about me

I know from personal experience at different times in my life how valuable and supportive therapy and counselling can be.

 

It may feel scary and daunting to embark on such a journey of self-exploration and to open up to a stranger, but it can also be deeply rewarding and healing.

 

For me, counselling is a process of empowering my clients to get in touch with their own inner potential for change and growth. I try to assist you in navigating your rough seas, well knowing that there isn't just one route but that everybody needs to find her/his way through challenging times.

 

I'm not all knowing and I can't 'make you better'. Instead I help you to find your own answers and way forward. And sometimes 'just' sharing your deep feelings, difficult thoughts and desperate questions in a holding environment can be immensely healing.

 

Our (early) life experience can result in powerful (unconscious) patterns and ways of relating. Through counselling I try to help you become more aware of these and invite you to explore different ways of being and relating (to yourself and others). Understanding how your past influences your present can also change your view of self and help you to develop new and more satisfying ways of being.

 

In my eyes, human life and its challenges are far too complex for one approach or theory. In my work I therefore combine humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. I also like to work creatively (e.g. working with colours or inner images).

 

While living in England I worked as a counsellor in a GP practice for some years. This gave me the huge benefit of working with clients bringing a broad range of issues (e.g. depression, health/death anxiety, bereavement, separation/divorce, low self-esteem or unemployment/financial problems). I also worked in private practice.

 

I did my training in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from 2009-2012 at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling in England. This course is accredited by BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), one of the two main bodies in this field in UK. It combined theories from different backgrounds and focused on the counselling relationship. In depth self-exploration and self-development, including being in psychotherapy for the duration of the training, were important parts of that training.

 

I am now a registered member of BACP and of the 'Verband Freier Psychotherapeuten, Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie und Psychologischer Berater e.V.'.
I carry professional liability insurance to cover my practice.