Teachers 2018



Karin Lydia Ladeby ,VIA University College, Arhus/Randers, Denmark

Senior lecturer in psychomotor therapy (more than 14 years of experience). Main area of expertise in manual treatment in psychomotor therapy and individual psychomotor interventions subjects. Danish psychomotor treatment that distinguish between working to improve the clients interoceptive awareness and working with the clients body experience defined as the extero and interoceptive awareness coloured by emotional aspects built on  a psychodynamic way of thinking, with the understanding for the tension of muscles as related to the defence and the  suppression of emotions. The content for the two days of teaching that will be both theoretical and practical focusing on manual treatment.

Brechje Tijssen, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Studied movement sciences and has been working as a psychomotor therapist in the field of mental health since 2005. Experience in working with children, young people, adults and the elderly, works as a freelance psychomotor therapist at a mental health institution where she also offers yoga therapy. Develops and provides training for professionals in the field of body-oriented work in coaching and therapy, both offline and online. In her work body awareness, non-verbal communication, contact with yourself and with others and aspects that relate to the balance between body and mind are central. An active member within the professional association (NVPMT). Co-author of a therapy-product about psychomotor therapy for people with somatically unexplained physical problems with the aim of recovery and symptom reduction. Works as a teacher for the psychomotor therapy education at the HAN in Nijmegen




Dieneke Jol, Windsheim University of Applied Science, School of Human Movement and Sports, Zwole, Netherlands

Studied movement sciences at the Free University in Amsterdam. Trained in body  psychotherapy (Hilarion Petzold). Working as a psychomotor therapist in psychiatry for 17 years, mainly with (young) adults. Teacher at the University for Applied Sciences in Zwolle, in body oriented methods. Supervises internships and research projects. Also, helps students organizing psychomotor programs in stress-regulation and communication skills, offered to other students, experiencing difficulties in their studies. An important theme is working with body awareness as a means of emotional regulation. Will be using part of the lessons to introduce the MAIA, a scale to measure interoceptive awareness (Mehling, Price, Daubenmier, Acree, Bartmess and Steward, 2012).



Eric Pireyre, Institut de Formation en psychomotricité, ISRP, Paris and Marseille, France

Graduated in 1984 as psychomotor therapist. Since 1985 worked for 17 years in pediatrics, focusing in psychomotor development and body perception in babies and premature babies. Teaching psychomotricity (first year of graduation), helping students to discover basic principles. Since 2002, work with autistic children.  Published 4 books on body image and the work of the psychomotor therapist. Interest goes to from neurosciences and affective development, relaxation, movements and touch as useful approaches. Behind these concepts lies a theoretical universe including neural networks, past and singular history of the person. Body awareness is a therapeutic tool which engage the whole person, the psychomotor therapist and the patient. When we succeed in feeling the « presence » of one or more parts of our body, we may feel perceptions, emotions and make sometimes the choice of talking about all these phenomenon’s. This process really heals the person.  The psychomotor therapist is wholly engaged.



Ilona Thurnherr, HfH, University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Zurich, Switzerland

Studied Human movement science and physical activities at ETH, Zürich. Currently teach Movement skills and methods. Main research focused on strengthening the children’s competence on social-emotional behaviour by movement and play at the Institute for Educational Support for Behaviour, Social-Emotional and Psychomotor Development. Have been working with children, youngsters, adults, seniors in different ways of physical activity.




Ana Rodrigues, Lisbon University, Faculty of Human Kinetics, Lisbon, Portugal

Studied Special Education and Rehabilitation and Clinical Psychology. At the University of Human Kinetics in Lisbon, teaching developmental disorders, methods in psychomotricity, psycho pedagogy and child development observation in the 1st and 2nd cycle of education in Psychomotor Rehabilitation. Researcher at the Institute of Education, mainly focused on the assessment of developmental disorders specially ADHD and executive functions. Has been working with children with behavioral problems and with families.