"Team der PBS"
"Team der PBS"


Head of the counselling services - Sabine Köster
Head of the counselling services - Sabine Köster
Dipl.Psych., Head of the counselling services

Working as a counsellor at the PBS since November 2000. Studied psychology in Heidelberg; completed training as a systemic therapist at the International Society for Systemic Therapy in Heidelberg

My Curriculum Vitae
Geographically speaking, my life’s journey can be split into in two parts: being raised in a small town in East Westphalia, and resettling in Heidelberg for my studies – where I am, to this day, a “proud citizen of Heidelberg.”

Choosing a major was more difficult: after my first semester of the Magister degree in Educational Science, Sociology and Anthropology, I knew I needed to change my major; and communication sciences, theater arts, music therapy, dance therapy and physiotherapy were competing for the final round. After a lot of consideration, I decided on a degree in psychology because I wanted to work in a versatile field.

I often found internships being more important than traditional training in lecture halls and seminar rooms during the course of my studies: specifically in the fields of environmental psychology (project model “urban planning and environmental design suitable for children”), educational counselling (counselling service for children, youngsters and parents), family therapy (Department for Family Therapy at the Psychosomatic Clinic in Heidelberg) and psychosomatic (Psychosomatic Clinic in Bad Dürkheim).

The jobs during my studies were also very educational – in a different sense. I took on roles as a saleswoman, temporary help in a factory, a field worker in corn breeding, a student assistant, a leader of a children play group, an interviewer for a marketing research institute, and a therapist for dyslexia.

Leisure activities have proven to this day to be extremely rewarding and beneficial for my survival, such as dancing (especially modern dancing), music (flute), the combination of books, tea and cookies, and "social activities' (game nights, walks, cinema/theater, endless phone calls, etc.).
1997 was probably the most significant year of my life: I became a licensed psychologist and, soon after, a mother – although, admittedly, the latter “title” brought more changes than the first one…). After 18 months of enjoying motherhood, I returned to my professional path - first as an editor of psychotherapeutic reference books, then as a psychotherapist at the counselling services of Studierendenwerk Mannheim, and now exclusively at the PBS of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe.

I love my job because I like working with both my clients and my PBS team. As a systemic therapist, I want to allow people to identify internal road blocks and pitfalls, and discover new ways of thinking and acting for themselves; I find that trying to see problems in a new light, using one’s own possibilities and skills (better) in terms of one’s own objectives, and taking the tiller in one’s own hands instead of being driven by fear, guilt and anger are very powerful tools.

Contact
sabine.koester@sw-ka.de

Claudia Lauer
Claudia Lauer
Dipl.Psych., psychological psychotherapist

an employee of PBS since 1999. Studied in Mannheim, graduating in 1987. Many years of professional experience in a psychiatric clinic. Training in conversational psychotherapy, as well as Further training in Jung’s style of analytical psychology. Has her own psychotherapeutic practice. Areas of interest: children and young adults who try to cope with things that are unclear, vague or puzzling and that feel make them unhappy, confused, overwhelmed.

My Curriculum Vitae
Personally, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything other than psychology. I initially worked in another profession, and it wasn’t until I turned 25 that I started studying psychology. Because of this change and struggle in my career, I definitely feel I can relate to the questions and doubts that students often have: Does this job suit me? Is it still worthwhile to change my major and start everything over again? How do I begin?

My geographic path led me from the South of Baden over Freiburg, Stuttgart and Mannheim, and finally to Rhineland-Palatinate, where I now live. During my studies, I put my focus on work and organizational psychology, and it was only after insights into different areas of work that I found my way to psychology as therapy.

Psychotherapy became a very meaningful occupation for me and sometimes even a personal matter. Many problems we have externally, like with our partners, family, studies, lectures and exams, money, or loneliness and isolation - just to name a few - mirror the problems we have on the inside. This introspective venture is rewarding, and can sometimes be adventurous and exciting. Much like how Marie Luise von Franz, a Jungian psychologist, said: “The only adventure that is still worthwhile for modern man lies in the inner realm of the unconscious psyche.” It’s unique, exceptional or just individual – but it isn’t always known to everyone.

In this sense, faults, problems, or chronic dissatisfaction are – at least, in my personal view - neither a disease nor a cause for devaluation, but rather a sign that something incompatible, conflictive or unrecognized is inside; hindering self-development and standing in the way of one’s true self. Thus, problems are meant to be seen as signals for further development. Oftentimes, unfortunately, this triggers an intensive self-cleaning, usually enforced by psychological strain.

