Autogenic Relaxation Therapy
Well-being Coaching and Brief Psychotherapy
Train-the-Trainer in evidence-based relaxation therapies
Autogenic Relaxation Therapy
Learn AT in a Group
“Autogenic Training [AT] in our group revealed me to me in a new way, so it’s got lots of layers. Taking me-time only a few minutes a day. So nourishing. I’m much calmer and more resilient than before.”
PatH, 48, Social Worker
Learn AT 1:1
“I feel happy and content now. I just had to get used to AT and build it up slowly. I’m a lot happier now with all these new emotions. Because I have gone from anxious and depressed to happy and relaxed.”
CharlesN, 50, Transport Worker
Learn AT via Zoom
“My autogenic training practice helps me feel my body more vividly. When everything is silent at night, I can follow my breath and my blood and I think – ‘we are a wonderful masterpiece of nature’. I feel whole and connected.”
VenaC, 61, Entrepreneur, ItalyR
AutogenicTraining (AT) can bring multiple benefits. Regular practice can bring less disturbed sleep, less anxiety, more focused awareness and concentration, more calmness under stress, improved immune system functioning, lower blood pressure, less diabetes meds, better heart rate variability, greater self-confidence, stronger sense of self-control, greater productivity and creativity in work and play, more happiness and satisfaction with being YOU.
What is AT about? The word ‘autogenic’ means self-generated. It is a mind body relaxation and connection process, taking time out for you for a few minutes 2 or 3 times a day, simple phrases focus your attention on different parts of your body, training your brain and your mind in concentration and letting go, so you can relax and remain calm even in stressful situations, even when you’re under lots of pressure in work or at home. No special clothing or postures are required so you can use AT in almost any setting.
Autogenic Therapy with Autogenic Relaxation Training: Autogenic Training was developed by doctors in hospital settings and has been used around the world for multiple decades. Autogenic Therapy adds to standard Autogenics. It teaches you ways to safely feel and express the full range of emotions so that you can move forward with life more confidently and more at ease within yourself.
No therapist can 100% guarantee or promise results, yet the developers of AT thought it was a ‘small psychotherapy’. And studies show that regular AT practice helps some people get off therapy wait-lists and for other people AT is a good complement to traditional talking therapy.
Private 1-to-1 or small group learning in southeast England or online with Zoom. The Zoom distance learning platform complies with data protection regulations in Europe and North America and it allows you to record the training sessions if you wish.
Classes are 60 to 90 minutes long, once weekly for between 8 and 10 weeks. There’s a 1-to-1 intake before starting any AT course, and classes build on each other. There’s a 10 week follow up, too. You practice between classes and keep a diary to track your progress, and whether you learn in a group or privately, I tailor the training to your specific needs. In groups, it’s important to remember that whilst there’s social support and learning from each other, everything said is confidential. Keep in mind that this is not group therapy!
Fees vary and can be adjusted to your ability to pay in either $USD, £GBP or €Euros.
Coaching and Brief Therapy
I’ve worked at inpatient psychiatric hospitals and in community business, health and education settings. I have years of experience working with people just like you.
Even though no therapist of any kind can 100% guarantee a result for you, I will be giving you my full attention and the focus of our psychotherapeutic work together will be on next steps. Two of the key questions we will explore together are “what’s the problem – now?” and “what’s next?”. Of course this includes you talking about what’s led up to the current situation, yet it doesn’t mean extensively analysing the past.
If you want, you may record our sessions. You may then find that listening back speeds up your rate of change and helps you to feel and sense what needs to happen next even more clearly, often all by yourself.
I often give clients homework as this speeds up positive change. I ask every client to bring an intake questionnaire and voluntary consent form fully completed to our first meeting. Please try to give 24 hour notice of cancellations, and please agree up front with me on a fee in either $, £ or € that is comfortable for you.
In addition to Brief Psychotherapy and Autogenic Relaxation, here’s a bit about three more of the many approaches we can take together. Each one of these has a place in fostering your mental health well-being:
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
“I’ve been twice to hypnotherapy with Dr Ruth. I am much more confident. I can study without feeling sick. I can go to my exams. I don’t forget things or feel like I am going to pass out and I’m able to concentrate!!”
AmandaH, 19, Student
In as few as two face to face sessions, learn to free yourself from destructive thoughts and emotions and limiting self beliefs. We work together using what’s called Hypno-CBT®. It’s an evidence-based combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnosis that helps you rapidly identify your stuck points and discover from within yourself realistic and achievable happiness goals you’ll love!
