English Coach And Counsellor.
In Berlin. For You.
English-speaking Berlin coach and therapist. Let’s develop the emotional skills and clarity you need to get life moving forward. Now.
Phobias, panic and PTSD
Marriage and couples
Children and young people
Life’s tough. And in light of global health developments, it’s no surprise that many of us continue to feel the mental and emotional load.
Perhaps it’s helpful to think of counselling as borrowing someone else’s brain. Each day, we all lend and exchange expertise, support and ideas. In a sense, counselling is no different
When we suffer distress (whatever the reason), we lack the mental and emotional capacity to perceive things clearly and helpfully. It’s here that professional input – outside perspective, insightful guidance and practical tools – can help.
My approach involves developing a holistic understanding of each person. As such, I take your whole person – physical, mental and emotional – into account. This is why it works.
Each person has a range of physical and emotional needs. When we fulfil these needs in balance, we experience mental health and wellbeing. However, when our needs remain poorly met, emotional distress will ensue.
This understanding provides a common framework for all human beings. However, of course, your story and experience are unique to you. As such, I will aim to help you in a way that feels most resonant and relevant to your circumstances.
To do this, I draw upon a wide range of evidence-based techniques and visualisation to assist your progress for sturdy and reliable outcomes in your everyday life.
Some people think meaningful therapy should take years. I don’t. No person wants long-term therapy, they want a life that works.
For this reason, I try to avoid any presupposition as to how long our work will take. It’s all about your personal situation – and what meaningful progress will look and feel like to you.
However, I completely understand that an indication helps. In most instances, I meet with clients around four to six times in total, and in some cases less.
For many people, time is short and so unless agreed otherwise, our work together will focus upon ensuring you can make the fastest possible progress.
How will you know when this progress has been achieved? You’ll feel that your situation has been properly acknowledged and understood. You have a firm grasp of your situation and possess the necessary tools and skills for moving forward with increased confidence and control.
Dominic is an amazing professional. In a few sessions he was able to help me a lot.
– JZ –
The care and support I received was completely different from my previous experience of therapy.
– KY –
Dominic is a gifted behavioral therapist who relies on a mix of practical and theoretical tools.
– JV –
Wonderful therapist! I made a lot of progress even in just two sessions together. Highly recommend.
– SS –
What is effective counselling?
For many people, seeking assistance for mental distress can feel like a big step, making choosing the right counsellor extremely important. Yet with so many types of treatment available (around 400 different approaches!), assessing what effective support involves requires a leap of faith.
With this in mind, the following outlines, at least from one perspective, what effective counselling might entail. In addition, it reflects the minimum that you’ll be able to expect from me in our work together:
- knows how to build rapport quickly with distressed people
- understands depression and how to lift it
- helps immediately with anxiety problems including trauma or fear related symptoms
- is prepared to give advice if needed or asked for
- will not use jargon or tell you that counselling or psychotherapy has to be ‘painful’
- will not dwell unduly on the past
- will be supportive when difficult feelings emerge, but will not encourage people to get emotional beyond the normal need to ‘let go’ of any bottled up feelings
- may assist you to develop your social skills so that your needs can be better fulfilled
- will help you to draw and build on your own resources (which may prove greater than you thought)
- will be considerate of the effects of counselling on the people close to you
- may teach you to relax deeply
- may help you think about your problems in new and more empowering ways
- uses a wide range of techniques as appropriate
- may ask you to do things between sessions
- will take as few sessions as possible
- will increase your self confidence and independence and make sure you feel better after every consultation
How long does treatment last?
The approach I work with is typically brief. Most clients I see for around four to six times in total, and in some cases less. For many people, time is short and so unless agreed otherwise, our work together will focus upon ensuring you can make the fastest possible progress.
Will my public health insurance pay for therapy with you?
No. Please note that I am not part of the German statutory health insurance system. Some private, international insurance might cover the costs of counselling. However, I do not deal directly with your insurance company. You pay and then request reimbursement from the company. I provide all invoices as necessary.
Where is your praxis located?
My praxis is located in Prenzlauer Berg, very close to the Eberswalder Strasse station. The address is Schliemannstraße 41, 10437 Berlin.
Can you offer me any assurances regarding your professional competence?
I am a member of the HGI Register, which is accredited by the UK-based Professional Standards Authority.
How can I book a session?
Please send me a message below. It’s the best way for us to begin. I will then send you a profile overview with some further information, along with a booking link : )
Do you offer online support?
Yes, I do. Working online is increasingly common. I must confess, I had my reservations to begin. However, I now meet the majority of my clients online and the feedback is deeply encouraging.