Training, Certifications, and Professional Development

My early clinical training was firmly rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Since then I have acquired training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), have earned the designation of "Certified Practitioner" in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and am currently a "Consultant in Training - CIT" with the EMDR International Association. Most recently I have graduated the IFS Institute Level 1 training as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist.


In my counselling work, my formal training, combined with my personal life experiences, is used in a flexible and creative way to help you implement desired changes in your life.


I engage in ongoing personal work, professional development, and clinical consultation to ensure that my clinical work meets the high standards set by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). All counsellors in this association have to abide by their Code of Ethical Conduct and Standards of Clinical Practice.


Professional Certifications and Registrations:

2022   IFS Level 1 Therapist, IFS Institute

2018   EMDR Consultant in Training (CIT), EMDR International Organization

2018   Certified EMDR Practitioner, EMDR International Organization

2015   Registered Clinical Counsellor, Reg. Nr. 12924,  BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

2013/2016   EMDR Basic Training Certificate (recognized by EMDR Institute Inc.)

2012   Registration as Psychological Psychotherapist for Germany, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Licensing for Germany)

2006   Registered Clinical and Health Psychologist, Austrian Federal Ministry of Health


University Training:

2014   PhD in Psychology/Palliative Care, University of Munich

2012   Psychological Psychotherapist, Bavaria Academy of Psychotherapy, Munich

2004   MA in Life Span Developmental Psychology, University of Victoria

2001   Magistra in Clinical and General Psychology, University of Salzburg

1999   Exchange year at Carleton University, Ottawa


Continuing Education Training (selected):

2021 - 2022   IFS Continuity program, ongoing (IFS in groups, Art of negotiation), Online

10/2021 - 2/2022   IFS Level 1 training, IFS Institute, Dr. Mike Elgin, Dr. Rina Dubin, Leslie Petruk, Online

2021   IFS Online Circle program, Dr. Richard Schwartz, Toni Herbine-Blank, Pam Krause

2020   EMDR Refresher course, Dr. Esta Porter, Victoria (Roy Kiessling EMDR Consulting)

2020   EMDR 2.0, Ad de Jongh and Suzy Matthijssen, Boston

2019   EMDR Canada 2019 Conference, Vancouver, BC

2019   Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors, Dr. Janina Fisher, Whiterock, BC

2018   Easy Ego State Interventions, Robin Shapiro, Seattle

2018   Yoga Immersion Training, MokSana Yoga Center, Victoria, BC

2018   Looking through the Eyes: EMDR and Ego State Therapy across the dissociative continuum, Dr. Sandra Paulsen, Victoria, BC

2018   Flash Technique Webinar & Advanced Flash Technique Webinar, Dr. Phil Manfield & Dr. Lewis Engel

2017   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression and Anxiety - 6 week online course, Dr. Russ Harris

2017   When there are no words: EMDR for very early trauma and neglect, Dr. Sandra Paulsen, Victoria, BC

2017   The Embodied Self: Somatic Methods for EMDR Practitioners, Dr. Sandra Paulsen, Victoria, BC

2017   Ethics 360°: Unlocking Ethical Dilemmas, John Gawthrop, Victoria, BC

2016   Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Beginners - 8 week online course, Dr. Russ Harris

2016   Healing Shame Workshop, Dr. Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin, Victoria, BC

2016   EMDR Network Austria: Current Issues and New Approaches, Vienna, Austria

2016   EMDR Basic Training, Dr. Marshall Wilensky, Victoria, BC

2016   Dignity Conference: Response-Based Practice and Dignity, Duncan, BC

2016   Emotional and Cognitive Elements that determine money management, Jose Jaime Guerrero, Parksville, BC

2015   Sacred Art of Living and Dying, Unit 2: Diagnosing Spiritual Pain, Victoria, BC

2014   Congress on the Construction of Personal Meaning, International Network on Personal Meaning, Vancouver, BC

2014   Sacred Art of Living and Dying, Unit 1: Understanding Spiritual Pain, Victoria, BC

2014   Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved, Victoria Hospice, Victoria, BC

2013   EMDR Basic Training, Part 1, Dr. Hanne Hummel, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

2011   Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Lisbon, Portugal

2010   International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, Canada

2009   Congress of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, Kiel, Germany

2009   Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care, Vienna, Austria

2008   Congress of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, Wiesbaden, Germany

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