Counseling and Coaching

Psychological counseling or coaching can have many forms and benefits. Due to their experience, psychotherapists can be used for many questions that affect the functioning of individuals and groups. Both counseling and coaching is for self-paying clients. In general, there is the possibility to deduct the costs from taxes. If you are interested, please inform yourself about it. 

A psychological counseling is for example always considered when clients: 

  • want to acquire knowledge about psychological or psychotherapeutic topics 
  • want professional assessments or advice on such topics 
  • want to receive information about different counseling, care and treatment options 
  • have distress in certain areas that does not justify a disorder (i.e. no diagnosis and no therapy) 
  • after a (outpatient or inpatient) therapy still wish for support e.g. for reintegration or relapse prevention 

Coaching is usually a longer-term support that is individual, theme-related and goal-oriented and should serve the reflection and further development of personality, relationships or work. In contrast to psychotherapy, the problems are not as as severe as in a psychological disorder.

Typical topics for consultations and coaching can include: 

  • AD(H)D 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders 
  • Difficulties adjusting to life changes 
  • Disabilities, serious illnesses, or operations 
  • Career problems 
  • Exhaustion and stress 
  • Family problems 
  • Gender-specific problems 
  • High ability, high sensitivity 
  • Identity conflicts 
  • Impulsivity and aggression 
  • Impulse control disorders/ "behavioral addictions": e.g. gambling, internet consumption (pornography, gaming, social media), "shopping addiction", excessive sexual behavior (caution: psychotherapy may be necessary in severe cases) 
  • Lack of joy/well-being 
  • Physical complaints 
  • Culturally specific (inter/transcultural) problems 
  • Partnership problems 
  • Problematic consumption of substances: alcohol, medications, drugs (caution: in case of an active addiction, only psychotherapy is possible) 
  • Low self-esteem, self-criticism, social insecurity 
  • Mood lows or swings 
  • Grief/loss

What I like to convey in coaching: 

  • Awareness, compassion and acceptance 
  • Building healthy/useful and breaking unhealthy/harmful rituals and habits 
  • Reflecting on biographical development and family patterns 
  • Promoting flexibility and motivation, breaking avoidance behaviors and rigidity 
  • Recognizing (and if necessary changing) interaction patterns
  • Recognizing (and if necessary changing) personality parts, modes and schemas 
  • Positive psychology, resilience and resources 
  • Self-acceptance, self-care, self-worth promotion 
  • Overcoming conflicts of needs and values, blockages, and developmental inhibitions 
  • Exercises on mindfulness, relaxation, meditation, promoting psychological flexibility