Approaches that Inform my Work
Integral Therapy is inspired by the Integral Philosophy
of Ken Wilber and is based on the idea that all therapeutic approaches
have something valuable to offer and not one approach alone
encompasses "the truth". Since nobody is able to know everything, I
at least strive to be aware that every approach has it's strengths and
limitations and to increase my knowledge continuously through trainings, supervision, conferences, and readings.
I hold certificates in Person-Centered Counseling, Mediation, Grief Counseling, Reflexology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and participated in intensive trainings for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Focusing, Systemic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
The foundation of my therapeutic work is strongly influenced by Humanistic Psychology
and especially by Dr. Carl Rogers. The following quote illustrates his
believes about the relationship between therapists and clients in
person-centered psychotherapy and
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what
problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried."
On Becoming a Person, 1961
Based on the same philosophy developed Dr. Eugene Gendling Focusing,
a body-centered approach to connect to ones inner voice and wisdom. I offer focusing as a stand alone self-help tool or utilize it in
decision making processes. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
and use EMDR not only for working with traumatic material like
accidents, abuse, and sexual violence; but also low
self-esteem, depression, and addictions. Since I experience the benefits of meditation and mindfulness-practice in my own life, I also integrate ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) in my work. ACT is a behavioral
therapy that offers a refreshing alternative to focusing on and fighting what feels
"wrong" in ones life. ACT encourages people to practice mindfulness and acceptance of whatever "is", while committing to
changing what moves us further in the direction of our values and goals. Another important framework for my work is Systemic Therapy which empathizes the importance of personal relationships and that we and our environment influence each other constantly. |