In my experience, it is often people who find themselves in crisis who come to psychotherapy. Some have a clear idea of their problems; they mention stressful experiences such as relationship problems, depression, anxiety, illness, separation, grief, trauma, challenging transitional life events (e.g. immigration, marriage, parenthood, retirement), or difficult professional situations or burnout prevention. Some people report a single instance that ignited their suffering. Even, a simple feeling that causes some sort of suffering is enough to seek counsel and investigate the pain together; a feeling of helplessness, disorientation, being lost or maybe tiredness of holding feelings of anger and rage inside. There may be an abundance of self-doubt, difficulties with decision making or feeling alienated and unconnected from those around oneself, one’s community, friends and family of origin. There is a wide range of reasons why people seek psychotherapy. There are also people who come to therapy with a defined isolated question who request my counsel for a limited time as targeted psychotherapeutic work. All these and more are reasons for starting a therapeutic process.
However, it is also possible that one cannot consciously remember anything that has happened, yet the person struggles. You don’t have to know your specific problem when you choose to seek psychotherapy, it’s enough to be curious to start a process of self-reflection and self-awareness to improve your ability to guide your life towards a self-determined and self- dependent path corresponding to your wishes and goals. The desire or longing for something in life - without necessarily having to have an idea about what that might be – is reason enough to embark on the path toward better mental health and to let go of the dark notion that something is wrong or is missing. As one of my analysis patients put it beautifully in words years ago: “There is no health without mental health. Indeed, the greatest luxury of all is mental wellness.”
As a psychoanalyst who is trained in accordance to the standards of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), I can offer psychoanalysis as well as psychotherapy in my private practice. Furthermore, I offer experienced counselling for those uncertain if a psychotherapy may help
Psychoanalysis is the origin of psychology and is a form of today's psychotherapy. Psychoanalysis can be offered by a clinically trained and qualified psychoanalyst, and normally consists of three, four or five sessions per week over a period of several years. The peculiarity of this scientific method lies in the fact that the unconsciousness - in addition to the consciousness - is taken into account and included in the therapeutic work.
Psychoanalysis welcomes uncanny fantasies, dreams and all sorts of psychic pain. It is rather impossible to fully grasp psychoanalysis without having experienced it. Nevertheless, there are efforts to describe psychoanalysis, such as my selection of short visual illustrations which could give you an idea about psychoanalysis.
I mainly work with adults and young adults from the age of 18.
To make an initial appointment, you can reach me via email, phone, SMS, Telegram or Signal. I will usually get back to you within two working days. Follow-up appointments are set by individual agreements.
Costs for the sessions with me are borne by patients. My fee for one session of psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is 180 CHF. At your request, I can invoice my fee monthly or after an agreed series of sessions (for instance after 10 sessions). Payment is possible in cash or via bank transfer. If you wish different ways of payment (e.g. Paypal) or if you wish to receive bills in another currency, it is possible to discuss these in person.
I am listed as an accredited psychotherapist on 'santé suisse' (the swiss health insurance association). This allows you to cover a part of the cost of psychotherapy needed through your supplementary insurance, if you have one in Switzerland. Please clarify the specific conditions and amount or percentage of the cost covered by your supplementary health insurance with your health insurance company.
As a rule, I make an offer for the first three introductory sessions. The package price for the first three sessions with me is 450 CHF. This gives us time to get to know each other and it allows you to decide whether you wish to work with me. Please read more below.
Initially, there is a consultation process of evaluation when we meet in my practice. In the first three sessions, we will speak as freely as possible and get to know one another so that I can get a sense of your unique situation. The initial assessment is usually completed over three sessions. A comprehensive life history cannot be learned within these initial sessions, but three sessions are usually enough for consulters, and also for me, to process what may have happened in your life to lead to the struggles you are now experiencing and what is needed now.
