Heilpraktikerin for Psychotherapy
Since moving to Munich in 2015 I have been learning German and working as a counsellor at a social-psychiatric agency and gathering experience working with other Internationals, Germans, and with the German healthcare and welfare system. With this knowledge and my Psychotherapy training in the U.S. I have passed a German examination to be recognised at the level of “Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie.” As of June 2017 I will be opening my practice as a Heilpraktiker for individual psychotherapy and counselling in addition to my current group work and coaching. The benefit is that this title is recognised by the german government for Psychotherapy and my fees may sometimes be covered or partially covered by private insurances.
I am from Boston, Massachusetts, where I first began running Interpersonal Process Groups and Relationship Skills groups at a hospital for Veterans. At that point, I was completing my Masters in Clinical Social Work, at Smith School for Social Work in Massachusetts and was practicing under supervision with the techniques and theoretical guidance from Irvin Yalom, a well-known group therapist in the United States. I later worked as an individual and group therapist within the Partial Hospital day-treatment program at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston. I’ve continued to train annually and foster my belief in Interpersonal Process Groups as an important treatment option through the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Through my work in a Sozialpsychiatrischer Dienst (Social Psychiatric Agency) in Munich for 2+ years, I have noticed the lack of group work and treatment in Munich, a modality that I find so effective and important. Thus, I was motivated to bring a process group to Munich. I continue to work under supervision from an experience group therapist in Massachusetts as I work towards my Certified Group Therapist title.
My passion for coaching is driven largely by my clinical training and my therapeutic roll 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 learned that this experience creates a perfect “time-out” to rethink priorities and realign them according to each person’s core values. For example, when clients lose a job or retire, they are given an important opportunity to use this “road-block” as a chance to consider new directions as they prioritize their mental and physical health. Through this work, I have seen that choosing to live authentically and 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 like myself, who are often forced into a “time-out” like I was. I was unemployed and learning German for 6-months before I could find a suitable job. I coach expats around finding out where there is a chance and opportunity disguised in the loss and upheaval.