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Robin Vanderplank  is a Clinical Psychologist who works with individual and family therapy, encounter group work, trauma counselling, emotional intelligence, and support for adults and children with ADD/ADHD. He is involved in supporting school teachers/pupils and their parents.

Robin is a Level 3 TRE practitioner (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises). This means that he trains people who want to become certified TRE practitioners, including providing in-house training for the staff of NGO's and corporate companies.The staff who are trained as TRE practitioners can then train other staff in order to reduce their stress levels and so improve productivity and relations with their colleagues,.

Robin also offers private TRE sessions  to individuals, which can be included in a counselling session.

Latest Event/s: Encounter Group starting Saturday afternoon 9th July 2016 from 1 to 5pm. See under 'Events' for more info.

Latest Article: Please click here to read this article: Why "Talk Therapy" Isn't Enough. By Arghavan Sadeghi.

Latest News:  'Alpha, beta, gamma - the language of brainwaves 

Robin is the Regional Representative in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa for ADHASA (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa). He has completed a Diploma in Nutrition & Diet Theory to further his knowledge by incorporating psychiatric nutrition into the holistic approach he has always preferred to use when working with people. This work is based on understanding the nutritional components of psychological functioning.


Robin Vanderplank writes articles for various publications and is available to give talks at seminars, support groups and events.

Cell no. 082 499 1344 or email vanderplankr@gmail.com

Practice on Mondays to Saturdays (inclusive) at Bodywise Wellness Centre, 9b Greenside Avenue, (off Blair Atholl Rd - Roger Sishi Rd), Westville North, 3630, South Africa.

Distance consultations undertaken by phone, or on Skype: robin.vanderplank


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Published on Nov 22, 2013 

Interview with Peter Gøtzsche on the topic of his recently-released book "Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare" as featured on MadInAmerica.com

Gøtzsche is Co-Founder of The Cochrane Collaboration, and Director of the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. 


We’re very excited to announce a new Institute of HeartMath (IHM) original, animated video: The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence: a path to personal, social and global coherence. 

It contains a wealth of information about heart intelligence and embodies the essence of what HeartMath is all about, which is helping people connect with and live from their hearts intuitive guidance.

Learn about the amazing and vital role of the heart in our lives and how our personal energetics shape our social relationships and ultimately affect global consciousness.

The scientists at the Institute of HeartMath (IHM) have conducted extensive research on the power of heart intelligence, intuition and the energetic connection between all things. Learn more about the research behind this video at


Once you have had a chance to view the video, I would love to hear what you think. 





Steph Combe, Level III TRE™ Trainer in New Zealand, has produced a heartwarming 8-minute documentary on TRE™ (Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises™).

You can watch it without cost by pressing "Play". If you prefer, you can download it to your hard drive for $39.99.

It is a touching short film with inspirational background music, showing people who have experienced TRE™ and benefited greatly. What stands out is that people temor while talking about how TRE™ has changed their lives. Nice cinematic touch.

We get to watch people literally coming to life as they do TRE™, accessing, right in front of the camera, the authentic, inner radiance that is our birthright.

The film also shows Dr. David Berceli, originator of TRE™, sharing profound insights into the crucial role of the body in healing trauma and overcoming stress. The message is that the body records everything that occurs in our lives, and is a vital missing link in fully reclaiming suppressed vitality.

TRE™ is a profoundly simple and powerful method for achieving well-being and inner freedom, activating a "stress-reversal" mechanism genetically encoded within the human physiology.


***Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) is an easy to learn, self-help exercise developed by Dr David Berceli PhD. It removes the toxic build-up of trauma in the body. Dr David Berceli will run Level 1 & Level 2 TRE workshops in February 2012 in the Cape. Click on 'Events' for dates & venues. Watch a video of an interview with Dr David Bercelli on Grassroots TV.


Quiz: Do You Have Adult ADHD?

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From: Health.com

Do I have adult ADHD?

Can't concentrate? Answer these six questions (adding up your score as you go along) to find out if you might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

A score of 11 or higher indicates that your symptoms might be consistent with adult ADHD.

This questionnaire was developed in conjunction with the World Health Organization and the Workgroup on Adult ADHD, and is intended for people 18 and older.

Next: Staying organized




Any discussion about emotional states is incomplete without a discussion of that state that we think is desirable and attainable to ordinary people like you and me.

