Dip. Couns., Dip. Psych., MA (Psych). UKCP Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist.
I studied Modern History, Social Anthropology and Sociology at German & Swiss universities before I settled in London in 1998.
Since graduation as a counsellor and psychotherapist I have been working full-time as a Psychosynthesis psychotherapist at the Limbus Physiotherapy and Psychotherapy practice, Chelsea Harbour, London.
Of particular interest, due to my professional involvement with the integrative approach at Limbus physiotherapy and the NOI (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute), has been the deep relationship between Mind and Body, exploring pain and suffering on all levels. My work helps clients to move towards a deeper understanding and experience of how mind, feelings and body interact and affect each other. This opens up the realm of real influence for the individual to impact directly on his overall wellbeing. Growing awareness allows for more choice, to respond more constructively to the experience, thus ‘empowering’ the person, who before might have felt very much ‘out of control’ and helpless with the pain and subsequent suffering.
Another area of particular clinical interest for me is ‘the realm of the existential’: the longing and searching for purpose, meaning and values in life; the questions around our essential identity, the striving to live life based on one’s deepest-held values and our regular failure to do so. Often the confrontation with impermanence, change and endings (separations, illness, aging, loss and death) bring about such questions, which tend to cause grief and confusion, however these can also lead to tremendous psychological growth.
I aim to guide my clients through times of transition using my clinical skills and understanding with compassion and empathy, which allows individuals to experience and understand their feelings authentically, however unbearable or unacceptable they might seem. This approach helps clients to stay present, aware and mindful of themselves and their experience of life, thus avoiding an emotional and psychological ‘shut down’, which could lead to persistent depression and possibly serious physical manifestation of their internalised, suppressed suffering.