Common Topics I Support my Clients with:
Managing Difficult Emotions Related to Transitions and Changes
Support for Expatriate Young People
Developing Coping Skills and Resilience
Relationship, Friendship and Family Conflicts
Stress, Worry and Anxiety
Personal Identity and Gender Identity
Self Awareness and Developing Personal Values and Goals
Autism Spectrum and Friendships
School Challenges and Managing Exam Anxiety
I focus on creating a warm and safe space that allows people to explore their thoughts and fears, while developing their skills to manage the inevitable challenges that come with life. I hope to create a therapeutic climate that allows for healing, self-exploration, development of emotional resilience and a focus on value-driven actions that improve a person’s life circumstances.
Every session uses a person-centred approach that is tailored to the individual needs of each client. The foundation of my work lies in Acceptance Commitment Therapy — a multifaceted approach that aims to increase our potential to live a full, rich and meaningful life.
An important aspect of my work is to help clients develop psychological skills to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings. I provide clients with effective tools to change the relationship they have with the powerful, and sometimes harmful stories our minds tell us. Being mindful of the chatter in our heads can allow for self reflection and self compassion — two essential processes to developing a healthy relationship with yourself. Some of my sessions focus on identifying a client’s personal values and gaining a deeper understanding of what gives meaning to their life. Clarifying our values helps us to understand how we want to live our life, how we want to treat others, and most importantly, how we want to treat ourselves. These values can act as a compass for identifying healthy and constructive actions and activities that enrich our life.
I am also a certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT), and use aspects of CBT throughout my sessions. These may include investigating unhelpful thought patterns or creating behaviour experiments to overcome fears or worries.
Throughout my studies and professional practice, I have dedicated many hours to research and training in the area of friendships in individuals on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). I have worked with many young people on the autism spectrum to support them in making and keeping friends, and to support them with developing the necessary social skills to navigate social interactions. I am also trained in evidence-based social skills programs with young people on the autism spectrum (PEERS).
I am trained in assessing clients for various purposes and I am certified in administering cognitive assessments (WISC-V), achievements assessments (WIAT-III) and autism assessments (ADOS-2, ADI-R). For younger clients, I also use social-emotional/behaviour assessments (ASEBA-CBCL/TRF) and ADHD screeners (Conner’s 3rd Edition).
The services I offer here are counselling and coaching services and not psychotherapy services. I received the education and training of a CBT/ ACT therapist and testing psychologist in areas of diagnosis and intensive therapy from an accredited institution. While I am registered and licensed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), I am currently practicing in Germany. Due to German limitations and regulations in diagnostics and psychotherapy for psychologists, I have intentionally transitioned into psychological counselling/ coaching.
As a counselling psychologist, I support individuals with processing and overcoming a range of social-emotional difficulties that may impact on their ability to live a meaningful life. German psychotherapy regulations constitute of an intensive diagnostic process that serves the healing and therapeutic intervention of psychological disorders and psychiatric illnesses.
If you are experiencing an acute mental health crises and are seeking diagnostics and clinical intervention, please contact a psychotherapist in your area. If you require immediate support, please contact German emergency services (112) or a German suicide hotline (0800 1110111). For other countries, please visit this website https://blog.opencounseling.com/suicide-hotlines/. If you are unsure, you can book a free initial consultation with me and I can help you figure out what is best for you. If at any point I believe you would be better served by another form of intervention (e.g. Diagnostic & Clinical Psychotherapy), then I will refer you to a mental health professional who can offer that.