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I was born in Austria in 1965 and after ten years of working and studying in Vienna, I came to London which has been my home since 1995. My first jobs were in the arts which remain a passion, at the National Opera and the Royal Opera House.

My training and academic qualifications were gained at University of Vienna, at Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University. I am a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist and I hold an MSc degree in integrative psychotherapy as well as an MPhil.

I started my therapeutic career by working with bereavement and issues of grief as a befriender for the befriending network and at Trinity Hospice. Creativity is a vital part of my style of work. I have been able to develop my relational style of working in a variety of settings where a safe, trusting and creative relationship is a vital part of helping people with mild and severe psychological problems. Working in a hospice, at Victim Support, at a Mental Health Day Centre, a therapeutic community for people with severe mental health problems, at the outpatient department at the Maudsley Hospital and as a director and then shift-leader for Maytree, a sanctuary for the suicidal have all taught me how important and helpful empathic relationships really are.

Paul Celan who has been a very influential author in my life writes that with empathy and compassion, we dig towards those who have so completely given up hope that "there is earth in them", this will bind us together and we both will awaken: they from their living death; we from apathy to their suffering.

As a therapist I am very interested in social and political issues and follow the footsteps of people such as E. Fromm and Marie Langer. I see people as relational beings who very often struggle with socio-economic and psychological issues. Social exclusion and emotional isolation can often go hand in hand and create a wide range of difficulties. Relational psychotherapy tries to address both social and psychological issues in a warm and supportive way.

I am a member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, UKCP and the Relational School.