Heilpraktikerin for Psychotherapy
Since moving to Munich in 2014, I have been learning German, working in a counselling agency, and currently in a psychiatric hospital. As of June 2017 I have been offering individual psychotherapy according to the German Heilpraktiker law, in addition to group therapy and coaching.
I am from Boston, Massachusetts, where I first began running Interpersonal Process Groups and Relationship Skills groups at a hospital for Veterans. There, I completed my Masters in Clinical Social Work, at Smith School for Social Work in Massachusetts. I later worked as an individual and group therapist within the Partial Hospital program at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston. I’ve continued to train annually in group psychotherapy, and was motivated to establish my own group psychotherapy practice in Munich as it is quite difficult to find group therapy in Munich. I have been running groups for english-speaking clients since 2016.
My passion for coaching is driven largely by my clinical work in a short-term psychiatric program in the U.S. I worked with individuals of all ages who chose to take time out of their routine in search of a significant life change. I saw that this program created the necessary “time-out” to rethink and realign priorities. For example, when clients lose a job or retire, they are given an important opportunity to use this “road-block.” With the right reframing techniques, one can see this obstacle or “problem” as a chance to focus on values of health and redirect to take balance and well-being into account. Through this work, I have seen that choosing to live according to our values leads to a happier and more rewarding life. It is this sense of wholeness and fulfilment that many of us strive for which inspires my coaching practice.
More recently, I have gained experience working with other Expatriates, who are forced into a “time-out”, like myself. I was unemployed and learning German for 6-months before I could find a suitable job. I coach expats to find the opportunity disguised in the loss and upheaval.
To read more about my thoughts on psychotherapy, click here for an interview with me in 2018.