“Civilisation will start on the day when the well being of newborn babies will prevail over any other considerations.”

Wilhelm Reich

listening to the baby story
One unique aspect about this approach, is the recognition and the baby story within everyone of us.

We all arrive in this world with a story. A personal myth that 
unfolded before words were formed, and that remains with us throughout our life, as a memory stored in the body.

working with babies and children
Babies and children are able to express their "baby story" by way of body language, memory crying and emotional tones.

Listening, understanding and supporting this communication, helps the baby or child to safely navigate the overcharged pieces of his/her experience, regulate the nervous system, become more present and generally, embody the sense of triumph over helplessness. Same time the relationship between baby/child and the parents is strengthened by way of deeper understanding.

working with adults
Earliest memories from the prenatal and perinatal time often remain unrecognized, undigested, and unmetabolized in our bodies, as imprints. We all have a "baby story" in us, that naturally will seek for healing throughout our lifetime. Therefore we will experience times when the original wound will open so it can be properly attended. It's never too late to listen and support the integration of undigested early experiences, that may be holding you back or keeping parts of you captive and away from your full expression.

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how to know if you or your child needs extra help? When, in the course of the life-forming experiences of being born we go through stressful circumstances, we may be left with unprocessed issues which, if not integrated, remain in the body like an imprint.

Fortunately, once we are born and in order to restore equilibrium, we are able to communicate our experiences by a specific body language, emotional expressions and in case of babies, through memory cry. 

Example of behaviours that may translate the unheard “baby story” in babies:
- avoidance of eye contact
- too little tone or too much tension in the muscles
- startle response to sound or movement
- jerky arms, legs and head
- constant, weak or absent crying
- inconsolable crying
- arching
- hitting the umbilicus area or touching certain parts of the head repeatedly
- nursing/feeding difficulties

Older children, can manifest their unresolved “baby story” by exhibiting:

- hyperactivity
- coordination and balance difficulties
- tantrums
- inappropriate agression/timidity
- inability to make eye contact
- tactile defensiveness (desire not to be touched)
- excessive clinging
- avoidance of eye contact

More generally, physical symptoms such as colic, asthma, digestive problems, eczema, etc., psychological themes and patterns of relationship with other people, with finances, with food, etc. can be related with unprocessed early experiences.

If the “baby story” is met with consciousness, empathy and the right resources, the baby/child or adult can gradually release blocked tension and relax into a greater sense of safety. Many physical symptoms may resolve or lessen and the presence is strengthened. 

Integrative Baby Therapy, supports the integration of pre-birth and birth experiences, so that they can be processed in a safe and embodied way whilst opening up new possibilities of presence, health and relationships.

It draws from a number of sources including Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Body Psychotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy. It is also informed by recent research in areas such as self-regulation, neurobiology, epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, field theory, attachment theory, traumatology, consciousness research and cross-cultural studies.

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Sessions last between 1h00-1h45 and it takes place at the Centrum and East area of Amsterdam. Raquel works with children between 3 months to 9 years old and with adults.

- Single session:
90 (BTW excl.)
- Pack 3 sessions:
245 (BTW excl.)
- Scale price per session, between
40- 60 for families financially compromised.

More information will be send to you after Raquel receives your

note: I’m not practicing counseling or psychotherapy. I enjoy collaborating with psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and other practitioners in your support network. Practitioners are welcome to contact me to discuss the suitability of referring a client to me.