Areas of Mental Health Expertise

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

The theory supporting psychodynamic therapy originates in psychoanalytic theory of four major schools: Freudian, Ego Psychology, Object Relations, and Self Psychology. Each school presents discrete theories of personality formation, psychopathology formation, and change; techniques by which to conduct therapy; and indications and contraindications for therapy. I adapt my approach to each individual I work with. Living in a technical and global age I value and acknowledge the need for flexibility and mobility - thus I also offer online treatment.

Intercultural Counselling

Contemporary views and depictions of co-living question identity, visibility and representation. I have specialized on intercultural counselling and therapy. To me this implies success to be based in a specific understanding of the social contextual factors surrounding the treatment interaction. Through cultural, ethnic or religious affiliations or cultural transitions achieving normalcy can be compromised. When experiences don’t match those of one’s own social group feelings of loneliness, abandonment and loss of power can result. The debilitating and disorientating experience is a particular focus of the identity work inherent in intercultural treatments.

Crisis and Trauma Intervention

Treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims and persons traumatized by war or persecution particularly requires working in an intercultural setting, as is the case when working with refugees and migrants.

Individual & Team Coaching and Training

I am a qualified MBTI Trainer and perform individual leadership, management or Work-Life Balance coaching as well as teambuilding, intercultural communication and burnout prevention workshops. Further, I help with your Organizational Analysis needs to establish the satisfaction and wellbeing of your employment force.

My Approach

Having evolved out of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy has been clinically applied to a wide range of psychological disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, identity crisis and many more) and its efficacy generally supported by an ever-growing body of research. Two forms of treatment are based in a complex and multifaceted theory of human development and interaction:

  • Brief psychodynamic therapy is goal-oriented and usually takes as many as 25 sessions

  • Long-term psychodynamic therapy may take two years or more.

While psychotherapy is done in a classical face-2-face setting research increasingly shows the efficacy of online treatment

Psychodynamic therapy can be understood as an insight-oriented therapy, focussing on unconscious processes, therapist-client relationship, defenses as well as emotions, desires, and fears to reveal vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness.

One central focus for the therapy will be developed between therapist and client through the initial evaluation sessions. This focus creates a structure and identifies a goal for the treatment. Techniques to achieve this goal are through connecting material through talk, freely associating, confrontation and dream work.

All cultures have developed methods of "helping" or culture-specific methods for dealing with human misery. Members of different cultures vary considerably in language, customs, food, dress, family patterns, music, work habits, health repair, spirituality, and gender relations. Consequently, what "helping" means and how helping is practiced is always culturally defined.

 

Due to my personal cross-cultural life experiences and many years in expatriation and repatriation, I have furthered my general practice specializing on intercultural counselling and therapy. To me this implies success to be based in a specific understanding of the social contextual factors surrounding the treatment interaction. This highlights the need for a perspective of "cultural attunement" guided by the recognition of oppression, respect and humility and a culturally open, curious and reverent attitude towards difference. While a coherent orientation is needed that includes cultural differences I realize a need to transcend these differences in order to organize the human experience in the context of individual world views.

Treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims and persons traumatized by war or persecution particularly requires working in an intercultural setting, as is the case when working with refugees and migrants.

I am a qualified MBTI Trainer and perform individual leadership, management or Work-Life Balance coaching as well as teambuilding, intercultural communication and burnout prevention workshops. Further, I help with your Organizational Analysis needs to establish the satisfaction and wellbeing of your employment force.

 

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