About Me

 

Welcome!

Let me tell you a bit about myself…

I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where I lived for the first 25 years of my life. As you can probably tell by my name, it sounds very German! I am the descendant of a German great-grandfather who moved to Guatemala in the early 1900’s. So I have influence of both Latin American and German styles of thinking, feeling and being (you will see what I mean when you meet me and spend some time with me!).

The German/European influence is probably what brought me back to Europe in 2006. I have lived in the South of England, in many towns, doing many jobs, since then.

I am now settled  in Brighton and Hove, which I love – I have access to the countryside, the city, the sea, and a melting pot of cultures and activities. This is where I have started my journey into Counselling Private Practice, as well as delving deeper into my love of languages and teaching – Spanish, English, Psychology, Counselling/Psychotherapy.

I really enjoy everything that I do, and I never do anything or continue doing something that I don’t enjoy and might cause me unhappiness or frustration. Of course I will see it through to the end and complete what I’ve started.

I don’t think I will ever get unhappy or frustrated with Counselling or Teaching, there is always something new to learn from books, training, but more importantly from my clients themselves.

It is such an honour to be allowed into people’s worlds and be there for the realisations – sometimes good, sometimes not so good – about themselves, their upbringing, their experiences, and see lasting change happen – gradually – so they can continue a happier, healthier life, with a more robust approach to challenges and whatever else life might bring.

I hope this allowed you to get to know me a bit better…do contact me if you want to know more or are looking for a Counsellor, Supervisor, Spanish/English Teacher!

 

Blog Post Showcase: Is Online CPD the future? . By Chloe Foster.


Hello everyone, and welcome to this ongoing series, where I’ll be showcasing the blog posts that the graduates of my workshop via onlinevents experiential workshops have written.


Today I’d like to share a series that Chloe Foster has written about online CPD.

We have both been working online with the onlinevents team, providing training on the topics that we’re both passionate about.

It has been a great experience and amazing especially during these difficult times where going to face-to-face conference has been difficult if not impossible.

In her post, Chloe reflects on her experience as a participant of my online workshop on blogging (there’s a new date coming up in October, so if you’d like to join, click here!) there’s also a part 2 for this course, which will help you promote your blogs even further through using images and video on social media. Click here to read more on that one day workshop).

Have a read about her experience, particularly with my workshop, but also her experience of running workshops both privately and with onlinevents.

At the end of the post, Chloe mentions the workshops she runs and how you can join them.

I am so pleased to read this post and Chloe’s experience with writing since completing my workshop, and hope to be posting more of Chloe’s blogs in the near future!


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Blog Post Showcase: Understanding various ways of working in the therapy Room. Blogs by Dilnia Noori.


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Today I’d like to share a series that Dilnia has created to inform us about the different therapies and how she works in the therapy room.

Creative Therapies

Mindfulness

Psychodynamic Counselling

Person-Centred Counselling

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

If you’d like to find out a bit more after reading Dilnia’s posts, you can follow this link to read my how I work pages.


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Blog Post Showcase: Self-care is often a very un-beautiful thing. By Dilnia Noori.


Hello everyone, and welcome to this ongoing series, where I’ll be showcasing the blog posts that the graduates of my workshop via onlinevents experiential workshops have written.


In today’s post, Dilnia talks to us about self-care and how it can be a bit messy or sometimes boring and mundane.

It depends on what we need to do to help ourselves and give ourselves peace of mind and feel better about our life and ourselves.

Click here to read what Dilnia has to say about self-care and how to go about it.

If you want to read more on self-care, you can also look for my self-care series and my book 20 Self-Care Habits.


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Blog Post Showcase: Three strategies to help us manage and overcome unwanted cravings and urges. By Bradley Riddell


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In today’s post, Bradley gives us three strategies to manage and overcome urges and cravings when fighting an addiction.

These three strategies include the 4Rs, the MIQs and thought labelling.

To find out what these are, click here.


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Blog Post Showcase: Tiger! By Kalpna Hirani.


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In this post, Kalpna discusses the things we might be doing during a crisis or turbo-anxious times as she calls them.

Kalpna gently guides us to what happens when we experience fear or an imminent and present danger.