Generally, by the third session, we will start talking about whether you feel that you would like to work with me. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis begins whenever you are ready to start; treatment, ultimately, belongs to the patient. I will state my honest recommendation for treatment and frequency, and the next step would be discussing and deciding on a framework for our work together. This involves discussing the treatment plan, appointment times, payment, cancellation policy, availability and holiday planning. Establishing a framework for the therapeutic process in the initial phase is crucial as it is the first step on the road leading you and I to work well together, both of us sharing the common goal of helping you towards a healthier, happier life.
If you are uncertain whether you need psychotherapy or psychoanalysis at all, you can contact me for advice. As mentioned above, we can usually find out together within three initial sessions. As a rule, I can provide you with a reasoned recommendation regarding psychotherapy in the third session.
A thought about price and value
There is a countless number of offers for counseling and psychotherapy on the internet, especially for remote sessions. Professionals with very different qualifications, different personalities, different viewpoints about life and mental struggles and with very different ways of working offer psychotherapy for very different prices. This can be confusing for consulters, especially for those of you who don’t have any experience with long-term psychotherapy.
As an experienced professional, I suggest you take your time deciding with whom you wish to work, if you can. Psychotherapy is a sensitive matter of opening up and trusting your intimate inner world to a professional in the hope of being understood and receiving the help you need. You will gain more, if you don’t compromise when it comes to your mental health. Find the professional who fits you best.
In order to choose 'the right person' for yourself, you will need to meet therapists in person and decide whether you wish to work with one depending on the personal encounter. I suggest you to be conscious about your decision and 'trust your gut'.
In accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), I offer remote psychotherapy in exceptional circumstances. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic remote psychotherapy and counselling are generally possible. Another exceptional circumstance is, for example, if the geographical distance is a real and insurmountable difficulty. I also offer remote psychoanalysis if you are based in a region with limited accessibility to ‘in the room-in person’ psychoanalysis or supervision with an IPA - Colleague.
When possible, the initial interviews should be held ‘in the room-in person’ and we should meet in person as much as possible (the IPA recommendation for exceptional circumstances is “at least once a year “). In the case of psychoanalysis, it is essential that an analytic process which is intended to continue remotely begins in person. There we will discuss the individual circumstances that make you want a remote analysis as well as the experimental nature of methods involving telecommunications. There are remarkable and insurmountable differences between remote treatment and ‘in the room-in person’ treatment. We will discuss the reasons for choosing a remote treatment, as the differences to ‘in the room-in person’ treatment may affect the quality of the treatment.
In the case of remote psychoanalysis, I might need supervision from a senior psychoanalyst to discuss specific challenges that may arise from the remote setting in order to carefully observe the analytical progress and maintain the quality of the analytic work.
Security, privacy protection and confidentiality issues must be considered over all forms of telecommunications. You would bear half of the responsibility for ensuring a private space on your side during remote sessions. We will make ourselves aware of these issues and choose the best possible option for communication before commencing the treatment. Contact me in order to discuss the possibility of working together remotely.
I am a licensed and certified psychologist, psychodynamic psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. I completed my training as a psychoanalyst in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the educational standards and requirements for qualification and admission to the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Currently, I am working in my private practice in Zurich, Switzerland.
My General Principle:
I have worked with people of different ethnicities, religions, cultural and professional backgrounds, socioeconomic status and with diverse political viewpoints, sexual orientations and tendencies, life experiences and lifestyles. I respect the otherness of my patients. Each human being is unique. Each person is its own Individual self; a different person to me. Respecting the otherness of my patients and their individuality are key elements of my professional attitude and work.
My qualifications meet the standards of the following professional organizations of which I am an official member:
My Work Experience:
I have worked in several psychiatric and psychosomatic clinics in Vienna, Austria, and Frankfurt, Germany. I have held workshops and seminars for and supervised professional social workers and psychologists on the topics of trauma, immigration, and working with refugees and migrants. My main fields of interest are intercultural psychodynamic psychotherapy and ethnopsychoanalysis. I am currently working in my private practice in Zurich, Switzerland.