“You were born in a state of grace. It's impossible to leave it. You share this blessing with the animals and all other living beings. You cannot fall out of grace, nor can it be taken from you.”
I believe that every one of us is deeply valuable - to our families, to our communities and the planet. But we easily forget that, and then we get depressed or anxious and seek to release our pain by doing things that aren't good for us.
The healing process consists of two parts: to acknowledge and understand the causes of our suffering. And to get back in touch with our Greater Self - the immense inner worth and goodness that each of us possesses, and the place of intuitive knowing. These are the two pillars of expanding consciousness. When we can embrace our own innate value, then we are able to move into a future full of joy and possibilities.
Working With Me
I tend to be quite active in my work with clients, especially with couples and in groups. Knowing about the cognitive functioning of the brain gives us control over our emotions and actions. One on one meetings often require deep listening, especially when working through trauma and grief. We figure out what's best for you in a collaborative effort. I assign homework where it is useful and desired, most frequently to build core value and self esteem.
The Spiritual Path
I have a deep interest in spirituality and how it can enhance our lives. Psychotherapy and spirituality have the same roots. In many ways, modern therapists are now doing the work of spiritual advisors in the past. I believe that behind all our struggles and anxieties there is an entity that is calm, strong and peaceful and knows what is right. Some people call this entity the true self, or intuition. Others call it the soul.
We therapists work to uncover these often hidden strengths of the Self. We look at all the protective layers we had to build in order to be safe and peel them back, layer by layer, to discover what is really at our core. We find out where our creative forces lie, and how to let go of the obstacles that hold us back.
I have studied mindfulness, psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral approaches, Eastern philosophy, the laws of manifesting, energy healing, dream work and shamanic practices in the past fifteen years, and have come to greatly appreciate how much these teachings can help in the therapeutic process.
Training - Theoretical Orientation - Publications
I was trained in many different modalities, and tailor my work according to what is most useful. I utilize psychoanalytic thought, Positive Psychology, Energy Psychology, Imago Relationship Therapy, Self Psychology, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. My main modes of practice are proven techniques such as cognitive behavioral interventions, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, imaginal healing, and energy work.
I have been practicing therapy as well as different forms of meditation since 2002. I always continue to learn and strive to expand my own awareness and consciousness. You can find out more about my credentials at LinkedIn.
Before I became a mental health professional, I had a fulfilling career as a journalist and writer in Germany and the US. For a long time, I wrote a blog for PsychCentral and I have published two books, The Gentle Self and Buddha Betrayed.
We are all visitors to this time, to this place. Our purpose here is to learn, to observe, to grow, to love... and then we return home.
Australian Aboriginal Saying