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. 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 –
- Social Anxiety
- Difficulty in times of transition or change
- Struggling to cope
- Low confidence
- Feeling lost
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
I work from an Integrative perspective, 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 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 goal is to increase your self-awareness and reach a greater understanding of what is underlying your feelings.
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.
At the initial meeting we will discuss further how the process works, and if I am the right person for you to work with.
The sessions take place on a weekly basis. The effectiveness of the therapy is reduced if there are frequent breaks, and regular attendance ensures you get the best results from this process.
Please note I am not a part of the German statutory health insurance system, although some private insurance companies will cover you for counselling.
Graduating in 2012, I am an accredited member of the Irish Association of Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapy and abide by their code of ethics and practice. I work in a warm, collaborative way to help you recognise and release old, unhelpful patterns that are no longer serving you.
Get in Touch
If you would like my help feel free to contact me 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.
Deciding to seek counselling can evoke many questions; this site clarifies what’s involved and the approach of the integrative psychotherapist.