my practice

I offer confidential counselling and systemic therapy services in the Kanton of Zurich and Aargau.  I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered systemic psychotherapist who abides by the code of ethics of UKCP and AFT (Association of Family therapy). I am also a recognized Systemic practitioner with the EFTA (European Family Therapy Association) and Systemis (Schweizerische Vereinigung für Systemische Therapie und Beratung).

Believing that “great relationships don’t just happen, they are created”, I pay particular attention to the therapeutic relationship between myself and my clients. The primary and most essential element for any form of systemic therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist.  I commit myself in building a strong bond with my clients based on my ability to offer them an understanding, positive and patient regard as well as a genuine, empathic, trusting approach. I consider all these aspects as integral components of therapeutic change.

Within a safe, non-judgmental and collaborative space, my clients could talk openly about difficult feelings, recognize and build on individual/family strengths and/or relational resources, as well as explore different painful issues. In this way, people could understand and manage them differently, make useful changes in their relationships and their lives, create more positive opportunities for their future and reach their full potential when faced with various life stresses (i.e. Bereavement, loss of work, financial difficulties, delinquent behaviour, depression, anxiety, abusive behaviour or violence etc.) or a number of transition phases in their lives (i.e. Becoming new parents, starting school, puberty, leaving home, divorcing or separating parents etc.).

Using a strong analytical and reflexive thinking, I work with families with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues (such as those involving child protection, deliberate self-harm, domestic violence, physical abuse, trauma, suicide risk, highly sexualized behaviour and mental health problems of parents). As a family therapist I work with adults, children, teenagers and sometimes members of the wider family and/or system (i.e school) who are experiencing difficulties in various aspects of their life. I am applying my understandings in relationships to also work with organisations or with the network of professionals involved in the life of an individual or family.

Finally, my experience with NVR ideas and practice has illuminated and influenced not only my skills as a therapist, but also as a person in general. I have come to appreciate even more Gandhi’s invitation to be nonviolent in thought, word, and action as in this way we are creating more positive possibilities and prospects in our relationship with the people around us. It is easy to remain nonviolent when everyone obeys to our wants and rules and does what we want. The real challenge emerges when, in our personal or professional lives, we as individuals relate with people of different economic, social or political power whose actions and beliefs do not match with ours. Following a loving and non-violent approach in our interpersonal relationships (whether that is a parent-child, partner-partner, or colleague-supervisor etc. relationship) brings profound changes in the quality of people’s relationships!