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Viviane Hens - Atlanta, Georgia

Story published in August 2016  | Interviews conducted in July 2015

It was the July of 2015 and we met in her office. As a Professional Counselor and Life Coach in Atlanta, Georgia, Viviane Hens specializes in body psychotherapy. She demonstrated for me a typical consultation, explaining the rudiments of this innovative field of psychology, “when a patient moves their body, they unblock emotionally too.”

SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US. Viviane Hens. Atlanta.
SignMyCar! Belgians Living in the US. Viviane Hens. Atlanta.
Beyond Talk Therapy

Viviane’s interest in Counseling originated from her multiple expatriations and disparate relocations. While living in Brazil, where she would stay for 12 years, she searched for ways to ground herself, finding help in connecting to her body and practicing mindfulness. She practiced as a massage therapist for 6 years. Accompanying her husband to the United States, they moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2012, where she would obtain her Masters in Community Counseling. Wanting to use her knowledge about grounding and body awareness, she created her own therapy practice called Beyond Talk Therapy.

TRE® Therapy

Viviane's therapy is explosive. It embodies the idea that “when the body moves, the mind follows.” She makes her patients move, throw pillows, swear, jump on trampolines, “whatever it takes to get the tensions out.” To accommodate the vigorous movements and the intensity of her patients expressions, she  arranges with her fellow counselors to have the entirety of their shared office space for her patient and herself during these sessions. In 2013 Viviane became a licensed Certified Bioenergetic Therapist and, more recently when I meet her in 2015, a Certified Trauma/Tension Release Exercises Provider. The pictures below illustrate the different steps involved in the process:

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