Bsc Psychotherapy and couple therapy
I am a licensed psychotherapist (Gestalt Therapy) and couple therapist with many years of experience and working with all kinds of diagnosis. My main goal as a psychotherapist is to create an environment brimming with warmth, empathy and acceptance. In this safe environment you can open up, get to know yourself and reflect upon your thoughts, emotions and experiences.
I work in English and in German. I grew up in Vienna where I also completed my training as psychotherapist.
Working as a therapist allows me to do what I love the most, which is to be present with others in a supportive way and offer the guidance and tools my clients need to better respond to challenges in their lives.
My journey as a therapist started in 1998. Over the past two decades I have constantly expanded my knowledge by training in Somatic Experiencing, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Integrative Body Therapy, Brain Spotting (Trauma Therapy), mindfulness and more.
As a Gestalt therapist, my orientation is primarily humanistic and experimental. That means I focus on present experiences and anchor them in bodily sensations and awareness. My intention is to build a sustainable relation with the client, which is rooted in warmth, understanding and acceptance. Amongst this security and stability, clients are able to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and past experiences.
At the beginning of our journey, I take time to get to know you by determining which situations you are confronted with and which emotions you may be experiencing, such as loneliness, pain, anger, happiness, sadness, fear or vitality. I want to support you in developing mindfulness and finding healthy ways to move forward.
Somatic Experiencing is a body awareness approach to healing trauma. After traumatic experiences, the nervous system can become chronically over or under active. The following symptoms can incur: anxiety, depression, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, headache, etc.
There are different types of trauma:
- Acute trauma: a single overwhelming event/experience like a car accident, natural disaster or assault.
- Complex trauma: results from multiple, chronic and prolonged overwhelming traumatic events.
- Developmental trauma: exposure to ongoing and repetitive trauma in childhood, like neglect, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse or assault, emotional abuse, etc.
- Intergenerational trauma: trauma can be inherited through epigenetic changes, for instance a grandparent's experience leaves a mark on our genes.
Our bodies hold memories and imprints of our past. Therefore, it is necessary for our body to start a healing process. Our nervous system is designed to self-regulate however it has its limitations around trauma. Through tracking and processing somatic sensations, I can help resolve trauma and support a healthier regulation of your nervous system. This will help restore your sense of safety and increase your ability to experience a more joyful and connected life.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is the approach I use for COUPLE THERAPY.
EFT provides a structured short term therapy for couples who want to restore and reinvigorate their relationship. I help couples understand the patterns of interaction that create frustration and distance. This method allows you to reinstate a trustworthy and harmonious relationship.
Supervision is a necessary support for clinical practice. I provide supervision for therapists and counsellors. I can therefore help you better understand clinical cases and allow you to reflect on your therapeutic practice and challenges.
In Vienna, I completed a Bachelor of Science of Psychotherapy in Gestalt Therapy and Counselling at the Sigmund Freud University. I am member of:
- EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy)
- OEVG (Austrian Association for Gestalt Therapy)
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (www.traumahealing.org)
In order to deepen my knowledge and remain effective, I take part in training several times a year and attend regular therapy supervision.
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