This experiential presentation includes insights from an international qualitative research project in psychology and practice interventions. It offers a creative and embodied experience involving indigenous wisdom, dance as an approach for well-being, and creative adjustments to stress, depression, loneliness, and the pandemic. It also raises awareness of dance and movement as the means to the increased presence in the here-and-now, self-expression, sensory experiences, body esteem, and community transformation.
In addition, the presentation explains how creative interventions rooted in embodiment and indigenous dance practices were developed and have shown positive effects on clients. It is also intended to share joy and engage in social criticism.
Natalia Braun, MSc, CCISM, spent over a decade in the corporate world prior to transitioning into psychology and counseling. She has been training in Gestalt therapy and expressive arts therapies since 2014 and earned her MSc in psychology from the University of Derby, UK. Natalia is multilingual and works with individuals from all over the world in her private practice in Switzerland. She is engaged in critical psychology, embodiment practices, and research projects around the topic of mental health. She has been a passionate dance practitioner for over 20 years, particularly in Cuban salsa, Afro-Cuban and African dances, Rueda de Casino, etc., and this experience informs and enriches her Gestalt practice. Along with dance, she has been engaged in other expressive arts like theater, playing piano and guitar, and writing poems. Natalia is also a long-standing journalist.