Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling in Hannover-Kleefeld
Integrative psychotherapy (as well as counselling) combines theoretical ideas and practical interventions from different therapeutic models in order to meet the needs of individual clients. In my work I draw on analytic as well as humanistic approaches. I am using attachment theory as well as psychodynamic and relational theory. Most importantly I will aim to be attuned to your process.
Psychotherapy & Counselling in Hannover (Braunschweig)
What is counselling?
Sometimes it may be a single issue that brings you to counselling: a change in your life, difficulties in your relationships, stress at work or in your personal life. You may need to talk about what is happening at work in a confidential environment with a counsellor.
Time Limited Counselling can be very useful to work through a single issue.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy looks at what is happening in your life on a deeper level taking into account past experiences as well as current life events. It can help you to understand yourself and to change deeply engrained patterns of behaviour. Sometimes going back to the past can help to make sense of your present experiences. At other times staying in the here and now is more helpful.
Integrative psychotherapy & counselling
In my work I draw on attachment as well as pychodynamic and relational theory. Psychodynamic work seeks to understand the past in order to achieve more freedom in the present: it works with what is communicated unconsciously.
I also work relationally to raise awareness of the here-and-now relationship between client and therapist.
As human beings we need to find meaning in what happens to us. As someone with a religious background I am open to exploring existential as well as spiritual and religious questions. In doing so I will support you to find your own path in life and will strive to be respectful of your choices.
The body in psychotherapy
Effective therapy will also be attentive to what is happing on a bodily level. We cannot separate our physical from our mental experiences. Traumatic experiences, in particular, affect our physical and as well as our mental well being. Psychological stress can make us physically ill and serious physical illness may affect our mental well being. The two are interrelated. While it is important always to seek out medical treatment for physical illness psychotherapy can help to look at underlying causes or help you to live life with an illness.
A lot of suffering is caused by thriving for perfection but attaining perfection is humanly impossible. The therapeutic session is where we can learn to live with our imperfections.
Being able to reflect on our actions is partly what makes us uniquely human but ruminating - becoming excessively preoccuied - is unhealthy and can make us feel bad about ourselves. Counselling can help to disrupt unhelpful thought processes.
Famously psychoanalysis began with the idea of the unconscious. Our feelings and actions are directed by beliefs we are not even aware of. In the therapeutic relationship you will become aware of some these unconscious beliefs, assess whether they are still valid and gain greater freedom.
Psychotherapy (as well as counselling) helps in dealing with: Anger - Anxiety - Bereavement - Depression
Feelings such as anger, anxiety, envy and rage can be hard to bear. They are nevertheless part of being human. A counsellor or psychotherapist will help you to contain these feelings and to understand them.
Anxiety helps us to avoid danger but it can get in the way of healthy functioning in the world. Counselling can be very effective in containing anxious feelings.
Counselling as well as psychotherapy can help you to understand your anger and to use it effectively. Envy can hinder us to build meaningful relationships in the here and now - and make us generally unhappy. Jealous feelings need to be understood and acknowledged.
In our world today we are often expected to function well at all times. But at times of bereavement it is quite normal not to feel well. A weekly counselling session can offer the space you need to explore all your difficult feelings of bereavement.
The death of a loved one is not the only event that can leave us feeling bereft: losing a job, moving house, ending a significant relationship are also situations of loss and bereavement. A counsellor will listen attentively and accompany you on your journey.
Depression is often a way of coping with overwhelming experiences. The body shuts down.
In the safety of a therapy session you can allow yourself to experience difficult feelings at your own pace (bit by bit).
Reasons to seek counselling
Living and working in a foreign country can be an enriching as well as an incredibly difficult experience. It is not easy to build a life in a culture different to your own. Having gone through the experience myself I do understand some of the difficulties that can arise even though everybody's experience is unique.
As human beings we are wired to live in relationships. We all need relationships to live and to thrive. During the first years of our lives we cannot survive without good caregiving relationships. More often than not we also get hurt in those early years and these early experiences can prevent us from building good relationships in the here and now. Therapy is an opportunity to learn new ways of relating to other people.
Life can be very stressful at times. It takes time to adjust to a major change in life.
Counselling can help to contain feelings of anxiety and work through difficult experiences of (perceived) failure. Parenting or work pressures can be situations where it can be very helpful to talk to someone who is not part of the problem.
Being a student is a great opportunity. As any new experience is may also be a difficult experience, in particular when you are in a foreign country. There may be questions you want to explore. Am I studying what I want or am I doing what my parents want me to do? How do I make friends at university? How do I cope with cultural differences?