movement therapist using schema therapy and embodiment techniques
I am the most grateful therapist in the world, I can work in what I love most, I am Dance Movement and body oriented therapist and Auxiliar Schema Therapist in i-psy Intercultural Psychiatry, a Mental Health Center from Parnassia Groep, in Amsterdam.
In my private practice I aim to support and help individuals to improve their contact with their own bodies, develop interception, communicative and expressive skills; self esteem and assertiveness; improve the emotion regulation, sexual or sleeping difficulties.
Moreover, I am creating L I B R A Z, a non profit organization to provide movement and creativity-oriented trainings to women and children who endured traumatic experiences in their lives.
CURIOUS, TURQUOISE, SAND, GOAT, DESERT, BLUE SKY, SEARCHER…
Born and raised in the Basque Country (Spain), lived in Barcelona and Damascus, to finally settled down in Amsterdam for the last 7 years.
At the age of 13 I said to a dear fried that I wanted to learn to dance, and her mum answered: ¨María you just have birds in your head.” One year time took me to gather the courage to enroll in the weekly classes of the neighborhood club. Ever since then movement and being in contact with my body has given me confidence and courage to fight forward in difficult moments of my life.
Around the age of 21, after having started a career in Communication, a distressful life situation made me change path and dedicate myself to share the benefits of dance and movement with people around me. Since then I have deepened my knowledge in different disciplines: dance movement therapy, yoga, Neuroscience, flamenco dance, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Contact Improvisation, 5 rhythms, Art therapy… anything related to therapy, body and creativity.
Moreover, since the age of 19, I have volunteered, with very diverse and vulnerable populations, orphan children, teenagers from difficult backgrounds, migrants and refugees, sexually abused girls and sufferers of domestic violence.
- 24 hours Group Schema Therapy with Ida Shaw & Joan Farrell in the National Institute of Mental Health in Prague, Czech Republic – 4 days.
- 90 hours course in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy from Dialexis Advies in University of Amsterdam – 10 days.
- 50 hours Schema Therapy Basic and Advanced Level with Fieke Bosma – Rotterdam – 8 days.
- Motivational Interviewing – Castricum, The Netherlands – 2 days
- Introduction to Pesso Therapy with Arnoud van Buuren – Utrecht – 7 hours
- Play therapy and Schema Therapy with Mieke Boots – 7 hours
- 20hours Trauma Sensitive Yoga from the Trauma Center in Boston. Kopenhaguen, Denmark – Three days.
- Symposium Co-creating body of knowledge – Improvisation and composition in Dance Therapy
- 120 hours Medical Neuroscience Course online – Duke University – 13 weeks (See certificate)
- Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Community Health Workers – John Hopkins University – 6 weeks
- Master in Dance Movement Therapy – Three years – Codarts Rotterdam – 2012/2015 Registration number: 106871. Check in: https://www.registervaktherapie.nl/
- Reichian Mind/Body Therapy and Dance Therapy by Johanna Climenko -Amsterdam – Two days
- III National Congress of Creative Therapies – Vitoria, Spain – Three days
- Bachelor in Communication – University of Barcelona and University of the Basque Country – 2006/2011
L i f e l o n g
+5 years of teaching creative and expressive dance workshops
+4 years of experience as movement therapist (over 5000 hours of work)
+8 years of Iyengar Yoga practice
+9 years of Flamenco Dance practice
+ 16 years of several dances and movement practices (dance improvisation, active meditation, oriental dance, Gurdjeff movements, ecstatic dance, contact improvisation, 5 rhythms, Alexander Technique, Salsa, Sufi Whirling, Method Acting theater…)
“The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.” SOREN KIERKEGAARD
I AM A MOVER.
I HELP PEOPLE MOVE FORWARD,
MOVEMENT and EXPRESSIONS,
BODIES and MINDS ARE MY life.
For 5 years I work as a Registered Dance movement therapist and Auxiliar Schema Therapist in i-psy Intercultural Psychiatry. This is an outpatient mental heath center in Amsterdam part of Parnassia Groep. We accompany clients suffering from depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, chronic pain, conversion, acculturation and migration related problems.
Our clients come from various countries and cultures: Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, Peru, Turkey, Morocco, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, among others. The intercultural aspect is essential in the adaptation of the treatments.
