I'm Sinéad Daly and I set up Healthy Choices in 2009 because my work and life experience have shown me that we miss an integrated approach to mental and physical health.
I have been giving body-based therapies since 1997; as a yoga teacher, breath-worker and massage therapist. Since then, I also qualified as a coach, counsellor and hypnotherapist.
In my sessions with clients, I use a variety of techniques including Rogerian Counselling, Eriksonian Hypnotherapy, Gestalt, NLP, Regression and the Healing Journey. But I also continue to involve the body in treating stress-related symptoms.
The truth is that no therapy is complete if it separates mind from body. Mental and emotional stress is stored in the body and so by using body- based therapy, blocks, pain, enervation and even trauma can be successfully treated and released.
This release has an immediate positive effect on the mind and emotions. On the other hand, there is no point in treating physical symptoms with massage, yoga or breathing techniques alone if the root of these symptoms lies in one's life situation.
Whether I use coaching/ counselling techniques or hypnotherapy, I will always help my clients to become aware of how emotional and mental issues are felt in the body and how to use this awareness to gain insight into and release patterns that no longer serve them.
At the same time, clients who come purely for body-work may at times notice that the release of physical tension can trigger an emotional response and in these cases I offer therapeutic support.
In my experience, the attention to both body and mind works more effectively than sessions that separate the two.
My therapy practice is on the Ceintuurbaan in Amsterdam. All sessions are offered in English and in Dutch.
I graduated in integrative psychotherapy at BGL & Partners in Hoofddorp, and before that trained as a Coach/Counsellor at the ACC. I received my diploma in Massage Theapy at Holos Academy in Utrecht.
I studied Raja yoga with Francis Verdonk in Amsterdam from 1994 to 1998 and then trained and studied with Gert van Leeuwen, teacher and founder of the Critical Alignment Yoga School from 1997 until 2004. I received my yoga teaching diploma from the Dirk-Jan Lust Yoga Institute in Koog aan de Zaan.
All sessions cost €60 an hour.