Thank you so much for the sessions! I found it to be extremely helpful and feel that you understand me and have a very compassionate approach to your work. 🙂 I am so grateful for your time and the resources you sent to me.
For more than ten years I had been experiencing a very distressing, recurring dream which disrupted my sleep and caused me to wake up feeling confused and anxious.
Those feelings would continue to be with me for a good part of the following day. The frequency of it increased to the point where I decided I finally had to find a way to free myself of it. After suffering from various levels of depression for a large part of my life, I was eventually diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. I went through all types of treatment, therapies and medications and eventually became able to manage my condition, although the dream persisted. One day, after a particularly bad night, I started researching dream therapy. A lot of what I found had to do with interpreting dreams.
This wasn’t really what I was looking for because I was well aware of the meaning and origin of the dream. Due to my Bipolar II disorder, I had lost my job of 30 years under very unfortunate circumstances. The dream was basically a nightmare scenario of all of the things related to that, except much worse than the actual reality of it.
Later that day I decided to look into things that were currently being offered in ‘De Roos Spiritual Centrum’ in Amsterdam where I had previously attended various lectures, workshops and information sessions. I saw that on that same afternoon Natasja would be there holding walk-in consultations for a reduced fee, where she performed Iris Scans and explained holistic healing techniques she uses in her practice. So I went. She did an Iris Scan, which was very interesting, and then I began to explain my situation that I was seeking help for. After listening to my story, she suggested that Emotional Freedom Training (EFT, also known as Tapping) might be a technique that would be beneficial to me. EFT, which is more fully explained on Natasja’s website, is essentially quite simple. It involves lightly tapping with your fingerson particular spots on your body, and the same time, making simple statements out loud to yourself that express your feelings, worries, hopes. In doing so, you try to formulate your (negative) thoughts in a more neutral, even positive way, which of course can be very difficult at first.
I decided to give it a try and immediately made an appointment with Natasja at her practice a few days later where Natasja warmly welcomed me. I was right away impressed with the surroundings. A calm, comforting space with a beautiful view on a canal in Amsterdam Zuid. Once again, Natasja put me right at ease, served me a cup of herbal tea and gave me her full attention. I had already told her about my dream at our meeting at De Roos and was very impressed at how she could recall everything I had said. Not being a particularly open person, within minutes I found myself going beyond the dream and talking about other aspects of my life in far more detail than I had planned. She had a very calming effect on me and made me feel safe and able to express things that were often very difficult for me to talk about. It was a lot of information and she is a great listener, allows you to take the time you need, asks all the right questions, and in my case, was able to take it all in without even having to make notes.
Once we had gone through all of that, we got right down to trying out EFT. As I said, it’s really quite simple and takes only a few minutes to go through the routine but requires the type of guidance that Natasja gives so well. With a little practice it can become very easy to integrate into your daily life. Natasja began to teach me the technique and walk me through the routine. The tapping part is easy and can be learned quickly. The more challenging part is to learn how to formulate your thoughts and put them into words. Natasja helped me with this every step of the way. Because she had listened and processed my story so well, she was able to express the very thoughts that were giving me such trouble to verbalize. So, we tapped together, she spoke in short, clear sentences which I repeated after her. Took a little getting used to but I very quickly felt comfortable with it and started to get the hang of it. (She’s also an excellent teacher, extremely knowledgeable and experienced, very aware of your needs, empathetic, involved and patient.) I left my first session feeling unusually relaxed and relieved by the thought that I had found someone who might really make a difference for me.
In the days leading up to my first session with Natasja, my dream had become more and more frequent and increasingly disturbing. That evening after my first session, I tried to practice what I had learned from Natasja that afternoon. Giving yourself the freedom to say things that affect you deeply can be quite challenging, not to mention listening to yourself talk to yourself out loud. I went to bed that night feeling more peaceful than usual and curious about how the night would go. In the morning I quickly realized there had been no dream! Coincidence? The effect of tapping so soon?
Hmmm, definitely worth carrying on with. It’s been over six months now. No dream.
Amazing, after all those years it had let go of me! I had a couple of follow up sessions with Natasja to refine my newly learned EFT skills. Although I have lived in Amsterdam for many years, speak Dutch and had been doing the sessions in Dutch, it remains a second language for me and thought it might be better for me to practice some more with Natasja, but in English. Natasja speaks perfect English and was able to switch over effortlessly and further guide me through EFT in my own language.
Following her example, I began to feel more comfortable with it and became able to express my thoughts not only less negatively, more neutrally and positive, and eventually in the form of affirmations to myself as Natasja had been teaching me.
Natasja is highly experienced and knowledgeable in her field and, aside from EFT, employs a wide variety of treatment techniques and is very well versed in a wide range of emotional issues/disorders and possesses a personality with all the right traits for working successfully with her clients. I am very grateful to her for the care, attention, understanding and expertise she gave to me to help me resolve something that had been plaguing me for such a long time.
I would highly recommend to anyone who has unresolved emotional issues, feels unable to progress and create the life they want, to seek contact with Natasja.
As she says on her website, ‘Take the first step…’ to healing/recovery.
Like me, you might find that it can be a life-changing experience.