/Esther van der Sande

About Esther van der Sande

I'm a trained Somatic Psychotherapist, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) Clinician and a qualified Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and practitioner. I'm working in the private sector and in the community sector in three areas for over 12 years. I practice in Yoga, Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) and neuroscience of trauma and healing, and the pervasiveness of complex developmental trauma in today's young adolescents and adults.

Op een fysiek vlak, met trauma sensitive yoga

In een trauma sensitive yoga klas nodig ik participants uit om te pendelen tussen beweging en rust, tussen gewaarwordingen in het lichaam en prikkels buiten het lichaam.

I Am the Voice: Girls’ Reflections from Inside the Justice System

To truly support girls, we must hear their stories, respect their perspectives, witness their brilliance, heed their creativity, and recognise their resilience. This booklet reflects that philosophy. This compilation of girls’ visual and written work from across the country, created in partnership with rights4girls, reflects their experiences with the juvenile justice system, and it is [...]

Leven in je lichaam met Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Mirjam, (niet haar echte naam) ademt langzaam in en uit voor enkele ronden eenvoudige adamhalingsoefeningen voordat ze moet stoppen. Beelden te eng voor haar om te beschrijven en overweldigend. Samen besluiten we om over te gaan op eenvoudige Trauma Sensitive Yoga oefeningen; Mirjam wordt zich bewust van haar spieren, merkt weerstand in haar lichaam op [...]

Here’s What Depression Does To The Body

When you think of depression, you probably think of it as a mental illness, but the truth is some of the most devastating effects of depression are physical. On the other hand, you may have experienced years of physical symptoms and never considered depression as a possible cause. We still don’t know exactly what causes [...]

Mastering the Art of Relationship Yoga

There's more than one way to stretch! When you hear the word “Yoga”, it’s likely that words like stretching, exercise, practice, flexibility, bending, and twisting come to mind. That’s because the primary association that most Westerners have with yoga has to do with the “on the mat” or physical aspects of the practice of yoga [...]

Terug in je kracht met Trauma Sensitive Yoga

“Trauma sensitive yoga is specifiek ontwikkeld voor mensen met een posttraumatische stressstoornis of mensen met een zogenaamd ontwikkelings- en complex trauma als gevolg van langdurige blootstelling aan traumatische ervaringen binnen het gezin of binnen een relatie”, vertelt Esther, oorspronkelijk counselor en psychotherapeut, gedreven. “Zij krijgen op een bepaald moment in hun leven vaak last van [...]

PTSD – The Definition of a Traumatic Event and How to Recognize the Signs

People often use the word "traumatic" in a general sense when they are describing very stressful life events. For example, the American Psychological Association (APA) defines "trauma" as a person's emotional response to an extremely negative (disturbing) event. However, mental health professionals define traumatic events in very specific ways. The guidelines they use have changed [...]