The Emotional Release Therapy

A special kind of trauma therapy

Trauma therapy
Emotional Release Therapy and The JOURNEY® can be used for these complaints. can be used

I like to use Emotional Release Therapy and the JOURNEY® processes to release suppressed emotions and feelings in my practice in Frankfurt, for example with

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Stress & Burnout
  • Fatigue & exhaustion up to depression
  • psychosomatic complaints
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • physical abuse
  • Psychological violence
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • therapy-resistant chronic complaints and diseases of all kinds 
  • Constant inner restlessness and nervousness 
  • Addictions (shopping addiction, gambling addiction, alcohol addiction, smoking, drug addiction, sex addiction, internet addiction, etc.)
  • After traumatic experiences and shock experiences such as accidents, injuries, deaths, etc.
  • Unfulfilled desire to have children
  • Before and after operations
  • Pain, malaise, susceptibility to infections, intolerances, insensitivity and other non-specific complaints for which no physical cause can be identified.
  • Digestive problems & food intolerances
  • Chronic tension in muscles, fasciae and connective tissue
  • Accompaniment during serious illnesses
  • Trauma around birth
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Procrastination
  • Concentration problems
  • Grief counselling

And much more ...
Just call me and tell me about your symptoms.

What are emotions?

Emotions and feelings such as fear, terror, anger, rage, sadness, shame, guilt are simply energy in motion. No more and no less. Emotions and feelings are biochemical processes in the body. Every emotion has its own specific body sensations.

If we didn't feel these body sensations, how would we know what emotion we were feeling?


What does it feel like when we feel fear?

Fear, for example, is often felt on the front of the body, often on the chest, we feel everything contracting, we hold our breath. We hold our breath in fear.

How does anger feel in my body?

If I let go of the story of why I feel anger and instead feel what is going on in the body right now, I can observe the following:
  • I'm getting hot
  • the skin becomes red
  • the jaws clench
  • my posture changes
We have rated certain feelings and emotions as "negative" and "positive". But there are no negative or positive emotions. There are simply emotions. A biochemical process, nothing more. 

What happens when we suppress "negative" feelings?

We have been conditioned by our family, by society, by the school system, by our religion, according to our gender, that certain emotions and feelings that we originally expressed naturally are not wanted, are not good, are not okay.

  • Don't cry!
  • Stop crying!
  • Pull yourself together!
  • A big boy does not cry!
  • An Indian knows no pain.
  • Don't be sad.
  • If you don't stop, you don't get ice cream.
  • Don't be afraid.
  • You don't have to be afraid.

We start to suppress these emotions and feelings, push them away, no longer express them. This is where the problem begins. We develop beliefs about feeling emotions and feelings, about life, about ourselves and others, about money, love and so on:

  • when i express anger happens....
  • when I cry, it is an expression of weakness
  • Emotions are dangerous
  • I die when I feel fear
  • i must not cry
  • and many more.....

Because we have linked deep emotions and feelings to intense circumstances, the stories we tell ourselves, we have developed a fear of feeling certain emotions and feelings, so that the fear of the emotion can be greater than the emotion or feeling itself.


Negative and limiting beliefs and convictions

These limiting beliefs and faiths make us believe that we have no choice, no control, are powerless.

  • Who would you be without your limiting beliefs?
  • What would you be like without these limiting beliefs?
  • What beliefs are holding you back from being who you want to be?
  • What hidden beliefs make you think that you cannot be who you want to be?
  • What self-criticism and self-judgement has prevented you from living the life you wanted?
  • Imagine what would happen if all limiting beliefs and fears were erased.
  • What if you found that you had wonderful abilities to open up and let these things go?
  • Do these old beliefs and convictions still serve you?

How do you find out which negative beliefs and convictions you have?

Ask yourself:

  • What did my mother or father always say?
  • What am I not allowed to do?
  • What is not allowed to feel?
  • How must I not behave?
  • What was I told that was not possible?
  • What was I not allowed to say, to think, to do?
  • If you have negative or limiting beliefs and convictions about
    • You
    • life
    • other
    • Control
    • Security
    • Worthlessness
    • Who you think you have to be in order to survive
    • How you think you have to behave in order to survive

which ones would they be?

The role of our mind

The job of our mind is to protect us. It just does that automatically. Our mind wants to be in control. Control is always fear-based. Our mind is afraid of losing control.

To ensure that it remains in control, the mind creates stories so that we don't have to feel our feelings and emotions. These stories we have associated with the emotions and feelings that we repeat over and over again, circling in our head. Stories of what has happened to us, who has done what to us. 

These stories we tell ourselves have only one purpose: 

The mind wants to keep us from having to feel what is actually here right now. It is simply a diversion. It's protecting us, that's its job. The mind wants to understand everything. It holds on to the idea: it's too dangerous to feel, it overwhelms us.

However, as many of us will have noticed, regurgitating stories over and over again does not help. 

It takes some practice at first to focus on the body again because we are used to focusing on the stories our mind tells us. However, when you focus on the body sensations while feeling the emotion, you let go of the story of the mind in that moment.


How do you deal with emotions in a healthy way?

Emotional Release and JOURNEY® Processes

In the Journey® processes I lead, you learn to separate the stories from the emotions and just feel purely the emotions and feelings, without story. 

With the Journey® method you learn to get back in touch with your emotions and feelings. The mind learns again that it is safe to feel. Nothing happens to us when we feel emotions. You learn again that emotions and feelings are simply a physical experience, nothing more. When you have experienced this, you understand that we are much more than the emotions.