We use a waking form of hypnosis that doesn’t put you under – so you remember what happens and you are in control of yourself. You will model positive processes and outcomes in your inner mind, and visualise becoming happier over time. Be motivated, do your homework, feel better quickly at your own pace.
Research shows that HYPNOSIS can change your brain, change your genome expression, change your life.
Do EFT by yourself after learning the basics: positive thoughts, facing apprehensions and fears safely, and relaxation PLUS gentle tapping on a sequence of accu-pressure points and you’ve got it… Kids can do it, so can you!
We work together to develop phrases you speak out loud while you tap on yourself. Our focus is on enhancing your own loving and natural coping abilities and processes.
With EFT, with the tapping solution, attitudes and perceptions of challenges can change for the better.
When we look into our visual field withour eyes closed and are guided to focus on inner color and shape without will or intention, we see what some people call Kluver’s Form Constants and others call Hypnagogic images. This picture is a static illustration of the moving images we might see.
Energy therapists, such as Bill Redpath who developed this method, suggest that every cell in our body senses and absorbs the physical and emotional impact of painful, traumatic experience. Using this special Trauma Energetics guided ‘looking’ process, you don’t visualise or talk about a specific trauma. You talk only about the abstract images you see. Amazingly, this allows your own brain locate the memory fragment that needs to switch and your brain does the switching for you.
Courses in evidence-based relaxation therapies
“Very informative, so practical! This course has changed my life and my clinical practice for the better!” DaleR, 38
Social Workers and Counselors who learned Autogenic Training for themselves and how to teach it to their clients said:
- “I am at peace now, I am not irritated. Things have changed. Now that I am taking care of myself with autogenics practice, I can recognize better where my client is needing care.”
- “It’s like I have a different pair of glasses – I am able to be more neutral, more slowed down, and more toned down. Now I can step back from the stress.”
- I am accepting things now, and at work I am able to stay unusually calm with my clients. During a crisis on the job I am staying at peace.”
Please call or write to learn more about these courses. Thank you.
– To join one of the ongoing group trainings, to arrange an appointment for 1:1 meetings in Hastings or via Zoom, or to ask me to come to your location to train your group in autogenics, please write to me using this form or send me an email to RuthTNaylorPhD@gmail.com. Briefly say your concerns and I will be back to you very shortly.
– Businesses wanting Mindfulness, FLOW, and Autogenics 1/2 day, full day or weekend WORKSHOPS to run on site, please write.
– Health care professionals wanting to train in Autogenic methods, or needing supervision of their AT practice with clients, please write.
More about Dr Ruth
Ruth T Naylor, PhD, Chartered Psychologist
Autogenic Therapist, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist
I welcome people from all walks of life, all persuasions and all orientations.
I thrive on helping people help themselves with a variety of challenges.
I’ve got lots of life experience as a mother, grandmother, foster mother and partner and more than 25 years of managing in high tech. I’ve worked on inpatient mental hospital wards in the states, on manufacturing shop floors in Scotland, and in executive board rooms in South Africa. So I can relate to whatever baggage you bring – to help you make peace, let go, and become the you YOU want to be.
I have served on Research and Executive Committees and as a Trustee of the British Autogenic Society. I am a Chartered Psychologist member (#443048) of the British Psychological Society, a founding member of the International Society for Autogenic Training and Autogenic Psychotherapy and the North American Autogenic Society, and a Senior Accredited member (#203107) of the National Council of Psychotherapists, UK and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, USA.
You can read my publications by clicking through on the links below.
Naylor, R. T., (in press). Autogenic Training and Hypnotherapy. The Journal of Hypnotism.
Naylor, R. T., 2013. Self-balancing Sanctuarying: A grounded theory of Relaxation and Autogenic Training Canterbury, England: Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Naylor, R. T., 2010. Some Intersections between Autogenic Training, Cathartic Autogenics, and Buddhist Psychology. In: M. G. T. Kwee, ed., New horizons in Buddhist psychology: Relational Buddhism for collaborative practitioners. Chagrin Falls(OH):Taos Institute, pp. 289-301.
Naylor, R & Marshall J. (2007) Autogenic Training – A key component in holistic medical care.
Journal of Holistic Healthcare, pp. 14-19.