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Psychotherapy – A change or return to the original?

I share the opinion of many colleagues that a therapy is, above all, more about returning to one's own original, natural strength, than a way to change or even become a better person. A therapist is a companion on the way of becoming stronger, (re)discovering and developing clients' capacities.

It is the clients who direct the process. Many times unconsciously, they keep a memory of their authentic personality (as it had been before they were forced to build up a protective fence around themselves in order to deal with life and hide their authentic 'self') and have the wisdom to find a way back to it. I help them access their intuition and use their own capacities to get healed.

Therapy as:

Become a gardener in the garden of your own soul. After the parents 'cultivated' the garden more or less carefully in the childhood, now I am taking care of it myself. I have assistance of a therapist, a professional for cultivating gardens of the soul.

Der Therapieprozess gleicht der Restaurierung einer Freske – das Übermalte wird wieder achtsam herausgearbeitet, das Beschädigte so gut wie möglich repariert, der Originalzustand wiederhergestellt.

A client is an architect, I am a manager of the project which I've been engaged for. The house, however, is not mine and won't be restored according to my design. I am a service provider, who makes his expertise available in order to support the client in building and reconstructing.


Range

Individual Therapy

You do not need to "change". But perhaps you are pushed by outer or inner states or states to illuminate, questioned and optimize your previous life strategies, beliefs and patterns. Therapy can help you to gain more access to your own self, to your strengt, qualities and your authentic being.

 

Support is provided in:
Mental Crisis and Illnesses
Meaning and Relationship Issues
Development of Personality
Development of Capacity to Love
Trauma Healing

Goals: Restoring the health and vitality of the body
Insight into one’s own behavior patterns and defense mechanisms and their transformation
Perception and transformation of negative inner beliefs
Connecting to one’s own qualities, resources and development of creativity

Supervision

Supervision of those who work as therapists or in other professions involving direct contact with people; providing the support in reflection and improvement of their professional activities. The focus may be on their own work practice, the background of conflict dynamics or team cooperation improvement.

 

My supervision specialties are:

  • Supervision for body- and body psychotherapists
  • Supervision for Counselors for Couples
  • Supervison for Body-, Movement- and Dance Therapist
  • Issues of transference and countertransference
  • Burn-out and burn-out prevention

Personally, I appreciate and use every opportunity to continuously educate myself. Reflecting on and analyzing my own work through supervision and inner vision are important parts of my professional identity. They enrich my daily activities inspiring me constantly with new ideas. To me, they are the best way to keep and renew the passion in the therapeutic work and continue to innovate.

Coaching

  • Development and strengthening of personal qualities
  • Optimization of your private and/or professional circumstances
  • Conflict Management
  • Opening up new perspectives and visions
  • in the new challenging circumstances in life and at work
  • In a Case of Mobbing or suspected Mobbing

Sie erwerben praktische und zuverlässige Werkzeuge für die klare Eigenwahrnehmung und die Wahrnehmung ihrer Mitmenschen, für den besseren Zugang zu Ihren persönlichen Kräften und Qualitäten. Dadurch erreichen Sie mehr Selbstsicherheit und ein stärkeres Gefühl der Selbstwirksamkeit und können sich dem Planen und Erreichen ihrer hohen aber realistischen Ziele zuwenden.


Process

Methods

Which therapeutic techniques and interventions are to be used, generally depends on the client’s therapeutic process. Sometimes (often) the emphasis is on the talk; other times the access to the subconscious is enabled through the body, while there are also cases when a change in behavior or an understanding of the family-dynamics is a priority.

With eating disorders, for example, it is important not only to involve the body, but also to make clear agreements related to eating habits. With certain clients, imaginary or spiritual exercises can create an access to one’s own resources and speed up the healing process.

By using my knowledge I assist the clients in designing their own growth process. However, the decision on which is “the best way” to change, always lies in the client’s hands.

Biosynthesis - personal development, social integration and inner growth.

Biosynthesis is a process-oriented method based on depth-psychology. The therapy involves man in his wholeness (thoughts, feelings, actions including body sensations, breathing, movement and touch as well).

The word "biosynthesis" means "integration of life". Integration of the three essential areas of human existence: the physical existence, the mental experience and the spiritual essence.

The method was founded approximately 50 years ago by Dr David Boadella and since 1985, it has been continuously developed with the assistance of Dr Silvia Specht Boadella.

