Psychological Counselling

Life coaching with psychological counselling methods


I offer counselling to adults as well as children and adolescents in the following areas of expertise:

  • life crisis (disease, grief, divorce, job loss and other big changes in life)
  • problems in relationship, children, working environment
  • maladaptive problems (in new situations, in expatlife, studying in a new county/city)
  • low mood
  • stress and burnout prevention
  • anxiety issues
  • self-esteem issues
  • bullying
  • identity
  • internet and social media overload
  • sexual issues
  • values

If you can’t meet in person, you might want to take a look at online  offer.

Counselling Methods

My counselling approach is primarily the Solution Focused Brief counselling. I like to complement the person centered talk approach with other methods that are briefly explained below. I have learned and practiced all these methods many years and use them depending on my clients needs also in life coaching session.

Solution Focused Brief counselling


I offer Solution Focused Brief counselling  to my clients. This counselling form aims at clients to change their focus from the problem to the solution. Clients’ individual resources will be discovered and with these already existing depots the client is encouraged to find their own solution in their own life. The counsellor  accompanies the client in this process to change the life focus on a permanent basis.

CBT – Cognitive Behavioral  Approach


Depending on the clients needs I combine CBT and the Solution Focused approach in order to discover the negative and/or irrational thinking patterns of the client, analysing them together with the client and coach the client to change the inappropriate thoughts and finally change their behavior. I use “thought diaries” as homework to discover, analyse and change the thinking patterns of the client.

Client Centered Talk / Carl Rogers)


PCT is a form of talk­ counselling developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. The goal is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected. This talking style can be used in counselling too.

Systemic Approach

In systemic approach  colleagues, friends and familyare  all involved in the counselling process. These systems influence our behavior and we influence these systems with our behavior. I use systemic board in order to help my client to understand  their individual systems and thus see  new perspectives.

Grief Counselling


The death of a loved one… a divorce… moving to a place far away from home… any serious incident that leaves a hole in your life and may render you unable to deal with it on your own. Grieving is a natural reaction to such incidents but can become so severe that it disables your normal coping processes. Thereby relief cannot be achieved. Seeking support in these difficult times can be crucial to restore your emotional processing ability and arrive at a state of resolution by allowing the process of grieving to happen.

Guided Affective Imagery (GAI) / Katathym Imagery


GAI is a technique in which the counsellor uses descriptive language intended to psychologically benefit mental imagery, often involving several or all senses, in the mind of the listener. For successful imagination the client is first guided to be relaxed. In this method, the imagination plays an important role together with discussions with the client. It was developed by German psychiatrist Hanscarl Leuner. Guided Imagery is a technique for aiding clients  to use mental imagery to help solving problems or reducing stress.

EMDR


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is originally a psychotherapy method for clients who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, post-traumatic stress, pain, even tinnitus and many other emotional problems. EMDR is a  method, which can bring fast and long-lasting help for many different kinds of problems.  EMDR can also be used in counselling and coaching for healthy persons in specific life events. This method has been developed by the American psychologist and educator Francine Shapiro.

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Relaxation techniques


A relaxation technique is any method, process, procedure or activity that helps a person to relax in order to attain a state of increased calmness or otherwise reduce levels of pain, anxiety, stress or anger. Relaxation techniques are often employed as one element of a wider stress management program and can decrease muscle tension, lower the blood pressure and slow heart and breath rates, among other health benefits.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique for learning to monitor and control the state of muscular tension. It was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s. This technique involves learning to monitor tension in each specific muscle group in the body by deliberately inducing tension in each group. This tension is then released, with attention paid to the contrast between tension and relaxation.

Pricing

  • individual psychotherapy/counselling session – 50 min – 120 €
  • discount price for full-time students – 50 min – 80€ (on presentation of a valid student card in the first session)
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