She talks about how in past times, human reaction to the tiger in front of us had to be quick, in order to survive via fight or flight, or other means.

Now we don’t need that but as we’re the same humans, we are still responding in a similar way, even though the tiger is no longer in front of us about to eat us.

Read Kalpna’s post for tips on what to do when the virtual tiger is in front of you.

Enjoy!


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Blog Post Showcase: Imago Dialogue: couples counselling in a nutshell . By Bradley Riddell


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In Today’s post, Bradley talks to us about the imago dialogue in couples counselling.

I agree with Bradley and have written about it in my Relationship Success series if you want further reading, that communication is important to resolve any issues, be it in couples therapy or when an individual comes to therapy seeking help with their relationship – romantic or otherwise.

Bradley leaves us with some protocols in how to communicate better with your partner, as well as how communication works.

Finally he talks about the Imago Dialogue.

I hope you enjoy this post and share it with the people around you.


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Blog Post Showcase: Tempering A Craving – calming the storm. By Bradley Riddell


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In today’s post, Bradley talks to us about how to temper a craving through a technique he uses with his client to ward of urges when we feel emotionally overwhelmed and how our brain is affected by this overwhelm.

Bradley also encourages his readers to be kind to themselves, and to keep trying and practicing.

Enjoy!


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Blog Post Showcase: Emotional Wellbeing during the CV19 Crisis. By Kalpna Hirani.


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In today’s post, Kalpna talks to us about how we can best look after ourselves during the Covid19 crisis.

As we head into the Autumn and the cold weather hits, we might start seeing an increase in cold or flu symptoms, along with the possibility of catching cv19.

Read this post for some information about how to look after yourself, as well as 25 things you can do during this time, such as writing a journal, keeping in touch with others via video chat sessions, and more.

Enjoy this post that Kalpna has written with a lot of care for her clients and audience.


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Thought of the Day: Fear or Faith?

Hi and welcome to this week’s Thought of the Day post.

As you have probably noticed, I’ve been quieter than usual. Just to reassure you, all is well over here!

I’ve just taken some time to take stock of all that 2020 has brought to us. A sort-of “sabatical” from regular blogging and social media.

I’m sure you’ve had your own version of this throughout the virus crisis and the riots and other things that we see happening around the world this year.

What else could happen? Who knows!

But what I will decide for myself, and I hope this allows you to think about your own decisions around the virus and other crises going on right now.

I don’t want to live in fear.

Fear affects our immune systems, it makes them weaker and what we need when there’s something that threatens it, is to strengthen it, and not to make it more prone to catching any illnesses that might be around us in any way (in any time really, but it’s at the forefront of our minds now).

I want to live by faith.

I am a Christian, and have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I speak with Him regularly, and think about Him often. Not as often as I’d liked before all this pandemic stuff started to happen.

I realise this post will not be as popular as others, but I’m sure it will help some people that read this. I will not apologise for my faith, and this period of time has led me to be more bold with my beliefs in the one True God (am sure that last phrase won’t help my case either, what can I do).

The realisation of the things that are happening have made me think that these times require lots of faith and belief in the fact that no matter what happens, God wins in the end.

One of my favourite Bible verses is this one:

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.

Isaias 54:17

I feel it really applies to these times we’re living in. No matter what happens, illness, wars, plagues, riots, etc., won’t succeed. They will try but they will not succeed.

I encourage you to consider whether you want to continue 2020 and onward living in fear, or in faith, whatever shape that might take for you.

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Blog Post Showcase: The Ten Pillars For Sex and Porn Addiction. By Bradley Riddell

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this ongoing series, where I’ll be showcasing the blog posts that the graduates of my workshop via onlinevents experiential workshops have written.


In today’s post, Bradley talks to us about ten pillars that can help an individual work through a sex or porn addiction.

He gives the ten points in a bullet point list, but follows it up with a bit of text you can read three times a day until you finish with the ten pillars.

Bradley mentions this should take about ten months to achieve.

This is the thing with therapy, it is not straightforward or a quick fix, especially if you want deep and permanent change within yourself.

I think these affirmations might be helpful to more people than just the people that Bradley aimed this post at originally, maybe with a few modifications, or keeping the topic that’s our issue in mind.

What do you think? Let Bradley know!


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