I am Robert Stamboliev
I work internationally as a psychologist, trainer, coach and relationship therapist. I am inspired to enhance consciousness in individuals and organisations.
Man often thinks and acts mechanically, identifies himself with all sorts of thoughts and ideas and as a result events ‘happen’ to him, without any awareness or choice. What you are in essence, sleeps.
Consciousness work is essential to ‘awaken’, to liberate yourself of your conditioning and to be able to make real choices. This applies to the individual, but also to organisations and countries. Our planet needs consciousness!
My approach in coaching? After a clear diagnosis I propose a number of sessions, depending on the question this usually varies between 3 and 10 appointments. In this trajectory often a swift transformation takes place, through an approach in which I integrate different methods. A colleague described this as follows: coaching with a therapeutic touch, an eclectic approach from the ’empty middle’.
Since 1983 I put the Voice Dialogue method on the map in Europe and founded the Institute for Transformational Psychology (ITP) in 1988. The educational and training programs of the ITP have been developed under my guidance, in interaction with a selection of trainers and students.
Next to that I have developed leadership programs for various organizations and I also enjoy facilitating the development of excellence of process workers (trainers, coaches, therapists, managers, teachers).
To Voice Dialogue facilitators I offer supervision and Masterclasses, worldwide.
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Learn Voice Dialogue provides you with clear theory in combination with the powerful effects achieved by working with subpersonalities. We’re interested in helping you to become more balanced in your everyday life and more conscious and free in the important choices you have to make in your lifetime.
With Voice Dialogue you can ‘go as deep as you want, as high as you can reach, as low as you dare and as far as you are able.’
Beyond that we – facilitators and trainers alike – are deeply committed to making the world more balanced and to aid in the development of awareness for humanity.
Voice Dialogue Coach/Trainer
My approach in coaching is simple: After a clear diagnosis I propose a number of sessions, depending on the complexity of the situation/question this usually varies between 3 and 10 appointments.
Such a trajectory is the cradle for a swift transformation, through an approach in which I integrate different methods.. A colleague once described my method as follows: coaching with a therapeutic touch, an eclectic approach from the ’empty middle’.
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From a very early age, I was absorbed in human consciousness and followed my own path. I started doing yoga when I was 15, followed by the study of the work of Krishnamurti from the age of 16. After secondary school, I studied social sciences for a few years but when this did not inspire me enough, I decided to work as a barkeeper and night watchman, and develop my own study.
During this period, I began practising tai chi chuan and developed myself in the field of music, theatre and voice coaching for several years. I also took a course in Gestalt psychology and attended training in shamanism and energy work. Later, I also started teaching tai chi chuan and voice coaching.
I met Hal and Sidra Stone in 1982 and came in contact with their work. Voice Dialogue gave me a theoretical foundation in transformational psychology. This inspired me tremendously and I went to Los Angeles to study with Hal Stone and obtained my Master’s degree in Psychology in 1988 through International College.
After returning to the Netherlands, I began my professional life as a therapist, coach, trainer and teacher and founded the Institute for Transformational Psychology (ITP). During the process of working with clients, groups and colleagues, my learning and deepening continued organically, where I was able to apply what I had learned to my work. The thread over the years is exploring new paths and ways of working. If these turned out to be successful, I integrated them in individual practice and in the teaching package. This resulted in several syntheses.
Examples of fitting methods are: Voice Dialogue, focusing, voice coaching, dream work, relationship coaching, body and energy work, group dynamics, family constellations, working with archetypes, psychodrama, voice drama, creative techniques. Combinations also resulted in new ways of working and new applications.
Other matters I experimented with a lot as part of training and coaching is the effect of nature, culture, location and nutrition. All this with the objective of facilitating an optimum consciousness process in participants/clients and developing soulfulness.
In 1988, I wrote the first version of the book The Energetics of Voice Dialogue, which has become a standard work for Voice Dialogue coaches. In 2021 I was co-author of the book Voice Dialogue in psychotherapy (it was published in The Netherlands as In gesprek met het Kaasmonster, Voice Dialogue in de GGZ). In 2023 I have re-written The Energetics of Voice Dialogue and included a workbook.
For me methods and techniques are never a goal in itself, but simply tools. I work from a relaxed and centred position and am open for whatever presents itself. We also call this ‘working form the empty middle’. In martial arts in the East, when a warrior has mastered all techniques, this is the final phase, letting go of all knowledge and working from ‘no mind’. This is not an end point either, more an infinite principle, though I keep developing…
The teaching package as it is given now at the ITP was developed and shaped in the abovementioned way. It is based on experiential learning. Self-knowledge is the basis of mastery and the coach is the instrument. Personal process and learning the various techniques go hand in hand.
I introduced and developed Voice Dialogue in the Netherlands and most European countries, and have also worked in Asia, North- and South America. I am affiliated to several institutes as an advisor.
My mission is the enhancement of consciousness. Exploring it from the inside and through study. Developing new syntheses and working methods. Trying out and implementing successful experiments. In coaching as well as in training. I enjoy this and like to share this with others.