My curiosity to always know what is "behind the curtain", to find the answer as to why a person is the way he or she is, got me interested in the field of psychology. People, their behaviour and what makes them "tick" facinated me from a young age and I always thought the more people I talk to people, the more countries I visit, the more I explore and experience, the better I can understand and support my patients.
My studies, extensive travels and "never stop learning" attitude helped me gain a greater as well as deeper insights in the field of psychology.
I was born and raised in Germany. At the age of 19, I left my home country to study abroad and face a new challange and chapter in my life. Livining and studying in the United Kingdom opened a door to a new world for me and I enjoyed living as well as working in mulitcultural environment. Being out of my comfortzone made me realize and see life with different eyes. I learned how to overcome obstacles and what it meant to adapt in life. After graduating from a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with a focus on Counseling Skills (UK, London), I moved to Switzerland where I worked in several swiss leading hospitals. During my time as a psychologist in the emergency and crisis intervention department, I got the opportunity to work with patients from different cultures as well as a wide range of psychological problems. Here I could enlargen my skillset as a psychologist and learn more about myself too. I am an extremely stable person, both socially as well as emotionally. Additionally, i am very driven with a constant willingness to learn. On the other hand I enjoy the small things in life; for expample: starting my day with a smile and a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper and listening to classical music.
I truly believe in self-love and care as well as loyalty. Treating people with respect and honesty is very important to me and my therapy sessions reflect that. Due to my eagernes to constatly learn with and from others, I consider myself very open-minded, non-judgmental with an overall warm and compassionate attitude. Hence I provide a place where my patients can feel 100% comfortable to open up, be free and themselves.
Over the years I have had many patients struggling with bipolarity, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, depression etc.. I have treated them with utmost compassion and determination to support them towards a happier and healthier life.
My approach to therapy is very holistic and caters for each patient individually, based on their specific needs. Therefore, I use a wide range of approaches including CBT based therapy. I also take nutrional as well as environmental factors into account.
Currently, I am based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Being an expat myself I know that moving to a new place, starting a new life over and over again can be very overwhelming and can cause you to go in a very miserable emotional state.
The various cultural barriers and in a lot of places, the language barrier can cause one feel very lonely and homesick as there is no one you know. You can easily feel isolated and lonely being an expat.
In general, I believe that mental health is a very important issue which needs more raising and that if anyone does not feel happy should not feel ashamed of the need to reach out for help. Your mind deserves just as much attention as the rest of your body.
I see therapy like going to the gym; it’s a great way to release stress and tention. Additionally, it makes you feel happier, healthier and you’ll feel great looking into the mirror too. 🙂
|Accrediting Institution:||Middlesex University London|
|Diploma/Degree Type:||Master of Science Applied Psychology|
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