Bsc Psychotherapy and couple therapy
I am a licensed psychotherapist (Gestalt Therapy) with many years of experience 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.
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. In this secure and stable setting, clients are able to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and past experiences. I want to support you in developing mindfulness and finding healthy ways to move forward.
Trauma & Somatic Experiencing
Somatic Experiencing is a body awareness approach to healing trauma. After traumatic experiences, the nervous system can become chronically over or under active. Symptoms can include anxiety, depression, chronic pain, nightmares, numbness, 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, and physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
- Intergenerational trauma: trauma can be inherited through epigenetic changes.
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, but it has its limitations around trauma. Through tracking and processing somatic sensations, I can help manage stress, resolve trauma, develop effective ways of dealing with 'triggers', 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.
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 situation and challenges.
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, mindfulness and more.
In Vienna, I completed a Bachelor of Science of Psychotherapy in Gestalt Therapy and Counselling at the Sigmund Freud University. I am a member of:
- EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy)
- OEVG (Austrian Association for Gestalt Therapy: http://oevg-gestalt.at/)
- 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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