I was born and raised in Germany and moved to California at the age of 22. I received all my education as a Psychotherapist in California and lived there until I moved to Singapore, in May 2006.
In Asia, I opened my Private Practice/Company "California Counseling Pte. Ltd." and worked there as a Psychotherapist and director of my business. In October 2013, I moved back to Europe and opened a second Branch for my Company. I continued to offer my psychological online via Skype or VSee worldwide and face-to-face in the Netherlands.
Since October 2015 I have moved my Private Practice from the Netherlands to Switzerland. I provide now face-to-face services in Zürich, Wädenswil & Zug and I continue offering online services via Skype or VSee worldwide.
I hold an AA Degree in Child Development from Santa Monica College, Santa Monica California, and an BA Degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge, Northridge, California. Followed by that, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles and I became a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California, LMFT#MFC42215. For more information on California State Licensing Requirements, go to; www.bbs.ca.gov
After my Master Degree, I have had supervised training at different sites before I took my state examination for my licensure as a "Marriage Family Therapist" in California. For 3 years, I was an intern at SCCC. There I learned, under supervision, how to work with Individual adults, couples, families and groups. This internship included an intensive “ 2 year Family training Program”, which helped me to feel more comfortable when working with different couple & family dynamics.
I also learned a lot in a internship as a school psychologist, when I worked with emotional disturbed children at “Hawthorne Academy”. This site helped me to gain a deep understanding in how to work with children and teens who have been neglected, emotionally not attended to or raised in an environment that was violent in different ways and not very protective. It was refreshing to see how quickly a child can grow emotionally and psychologically when those basic needs are suddenly met within an environment where the hidden potentials of the client can flurish.
During another internship, I worked as an outpatient therapist at a mental health agency, “the Help group”, where I treated mainly children and adolescents. Many of the clients there came from divorced families, struggled with anxiety diffuculties, eating disorders, cutting, teen-pregnancy, attachment diffuculties, anger management issues, parent/child conflicts etc. In that setting I learned how to work in collaboration with the social system, psychiatrists & foster/ biological parents of my clients, and I also deepened my knowledge in how to apply play/art therapy.
I took also further training in Imago Relationship Therapy, Family systems, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt and Sand tray-Play therapy.
Over the past 16 years, I have gained extensive experiences through using play therapy for my clients. Children have been able to work through acting out behaviors and difficult emotions. I have also helped families & couples to see and understand what caused their relational struggles and gave them new tools in how to communicate in more productive ways. Clients with impulse control issues were able to learn new conflict resolution skills or how to manage their anger. Many clients have been able to come more in touch with their feelings & figure out who they really. Parents have benefited from my parenting education, I have provided etc.
Since I have lived many years abroad from my home country, I have gained a lot of personal experience with what it means to be an Expat and what kind of difficulties relocating might bring. Those experiences have been very helpful in my Practice when working with other Expats.
I’m very comfortable working with all different kind of age groups, multicultural couples and people from all over the world. Since I have studied & worked in the USA and lived & worked as a Psychologist in Singapore for more then 7 years, it has matured me to become a seasoned Psychologist who understands the difficulties the Expat community goes through. I offer my services in German and English.
In addition to running my company in Asia, I have also taught parenting courses in the form of workshops and lectured Group therapy to Art therapy students at Lasalle College in Singapore. I have finished the Clinical Supervision training through NUS & SPS Singapore in 2009. Since then, I have supervised other Mental Health Professionals such as Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counselors.
I call myself an Eclectic Psychotherapist who uses as a foundation a psychodynamic approach (Object Relations Theory) with the integration of other theoretical backgrounds based on each client’s needs to achieve his therapeutic goals. I draw from the following theoretical backgrounds:
When I work with clients, my style is warm, relational, kind, and interactive. During sessions, I follow clients lead. We explore the things that are important to you, creating deep and genuine contact with who you are and what you need and want.
I accompany you during your psychological journey in a way that feels safe and hopeful, with the aim to give you new insights about yourself and the way you relate to others. Together, we discover the things that may be keeping you from feeling good about yourself or having the life you want. Everything you bring into therapy is meaningful. I am committed to meeting you with my full engagement, respect and compassionate attention.
I have provided psychological services over 15 years now, to a diverse community of individual adults, couples, families, teens, children and groups of different natures. I welcome any age group, all races & ethnicities and provide my services in English and German.
"The best feeling about happiness is when you’re happy because you have made someone else happy" - Unknown