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 About me: Sabine Jontofsohn

 
I have an MA in social science from the Free University Berlin (FU), went through a 3-year program for systemic therapy at WISL, that contained schooling for psychotherapy with individuals and with couples and I am licensed by the state to conduct psychotherapy (Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie). WISL is recognized by both German umbrella associations for systemic therapy (SG and DSG).
 
The systemic approach is about communication, not disorders. Therefore systemic therapy is very well suited for working with couples.
Furthermore, I find the evidence-based techniques of the Gottman theory very useful for couples. I also had some training in focusing by Eugene Gendlin (at the FZF), a technique comparable to mindfulness-based therapy. It helps to connect to yourself and explore your feelings by accessing a nonverbal, bodlily feel.
 
A special field of expertise is my experience of counseling bi-cultural couples for 15 years in an association for multi-cultural families. I'm aware of the so called culture shock and the challenges that every expatriate is confronted with through a life abroad.
 
Last not least - some words on the German education system in psychology:
 
The study of psychology in Germany does not include psychotherapy. Psychologists with a diploma can decide to attend psychotherapy school after their study if they want and they usually choose one out of the following three 3 therapy schools: : psychoanalysis, depth psychotherapy or behavioral therapy. Why? Because these are the only ones that are covered by public health insurance. They are therapy forms designed for individuals with psychological disorders.
 
Inspite of the fact that the quality of a couples relationship can have tremendous effects on the overall health of the partners, couple problems are not considered as a desease and therefore are not covered by health insurance.

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