I am a UKCP accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist (IPSS) and have been working as a psychotherapist for the past 9 years.
My professional background is in teaching. After my Matura (A-levels) in Austria I qualified as a teacher for Secondary School in the subjects German and Art. I worked in schools and NGOs, later I focused on teaching German as a Foreign Language.
When I became a mother, I decided to re-train as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. This decision was inspired by my own psychotherapy and a developing interest in understanding how our earliest relationships shape the way we think, feel and behave in adult years.
During my training course in psychoanalytic psychotherapy I underwent placements in a Therapeutic Community in Richmond (RPFI) and at Richmond Borough Mind. I also worked as a volunteer counsellor in the low cost clinic of the Guild of Psychotherapists.
My work as a psychotherapist is deeply influenced by the literature on relational psychoanalysis, and findings from neuroscience and attachment theory.
I am also keen to understand in what way our political and social environment, and that of our parents and ancestors, shape our internalized working models.
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and constantly update my knowledge in areas which are relevant for my work. Some of the most recent workshops include Confer's Working with Sexuality - Bodies, Desires and Imagination and Making Sense of Your Life by PsychAlive.
In 2018 I completed the Foundation for Infant Loss Training Course. This course helped me to understand the devastating impact of the loss of an unborn baby or infant and how to support parents through this difficult time in their life.