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Children and adolescents
Childhood and adolescence are characterized by many changes. Important life events such as starting or changing schools or moving can evoke fear or sadness. Children and adolescents can usually cope well with many of these challenging situations. However, if your child seems unusually sad, anxious or aggressive over a long period of time and this has negative effects on your family life or interferes with your child’s ability to cope with everyday tasks, your child will probably benefit from professional support.
The goal in psychotherapy is to help children and adolescents to become aware of their symptoms and to enable them to cope with them. The first step is a thorough assessment of both the challenges and the resources of a child and their family. Based on the results and within a trustworthy environment your child will then learn how to gain confidence and thrive by managing their feelings, thoughts and behaviors differently.
Being a parent is one of the most precious experiences in life, but can also be draining and exhausting. For example, after a separation, when a child has sleeping difficulties or when there are recurring conflicts with a child or adolescent it can be helpful for parents to get professional support. One goal in parent coaching is often to find common ground to be a successful team in everyday parenting. I support parents in meeting their child’s needs and at the same time keeping themselves and their own needs in mind.
One of the most common goals in family therapy is to improve the connection and communication in a family whether it is in an individual setting or a setting including different family members. The illness of a family member, recurring or escalating conflicts or difficulties after a separation are reasons why families seek professional help. A first step is to share different perceptions of family challenges and different approaches to tackle those. During family counseling we discover and intensify the resources of a family in order to deal with conflicts and challenges more effectively.
Modern relationships are cauldrons of contradictory longings: safety and excitement, grounding and transcendence, the comfort of love and the heat of passion. We want it all and, in long-term monogamous relationships, we want it with one person. Reconciling the domestic and the erotic is a delicate balancing act that we achieve intermittently at best. It requires knowing your partner while recognizing their persistent mystery; creating security while remaining open to the unknown; cultivating intimacy that respects privacy. That’s a challenge over the years. But the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. In couple counseling we therefore aim at redeveloping the sense of aliveness and vitality in your relationship.
Psychological psychotherapy is meant for adults who are looking for support in stressful and challenging life situations. Using evidence-based and transparent methods of systemic and cognitive behavior therapy, I guide you to expand your understanding of yourself and others, in order to bravely and resolutely follow the life goals that are important to you.