Ellen van der Kooij studied Human Movement studies, psychomotor therapy, at the VU in Amsterdam, and sensorimotor psychotherapy. She worked more than 20 years in mental health institutes and in private practice giving movement training and body psychotherapy. Her specialization is stress, burnout and trauma treatment. The last 5 years she studied sensorimotor psychotherapy. Sensorimotor psychotherapy (developed by Pat Ogden & Kekuni Minton in the U.S.) is a gentle mindful method that works directly with the stress of traumatization; it helps you to feel more connected and more in control. This technique works directly with the memory of the body and combines mindfulness, attachment theories and neurophysiological research.