals. Everyone would understand themselves better if they were educated on the topic of psychological trauma. To this end Vivian published a simple book, Becoming Your True Self: a Handbook for the Journey from Trauma to Healthy Autonomy, which is available through all good online bookshops.
Our overall interest is in the development of a truly trauma-aware society, where practitioners in the professions of law, social services, the medical profession, politics, management, human resources etc, understand how individual trauma influences everyday behaviour of CEOs and employees alike.