ISTDP - Intensive Dynamic Short Psychotherapy is based on intensive work with the transference of feelings, projections and defense mechanisms. by H. Davanloo

With the ISTDP approach you can learn how to:

- Recognize your personal skills, strengths and capabilities
- Recognize negative inner beliefs and change them
- Improve conflict resolution skills and
- Optimize your professional skills

In order to achieve better access to your own personal strengths and qualities you will gain practical and reliable tools for a better self-perception, as well as the perception of others. This will help you gain more confidence and a greater sense of self-efficacy so that you may turn to planning and achieving your high, but realistic goals.

By recognizing the projections and their resolution, we become aware of how the past experiences and beliefs affect, sabotage and undermine the life of the client in the present.

Thus opening a way to search for new and most reasonable models of thinking, feeling and behaving.

With slow, mindful steps you can step out from the shadows of the past. You can learn how to use your real strengths, potentials and abilities and live your life as a mature adult.

Exploring the systemic context and interpersonal relationships in a family/group is sometimes of great importance for diagnosis and therapy. Revealing the family structures, issues of delegation and the "roles," can bring much light into understanding of the problem.

Somatic Trauma Therapy
Depending on the client’s capabilities and mental stability, traumatic events are approached with utmost care and in small steps. This work is being done with the use of different cognitive, imaginative and somatic techniques.

 

IMT - Imaginative Meditative Therapy
Using various breathing and relaxation techniques, the client achieves a trance-like and relaxed state. Archetypal images and stories being offered either by the therapist or emerging from within the client’s inner-self, have a positive and healing effect on the unconscious.

Spiritual Techniques
Techniques and exercises originating from Yoga, Qi Gong, Meditation, Breathing work, Feldenkrais and Tensegrity can significantly support the processes of change and positively influence the quality of life.


Levels

The harmony of all three levels is what makes us healthy.

Body

Any mental difficulty is reflected on and through the body, thus affecting and disturbing our organic strength. It is through the work on breathing patterns, muscle blocks and expression of emotions that restoration of the unity of the self is encouraged. Involving the body in therapy is especially helpful in treating psychosomatic problems, depression and traumatic experiences.

Psyche/Feelings

In therapy, the acts of perceiving emotions, examining patterns of thinking and questioning action impulses, are performed through body, spoken word and movement. Here, talking has a key role in exploring and recognizing the emotional content. The goal is integration of feelings, thoughts and actions, releasing blocked energy, as well as opening an access to one’s own qualities.

Soul/Essence

In the experience of liveliness combined with personal uniqueness and its diverse riches we find a sense of belonging and security in ourselves and in the world. The work with the spiritual essence (soul) is done through subtle energetic processes which are the basis of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

Initial Interview

The purpose of the first session is to clarify whether psychotherapy is a way to solve your problems. It also provides an insight into my work and gives you information on the administrative framework (such as cost, frequency of sessions, length, arrangements etc.). You can then take these impressions back home and consider whether you want to get involved in the therapy process.

The Beginning / The First Steps

In the next 3-4 sessions we work together to get a clear idea about the nature and origin of your difficulties as well as the kind of support you need. We deal with your expectations and goals and discuss possible solutions.

Therapy Process

Upon establishing a good working alliance between the client and the therapist, we can begin with the actual therapy process. In the further course of treatment we reflect, again and again, on where you stand, what you have already achieved and what you still desire to change or work on. Furthermore, the topics and the quality of the joint work are being evaluated as well.

Final Phase (1-3 Sessions)

We take a look at the results of the therapy, draw up a summary of the joint work, and appreciate what you have achieved. Therapy is a consciously entered and jointly designed teamwork between a client and a therapist, which now comes to its end with one final review.


Gallery
Glimpse of therapy

All the photos in the gallery were taken in sessions and give an insight into different approaches / ways / views of looking at certain topics.


Drawings made in the course of therapy

 

All the drawings have been made by the same client, mostly right after a session, upon returning home. For her, expressing herself creatively contributed greatly to integrating and processing what had previously been experienced. In due course, even traumatic memories, seemed less threatening. Thanks to drawing, she managed to keep a distance and partly set free from the past. It was only after developing a serious mental disease, in her early fifties, that this client has demonstrated a passion for creativity. Since then, artistic expression has become her most essential survival force.

Ich schwanke
Ich schwanke
Mutterleib
Mutterleib
Kind und Seele
Kind und Seele
Ohnmacht
Ohnmacht
die Welle
die Welle
geborgen
geborgen
Ich schwanke
Mutterleib
Kind und Seele
Ohnmacht
die Welle
geborgen