About Nik And Eva
Nik & Eva Speakman have studied and worked together since 1992. Between them they have studied human behaviour and psychology for almost seven decades. They both share an uncontainable passion to offer hope and to help people lead happier and less inhibited lives.
The Speakmans believe adverse mental health issues and diagnosis and are symptoms of a prior life trauma.
They believe, “it’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what happened to you.”
Through studying the research of revolutionary psychologists such as John Watson, Jean Piaget, Albert Bandura, Lev Vygotsky and B.F. Skinner, Nik & Eva acquired an intellectual curiosity for behaviourism and behavioural conditioning. After many remarkable breakthroughs, their studies transformed into the creation of their behavioural change therapy, known as ‘Schema Conditioning Psychotherapy.’®
Their work with trauma victims and their related symptoms, such as PTSD, CPTSD, dissociation disorder and depersonalisation, led to the creation of further extraordinary trauma-based therapies. Those therapies being:-
‘Visual Schema Displacement Therapy (VSDT)’® and ‘Visual Schema Detachment & Restructuring (VSDR)’®.
Qualifications from the creation of their innovative therapies, resulted in Nik & Eva training psychology professors, doctors and masters students at Universities in both Amsterdam and Utrecht in their therapy.
In 2015, this training resulted in the first set of scientific studies being conducted into the workings of their therapy; the first two study papers highlighting their therapies’ remarkable efficacy, was published in the Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry in June 2019.
The third study with a significantly larger sample of participants, was then published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology in April 2021. A fourth scientific study (with hospital psychiatric patients) is currently underway and will be completed by the end of 2022.
As well as members of the public, Nik & Eva work with, and have treated many high-profile clients and ‘A’ list clients around the world, and they have had prodigious successes. They are resident therapists on ITV’s multi award-winning ‘This Morning’ for over a decade and have had their own television shows, one of which, ‘The Speakmans’, also aired on ITV. They have also appeared on numerous other television shows as expert contributors, such as the award-winning Saturday Night Takeaway.
Nik and Eva help people through as many mediums as they can – including live workshops, theatre tours, books, podcasts, radio, television, social media and YouTube. At the heart of all of Nik & Eva plans, lies a relentless mission to offer hope to as many people as possible, to assist them in overcoming their issues, and to help them to improve the quality of their lives.