Here are the most frequently asked questions - and answers.
No. I provide psychotherapy only through online video calls. Like everything in life, this has advantages and disadvantages. For some people it works great, others prefer to stick to the traditional office visits. A prerequisite other than a good internet connection is having a private room at home where you feel comfortable to do the session.
In the first session we will discuss the confidentiality and I will go through my guidelines with you. Then you can tell me what brings you to therapy, so that I can be certain that I know exactly what's going on. If we have time, I'll start with questions about the circumstances that contribute to your current situation.
The best way to schedule a free initial consultation is on this website for example by clicking here. If you do not feel comfortable yet to schedule a video call, you can call me first +43(0)6643569925 to see whether I could be the right person to support you. You can also email me at [email protected] and ask me to call you.
After our first couple of sessions, we will work together to define some of the goals of the therapy. I'm going to give you an idea of what I think we need to do to get YOU there. Your goals can change at any time, but the initial goals will give us a good starting point.
A session (around 50 mins) costs 80€. If you live in Austria, a partial refund of 28€ from the insurance is usually possible. I will send you an invoice before each session which you can pay with a bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal. I can offer a small discount if you prefer to pay in advance for each month.
Yes, I welcome people of all backgrounds, races, religions, and sexual orientations.
For example, I think that there are cultural or religious factors and they influence your decisions and the way you live your life. While I know how these factors work in general, I encourage you to share with me how they are concretely reflected in your life and family.
That really depends on your goals and individual progress. Some people, especially those with traumatic experiences, find help fairly quickly. Others believe they will benefit from the continued personal growth of a long-term therapy and choose to remain in therapy even for several years. Some quit when their goals are accomplished and come back when new issues arise. As a rule of thumb, psychotherapy should be given 6-12 months to achieve real and lasting change. But to some of my clients I am happy to have become someone who can accompany them throughout their life whenever things are overwhelming.
I will never try to push you to talk about anything you don't want to talk about. I may gently encourage you if I believe that speaking about a particular matter would be beneficial to your personal growth and well-being. But I'm very patient and can wait until it feels right to you. The decision is always yours.
Unlike most coaches who can be certified within just a few months, my trainings to become a psychotherapist took overall around 10 years.
I studied Psychology at the Open University of Israel, followed by studies of Psychotherapy at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna.
Finally, I was trained to become a Psychotherapist and a Group Analyst at theAustrian Association for Group Dynamic and Group Therapy - the largest psychotherapy training institute in Austria.
The trainings included theoretical seminars, active discussions, hundreds of hours of training psychotherapy, supervisions, and working with patients in hospitals and clinics.
Make it a priority to show regularly to our appointments. Be as open and honest as possible, even if it's not always easy. Allow me to support you. Try new things that we discuss. Report honestly to me about your experiences. Be open to feedback and other ways of thinking. Everyone can benefit from psychotherapy and so can you!