Therapist & Educator
Born in Brasília, in 1966, Mariano Pedroza left Brazil at the age of nine and lived in Ivory Coast, Angola, Senegal, France, the USA and now Thailand. Adapting to such different cultural contexts had a deep impact on his upbringing and world view, developing his sensitivity and respect for cultural differences while, at the same time, teaching him about the deep transcultural humanness that is intrinsic to us all.
Mariano is a therapist and educator dedicated to disseminating Mind/Body and Systemic (relational) methods that favor the natural health-recovering mechanisms, the capacity for self-regulation, the refinement of awareness, and the development of empathic human connection. His approach emphasizes the importance of building and strengthening peoples' autonomy and valuing the knowledge acquired from cultural heritage and life experiences.
In the past 30 years, he has accumulated vast clinical experience as a Bioenergetic Analyst and Somatic Therapist. As a Trauma Consultant, his passion is empowering individuals, institutions and communities to be more resilient and have a more participative/active role in the maintenance of their physical and emotional balance.
As an educator, he has trained people with different professional backgrounds (health professionals, educators, social workers, and others) in TRE - Tension and Stress Release and in ICT - Integrative Community Therapy and has developed special training for self-and-collective-care agents to lead regular groups of stress release and health promotion. He has worked in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, New Zealand, and Vietnam, often in articulation with institutes, governmental and/or non-governmental organisations, religious institutions and humanitarian aid agencies to implement sustainable networks of stress relief and health promotion in diverse and often challenging contexts.
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish
Certified Certification Trainer in Trauma Releasing Exercises/TRE - TFA https://traumaprevention.com/
Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner /SEP - Foundation for Human Enrichment https://traumahealing.org/
Certified KReST Trauma Consultant - ZPTN Center for Psychotraumatology and Trauma Therapy. - http://zentrum-psychotrauma.de/
Certified in Integrative Community Therapy/ICT - Universidade Federal do Ceará - UFC and ABRATECOM http://abratecom.org.br/
Certified Senior Mindfulness Instructor - Mindfulness Trainings International - MTI http://mtimindfulness.com/
Certified in Bioenergetic Analysis/CBT - International Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis - IIBA http://bioenergetic-therapy.com
Certified in Core Energetics - Institute of Core Energetics - https://www.coreenergetics.org/
Certified in Professional Music - Berklee College of Music - Boston/MA USA. https://www.berklee.edu/
METHODS OF REFERENCE
Neurodynamic Reprocessing (SE; TRE; KReST)
"Our brains continually form maps of the world - maps of what is safe and what is dangerous." - Bessel Van Der Kolk
Integrating the new findings of neuroscience in the therapeutic process is nowadays essencial to the clinical practice. The most recent researches teach us that chronic stress and traumatic experiences impact the functioning of the brain, leading to several symptoms such as high levels of anxiety, sleep disorders, difficulty in concentrating, irritability, panic attacks and others.
On the other hand, we possess innate health-recovery mechanisms that can regulate and neutralize the high levels of activation associated with unresolved defensive behaviours and survival responses. Working with the natural neurobiological mechanisms that the body uses to reprocess and discharge physical and emotional tension allows for the reestablishment of balance (homeostasis) and the relief of symptoms.
"Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped to bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream medicine and demonstrated that practicing mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviors.
Neuro-scientific researches led by Oxford University show:
Beneficial changes in brain areas associated with decision making, attention and empathy.
Mindfulness practice strengthens areas of the brain connected to the regulation of emotions, and it improves peoples` focus and attention.
Mindfulness practice improves circulation and prevents high blood pressure, reducing the risk and severity of cardiovascular diseases.
"Friendship, good social relations and strong supportive networks improve health at home, at work and in the community."
World Health Organisation
Every group functions as a living organism that self-regulates in order to survive through time. The systemic approach aims at listening and receiving the psychic suffering or emotional difficulties of a person from a perspective that is broad enough to include the context(s) of the relational networks to which that person belongs (family, work, social life etc...). On one hand, the systemic approach tries to identify and nourish the healthy ties, strengthening the feeling of belonging to an affective web of support, so crucial to the physical and mental health of the individual. On the other hand, it brings to light dysfunctional relational dynamics that have strong, sometimes damaging influence in life. Subtil interventions in the "systemic order" can produce deep transformative effects.
“To be fully alive is to breath deeply, move freely and feel with intensity." - Alexander Lowen
When we look at the body, we can see the state of its vitality and if there are blockages or tensions limiting the pulsation and circulation of the vital energy. The body reveals its history, wounds and distortions, as well as its strength and potentials. A trained eye can compare what we see in the body with the story the person tells and the symptoms and complaints the person presents. We can then have a broader understanding of the challenges and the resources that are available. By working with the body, the breathing movement and voice we can, in a gentle and non-invasive way, stimulate the vitality and spontaneous expressivity of the body and soul. Simultaneously, we strengthen resources that allow for self-regulation, empowering the person to feel capable of dealing with the releasing of tension, emotions and memories, in a deep and integrating way.