First of all let’s get one thing clear – we are NOT aiming to be free of tensions and difficulties. That is not a desirable state for it means that we have already died and there is nothing further to discuss!

When we are alive, at the very simplest level, even the body is continuously adjusting to the variations of temperature, humidity and energy required by what we are doing.  There is tension between the switch on mechanism of the autonomic nervous system (the sympathetic side) and the switch off mechanism on the parasympathetic side to achieve the necessary balance for the particular activity we are involved in. For instance, what is required of the body when we are asleep is very different from the alertness required when driving in traffic. This balance is achieved without our conscious effort or control.

The tensions and difficulties that beset our everyday life are a normal part of living. What we need to do is to check out what we are doing to ourselves when we encourage negative and destructive thoughts.  First we need to check out our “mind talk” and see if we are telling ourselves the truth – for instance when we immediately say to ourselves “I’ll never get that right, I am just stupid” when faced with a difficult task.  It’s likely to be completely untrue and yet we continually reinforce it and actually come to believe it!  Having checked out the negative mind talk we need to replace it with the truth. For instance: "I find doing this challenging, but I have managed in the past to be creative and I know that power lies within me".

That “being” me is helped by doing the breathing exercise (click here to read about how to do this). It is suggested that as part of the resolution of being “unhappy and stressed” is nothing other than getting the parasympathetic nervous system to switch on in order to bring coherence between the heart and the emotions. A little explanation is in order here.  The cells which make up the heart are 62% alike to the cells which make up the brain.  It is possible to think of the heart as a “mini-brain” which in its own right produces certain hormones and neurotransmitters. So when we do the breathing exercise for 15 minutes every day, we are lining up the heart and the brain to be in sync. That all sounds a bit complicated, so just do the breathing and experience the calm that comes!  The understanding of coherence is just to help you to bring your thinking brain on board if you need to.

This may be news to you if you think that all that we are emerges from the life of thought and will centered in the thinking brain. It may also make you feel uncomfortable because you think that the “who” that you are, is about the “I” that is me!     

You are unsure of what I am getting at?  Today a very expensive black slinky sports car thundered past me with the number plate EGO TRIP. The driver was glorying in the outward manifestation of his power and wealth. There are people who never get past developing the “ego” or “I” and continuously need to proclaim the authority that comes from wealth, position or power.

“Being” is about acknowledging our humanity, our limitations and our achievements. It has a lot to do with the world of our emotions and feelings which are part of that inner turmoil which so often besets us. We may not even choose to have those feelings and they are unwelcome. Yet they persist, are there and stubbornly refuse to go away!  “Being” is about getting to know who we are and making friends with our inner selves.  No easy task when the ego says that I am this sort of person and rejects any idea that I am that sort of person – usually because significant people who we have shared our lives with have frowned on some feelings and behaviors we have shown and praised others.  So we do not readily admit some of our innermost and significant feelings.

A 13th century Persian mystic and philosopher makes the point very simply and powerfully:


This being human is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

Some momentary awareness

 Comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

…..the dark thought, the shame, the malice,

Meet them at the door laughing,

And invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

Because each has been sent as a guide

From beyond.

The poet’s name is Rumi and I think that I would only need to comment that the “guide” is from “within” and not from “beyond”.  He is saying that we need to get friendly with ourselves and accept, not reject our “guests”.

What does it do for our sense of “being” if we are able to welcome our guests?  We stop having to pretend to ourselves or to others. We can give up the masquerade – remove the mask of pretense and learn to get comfortable with ourselves.  For many of us that is a life long task but it throws up such joy on the journey.  The surprise is what we keep coming across such lovely facets of ourselves.  We are more creative, and capable of having more fun than we ever dreamed.  So we rejoice at the friends we make on the journey – those parts of us that have been put in a dark corner because we are afraid of them.

We encourage parents to say to their children “I am glad you are born”.  Not I am glad that you are talented, nor glad that you are beautiful.  Nothing whatever about “I am glad you are/were good at the party” or “I’m glad that you love me”.  Daily and on the person’s birthday we say “I am glad you are born”.  Through this we affirm the person’s “being” – the fact that they are in the world – not what they have achieved or any other ephemeral condition that depends on the judgement of someone else.

Being happy and energised is an ongoing process that grows as we learn more about ourselves and others. I cannot imagine a more worthwhile journey for myself and this informs how I relate to others.

Robin Vanderplank.

Contact +27 82 499 1344 or email: vanderplankr@gmail.com