What hurts is holding on to the emotions and the stories that are connected to the emotions and not wanting to feel them. The fact is: it's actually good to feel the emotions. You feel much more alive, more connected to yourself. 

In this way, emotions can flow through us within minutes.

Have you ever observed how the emotions of small children can change from minute to minute? One moment the tears are flowing and they are sad to death, a minute later it is all over and they are laughing and playing again. This is the healthy, normal sequence of events before we start suppressing feelings and emotions. This does not mean that you should burst into tears in the middle of the meeting with your boss, that would not be helpful or adequate, but you can still let the emotions be there and feel them after the meeting instead of suppressing them.


Why do certain people or situations trigger us?

If a colleague at work, a neighbour, a boss, a mother, a landlord triggers us with a certain behaviour or statement and, for example, anger (or any other emotion) comes up, this has nothing to do with the other person. 

The anger or the emotion in question is already stored in us, we have only suppressed it. The stored emotion comes from previous experiences in which we did not feel the emotion but suppressed it and therefore it was stored in the body. The trigger only brings out and activates the emotion stored in us. So it is never about the other person, but always about ourselves. 

When we are triggered, this is the indication that unresolved emotions from our past/childhood are calling within us for release. 

So when someone pushes our "buttons", it is only an invitation to us to feel the old emotions, to work through the old issue and the cell memory where these emotions were relevant with Emotional Release Therapy and the JOURNEY®.


Curious now ?

Then I look forward to your booking an appointment for a preliminary talk in my practice for Emotional Release Therapy and The JOURNEY® in Frankfurt.
Book right now!

This is how Emotional Release Therapy and The JOURNEY® can work on body & psyche. Psyche

Emotional Release and the Journey® Method - Learning to Feel Emotions Again

Our inner child

Inside each of us sits the small, wounded child of yesteryear. Whatever our inner child has done in the past, it was never good enough. As a child, we had to fit into a mould, had to conform to the high standards of others.

And yet, no matter how hard we tried, it just didn't seem to be enough, it wasn't good enough. And in all our attempts to please others, we forgot who we really are.

We have forgotten the beauty, the creativity, the playfulness, the love that we are.

Instead, we have tried to please everyone else, adopted other people's ideas, notions and concepts of how we should be and yet it was never good enough.

This has created injuries that we as adults still carry within us and from which we act. The inner wounded child sits in the body of an adult. 


In addition to feeling the emotions fully, forgiveness is an important part of Journey process work. This is not about condoning the other person's painful behaviour or allowing them to continue to treat us in this way. It is about forgiving the other person's soul. This is not done for the other person, but for us. Forgiveness happens in the Journey process- not in the presence of the other person. 

Forgiveness is felt by many patients to be enormously liberating

Sensing exercise to feel emotions
  • Every now and then, just stop. Stop all activities. Stop all distractions. Stop all the stories you tell yourself. Just stop. Become quiet.
  • Sit in a quiet place where you feel safe, close your eyes and relax your body.
  • Feel if there is tension somewhere in the body.
  • Ask your mind to take you to that place and bring your attention there.
  • If this place where the tension is could speak and had words, what could they be? Say these words out loud.
  • When you hear these words, what does this trigger in you emotionally?
  • Allow this emotion to be here. You may get a soft whisper in response....
  • When your mind wants to interfere and starts telling you stories, focus on the body sensation. Your mind may try to pull you away from there, so keep your attention on the body sensation, whichever it is.
  • Observe the emotions, how does it feel in the body? Does it change?
  • Realise that you have survived!!!
  • Invite yourself to feel these emotions more often, perhaps a little deeper each time. 

By feeling the emotions, we come back to ourselves. We feel ourselves again. We make different, healthier choices. We can let go of old, unhealthy patterns of behaviour and come to peace and forgiveness, with ourselves and with others.

How the Journey® method was invented and developed

The Journey® method was developed by Brandon Bays, who cured herself many years ago in just a few weeks of a basketball-sized tumour she had been diagnosed with. This gave rise to the Journey® method, which is now known in 47 countries.  

In the meantime, several thousand practitioners are applying the Journey Method worldwide. 

I am very grateful to be able to offer this fascinating and profound treatment method for releasing suppressed emotions
in Frankfurt and via video call.

Dissolve negative beliefs
Number of Journey® therapy sessions required

You alone determine the number of Emotional Release sessions. The sensible number of sessions depends on your concerns and your willingness to go as deep and as far as you want. There are no recommendations here. 

Change takes time. 

If you are ready to drop into your emotions, to look at your emotional wounds, then it can make a lot of sense if you are ready to book several sessions. Just listen to your intuition, when it is time and you are ready to work through something, you will know. You can find more information about the number of sessions under costs and duration.

More info about THE JOURNEY®

On the official website you will find many more interesting details and information about The JOURNEY®, its development, mode of action and possible applications.

Can Journey® processes be used alongside other medical treatments?

Journey® processes can be carried out alongside other conventional or alternative medical treatments.

Costs & session duration of an Emotional Release Therapy or JOURNEY® session

Details about the costs of a JOURNEY® session and the duration of a JOURNEY® session can be found under "Costs & Duration".

Science & Research

Here you can find scientific studies on the connection between the suppression of emotions and illness.



Stefanie Heinlein
Stefanie Heinlein

Stefanie Heinlein is an expert on narcissism, alternative practitioner & mentor. Her mission: Emotional Release & working with the subconscious. She supports people to free themselves from the shackles of their emotional injuries and traumas, and the related repressed emotions and patterns, regardless of the cause. Her particular area of heart and specialisation is supporting women to release their narcissistic trauma so that they can once again live a self-determined life with self-love, self-worth and self-confidence.

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