English-speaking marriage counselors in Berlin

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Hi,

 

My wife and I are looking for a good Paarberater/in that speaks English. Doesn't really matter in which part of the city. If anyone here has had good experience with one please let me know.

You cam PM me if you don't feel comfortable posting here. Also, what's a reasonable price for a session?

 

Thanks.

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Hello,

 

Just wondering if you found someone? As my Husband and I are also looking for a relationship/family therapist. Any recommendations appreciated.

 

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David Rosenstock. Sorry I can't seem to find his card but I'm sure you know how to look it up.

Was helpful :)

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Having looked everywhere myself for English speaking counsellors I did come across an Psychologist specialising in relationships counselling from the UK.

Here's his website: http://www.lebensfragen.net/

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I have been through some relationship counseling here.

 

Two things occurred to me while I was doing it.

 

Firstly, the fact that there is a subtly (but importantly) different set of values here in Germany.

 

And secondly, that although you may find a a counsellor who speaks English, that is still no guarantee that he/she is listening or even understands a word you are saying.

 

I say this because I deliberately tested mine (they both assured me as usual that they both spoke perfect English) and I spent an hour speaking only English, and not once did I have to repeat myself or was I asked to reformulate anything (highly unusual).

 

Even my now ex-wife (who speaks almost perfect English) agreed with me that there was something wrong.

 

Be careful.

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I sought out marriage counseling here at one point, too, and had very little success. I had a nice guy trained as a Gestalt therapist, but my (ex)husband couldn't stand him. In the end, my favorite person has been the counselor at the Tempelhof-Schöneberg Erziehungs- und Familienberatung, whose job it was not to save our marriage, but rather to keep us from fucking up our daughter too much with our divorce. She spoke English and was fair and helpful. I've given her name to others since then, but you need to be in this district.

 

Recently, a friend from back home put me in touch with an old friend of hers who has now launched a company specializing in therapy and counseling via Skype for English-language ex-pats (esp. Americans) living abroad. Although I haven't used their services yet, I have exchanged emails with the woman running the organization and I have a good impression of her. I don't know why it has to be so hard to find English-language therapy in Germany, or at least in Berlin, but it definitely is. And I think Helter_Skelter is dead-on with his warning: the language and cultural differences are big enough to make a big difference, and yet small enough as to go unnoticed (at least by the therapist, if not by you).

 

All of this to say that I find the idea of offering English-language therapy via Skype with trained professionals who ALSO have had significant overseas experience excellent! Their website is here:

Truman Group

 

If you'd like, PM me and I can give you my name, since I have an (indirect) personal connection and have corresponded with them.

 

Oh, and good luck for those in struggling marriages! It's hard.

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Hi, i can recommend Laura Deming. See details below. She is located in Wilmersdorf. I found her approach to be very practical, hands on and useful. More focused on behavioural therapy...lots of questionnaires to do together to discover more about ourselves, our personality types and how the different personality traits we brought to the relationship negatively effected our interactions. Having grown up in America, she speaks fluent English and asked many a time for us to 'rephrase' certain things when she didnt quite understand what we were getting at. She was not cheap. 140 Euro for a 70 minute session. Crazy expensive in my opinion, although once again, having had no prior experience with therapists, i dont know what is reasonable. She provides the option of a trial appointment, where you have the opportunity to sit down with her for half an hour to get a feel for the type of method she uses and whether or not she is someone you can work with. Interestingly, she also recommends David Rosenstock as a therapist.

 

Laura Deming, MC, NCC

Expatriate Counseling Services

+49(0)170 951 9157

www.expatcounselingservices.com

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I'm an english speaking individual and couples counsellor and thought to let people know about the ACT Berlin website. It's only recently been set-up and is a pretty accessible way of finding an english-speaking psychologist or counsellor here as it lists professionals with a description about what they offer (I'm there too!). Those listed also indicate whether or not clients would be eligible for a rebate through the Krankenkasse. In terms of personal recommendations for therapists, I can happily recommend David Barnes (Schoenberg, www.lebensfragen.net) and Marc Lange (Pankow, http://www.paartherapie-pankow.de). Otherwise there is an extensive list of english-speaking counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, life coaches etc available at http://berlin.angloinfo.com/af/477/berlin-counselling-and-therapists.html with many couples counsellors listed.

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For couples and individual counselling for internationals in Berlin I can recommend Bertine de Jongh - www.berlin-counselling.com.

 

She's Dutch but she's worked in Canada and the UK as a psychologist so her English is great and she's got a good approach, looking at the whole social environment of people to identify potential causes of issues.

 

She's lived in lots of different places so she knows the migrant experience on a first hand basis. She speaks German, Spanish and Dutch also.

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