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 is psychotherapy?
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. In depth
psychology, the terms soul, psyche, imagination, image, and the unconscious are
connected and at times used interchangeably. In depth psychotherapy, 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 (Freud). Finality refers to the final or purposive cause of
experiences, their meaning. The question we ask is: What are the events of my
life trying to tell me about how to live more in accordance with my calling
(Jung). 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 the etymological meaning of the word
psychotherapy. The main 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, and deepening relationships. However, deepening doesn’t mean digging
or forcing it to reveal itself. Together we will encounter the soul’s depth by
recognizing the image by which it presents itself. Oftentimes it is right in
front of us, but we fail to see it. What we need to do is to approach it
indirectly and in a respectful manner - pay close attention, attend to the
details, look at it from different perspectives, turn it up side down, hold it
close to our heart, or push it far away. Unlock the inner connections between
things and soul, i.e. its meaning, will be revealed. This is why James Hillman
says that soul work is image work.
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
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
How much are your session? Do you have a sliding scale?
My fee is $200 per session (50 minutes) payable at the
beginning of the session. Sliding scale is available. I am confident that we can agree on a rate that works for both of us.
Where is your office?
My office is located at 16 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 218 in Pasadena, CA 91101. Please click here to see a map and parking instructions.
How can I make an appointment?
You can call me at (626) 215-1909, send a message using the
form here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.