Niyati Evers, MAPW, Diplomate in Process Oriented Psychology
I’m a process-oriented therapist and facilitator. I have always been most interested in forms of psychotherapy that integrate psychology and spirituality, which is why I chose Process Work – a method that integrates Jungian psychology with the wisdom of spiritual and indigenous traditions – as my main modality.
If I were to create an ideal world, it would be one where all of us learn to welcome and explore our inner and outer diversity. I believe that so much of our most painful and destructive conflicts with each other, whether on a relationship or on a world level, stem not only from marginalizing other people and groups, but also from marginalizing our inner worlds and experiences. This is why in my work, I am especially interested in exploring areas that are often surrounded by taboo, such as sex, spirituality, power, love, intimacy, death, ecstasy and transformation.
Background and Teaching Experience
I am originally from Amsterdam, where I had a private practice, working with various forms of alternative psychotherapies, such as Postural Integration, Bioenergetics, Reichian work, and Voice Dialogue. In addition to that, I received my training in Tantric Sexuality Practices from the Skydancing Institute, run by Margot Anand. I facilitated workshops in Tantra and personal transformation in Amsterdam, and throughout the Netherlands. I completed my Masters in Process Oriented Psychology at the Process Work Institute in Portland, and I am a certified Process Work Diplomate.
In 1998, I moved to post-Apartheid South Africa, where I lived and worked for 14 years. I honor and view the land and the people of South Africa as my diversity teachers. It was there that I was awakened to all the different dynamics (both conscious and unconscious, intentional and unintentional) around racism, privilege, marginalization and power. Working with these dynamics, especially in relation to racism, sexism, homophobia, and ageism, became a central feature of my work while living in South Africa.
In addition to my private practice, I was a faculty member of the South African College for Applied Psychology, where I trained coaches and counselors in Process Work skills, and ran diversity seminars for students working with marginalized groups. I also worked as a senior associate to the Center for Conscious Leadership in Johannesburg, where I facilitated executive teams, focusing on diversity, team dynamics, leadership development, and conflict management.
Because I lived and worked in many different parts of the world, I know what it’s like to leave familiar worlds behind and to move into new and unknown worlds. These experiences have given me a special interest in working with big life transitions – not just in the literal sense of the word of moving from one place to another, but also in terms of any kind of process involving deep change.