“All dreams can come true if we have the courage to follow them.” (Disney)

My focus

  • Anxieties
  • Depression
  • Adaptation disorders (grief, loss, changes in life circumstances, etc.)
  • Immigration and emigration, counselling for returnees
  • Hypnosis therapy (e.g: exam nerves, sleep disorders, hypnotic gastric band, social phobia …)

Psychological counselling (Counselling)

When I offer psychological counselling, I see counselling as a process that helps people to solve personal, social or psychological challenges and difficulties. My goal is to enable people to see things more clearly, to help them focus on positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours to make positive and meaningful changes for themselves.

“Success is nothing small, but it starts with small things.” (Socrates)

Psychological counselling

If you would like to develop your own strengths and receive professional and competent support in your personal development, coaching and psychological counselling can be a helpful support. Psychological counselling and coaching are aimed primarily at people who wish to achieve a positive change in their lives and who would like to receive competent and individually tailored support, but do not suffer from a mental illness.   Counselling is compassion, understanding, acceptance and a place for reflection.   Are you familiar with this?…

Where to go from here? Who can I talk to? How can I deal with this? How can I change this? When will it stop? How will I do that? Who will support me?   … then you’ve come to the right place.

What happens at psychological counselling? Psychological counselling is a cooperative relationship for purposeful conversation. It is openness, freedom to speak and express yourself. Through psychological counselling you will experience acknowledgement and acceptance and you will develop new ideas and alternative perspectives.

Hypnosis Therapy

Hypnosis is a scientifically recognised, very well studied, modern therapy and coaching method. Many things that once seemed inexplicable in connection with hypnosis are now transparent and comprehensible and have been proven by brain research. While fully conscious, a direct communication with the subconscious can be conducted. Only you decide which issues you want to deal with. You are the best expert for yourself. I will show you how you can use hypnosis as a tool to use all available skills in finding solutions.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited.” (Einstein)

Hypnosis Therapy

Hypnosis (ancient Greek: ὕπνος hypnos ‘sleep’) is used and recognised today as an effective, flexible, psychotherapeutic method.  Hypnosis is known as an ancient tradition. Hypnosis is the name given to various trance states of the human brain. Hypnotic trance is a completely natural state, which the brain induces several times a day, in different everyday situations. In clinical hypnosis therapy, this trance is consciously created through relaxation and one uses the access to the subconscious for therapeutic applications. Hypnosis is a state of maximum physical relaxation and simultaneous mental focus. With your help, I can enter into direct dialogue with your subconscious. You always decide yourself how far you want to go and how much time you need for this. You are always in control and remember the experience in detail after the session.

Through hypnosis you will reach a state of deep relaxation and concentration on yourself.

Hypnosis therapy can be used effectively, for example for

  • Reduction of behavioural problems e.g.: Insecurity, shyness, nervousness, stress, burnout
  • Dissolving or transforming fears, for example: fear of exams, fear of flying, fear of failure, fear of the dentist, concentration problems
  • Alleviation of depressive moods
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Nutritional problems, for example: Weight management
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • etc.

Every hypnosis is preceded by an intensive initial consultation in which I discuss contents, needs and goals with you. From this we develop detailed formulations of objectives, which are used as positive suggestion. In deep relaxation, old patterns of evaluation and behaviour are effectively replaced by new ones.

For legal reasons and for your information, I would like to point out that my work as a hypnotherapist and alternative practitioner (state-examined and licensed for psychotherapy) is fundamentally different from the work of a doctor, in which no diagnoses or healing promises made. No medication is being administered!

A possibly necessary medical or psychiatric intervention by a doctor can not be replaced by the hypnotherapeutic work. In some cases a written psychiatric confirmation of the suitability for hypnosis therapy may be necessary.

As a therapist, I decide in each individual case whether to accept, reject or continue treatment.

All psychological illnesses can, without exception, have somatic (physical) causes. Therefore you should in these cases consult a doctor first.

Psychotherapy

The basis of my practice is a client-centred approach. This means that I regard you and I as equal partners in our work together. I am creative in my therapeutic approach and I offer a range of therapeutic approaches that can be tailored to your needs.

“Paths are created by walking them.” (Kafka)

Psychotherapy

As an alternative practitioner for psychotherapy, I support you professionally and competently in dealing with stressful feelings. I put great emphasis on careful diagnostics and on an individually tailored combination of treatment methods.

I use Carl Rogers’ Actualising Tendency and Person-Centered Therapy as a basic therapy method. Through it, a trusting relationship is established between therapist and client, making growth and development possible.

Furthermore I use methods from cognitive behavioural therapy, which is scientifically proven to have the greatest effects on psychological changes of all kinds. 

I have also received extensive training in the methods of Positive Psychology according to Martin Seligman, which can be combined very well with the methods of behaviour therapy.

My therapeutic focus is on the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g. panic attacks, agoraphobia, social phobia, etc.), of mild depression and burnout syndromes.

In my work I take a holistic and method-integrative approach. Your individual concerns are my highest priority.

“You cannot cross the ocean if you do not have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Columbus)

Anxiety, depression and stress among immigrants and returnees

Our world has become global. People are flexible, move around, migrate in or out or, after several years, back. The mental health of “wanderers” can suffer. Because even if you live in another country, your own problems do not vanish into thin air.

Depressions do not need a visa. And sometimes completely new problems arise abroad and you are faced with challenges that you did not expect.

Studies show: Depression in immigrants and returnees is not uncommon.

Immersed in a completely new environment from home, some emigrants may face challenges that lead to isolation and silent distress.

Problems that can arise

  • the new job
  • loss of the previous social network
  • language problems
  • the family has problems finding their way
  • the spouse feels isolated.

People who have left home are more likely to suffer from anxiety, burnout and depression. Family members, friends and familiar surroundings are missed.

There are hardly any familiar people in the new home who could absorb worries and fears. The pressure to want to make it increases and the crisis often does not stay away.

Expectations and demands on themselves are too high and lead to confusion among “wanderers”, as they are usually particularly committed and determined and used to “taking things in hand”.

It can easily lead to making too high demands on themselves and therefore, slowly but surely, burn out.

The “culture shock” and also the “reversed culture shock” (the culture shock when returning “home”) can be absorbed by psychological counselling and therapy. You can be enabled to regain control over your life and find the balance between your life, your personal goals and your professional tasks.

Talking helps!

Licenses and professional memberships

  • Permission to practice psychotherapy as a non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy
  • Member of the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (VFP)
  • Member of the International Society for Professional Counsellors (ISPC)
  • New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology (NZAPP)

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I run my practice part-time. Nevertheless, I will be able to offer you appointments as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to call me (answering machine) or send me an e-mail.

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