about me

During my studies in Switzerland and as researcher in the area of cell genetics as a molecular biologist in Cambridge, I enjoyed  the scientific thoroughness, the persistent questioning of existing theories  and the pleasure of ongoing discovery while keeping an open mind. After leaving the academic career in favor of my patchwork family with six children, Aïkido and meditation became a regular part of my everyday life. I started teaching in my own dojo.


After a three-year systemic education as a counselor according to Virginia Satir in San Francisco, supplemented by additional training in holding (Martha Welch, Aletha Solter) and family constellations (Bert Hellinger) in Germany, I opened my practice of the "clarification relationnelle" in Neuchâtel in 1995. From the very beginning, the knowledge and discoveries in the field of neurobiology were intertwined with the clinical findings in therapy.


In recent years, new insights in the areas of trauma and neuroscience enticed me to be trained by Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Bessel van der Kolk, Stephen Porges (Polyvagal Theory), Ellert Nijenhuis (Dissociative disorders and psychotrauma), Luise Reddemann (PITT) and Peggy Pace (Lifespan Integration™). Since practicing LI, an important aspect of my work consists of promoting Lifespan Integration. In 2014 I developed a systemic model of LI which permits trauma resolution for families, couples and children. 


2016, A. Janner Steffan, « La dissociation de l’enfant en ICV » Chap. 17, dans Smith J. « La Psychothérapie du trauma et de la dissociation », ed. Dunod, Paris.


2016, A. Janner Steffan, « L’ICV systémique », ESTD Symposium, Amsterdam


2017, A. Janner Steffan, Présentation de l’ICV, Congrès Degpt, Zurich,


2017, A. Janner Steffan, « Setting et modèles théoriques de l’ICV », dans Smith J., «Cas cliniques en ICV», Dunod, Paris, parution en octobre 2017