I am a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Munich, Germany. In my clinical and academic work, I have specialized in the mindfulness-and compassion-based treatment of complex mental health problems. I am Teacher Trainer of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) developed by Christopher Germer & Kristin Neff and a trainer of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) developed by Paul Gilbert.
My workshops on MSC offer everyone an opportunity to discover the emotional resource of self-compassion. I also teach mental health clinicians how to integrate self-compassion into psychotherapy. As a Faculty Member of the Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute at the University of California at San Diego I train and develop MSC teachers internationally.
I gained my undergraduate in psychology from the University of Edinburgh. I subsequently worked as a research coordinator for psychosis at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute der McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Back in Scotland I completed my clinical training, clinical and research doctorates in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh. During my first post in the NHS, I conducted the first randomised controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy for people suffering from psychosis. I deepened my understanding of humanist and body-oriented approaches whilst working as a psychotherapist at a psychosomatic hospital in Germany.
My interest in meditation and Buddhism intensified when I discovered some of the compassion practices of Tibetan Buddhism during my clinical training. I completed the first mindfulness and compassion trainings under Buddhist teacher Rob Nairn (Mindfulness Association) and taught on the first Masters of Mindfulness Studies offered by his group. At the same time as training in meditation, I trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with Paul Gilbert and shortly afterwards in Mindful Self-Compassion with Christopher Germer.
I now serve on the Board of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion alongside its founders, Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer. I advise on issues of professional training and coordinate the development of our growing international community of MSC teachers and practitioners. I continue to be Honorary Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, UK.