I am focusing on work-, as well as family-based stress & burn-out, anxiety or depression, loss, bereavement and grief, working in long term as well as short term therapy with adults, young adults and children.
Having majored in fine arts as well as philosophy it came naturally to choose a therapy practice that uses a combination of contemporary art concepts and philosophical approaches rooted in therapeutic expertise as its main tools.
As customary in contemporary art, I am engaging with a variety of artistic genres across medias, following the lead and need of my clients. Some may prefer to draw and paint, while others can connect to their feelings best while playing music, singing, writing, dancing or acting. I also offer photography and video, installation and performance as possible creative and therapeutic tools. Following the legacy of Dada and Fluxus artists I provide a save space for playful exploration of life experiences guided by mindfulness and a variety of awareness techniques inspired by the Japanese contemporary dance and performance form Butoh.
In my therapeutic approach I am guided by a balanced mix of psycho- and system therapy. Both of these theoretical frameworks are enveloped by embodiment theory and the science of aesthetics as well as the theory of resonance, as recently described by Hartmut Rosa.
I am fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), Deutscher Fachverband für Kunst- und Gestaltungstherapie (DFKGT) in Germany, and the European Federation of Art Therapy (EFAT).
P U B L I C A T I O N: The Art(therap)ist Is Present (2019)
ABSTRACT: This study investigates which aspects of Marina Abramović’s performance The Artist Is Present (2010) and the Japanese contemporary art form butoh foster—as well as support—emotionally driven, creative impulse recognition. It hypothesizes that aesthetic restraint in combination with embodied creative experience can provide a safe framework for the exploration and development of emotional resilience. Empirically this study is based on personal artistic exploration in the field of butoh and performance art, as well as expert talks with butoh artists Vangeline and Yumiko Yoshioka. Its theoretical framework draws from the findings of embodiment, the theory of resonance as proposed by Hartmut Rosa and the concept of aesthetic awareness described by Martin Seel. It also incorporates ideas of the unconscious, focusing on early neurological considerations of Sigmund Freud as well as systemic reconsiderations by Peter Fuchs. Finally, this study includes theories by neuropsychoanalist Mark Solms, as well as neuroscientists Heather A. Berlin and Lisa Feldmann Barrett. Barrett’s theory of constructed emotions is being highlighted and linked to butoh practice and the Abramović Method.
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