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.
The Centre provides office and event 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 for the benefit of all.
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 are running an Introductory Course, which will cover the basic theory and provide a forum for personal exploration. We also have an Education Course. The current one finishes in 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 working capacity, 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. New research is now finding that early psychological traumas have a long term effect on all of these things... most importantly our ability to have a happy and healthy life, and feel able to contribute in a good way towards our current family and our society.
HARED, Healthy Autonomy Research, Education & Development, is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to disseminate through teaching, learning, open events etc a better understanding of the impact of and healing of psychological, emotional and physical trauma .
The work of developing good theories of trauma, attachment, and relationships continues. No one fully understands everything about trauma yet, but our underlying distress as a result of trauma is lived out 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, even pre-birth, trauma. So we view 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 currently in its third revision and update, and 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, medicine, politics, economics, management, human resources etc, understand how individual trauma influences the everyday behaviour of CEOs and employees alike, of the wealthy and those in poverty, indeed everyone on the planet. To understand the societal impacts of trauma see the video above, entitled Who am I in a Traumatised Society?