M.Sc.Psychologist, Psychological Psychotherapist, Children and Adolescents Psychotherapist Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Studied psychology at the University of Mainz, trained in CBT, licensed as a psychological psychotherapist for adults and also licensed as children and adolescents psychyotherapist. Working with both patient types in clinical settings (leading the schematherapy treatment programm in a daytime clinic for adults (Psychosomatik) at Universitätsklinik Frankfurt and also leading the the CA schematherapy treatment program in a daytime clinic for children and adolescents at Vitos Klinik Rheingau, in Bad Homburg near Frankfurt). ISST certified Trainer-Supervisor in Schematherapy with Children and Adolescents, Advanced ISST certified Individual schematherapist, Group schematherapist in Training. Training director of the STCA Curriculum in Leipzig, East Germany. Member of the Executive Board of the ISST. Trainer of improv theatre in clinical settings, trainer of mindfulness and emotion regulation for CA. Martin Esters, Fast-Forward-Theatre Martin Esters has lived in Marburg, near Frankfurt, Germany, since the mid-90s with a few interruptions (Dijon/France, London/England, Kei Lun Tsuen/Hong Kong). He studied in Germany and London, M.A. in Media Studies, further German and English Studies and Computer Science. He is a Co-founder and artistic director of Fast Forward Theatre. Together with his colleague Antje Kessler Martin performs improvised theatre as mirror theatre at congresses, conferences and corporate events as well as on public stages, and he teaches methods of improvisation to theatre ensembles, companies and in personal coaching. With several of his short dramas, he is a prizewinner of the annual “Marburg Short Drama Competition” (2006–2012). The Fast Forward Theatre is known for sensitive, precise and constructive, and at the same time highly entertaining scenic implementation of conference and congress events. To the point, to the topic. The play scenes reflect the experiences of the audience, create new possibilities, and place the familiar in a new context. Entertain and create perspectives at the same time. The actors of the Fast Forward Theatre are actors, scriptwriters and directors at the same time. They develop the “script” for the scene live as they play. Fluent, flexible, in contact with the audience.
How bringing your inner child on the stage makes you a better adult – applied improvisation theatre in clinical settings to prompt healthy modes
Co-Presented with Martin Esters & Antje Kesslr
In Schematherapy we usually try to challenge the inner critic voices of the patient by highlighting its self-destructive nature, but often adversely face the patient clinging onto the critic modes while demonstrating fear to loose control and furthermore lacking openness and flexibility to try out new and more adaptive behavior. Hence supporting the patients basic need for spontaneity and play is enhancing their capacity to tolerate feelings of discomfort while giving up the feeling of control associated with staying in their old pattern. Improvisation theatre is a multi-functional method to enable the patient to experience healthy modes behavior through “as-if-games” whilst evoking joyfulness as a benefit same time. Basic mindfulness principles that are needed in building up the healty adult modes are also learnt in a playful manner: cognitive flexibility and impulse control are enhancing the autoexecutive functioning, Letting go of judgement and expectations are enhancing the tolerance for frustration and mistakes (which is antagonistic to the inner critic). But also the social and emotional competencies needed for healthy adult behavor in social interactions are trained: being mindful of others whilst being present within oneself enable feelings of cohesiveness and coherence in the patient, subsequently generating self-efficacy and fulfilling the basic need of coherent self. A more contemporary (but not limited to) beneﬁt is the training of an „adaptive mindset“: Patients nowadays feel more and more threatened by a quickly changing world around them both on a personal as well as a geopolitical level. Dealing with this so called “VUCA”-world (VUCA: Our world becomes increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) or “BANI”-world (BANI: We perceive our surroundings as increasingly Brittle, inducing Anxiety, Non-linear and Incomprehensible) often activates vulnerable child modes as well as maladaptive coping modes. An “improv-mindset” can help to cope with seemingly overwhelming surroundings by developing and strengthening an healthy adult or healthy parent attitude towards uncertainty, complexity and perceived loss of control.
Strengthen the Mind Towards Resilience with Buddhist Psychology: How to Cultivate the Healthy Qualities of the Mind and How to Regulate their Antidotes
Co-Presented with Tenzin Peljor
Buddhist psychology supports basically four main tasks (efforts, skt. Vīrya) for mental growth: 1) to prevent the initial development of destructive mental states (which have not yet manifested in the psyche), 2) to abandon the destructive mental states that have already manifested, 3) to cultivate constructive mental states (initially create healthy mind resources), and 4) to maintain such constructive mental states (strengthen the healthy mind and subsequently build up resilience by doing so). Much of the Buddhist psychology regarding the treatment of destructive mental states (see 1) and 2) above) has been researched and found their ways into secular therapeutic settings and methods. A key method, the application of mindfulness, is nowadays widespread researched, applied and understood and is the needed basic skill for schematherapy to detect modes (mode awareness). Furthermore the non-judgemental attitude towards the sheer existence of destructive mental states (acceptance) has also found its way into psychotherapy and schematherapy (acceptance of the biographical creation of EMS, and the corresponding modes in the present such as inner critic and a more nuanced approach towards it such as using self-compassion as its antidote and acceptance that the self-destructive critic inner-voices