I work with a range of issues such as stress & burnout, depression, anxiety, shame, difficult relationships, bereavement, life transitions, sexuality, identity, LGBTQ+, the challenges facing expats and all those who straddle different cultures.
Everyone experiences difficult times in their life, and often we can move through them with resources such as our own insight, friends and family, or practices such as meditation and yoga. Sometimes however we have painful experiences that we feel we cannot share with those around us, leaving us with a sense of isolation. We may have moved to maladaptive coping mechanisms, such as hiding parts of ourselves out of fear of rejection or not daring to try new things. Or we get stuck because even in trying to change we fall back to familiar patterns; we have a blind spot for truly new possibilities.
The core of my approach is humanistic — the currently fashionable term is “trans-diagnostic.” I am concerned with understanding you as a person — both what you have in common with others with similar struggles, but also what makes you unique.
My central way of working is relational psychodynamic. Our childhood, family dynamics, and disruptive life events can still influence how we see ourselves and how we relate to others. The relationship with an experienced therapist helps notice and transform these patterns in the “here and now.”
In our work together, I integrate further approaches to best suit your situation. I draw for example from Internal Family Systems (IFS), from emotionally focused therapy (EFT), and from somatosenory approaches.
I am a UK qualified and UKCP registered psychotherapist. Originally from Germany, I have lived in London for almost 15 years having previously lived in the United States and recently in Berlin. After completing a PhD in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, I worked in academic and applied research, including at the Anna Freud Centre. In 2014, I discovered the Alexander Technique, which gave me an entirely different, embodied and non-verbal access to knowledge. Inspired by this experience I started training in integrative psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London, where I qualified as an integrative psychotherapist. In addition to private practice, I have worked in a range of settings including for the NHS at the South London and Maudsley Talking Therapies.