Individual therapy is the most common form of psychotherapeutic treatment, including Systemic Family Therapy.
Individual therapy is psychotherapeutic work with a single person. There may be a clinical diagnosis such as a depressive episode, or it may be about issues such as a life crisis, burnout risk, or challenges in a partnership, with children or parents. For adults, in some cases the inclusion of other people as guests in psychotherapy is useful (e.g., partner, spouse), if all parties wish to do so.
In individual therapies for children, contact with caregivers is always important, for example through parent or family sessions. Thus, as a rule, not all psychotherapy sessions take place only with the child and the therapist. Also with adolescents, the involvement of attachment figures can be important in some cases. In any case, children and adolescents have the same right to psychotherapeutic confidentiality as adults. At the same time, in cases of acute danger, I am obliged to contact the legal guardian in consultation with the children or adolescents.
Systemic individual therapy almost always takes place in sessions of 50 minutes and usually at intervals of two or three weeks. However, weekly sessions or even longer intervals between appointments are possible, depending on the client`s concerns and situation.
Couples therapy is based on the idea that both people have a part to play in solving problems, and that one person is not solely “to blame” for the situation.
In some cases there is a common goal such as communicating better, or creating a different way of dealing with children or families of origin. Other couples have different concerns, for example, one person may doubt the relationship and the other person may want to maintain the relationship at all costs.
As a couples therapist, I act in an all-participatory manner. I actively support both persons in the realization of their common goals and in the search process of how their own goals can fit together with the goals of the other person.
Support during a separation can also be a form of couples therapy. In any case, it is about working on a common concern or the concerns of both partners.
Couples therapy usually takes place with longer intervals between sessions than individual therapy. Often every three, four or five weeks is appropriate, but in crisis situations weekly sessions (if desired) may also be important.
I usually work with 50 minutes units per appointment, rarely with double units. All of these setting issues are discussed and decided together within the therapy.
In family therapy, several family members work together on common psychotherapeutic or relationship issues or conflicts. These can be children or adults with their parents, for example, or siblings, or larger family systems, or even just one (young or adult) child with a parent.
Examples of issues include concerns about a family member, working through old grievances and conflicts, differing ideas about parenting between generations, or conflicts over inheritances or related to family businesses.
As with couples therapy, family therapy usually takes place with longer intervals between sessions than individual therapy. Often every four or five weeks or an even greater interval is appropriate. Especially when several people are also receiving individual or couples therapy from other therapists, too short intervals between sessions can be overwhelming. However, weekly sessions are possible depending on the concerns, for example in crisis situations, or if a person is only present for a short time from abroad.
The first appointment is a single session (50 minutes), after which double or even longer sessions may be appropriate with families. In some cases only one more session after the first appointment is sufficient to address an issue.
All of these setting issues are discussed and decided together within the therapy.
It is important for the development of children and adolescents that parents or other close caregivers find common ground on important parenting issues. Differences between the ideas of parents are not necessarily a problem, different positions of important people will always exist in the lives of children. However, contradictions, acting against each other and especially mutual devaluation are very irritating for children and adolescents, because they are closely connected with both parents.
But also for parents or caregivers who harmonize well with each other, parent counseling can be very helpful. When difficulties arise with children, it can suddenly become very challenging to deal with children or adolescents together in a coordinated way or to process stressful experiences as a parent.
For example, when children or adolescents have psychological or physical problems, when there is stress at school or in their training, or family life at home is difficult. My competencies as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, couples therapist and family therapist are incorporated into parent counseling.
A special form of parent counseling is the mandatory parent counseling for amicable divorce that I offer for individuals and couples. For more information, visit the official webpage.
Coaching and Supervision
For coaching and supervision as work on professional challenges and goals the Systemic approach is very suitable. Organizational dynamics and systemic interactions between different people, but also between professional and private life or between body, psyche and environment play a major role.
Coaching is not a treatment for illness, but psychotherapeutic knowledge is helpful, for example, for burnout prevention or for understanding dynamics between people. Another source of my work as a coach and supervisor is my three-year training in supervision, coaching and organizational consulting (ÖAGG, ÖVS), as well as training in group dynamics (ÖGGO), among others.
The terms coaching and supervision are used differently and sometimes interchangeably in practice as well as in professional literature. Supervision was originally primarily regular team supervision in the social profit sector, coaching was originally primarily goal-oriented work for managers in individual settings. In any case, what both have in common is that work is primarily done on professional issues and that it is not a treatment of clinical conditions.
Apart from regular reflection on work processes, typical topics include conflict coaching, team development, leadership skills, decision-making and strategy coaching, self- and time management, change management, intercultural communication, stress management and burnout prevention.
Here you can find my references from this work.
Communication training and seminar management
I have been working with groups as a trainer and seminar leader since 1996. In terms of content and didactics, my qualifications in social science, psychotherapy, supervision, coaching, organizational consulting and group dynamics are incorporated into this work, in addition to my practical experience.
From the very beginning, I have focused on conflict management, team building and development, and dealing with leadership and hierarchies. Through my many years of work as a university lecturer for social competence and management methods and through seminars in a wide variety of companies and organizations, many other topics were added.
These include “classic” organizational topics, i.e. in addition to dealing with conflicts, working in a team and leadership skills, for example burnout prevention, or dealing with change.
I also have many years of experience with training topics for psychotherapists, social workers, social pedagogues and other helping professions.
Seminar topics in recent years have included self-awareness, biography work, systemic interventions, clarification of mandates in work with families, parent coaching, or patchwork, adoptive and foster families.
A proven possibility is also to organize this training in the form of several connected seminars, which I design and lead together with colleagues.
Contact me if you are looking for a specially adapted design of content and methods for your organization or group.
Here you can find my references from this work.