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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.

April Nieuwsletter – Inzichten in Trauma-Geïnformeerde Praktijken

Explore trauma-informed practices this April for a nurturing journey towards growth and healing. Learn why trauma-informed company cultures are essential for individual well-being and organizational resilience. Join our upcoming Trauma-Sensitive Embodiment TCTSY Training in April 2024 for a unique, body-centered approach to support others.

Why your company needs to be trauma-informed

Why your company needs to be trauma-informed – 11 business benefits you cannot ignore By Esther van der Sande I met Matthew, a senior company executive, at a conference. When he asked what I do, I said I help organizations to develop a trauma-informed workplace culture. His expression was quizzical, so I explained that [...]

Yoga vs Cognitive Processing Therapy for Military Sexual Trauma–Related PTSD

The recent randomized controlled trial stands as the largest and most robust evaluation thus far for the TCTSY model. Since 2002, this approach has been actively employed and researched, consistently exhibiting positive outcomes for those affected by trauma. Additionally, TCTSY contributes to a modern mental health movement, spotlighting the body's involvement in healing from psychological trauma and severe PTSD—especially beneficial for cases where verbal therapies may have limited impact.

World Diabetes Day – October 2023

Dear Readers, With warmth, I welcome you to this special edition of our newsletter, dedicated to a topic that touches the hearts of many: diabetes. In the light of World Diabetes Day on November 14th, we aim to reflect on the challenges and triumphs of those who live with this condition daily. As the great [...]

The Path to Understanding Dissociation

Dissociation is a nuanced interplay not confined to the mind—it extends to the body's reactions. Emotional turmoil can trigger physical sensations like unexplained pain, numbness, and detachment. This complex relationship between emotions and the body unravels the mysteries of dissociation, enhancing our understanding of its profound impact. Integrative practices, such as mindfulness and yoga, bridge the gap between the two realms, offering a holistic path to healing and unity. Embracing the mind-body bond, we embark on a transformative journey towards self-discovery.

Navigating Inter-Relational Trauma: A Personal Journey to Healing

Inter-relational trauma can have a profound impact on how individuals approach and interact with relationships. In some cases, it can lead to a deep-seated mistrust of others and a reluctance to form close bonds or open up emotionally. This can make it difficult to form intimate relationships and maintain long-term connections with others. Trauma can also affect one’s ability to communicate effectively with others, especially when it comes to expressing emotions or setting boundaries. Individuals who have experienced trauma may struggle to articulate their needs and emotions, leading to misunderstandings and conflict in their relationships.

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