Sandra Kay Lauffenburger
Since 1999 Sandra
has maintained a psychotherapeutic practice in Canberra.
specializes in long-term treatment using psychoanalytic Self Psychology for presentations including personality disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, etc.
lectures on Self Psychology for the Empathink Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
Over twenty five years of studying and exploring body and movement therapies also inform her
is an invited presenter in Laban Movement Analysis in Australia, Canada, and Asia.
She lectures in Dance Movement Therapy in the Counselling program at the Wesley Institute (Sydney) as well as offering supervision for professionals in this field.
Sandra began her working life as a Research Geophysicist in the oil industry.
well-developed analytical skills to write one of the industry's initial oil exploration computer programs, which she
then taught to oil explorationists in Europe, UK, Canada, and Australia.
In 1981 she
scientific enquiries in the direction of the human body and movement, pursuing graduate work in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and exercise physiology, while also satisfying the artist-within by studying Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Yoga and Pilates.
In 1985 Sandra
obtained a Certification in Laban Movement Analysis through the University of Washington
While living in Asia from 1984 to 1988, Sandra
taught Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals (LMA/BF) as well as Contemporary Dance to groups that had never before experienced Western movement material.
was invited to give workshops to the People's Republic of China's P.L.A. Song and Dance Troupe
, the Guangdong Academy of Dance
, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and fitness groups in Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
In 1989 Sandra returned to the US and worked in the aerobic dance and fitness industry applying LMA/BF principles.
also studied Jungian thought and offered LMA/BF movement courses tied to Jungian thought at the C. G. Jung Institute of Psychoanalysis and Creative Arts
in Houston, Texas.
In 1992 Sandra moved permanently to Canberra and established The Ouldeah Centre for Movement Therapy (1992 to 1999).
introduced Canberra to the therapeutic benefits of Pilates-based Somatic Movement Therapy
, educating insurance companies and local medical practitioners of the benefits for their patients.
holds over 25 years experience with the Pilates Method and Movement Therapy and has used that to further the Pilates industry in Australia.
was a Founding Councillor of the Australian Pilates Method Association
, the Australian credentialing body, and co-authored the curriculum used at UTS for training Pilates Method instructors.
has developed training programs for Pilates-based Rehabilitation Practitioners
, using somatic movement methods, including LMA/BF.
Along with her credentials in verbal psychotherapy, Sandra is a professional Movement Psychotherapist.
She lectured in the Counselling Department at the Wesley Institute (Sydney) until the completion of that program and currently tutors for IDTIA and DTAA (Melbourne) as well as Tensegrity Training (Hobart).
teaching focuses on Developmental Movement/Development Issues, Movement observation and analysis, and non-verbal therapeutic interventions.
She developed the curriculum for and presented a unit titled: Using Somatics and Movement in Counselling for the Counselling Department, Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra.
is continually drawn to the synthesis of new ideas that span the spectrum of movement and psyche.
enjoys encouraging future professionals in the field of verbal and non-verbal psychotherapy through supervisory and educational roles.
has presented clinical cases and theoretical papers at a number of EAPSP conferences and has taught in the Empathink Introduction to Self Psychology course for many years.
is currently co-leading a clinical case study and reading group for experienced Self Psychology practitioners in Canberra.