I support the work of psychologists, psychotherapists, system therapists, schema therapists, psychiatrists and art therapists, from a non verbal and body oriented perspective. The treatments I offer are broad and various and I always underline the collaborative aspect of therapy: you and me design the treatment together, you decide what works best for you.
In my private practice I aim to support and help individuals to improve their contact with their own bodies, develop interception, communicative and expressive skills; self esteem and assertiveness; improve the emotion regulation, sexual or sleeping difficulties. In my private practice
Learn to integrate traumatic experiences (sexual, physical or psychological trauma), recover a healthy connection with the body.
Help treat pervasive, long‐term psychological difficulties. Identify your core emotional needs and find functional ways of having your needs met.
Address your stress, burn out symptoms or panic attacks learning relaxation techniques, mindfulness, breathing and self care.
Learn to deal with uncontrolled anger outburst, or just the contrary, get more in contact with your emotions and feelings.
Improve self esteem, confidence in yourself and distorted body image. Work on your assertiveness and learn to set limits.
Recognize body signals, foster body awareness, learn to cope with pain.
Techniques and approaches used in the sessions
dance movement therapy
grounding & stabilization techniques
visualization & imagery
stress reduction techniques
laban movement analysis
Dialectical behavior Therapy
self care skills
role plays & chair technique
cross modal art therapy (combining arts, video…)
communication & conflict solving skills
Would you like to plan a first consultation for free?
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Personal Meeting ID: 985-280-9183
“I believe in the power of motion, the wisdom of gravity, the emptiness of true love, the fact that there is no way out but through the body, no way up unless we all go together, no way down unless we follow the beat, no way in unless we embrace the dark. ” GABRIELLE ROTH
Since I am 19, I volunteer with diverse social and art projects, mainly focused on the wellbeing of children and women. In 2015 with the help of three other women we oficially founded LIBRAZ:
SHARING THE BENEFITS OF DANCE, MOVEMENT AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.
LIBRAZ is a small-scale non profit foundation that uses dance, movement and art in its various forms in different contexts:
From developing therapeutic workshops for individuals that suffered traumatic experiences (like victims of war, sexual/physical/domestic abuse), to creating together with vulnerable populations artistic projects, to bringing the stories of these individuals to performance.
We believe in the strength of movement and the body to foster resilience in individuals. We value art, dance and creative expressions of the self as motors of change, awareness and integration.
It is completely VOLUNTARY BASED.
The following are some projects until now:
2018 – FROM ASHES TO LIFE
In the context of the 10th Exhibition of IPSY – Intercultural Psychiatry “Art for Heroes”, Marsuwa Selibere (artistic name) and LIBRAZ created an art-video story. “From Ashes to life” is the journey of how somebody recovered from sexual abuse.
LIBRAZ collaborated in the production and editing of the video. The material, all the paintings, poem, edited images and the concept was created by Marsuwa Selibere during the dance movement therapy and art therapy sessions in IPSY. This piece was shown in ROZET Cultural Centre in Arnhem during the Autumn of 2018.
2017 – HANDS IN MOVEMENT
In “Shadows to dance”, the 9th Exhibition of Ipsy – Intercultural Psychiatry, LIBRAZ and 4 other participants created “Hands in movement” short dance videos using exclusively the hands , music and the background they would choose. Not exposing their whole body created safety and ensured the anonimity of participants.
2016 – CAMINHADA & 7 SENSES OF MOVEMENT
Together with the arts therapy department in ipsy, LIBRAZ was part of the development and organization of the 8th Exhibition of Ipsy, “Geheimend des levens” in the Oranjekerk, Amsterdam.
LIBRAZ collaborated in the creation of “Caminho”, an art movement video project and “7 senses of movement” a dance art performance project. In the creative process we used life experiences, paintings, movements and words of two participants of the dance movement therapy sessions.
Art and movement workshops for women and children refugees of the Syrian Civil War living in a neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey.
In March 2015, LIBRAZ travelled to Istanbul to research possibilities for developing a project with the Syrian communities. Two pilots, both with women and children were executed with positive feddback. We researched the possibility to collaborate with schools on the Syrian border but the gubernamental limitations prevent us from continuing.
