My name is Sarah-Jane Ryan and I offer an individual counselling and therapy service in English for adults and teenagers at Bismarckstrasse 82, 10627 Berlin, located beside the U7 and ten minutes from Sbahn Charlottenburg. I work with a large expat group of both native and non-native English speakers and have a personal understanding of the complex challenges of moving country, having relocated from Dublin to Berlin in 2016.
What Can Counselling help you with?
People come to see my for a variety of problems. Some simply want to understand themselves better. Many do not have a specific reason but may feel generally unsatisfied or confused with life.
It can help to talk with friends or family, but talking to someone impartial can offer you the freedom to be uninhibited. Together we can take a closer look at the underlying issues and help you find clarity and new ways of moving forward.
Counselling is an important step towards developing self care, improving self-confidence and dealing with a wide range of emotional difficulties. Some of these include –
Difficulty in times of transition or change
Struggling to cope
If you are struggling with any of these issues, I would be happy to help you.
Counselling can be effective for both short and long term issues, or as a tool for self-development. It can also be a great support in times of difficulty.
How I Work
There are a multitude of therapeutic theories – I work in an Integrative and Humanistic way, which means that I draw on different approaches based on your experience and what you wish to work on. In the sessions you will be given the space to think and talk about what is troubling you. You will be encouraged to think about your thoughts and feelings (and how you relate to them) and your life both past and present. We will work together to identify unhelpful beliefs that may be holding you back. The goal is to increase your self-awareness and reach a greater understanding of what is underlying your feelings.
The relationship between client and counsellor is of the utmost importance and I hope to create a safe space in which we can tackle the issues that concern you.
The main approaches at I work with are Psychodynamic, Person-Centred and Gestalt therapies. Amongst other elements, the work will include the following:
- The chance to explore your inner experience at a comfortable pace
- Your thought patterns and how they link in with your behaviour
- Uncovering unconscious material that is impacting upon your life
- Your expectations of the world
- How you view yourself and others
- How earlier experiences have come to bear upon your life now
- How to develop new, more suitable methods of coping with difficulty
Help is offered in the context of support, non-judgement, and empathy, and as such needn’t be the daunting experience that some people suspect of therapy. In fact, it is a real support you can rely on in times of distress or confusion. If you would like to know more about my approach, please click here.
It is important to understand that success in therapy requires the full participation of both therapist and client, working towards a common goal. This is not about ‘fixing’, but a chance to develop a new relationship with what is. It can be a challenging process and facing yourself is not easy but the rewards are considerable.
Choosing a Therapist
It is important that the therapist you choose is a good match for you. At the initial session we will discuss further how the process works, and if I am the right person for you to work with. It is important when choosing a therapist for you to think about whether you can open up with this person and feel safe with them. Do not be afraid to ask questions or for more information before deciding to continue. It might be worth bearing in mind certain points before you begin. For example, how often are you available for sessions? Do you wish to start therapy immediately? Do you wish to focus on a current issue or one from the past? What are your expectations for this work?
The sessions are 60 mins and take place on a weekly basis, at a mutually suitable time. Consistency allows the relationship and trust between the therapist and client to develop more smoothly. The effectiveness of the therapy is reduced if there are frequent breaks, and regular attendance ensures you get the best results from this process.
Confidentiality is central to my work.
Please note I am not a part of the German statutory health insurance system, although some private insurance companies will reimburse you for counselling. I provide receipts for each session which you can forward to your insurance company. The main advantages of private pay are that you can choose who you work with and you can start the sessions immediately.
I graduated with a Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2012 from the Tivoli Institute in Dublin. I am an accredited member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics and practice.
I also have an MA in English Literature from University College Dublin. I work in a warm, collaborative way and respect and encourage your ability to take responsibility for your own choices. For more information on my experience, please click here.
In Case of Emergency
If you are feeling suicidal, or are having a psychotic episode, counselling alone is not sufficient and you may need to contact psychiatric services. If this is the case, I encourage you to contact:
Get in Touch
If you would like my help feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com, or by phone on +49 160 9535 4494 with any questions you may have, or to book an initial appointment to discuss how this process can be of help to you. All contact is strictly confidential. Alternatively, submit form here.