"I like to open up more and
more to the totality of what my patients experience, all while
developing and using my own individuality in our work together"
Born and raised in USA
Psychotherapy training in
Belgium and Imago couples coaching training in Switzerland and USA
Thirty years of psychotherapy experience - in social work
organizations, general and psychiatric hospitals, prisons and
" I’m excited by the challenge of
learning, and continuing to transmit my insights to
others enables me to grow even more. The possibilities
of the spirit are infinite."
Born and raised in Austria (Vienna)
Training in systemic family therapy and psychodrama in Austria and
in Imago couples coaching in Switzerland and USA
E.A.P.-certified (European Association of Psychotherapy)
How the therapy modalities we now offer
we met in 2000, Doris soon started contributing to the way of doing
"Emotional Work" with patients -- in individual sessions, with couples
and with small groups --, that I had developed in Brussels since 1990.
2002, Doris heard about the Imago method, which is a hands-on, very
direct way of working on emotions between partners, and has a powerful
theoretical model underpinning its innovative ways of working on
after attending a 3-day Imago couples workshop together in 2002, we
enrolled in the Imago training program held in Switzerland, in French.
We attended these training sessions together 2005; in 2007, I was
certified as Imago Relationship Therapist by the New York-based
institute I.R.I. :
Doris and I worked on our own couple experiences using these new Imago
"tools", we developed and continually refined a set of specific,
structured procedures for helping the partners in couples (and
occasionally parent-child relationships) to understand each other's
distinctive inner worlds, make giant steps in mutual empathy and on this
enriched basis concretely reshape their ways of communicating.
I applied this in my Brussels sessions, and as I blended in some
features of other training I got in Voice Dialogue, Visualization, and
EMDR therapy, my therapy work took on its present form.
objectives in relationship work
Use the powerful tools of Imago Therapy to help patients identify
more clearly their negative relationship patterns,
on both the cognitive level (inner beliefs) and the behavioral level (acting and speaking), and to initiate change of certain of these
Help couples to find resources in each partner for acting
differently with the other, so as to bring their relationship out of
the boring stagnation of living on distant, parallel tracks or the
exhausting tension of repetitive conflicts.
In case break-up is unavoidable, help the separated or divorcing
partners to cooperate in the new situation -- especially regarding
As the only certified Imago practitioner in Belgium, get the Imago
approach known to more people and inspire some to consider training in