I started my career as a professional musician, but soon my interest in the scientific and metaphysical aspects of the human condition took over.
I have extensive training and professional experience not only in clinical psychology, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, CBT, EMDR, systemic constellations, psychedelic assisted psychotherapies, and life and business coaching, but also in music, dance, and the creative arts. I am also well trained in various body-mind techniques (yoga, shiatsu, TCM, martial arts, meditation, holotropic breath work, other trance techniques, etc.). Therefore, in my therapeutic work I use a rather rich and varied repertoire of therapeutic and coaching techniques. I am certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, and provide services in Psychedelic Integration Therapy as part of my private practice.
With my artistic, symbolic-creative and musical sensitivity – but also with my scientific honesty and reality-bound intelligence and honesty -, I’ve been drawn to the depths of our unconscious mind and our creative imagination since I was born. I feel in my element as soon as I – or my clients – enter the realms of our personal, collective, archetypal, transpersonal, or spiritual unconscious, and move around in the peaks and abysses of these realms with the ease of a fish in water.
At the moment I live in NYC, and run a successful private practice in Manhattan. In over 20 years of professional experience, I have worked with the whole gamut of psychological and relationship problems, psychiatric disorders, and neuropsychological conditions both in clinical and in private settings.
I have worked for large corporations and small companies, and have been a successful trainer, workshop leader, and lecturer at several universities for over two decades. Having a large international clientele, I am a well-established online coach and therapist.
How I work with clients
I like to think of my work with my clients as a musical improvisation or a dance. It is difficult to tell who is leading – the client or the therapist -, but I definitely take responsibility for providing safe boundaries, clear guidance, to-the-point explanations, sensitive attunement, compassionate confrontation, warmth and containment, and a safe space for exploration and discovery.
Having trained in so many different modalities and techniques, and having lived a long and experience-rich life, I trust my skills and knowledge, but also my sensitivity, intuition, and life experience to respond to my clients’ needs as a good dancer would respond to their partner: allowing them to experience the very depths and heights of their personality while keeping them safe and protected.
However, I also like to make my clients work – both in the sessions and in between sessions at home. I explain things, teach skills, provide homework exercises to explore and practice daily, suggest reading material, etc.
For a person to really benefit from psychedelic experiences, these experiences need to be translated into a person’s every-day life and integrated into their whole personality. Some of them need to be understood, others need to get absorbed into their body and biochemistry, yet others need to be hard-wired into their nervous system.
I regard it my sacred duty to make sure that we are not only having fun talking but we get sh*t done … 🙂