From a young age I have been fascinated by what drives people. I have been curious about people’s deepest desires and insecurities and how they affect a person’s personality and behavior. Due to my shame about my own personal challenges, it took me a while to realize how helpful psychotherapy can be. Once I embraced and accepted help for myself, I realized that I wanted to be a psychotherapist. As I stepped into that role, it became clear that this work meets me in the areas of authentic communication, emotional bonding, relational repair, and creative expression.
I graduated with a Master of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2014. I received training in depth-oriented psychotherapy and Gestalt therapy at the Church Street Integral Counseling Center in San Francisco for two years. I am now a member of the Bay Area Gestalt Institute (BAGI). As of 2016, I am licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I had a private practice in the Mission District of San Francisco until the end of 2019. As of the beginning of 2020 I am still offering online / video (telehealth) sessions for California residents.
I grew up in Germany and lived in the United States from 1996 to 2019, seventeen of those years in San Francisco. A lot of my personal growth work has been around processing the guilt and shame associated with the history of Germany. Now that I was finally able to accept my own German identity and reintegrate it for myself years later, I have returned to Germany and have been running a counseling and therapy practice for English- and German-speaking clients in Cologne since early 2020, initially only online and by phone. I have a license to practice psychotherapy as a Heilpraktiker (healing arts practitioner), issued by the City of Cologne Department of Health.
One topic that’s really important to me as a therapist and as a human is oppression and privilege. I spend a lot of time thinking and raising awareness about racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. Joy DeGruy is one of my biggest heroes in this context.
EMDR Basic Training, The Parnell Institute, San Rafael, California, USA: January – December 2019
Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California, USA: April 27-28, 2019
Intersectionality and Positionality in Contact – A Subjective Dialogue Using Gestalt Therapy, Bay Area Gestalt Institute, San Francisco, California, USA: November 10, 2018
Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Practices: A Workshop with Sonya Shah & Guests, The Ahimsa Collective, San Francisco, California, USA: October 20-21, 2018
Healing Shame Core Workshop, Center For Healing Shame, Berkeley, California, USA: September 22-23, 2018
AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) Immersion Course, AEDP Institute, San Francisco, California, USA: November 13-17, 2017
The Therapist as Relational Artist—A Daylong with Rich Hycner, Bay Area Gestalt Institute, San Francisco, California, USA: November 5, 2016
A Relational Approach to Gestalt—A Daylong with Lynn Jacobs, Bay Area Gestalt Institute, San Francisco, California, USA: November 7, 2015
Healing Shame Relationally—A Training with Gary Yontef, Bay Area Gestalt Institute, San Francisco, California, USA: February 21, 2015
Existential-Humanistic Institute Conference w/ Dr. Alfried Längle, Existential-Humanistic Institute, San Francisco, California, USA, November 30 – December 1, 2018
AAGT-Southwest Annual Conference: Exploring Emergent Self in the Group Context, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Muir Beach, California, USA: September 7-9, 2018
AAGT-Southwest Annual Conference: Privilege and Lack: Exploring Ourselves and Our Impact as Therapists in the Room and in the World, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Berkeley, California, USA: October 13-15, 2017
AAGT-Southwest Annual Conference: What Makes a Group a Gestalt Group? Using Ourselves as the Learning Medium, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Malibu, California, USA: October 28-30, 2016
AAGT-Southwest Annual Conference: Sharing Our Work: A Small Group Experience, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Muir Beach, California, USA: September 25-27, 2015
AAGT-Southwest Annual Conference: Main Conference, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Oakland, California, USA: October 10-12, 2014
12th Biennial International Conference, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Pacific Grove, California, USA: September 3-7, 2014