About

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.


Trainings attended:
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


Conferences attended:
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