Psychotherapists usually maintain a professional distance and remain in the background as a person. The focus of any consultation or therapy must be always the client and his/her concerns. The job of the therapist is to listen, possibly carefully guide, but never to contribute on a personal level. Nevertheless, it is important for the client to find the right “match”. Not every therapist is right for every client. That’s why I offer a cost-effective 75-minute initial consultation, in which you can address any concerns or questions and get a personal impression. In addition, below you will find some information about me as a therapist, focus of practice and therapy methods, hoping it will help you with prescreening. I’ll be happy to answer short questions during my telephone hours or by email. For a personal meeting and clarification of more complex questions, I recommend the 75-minute initial consultation.
From an early age, there were mainly two topics that interested me in various forms and expressions: creativity and medicine (also in a broader sense). My path to my own practice for psychotherapy first led me to studies in humanities and medicine at LMU, studying fine art and music at private academies in the USA, and working as a human resources manager for international companies in the US. After years of professional and personal development, it became clear to me that I was most interested in a holistic approach to health, particularly health of the mind, as it so profoundly influences the physical health in return. So, I found my true calling in psychotherapeutic work and counseling. My knowledge about fine arts, humanities and music proved to be a valuable resource and my keen interest in medicine has often served me. Ultimately, however, it was my inexhaustible interest in my fellow human beings and the exploration of the true Self (as C.G. Jung postulates it), which has led me to undergo further training and become a holistic practitioner for psychotherapy (“Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie“). Subsequently, I successfully passed the written and oral exam conducted by the Department of Health, City of Munich and was licensed as a holistic practitioner for psychotherapy (“Heilpraktiker beschränkt auf das Gebiet der Psychotherapie“). In addition, I successfully completed professional training in A.R.T. and M.F.T. with Dr. med. Klinghardt in Seattle and Systemic Family Constellations with Sieglinde Schneider in Munich, as well as internships with Jakob Schneider (Family Constellations) and at the Clinic for Palliative Medicine Hospice Barmherzige Brüder (hospice work) in Munich-Nymphenburg and I am in the process of completing advanced training for „Crisis, Bereavement and Dying „at the Center for Naturopathy in Munich.
Consequently, one of the main focuses of my practice is „Crises, Grief, and Dying“, and I accompany my clients in these areas. The subject of „grief and dying“ initially seems very difficult and stressful, and naturally, it is for most people who are in an acute crisis. However, every crisis also holds a seed for growth and movement towards a fulfilled happy life. This is the second focus of my practice: the individuation process, development of perspectives and movement towards the true Self. Methods touch on C.G. Jung’s depth psychotherapy and include guided imagery, biographic work, and intuitive writing. Methods that are more likely to be used in crisis and grief counseling are talk therapy (Carl R. Rogers), Family Constellations (Hellinger), Mental Field Techniques (Dr. med. Klinghardt), aka Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), rituals and methods used in grief therapy, techniques used in trauma therapy and aspects of behavioral therapy.
It goes without saying, that ongoing professional training, supervision and personal development are important components of my professional (and personal) life. I am a member of the following associations: