Dr JO Steenkamp (DLitt et Phil) is a Clinical Psychologist in Pretoria, South Africa. He completed his master’s in Psychology in 1984 and started his full-time private practice in 1985. During his second year of private practice he stumbled on spontaneous healing, and began what was to become a meticulous experiential research study of intra-systemic healing processes.


In 1991 he obtained his doctorate in SHIP® He spent the past 33 years refining this method continuously. His book 'SHIP®: Spontaneous Healing Intrasystemic Process: The Age-Old Art of Facilitating Healing' was reprinted 19 times.  His new book 'SHIP® (Spontaneous Healing Intra-systemic Process): An Integrated Theory & Psychotherapy for Trauma-spectrum Manifestations was released in September 2018.


Dr Steenkamp is the CEO of THE SHIP® Foundation (2001), a training facility for registered psychologists who want to specialize in SHIP®. He is also a registered SHIP®forAdults trainer. In addition to running his full-time private practice, he has authored & co-authored articles, conducted clinical workshops and spoken at numerous academic institutions, public and business forums, and national and international conferences. Dr Steenkamp also appeared on a radio show that addressed various topics on male psychology.

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Presentations and workshops:
  1. Introduction to SHIP® and SHIP® concepts: Case studies.

  2. A SHIP® (Spontaneous Healing Intra-systemic Process) translation of the shadow.

  3. The space beyond: In search of an advanced SHIP® model.

  4. Introducing the theory of SHIP® on psycho-biodynamic spontaneous healing potential, the manifestation of dis-ease patterns, coping style development and spontaneous healing facilitation.

  5. Depathologising stress reactions in clients: A SHIP® perspective.

  6. SHIP®– from back to front: When the wrong becomes right, the inside out, and other important considerations when travelling a stormy-calm sea.

  7. Sometimes I sits and worries and other times I just sits and I stresses.

  8. Conflict or spontaneous healing? A point of reference.

  9. The next step: Turning obstacles into significance.

  10. Boundaries: Things that go bump in the night.

  11. Stress intervention for senior leaders.

  12. SHIP® (Spontaneous Healing Intra-systemic Process): Introducing a mind–body integrated psychotherapy approach.

  13. A psychological journey from yesterday’s tomorrow to tomorrow’s yesterday.

  14. Spontaneous Healing Facilitation™: Understanding the psychology of healing and wellness.

  15. Understanding the psychobiology of acute trauma.

  16. Spontaneous healing reactions and trauma: The development of the coping style as a platform where self-regulatory intra‑ and inter‑relationships may connect.

  17. When you dive into your shadow you discover the light causing it.

  18. Spontaneous healing reactions and trauma: A SHIP® (Spontaneous Healing Intra-systemic Process) perspective on creating a Healing Space for the integration of disconnected material.

  19. Brilliance comes from being authentic.

  20. Intra-systemic psychotherapy: Newest developments and case study applications.

  21. Introducing an Integrated SHIP® trauma-spectrum model on the etiology, characteristics and natural disposition of trauma-spectrum manifestations (TSMs).

  22. The internal gateway to healing trauma-spectrum manifestations (TSMs): A SHIP® perspective on spontaneous healing reactions (SHRs).

  23. A SHIP® perspective on trauma and practice implications.

  24. Psychotherapy: The spiral of disconnection in acute and chronic trauma.

  25. How do we stop stopping spontaneous healing?

  26. Internal spontaneous detox: But can the onion peel itself?

  27. The treatment and healing of trauma: Linking compassion and spontaneous healing reactions.

  28. Body–mind wholeness: Practical implications for psychotherapy.

  29. Trauma and the development of coping styles: What is trauma and how do we survive it?

  30. How the trauma secret finds its way out anyway: A blueprint disposition, projection and systemic rebellion.

  31. The great unfreeze: Autonomic self-regulation and how to hold an appropriate healing space (lectures i and ii).

  32.  A story that wants to be told and that needs to be heard.

  33. Autonomic regulation: The cornerstone of spontaneous healing.

  34. Self-profiling: Understanding the formation and co-existence of coping styles and the shadow, and the application possibilities.

  35. Associative activators and SHRs; Why, when and how we interfere and why, when and how we do not interfere.

  36. Classification and application of SHRs.