I am an an inter-disciplinary architect, choreographer, therapist and the artistic director of dance-architecture company Studio Stefan Jovanović and therapy practice Kinship Stories.
I am currently completing the Advanced Year training of Somatic Experiencing® trauma healing at SOSInternationale UK, and am expected to qualify as a SEP in May 2020. I am also completing the Applied Year training of Systemic Family Constellations at the Centre for Systemic Constellations UK, qualifying in November 2019. I am a member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) and the Somatic Experiencing Association UK (SEA). I have worked extensively with Basque shaman Manex Ibar since 2012. I have to date assisted Dr. Peter Levine and Betsy Polatin in their workshop Trauma in the Public Eye; exploring how SE® can help performing artists become more authentic in the delivery of their artform.
In my practice, I fuse learnings from a decade of spiritual self-development, plant medicine, somatic sensing, body release, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and trauma healing with visualisation techniques, touch, talking, and movement therapy. My artistic approach and sensibility merge traditional SE® trauma-therapy tools and knowledge of the wider systemic field with a deep bodily wisdom of movement and performance of the self. I also facilitate group processing sessions for artistic collectives, including dance and theatre companies, academic programs, start-ups and businesses seeking to develop and enhance team dynamics. My current research revolves around developing new techniques of integration for artistic practices and companies going through intergenerational changes.
I often use bespoke sculptures with my clients, as a way of articulating stories to thelp them arrive to new meanings and outlooks on life. Sessions will predominantly involve verbal talking, but may also include non-verbal voice-work, touch and movement if necessary. When physical contact is involved, I work within clear protocols around touch work. These can add value when paired with visualisation techniques or when working with physical symptoms and boundary-exercises. Other times a session may call for bodily releases of movement, unblocking energy within the nervous system that may have been frozen or stuck. There is no prescribed way a session will develop, and so I always seek to hold an open, welcoming, and safe environment for clients, especially for those from the LGBTQIA+ and neuro-diverse communities.
For several years, I have been working with performing artists and individuals with movement practices. This has allowed me to integrate Somatic Experiencing® and Systemic Family Constellation methodologies into dynamic one-to-one and group sessions; tracking the story of the nervous system through an encouragement of movement and affective expression. I often work with individuals who seek to re-establish contact with their bodies and felt sense, as well as those experiencing anxiety, stress, physical and chronic symptoms, birth, ancestral trauma, conflicts and relationship issues.
Please get in touch with me directly should you be interested in working with me, so that we can discuss the most appropriate route for you or your company.