The "Practice for integrative Clinical Psychology and Authentic Change" was founded in 2009 as the culmination of my years of training, experience and learning as a psychotherapist and counsellor and as a platform to offer my services.
As a AHPRA approved Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor I am member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the BDP (the association of German psychologists) and the International Systemic Constellation Association (ISCA). Besides my university training I have undergone many years of post-gradual training in a whole range of different but very compatible approaches. I am trained in solution-focused methods, Hypnotherapy and CBT and hold a certificate as Systemic Family Therapist (WISL, Wiesloch, Germany) and Psychodrama therapist (Psychodrama Institut Münster). I have also studied Systemic Family Constellation Work for many years with renowned European teachers like Gunthard Weber, Matthias Varga von Kibed and Claude Rosselet. I am also a Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1996 and although not teaching anymore actively, I have done so for many years in Germany.
I have worked as a psychotherapist and counsellor for individuals, couples and families in the clinical field for more than 20 years and draw from a rich store of experience from working with many hundreds of people from all social contexts with all kinds of issues in the field of mental health and personal growth. I am also an experienced facilitator of family and structural constellations and conduct regular weekend workshops on this truly amazing approach since 2005.
I moved from my home town in the south of Germany to Berlin in 1993, where I lived and worked for 16 years as psychotherapist, family therapist and Yoga teacher, joined by my Australian wife in 2001. We moved with our 3 children to Perth at the end of 2009. Since being in Australia I have worked with Relationships Australia before going into full time private practice in 2012.
About the methods I employ:
"Although meaningful and often powerful, the specific methods and techniques are probably not as important as the human attitude behind them. This attitude will hold the relationship between the therapist and a client and provide the ground to move forward.
However, of course methods and techniques are applied and here are some which my clients and I have found most useful:
The backbone of my work is the systemic approach which in itself draws from many different sources like psychology, cybernetics, biology and sociology. Another important influence is the solution-focused approach represented through Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg. Hypnotherapy as it was taught by Milton Erickson and is now represented by Stephen Gilligan, Gunther Schmidt and others offers often surprisingly simple ways to access hidden resources. The work with systemic laws rediscovered and developed by Bert Hellinger which led to the widely influential work of Systemic Family Constellations and the further applications developed by Insa Sparrer and Matthias Varga von Kibed are also an important reference which informs my work. Elements of Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) help to give space to emotionally charged material and cognitive behavioral techniques help to integrate and anchor newly learned behavior in every day life. Last but not least I find mindfulness and associated conceptualisations like Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) very helpful and apply them on regular basis with my clients. Apart from this, so many valuable contributions have been made by almost every school of therapy, that they all have their spaces and moments."