In my work, I combine systemic psychotherapy with humanistic integrative therapy. These two approaches complement each other incredibly well and the therapeutic relationship plays a key role in both. In a collaboration that is based on trust and respect, I consider my clients to be the experts in their own lives and my goal is to support them in the (re)discovery of their own capabilities.
In Systemic therapy, the focus is not only on the individual, but also on their context, i.e. the surrounding system. This may be their family or relationship, but it could also be their professional environment or social circle. The whole system is thus included in the therapeutic process, without actually having to be present. Interactions and their meanings are of particular importance and symptoms are seen as indicators that can show us where there is room for development in the system. This is an approach that focuses on your strengths, rather than on your problems and weaknesses.
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Integrative humanistic therapy combines different approaches that share a holistic view of human beings. It focuses on emotions, the mind, the body, spirituality and interpersonal aspects. People are held to be self-aware, they are not at the mercy of their experiences and life circumstances and can shape their lives through active decisions. Values, self-development, questions of meaning and creativity play an important role here. The aim is to achieve a long-lasting and profound change that leads you not to “freedom from” but rather to “freedom to”.
This model is influenced by Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis, client-centred therapy, Focusing, various body-oriented therapies, fantasy work and other humanistic therapy approaches.
When is a good time to start therapy?
Anything that is on your mind and that makes you think you are not living in harmony with yourself can be the object of psychotherapy. A good time to begin therapy is when you realise that you are dissatisfied with your life and you have the impression that support on your path to increased wellbeing and an authentic, fulfilled life could be useful.
There are many different reasons for starting therapy, ranging from depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, addictions, eating disorders and stress, to trouble in your relationship, separation processes or communication issues within your family. Another reason could be the desire for increased self-confidence and a more fulfilled existence or the (re)discovery of meaning in your life.
Everything can be taken
from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms
—to choose one’s
any given set of circumstances,
to choose one’s own way.