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Imagine. You are in a meeting and you really want to participate because you have something really relevant to contribute to the discussion. You feel a strong sense of anxiety coming up in your body, your heart is pounding in your chest, your hands are getting sweaty as you are waiting for the exact right moment to step in. What will the other participants think of you? Or do you sometimes have a miserable feeling after what appears to be a minor incident? Your children who aren’t listening to you. Your partner who seems to be busy with ‘his own business’ all the time. An appointment that gets cancelled.

In these cases cause and effect seem clear. But are the participants in the meeting, your children or your partner really the cause of your miserable feelings?

It really seems like that is the case, but what is really going on is that they touch upon previous experiences that have hurt you. But you are not aware of this. Knowing that there has been a mix up between old painful feelings and feelings that you are experiencing in the present and the fact that you can free yourself from this, is such a life-changing gift!

If you do nothing, this ‘old pain’ will keep on ‘colouring’ your present life and your experiences. Your reactions will keep on being disproportionate to the situation and you are blocking yourself from living your life to the fullest in the here and now. You will stay anxious to speak up in whatever situation, whether it is at the office or to a friend, and you will keep on having a bad temper towards your children or your partner. For nothing!

If you have the courage to face these old painful feelings, knowing that these feelings can't hurt you anymore, it can really liberate you and set you free! I have experienced this for myself. Seeing the here and now for what it really is, without the filter of your past getting in the way all the time, makes life so much easier and so much more light!

Convinced of this method, that is called PRI*, I started a life-coach training (1 year) and after that I started the PRI professional training program (4 years) to become a PRI therapist myself.

I now work daily as a PRI therapist. I have my own practice in The Hague and in Amsterdam (in the Netherlands). I also work around the globe via Skype, together with several of my dear PRI therapist colleagues.

If you want to know more about my personal PRI experience, watch this Youtube Video (it’s in Dutch but subtitled in English) click here.

I wrote a book about my personal PRI story. The book will be published in the Netherlands in spring of 2020.
For more information, also see 'Book' in the menu above.

*Past Reality Integration, PRI in short, is developed by the Dutch psychologist Ingeborg Bosch, who wrote 6 books about this therapy-method. PRI is based on the premise that we, as adults, often perceive the world through the defense mechanisms that we have developed as children. These defense mechanisms see to it that we do not have to feel the pain which was inflicted upon us as children. However these defense mechanisms are exactly what makes us, as adults, suffer the most as they give us a distorted perception of our perceptions of the present reality. Fear, depression, anger, stress and lack of true contact with ourselves and other people are the root cause of our problems in the present.

For more information check out the PRI website: www.prionline.nl

There is also a PRI online training program available, for more information: http://www.pri-onlinecourse.nl/

Photography by Petra Hoogerbrug commissioned by Libelle

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