Coaching for children and / or families

This is a mentoring that I carry out together with you and your child in structured and guided meetings. Depending on the initial situation, the personality of the child, as well as the overall situation, I suggest different techniques, exercises and discussion topics concerning the child's problems; I give feedback and open up new ways to look at the situation. Together we develop strategies and the concrete steps towards improvements, with reference to the dissatisfactions and difficulties that have brought you to me.

The coaching achieves a further development of the child and possibly also its family. The child's situation or interactions in the family are not seen as satisfactory and there is a desire to be supported and to deal with it in order to improve the situation.

In case you are not sure whether a coaching or therapy for your child respectively your family is best suited, I can advise you and give you recommendations. Psychotherapy is usually indicated in more difficult situations when the emotional situation is very complex and a deepened, possibly even medically supervised treatment is indicated. Coaching, on the other hand, is recommended for people who already have a certain level of stability and wish to develop their abilities and potentials.

My experiences in coaching are based, among other things, on my activities at the CACB Center for Assessment and Coaching as well as in the psychological counseling of children and families.

Psychological support

In a difficult life situation, I give the child the space to express himself or herself and develop resources to tackle and overcome the challenges. Children express difficulties differently, and it is important for me to approach the child's personality and temperament.

During the sessions I use conversations, but also less direct methods like play, drawings and other activities depending on the personality and preferences of the child. This enables the child to create trust, to strengthen self-awareness, respect and security, as well as to develop sustained openness, spontaneity and creativity, which allows an inner change. Thus, he or she can freely express fears and conflicts in order to overcome them. This approach strengthens his or her personality, the feeling of one's own identity and self-confidence.

My work in a psychological support is inspired, among others, by children's therapists such as Virginia Axline and Donald Winnicott. In my doctoral thesis, I also dealt with the subject of creativity in the play of children.