2015 – FIER GIRLS
Dance Therapy for young teens involved in the “loverboys” problem in Leeuwaarden and Rotterdam, NL
During the Summerschool 2015 of Fier Foundation, I gave two dance and expression workshops to teenagers from 12 to 17. Fier provides assistance to children and young people who have been confronted by violence and abuse in the context of relationship, lover boy problem, honour disputes…
2014 – FLAMENCAME
Flamenco and self confidence workshops for women and children who experienced domestic violence in Amsterdam, NL
Developed the first pilot project in the Netherlands in March and May of 2014, at a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence, run by a recognized foundation in Amsterdam, Blijf Groep. A total of five sessions for women, and two sessions for mothers and children were organised, leading to the participation of 12 women and 6 children.
Flamenco dance techniques were used as a framework and combined with dance movement therapy methods to help participants: release disturbing feelings and foster emotional-regulation, improve their self-image and self-esteem, strengthen beliefs and feelings of capability, and promote self-efficacy and motivation.
2013/2014 – DANCE & HELP formula
Dance lessons where half of the money supported social projects, Amsterdam, NL
During two years I gave dance lessons of flamenco oriental in Amsterdam, and half of the money gathered from the participants was used to create LIBRAZ.
2012 – PALMERA LADIES
Choreographic creation with women +65 from Casal La Palmera, Barcelona, Spain.
Using the input self created movements of the women of La Palmera, we designed a touching dance performance presented for the neighbourhood. One part included a Marian Chace circle where each of the women improvised and expressed something unique and the rest of the participants would follow, changing leading. Their enthousiasm and commitmment was remarkable.
2010 – ROMA MOTHERS IS MOVEMENT
Movement workshop to foster the connection between mother and infant, Badalona, Spain.
In a suburb of Barcelona, thanks to the help of a neighborhood initiative, seven mother and their kids gathered with me in the workshop and we worked on attunement, mother and child bonding and self care interventions.
2008 – ARMENIAN KIDS
Aesthetic education of children that had lost one or both parents in Erevan, Armenia
At the Zatik Orphanage, we organized a groupal artistic creation. A performance mixing elements from armenian and flamenco dances, popular songs and expressive gymnastics.
The objectives of the project were the aesthetic education of 50-60 children; promote creativity through work groups where they could improve their English skills, draw, dance or sing; and organize sports and games according to the capabilities and age of the orphans.
“It makes me feel proud of myself again.”
Amina, 30, Morocco, participant of “Flamencame” project, Blijf Groep, Amsterdam NL
“We are all women here in the shelter, with a lot of stress, without being able to express our emotions(…) and during these sessions we were able to get rid of our aggression feelings through the dance, we learnt to say yes and no, to feel stronger, and more self confident.”
Fariha, 23, Pakistan, participant of “Flamencame” project, Blijf Groep, Amsterdam NL
“María has a warm and enthusiastic character. She shows to be a woman that stands behind her idea and the reason of her projects, by word and attitude. Clients reacted positive and were interested in the expression. They made even a video and kept asking for María. For us it was also a positive experience.”
Floor Dudink, project organizer in Blijf Groep, Amsterdam NL
“I learned to feel free by dancing and use my feelings to move my body, to move my emotions by moving the body. I loved your energy by dancing and ‘teaching’ you didn’t say how we have to do steps or motions. It was great that we were allowed to do so much with our own ideas.“
“I learned to just do what comes to my mind and not be ashamed of it. And how much moving can give to me – change my mood. I liked the way you handled us a lot. Everybody could bring his/her own thoughts. In general it was a very nice group where there was not that “typical kind of teacher”but a group of people that worked together.”
Anonymous participants, Interdisciplinary workshop on well-being and creativity, University of Kassel, Germany
“I am doing now things that I had actually never done before. Before it was only breaking, crashing. So I find it very beautiful that I can also be creative (…) and not only with your hands or whatever but just with your whole body, with your mind. (…) You open up. Your thoughts become more open, you don’t stay in the same negativity. You see that there is something different. Something beautiful.”
Man diagnosed with depression due to traumatic experiences in the past, Mentrum Psychiatric Centre, Amsterdam NL