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Orientation and Self-care in the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Application of Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Trauma Treatment for Psychotherapeutic Practitioners


By Dr Asuka Yamashina

AIT Teacher and Supervisor, Chartered Counselling Psychologist


In consultation with Dr Asha Clinton (Developer of AIT) and Ruth Pimenta (AIT teacher), I have put together an e-booklet as a free resource for psychotherapeutic practitioners (including those not trained in AIT). It is a guide on how to use AIT (in a simplified form to treat current traumas) for their own self-care, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis where many of the unhealed past traumas are triggered and resurfacing as current difficulties. It presents the main traumatic themes of the pandemic and gives examples of treatment areas and phrases, as well as reframing the crisis as an opportunity for further growth. 


The booklet represents how I reflect on the pandemic situation and how I integrate AIT into my psychotherapeutic practice as an AIT therapist, and is not intended as ‘the right way’ to do AIT or representing the official views of the AIT Institute.    

Please scroll down to view it on this page or press the button to open it on a new webpage.                         

Asuka Yamashina

April 2020

Table of Contents

Preface    5

Psychological challenges of COVID-19    6

    Unmet needs create fear and anxiety    6

    Shock, grief and fear about the sudden loss of the world we knew    7

Introduction to AIT theory and its stress reduction technique     11

   How the AIT theory of trauma illuminates healing in the pandemic    11

   AIT’s energetic trauma release    13

   AIT Opening of the Heart Meditation    18

   Strengthening positive qualities and beliefs with AIT energy treatment    19

   AIT Centering Meditation    21


Protecting yourself from burnout    22

   Preserving our energy while the world is encroached by death    22

   Filling ourselves with healing and regenerative emotional frequencies      24

   Being filled with love and peace in the eye of the storm    26


COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for healing and growth    27

   Our shared priorities in re-orientation through the crisis    27

   Reaffirmation of hope, dreams, joy, peace and love    30


Appendix:  Further resources on AIT and its seminars    31

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