- Diplom Psychologin, Free University Berlin, Germany, 1984
Klinische Psychologin & Psychotherapeutin, Bund Deutscher Psychologen (BDP), Germany, 1988
- Chartered Clinical Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS), UK, 2001
- Systemic Family Therapist, Systemic Practitioner, Berlin Institute fuer Familientherapie (BIF), 1990
- Person-centred Psychotherapist, Gesellschaft fuer Wissenschaftliche Gespraechspsychotherapy (GwG), Germany, 1991
- Integrative Body Psychotherapist, GFK Training Institute, Switzerland, 1998
- Diploma in Systemic Teaching, Training and Supervision, University of Northumbria, UK, 2004
- Training in other therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalysis, and in specialist aereas, e.g. Eating Disorder, Psychosomatic Disorder and Trauma.
Many years of training and practicing Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
- Heath Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Approved provider of mental health services to UK health insurance companies
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Client-centred Psychotherapy
- Cognitive behavioural Psychotherapy
- Systemic Psychotherapy
- Body-oriented Psychotherapy
On the basis of many years of professional training and experience in different well established therapeutic approaches, continuously learning from clients and from colleagues with different therapeutic orientations, I have developed my personal integrative psychotherapeutic style.
Problems I help to address
Problems I help to address: I provide support for a range of psychological problems and disorders, e.g.
- difficulties in relationships
- stress related problems
- difficult relationship with food
- addictive behaviour
- childhood trauma
- post-traumatic stress
- psycho-somatic issues
- sexual problems
- personality difficulties
I also support people in managing difficult and stressful life situations and transition processes.
Who I help
- I provide support for couples.
- I see young adults (16-18), preferable together with their parents.
- I provide supervision to other practitioners (individual and group)
I have been working in the field of Psychology and Psychotherapy since 1982, in organisational contexts as well as in private practice.
I moved from Germany to the UK in 1999 to work with the NHS. I set up my private practice in Carlisle in 2005. My office is now near Ivegill, halfway between Carlisle and Penrith. I usually see clients in person but provide online video and telephone sessions as well.
A crucial part of my psychotherapy training has been self-exploration, learning about myself in a therapeutic setting in the role of a client.
I experienced how challenging it is to talk to somebody, whom I hardly know, about very private issues. I strive to provide an environment in which my clients can safely and freely express themselves. I meet clients with respect and empathy, focusing on their actual lived experience, trying to see the world through their eyes, taking into account what is going on internally as well as considering the effect of outside influences.
I believe each client requires psychotherapeutic treatment tailored to her or his personal needs and anchored in a positive therapeutic relationship.
I work from a holistic viewpoint, considering the interdependence and interconnection of one’s body, emotions, mind and spirit. We often do not realize how physical symptoms influence our mood or that our mental state has an impact on our physical wellbeing.
I help my clients to become more aware of how they habitually deal with their bodies and I support them to become more aware of their involuntary body activities, e.g. postures, movements, breathing patterns. I introduce clients to mindfulness and self-compassion techniques, because I think that they are heplful in connecting and integrating different parts or aspects of ourselves.
I believe in the positive impact of outdoor activities and feeling connected to nature. Whenever the weather allows it, I offer the opportunity to sit in my secluded garden or to “Walk and Talk”.
Social contexts and relationships have a big influence on all of us.This can be a source of both difficulties and problems as well as individual development and growth. Misunderstandings, misinterpretations and misconceptions can lead to individual and collective suffering. It can be helpful for partners or other members of the family to join a few sessions. We then explore existing communication patterns and ideas, beliefs and feelings about each other. Small changes in behaviour or thinking can lead to a more positive and supportive attitude towards ourself and others.
This applies to all kinds of social settings, like partnerships, friendships, communities and workplace contexts.
What we experience in our childhood and adolescence can have a great influence on our adult lives, shaping our personality, determining how we feel, think and behave and how we experience ourself and other people. Some events remain in our unconscious and can cause problems. Whilst working with what is happening in the “here and now”, it can also be useful to review previous life experiences.
I provide supervision to other practitioners, focusing on their psychotherapeutic work with their clients, but also focusing on awareness of the self of the therapist as important part of the therapeutic process.
Our main offices are in Carlisle at:
13 Earl Street
Telephone: 01768 896969
We also have clinicians who see clients in Penrith, Wigton & Ivegill in Cumbria