My philosophy is that we are all unique and therefore we are the true experts for ourselves. I believe we can all be trusted to find our own way through our problems, anxieties and life-crises if we are listened to empathically, non-judgmentally and with a non-directive approach. My motivation is to put myself fully into attempting to understand what my clients’ situations, their individual meanings, and experiences truly are.
About counseling and consulting
In counseling and consulting I take a non-directive and non-judgmental approach to facilitate exploration of the clients concerns. I believe it is important that clients know and feel that they are in control of their process, and of the direction and depth they will go to in sessions. Consequently, the clients do most of the talking. I listen carefully and empathically, and do my best to understand the clients’ individual experiences and the significance for them.
As a member of VfP (Verband freier Psychotherapeuten e.V.) I follow the ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counseling & Psychotherapy’. All counseling, consulting and supervision sessions are confidential. I am a member of ACBS - Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and IASA - International Association for the Study of Attachment.
Do you require someone to talk to?
In crises people need someone to listen to them without judging or telling them what to do. Often clients worry that their anxieties or problems could burden family and friends. Some people experience fear of failure.
My practice provides a secure, private and therapeutic space where difficulties can be examined, understood and worked through. New perspectives and ways of thinking are discovered which usually bring with them lasting change. Psychodynamic thinking understands links between the past and the present, and how our experiences today are influenced by our experiences in the past.
Talking through problems and anxieties with a trained, qualified and experienced counselor is helpful to achieve clarification and resolve.
The key elements of counseling are:
A service provided when you wish to make changes in your life.
An opportunity to make sense of your individual circumstances.
Contact with a therapist who helps identify the choices for change.
Support for the individual during their process of change.
The end result leaving you better equipped to cope for the future.
And what is Person-Centered/Client-Centered Counseling?
Person or Client-Centered counseling is based on the principle that people have an inherent capacity to move forward towards becoming fully functioning human beings. It is based on the belief that we all have the resources within us to make changes to our lives, or resolve crises.
Carl Rogers, a humanist psychologist, developed the Client-Centered talk-therapy, where the counselor listens to the client in an empathic, non-directive and non-judgmental way. Empathy encompasses an understanding of someone else’s point of view, their frame of reference and includes thoughts, beliefs, meanings and perceptions. The outcome of this empathic understanding is a relationship in which clients feels safe to explore their inner worlds. To experience an authentic, supportive therapeutic relationship enhances the clients healing capacity.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”