Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me? 
If you like what you see on my website, give me a call for a free consultation to discuss your situation. Based on the conversation, we can schedule a first appointment to meet face-to-face. In person you will get a good sense of how I work. Then go with your gut.

How do I know if my child needs therapy? 
If you are considering therapy for your child, or if a teacher or medical professional advised you to get support for your child, it is best to discuss your thoughts and concerns with me on the phone, and if indicated, we can schedule an appointment to have a face-to-face conversation about your concerns.

What type of psychotherapy do you practice? 
Today there are many different types of psychotherapies, some focusing on behavior change, some on changing your thinking, and some on changing your feelings. While having to choose from different types of therapy might be confusing, the good news is that research has shown that it is the relationship with the therapist that makes the difference.   
My overall perspective is depth psychological. The focus is on establishing an ongoing dialogue with one’s inner world. This dialogue will help you be more in tune with yourself. The focus of therapy consequently is not so much on changing oneself, but on sensing your true character and calling. The challenge often is that who we are meant to be is not clear to us, because our experiences, society’s values and other people’s expectations of us cloud our vision and weaken our ability to hear the soul’s voice.

To support the process of discovery, my practice aims to respect both causality and finality. Causality means that past experience influences who we are today. Finality refers to the final or purposive cause of experiences, its meaning. The question we ask is: What are the events of your life trying to tell you about how to live more in accordance with  who you are meant to be? Looking both ways, back into the past and forward into the future, helps us make sense of the present and deal with the challenges we encounter.

What is care of the soul?
“Care of the soul” is simply the etymological meaning of the word psychotherapy. In depth psychology, the terms soul, psyche, imagination, image, and the unconscious are connected and at times used interchangeably. I am sure you have watched a movie and said to yourself, "That was deep," meaning the movie affected your whole being and you experienced the fullness of being human -joy, sorrow, anger, hope.  It is this deep and moving experience of a sense of wholeness (body, mind and spirit) that I refer to as soul. You might say your experience was soulful.

I do not use the term soul in a religious way. Nevertheless, our spiritual practices can contribute to our emotional wellbeing. Discussing your spirituality in sessions is welcome, but not necessary.
A key dimension of soul work is depth. The focus of all my services, whether psychotherapy, consultation or mentoring, is to aid the process of deepening: deepening understanding, deepening insight, deepening feelings, deepening relationships, and deepening engagement with the world. However, deepening doesn’t mean digging or forcing unconscious material to surface. It means to pay close attention to details, like where in your body do you experience a certain feeling? How is a past experience affecting your current sense of who you are today?  How is an injustice in the world around you making you angry, and what should you do about it - change yourself or change the world? 
Together we seek the answers to those questions. We listen to the wisdom of the heart. We do not judge behavior, feelings or fantasies. We seek understanding of the inner connections between them. Soulwork is a search for meaning. It is about engagement with oneself, other people and the world around us.
Care of the soul is the pursuit of the uniqueness that is you. My job is to help you become the person you are meant to be. 

What kind of training do you have? 

I am a licensed psychologist (PSY21283) and registered board-certified art therapist (04-184). My doctoral degree is in depth psychology and my masters degrees are in art therapy and social science. I also hold a post-graduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health. In addition I have a certificate in T. Berry Brazelton’s Touchpoints approach to fostering early childhood development and attachment relationships, and I have been trained through the NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) in Child-Parent Psychotherapy developed by Alicia Lieberman to treat traumatized young children.

Do you do educational and psychological testing? 

I do not do any educational and psychological testing. However, I can help you find a professional who does testing. 

How long are your sessions? 
Sessions are 50 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged if necessary. 

Do you provide therapy in other languages? 
I grew up in Switzerland, and speak Swiss German and German. 

How can I pay?
I currently accept cash and checks.

Do you take insurance? 
I do not take insurance. However, I will gladly furnish a monthly invoice that you can submit to your insurance.

Where is your office?
My office is located at 427 S. Marengo Ave #5 in Pasadena, CA 91101. There is free street parking available. 

How can I make an appointment? 
You can call me at (626) 215-1909, or send a message using the form here.