What special qualities and knowledge do I bring to therapy?
Raised in Munich/Germany, I received most of my education there and started working as a journalist/documentary maker. I travelled to many countries before I moved to the U.S. This all has taught me about being far away from all one knows and loves. I'm familiar with the challenges of adjusting to a different culture, keeping up relationships and forming new ones, changing career in a new country and more. It is probably not a coincidence that many of my clients are expats, whose anxiety and depression often has been directly related to multicultural issues.
This means that my own personal experiences contribute to my specialties -- including challenges of being an artist (i.e., confronting creative blocks, rejection, existential fears)... issues of aging parents... death and significant losses... chronic illness. However, the greatest impact on my growth as a psychotherapist is due to my clients themselves. I learned through their experiences and often felt inspired to do more research, participate in workshops and classes, read and and seek out consultations (always confidential, of course). The following specialties are the result of this fruitful interaction of my own and clients' experiences:
Special Training and Expertise
Anxiety, including specific phobias and panic
Grief and loss
Multicultural and expat issues
Life and work challenges of creative artists (writers, actors, musicians, etc.)
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT, CA Board licensed)
Art Therapy (ATR)
Gottman Couple Counseling
Hypnosis Certified (Hypnosis Motivation Institute)
NLP Practitioner (Hypnosis Motivation Institute)
Nutrition and Mood Disorders
Private practice, Los Angeles (Brentwood)
Campion Counseling Center, Santa Monica
Lincoln Middle School and Santa Monica High School
Century City Hospital, Los Angeles
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, in conjunction with Clinical Art Therapy
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
M.A. in Communications and Psychology, Munich University
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