The Centre for Healthy Autonomy is the London home for the therapeutic 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.
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 hope shortly to have a gallery of photographs to show the ambience of our Centre.
This is a photo of our Centre... as you can see the builders are at work and it isn't how it will look in the end. Watch this space for more up to date photos as things develop!
The fitting and furbishment are being wonderfully handled by Lucy Jameson and Maria Green...
We currently run an Introductory Course, which covers basic theory and provides 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 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 past. 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.
The work of developing good theories of trauma, attachment, relationships and so on continues. We do not understand everything about trauma yet. The current formal diagnostic category of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is limited and in our view inadequate to 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.