This concludes the overview of my profession. One of my hobbies is my garden, which we took over when it looked like a jungle. It’s pretty big and was so overgrown that I could only do so much at the beginning. At the same time, I'm grateful for this insight into adversity, because my garden has become beautiful, lush, diverse, and colourful, and it always surprises me. I’ve already found similarities in my psychotherapeutic work; for example, if something wants to grow, I ensure there are all the right conditions, like air, light and space. If necessary, I’ll remove the thorns and weeds, water it if it’s too dry, and fertilize it only when I really see deficiencies; otherwise, I’ll let it grow and prosper so everything can unfold on its own better and more beautiful than I could have imagined it.

Contact
claudia.lauer@sw-ka.de

Randolph Rüba
Randolph Rüba
Dipl.Psych.

Psychology studies in Landau, graduated in April 2000. Two-year internship at PBS followed by a diploma (“Reasons for not requesting psychotherapeutic counseling”). Permanently employed as of April 2000. Currently obtaining further training in systemic therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy Weinheim.

My Curriculum Vitae
I was born on 26.04.1971 in Rendsburg, Schleswig Holstein but my family moved a lot because of my parents’ jobs. That meant I grew up in Bremen, Kingston (New York), Hannover, Herrenberg (south of Stuttgart), Raleigh (North Carolina) and Highland Village (near Dallas, TX). I got my Higher Education Degree from the University of North Texas. After my return to Germany, one year of careful consideration, and working as a bicycle retailer, I decided to continue my studies at Landau in der Pfalz: a small and humble university, where everybody knows everybody and the female rate is about 80% - the opposite of Karlsruhe.

My interest in psychology came – very typically - from the fascination for the motives of human interaction. I was especially interested in criminal behavior, so I started my studies with the firm determination to work in forensic psychology, specifically with the end goal of working with the police or secret service. However, a long and sobering conversation with a police chief and several encouraging experiences in clinical psychology have since changed my career path.

Because I have never been interested in working in the “free economy” (and having to wear suits and prepare power-point-presentations), I began to focus on becoming a therapist. In June 1998, I worked as an intern for PBS. Due to the various approaches and methods I’ve learned during my internship, I was able to make a good decision regarding my professional development. At the beginning, I wanted to become a client-oriented therapist (communication therapy), but since the beginning of my employment in April 2000 I began to develop my personal style, which led me to a different approach. In June 2001, I started training as a systemic therapist at the Institute of Family Therapy in Weinheim. It’s always very surprising (and ultimately encouraging) for me to see connections prevail in families over several generations and what resources lie behind these patterns.
If I hadn’t studied psychology, I probably would have become a musician. I sing, play piano, guitar, and percussion, and compose music from all genres – from neofolk, to hard rock, to grunge, pop, jazz, acid jazz, classical…you name it.

At the end of my internship, I wrote my diploma thesis under the topic “Reasons for not requesting psychotherapeutic counseling”. My constant concern – besides everyday work - is dispelling prejudices and stigma about psychotherapy - especially for those who are searching for counseling!

At the end of my internship I wrote my diploma thesis under the topic “Reasons for not requesting psychotherapeutic counseling”. My constant concern – beside the everyday work - is to dispel prejudices about psychotherapy - and especially towards those who are searching for counseling!

Contact
randolph.rueba@sw-ka.de

Kristin Dörner
Kristin Dörner
Psychological Psychotherapist

I’ve been working as a psychotherapist since 1999. The desire to pursue this career emerged during my school years and I’m still very happy with my choice. Naturally, there were times when I had my doubts; for instance, I sometimes regretted having not studied medicine. There were times I cursed psychology because it seemed too theoretical and too mathematical, but then some seminars made me enthusiastic and gave me the motivation to pursue my goal. Because of this, I know the ups and downs of studying and because of this background I chose to work at PBS in order to assist students in this very important and often very difficult phase of life.

My Curriculum Vitae
During my occupational development I worked with young people for a long time. This work was very valuable and enriching for me and I am happy to have done it. The usual topics we discussed were separating from parents, developing a life plan and a life concept, and dealing with failure, disappointment and humiliation and their associated effects on self-esteem. Furthermore, many additional questions came up, on which I reflected during discussions to find answers or solutions. What do I want to do for a living? Who am I and what are my desires, interests and needs? How can I learn to differentiate myself from others and hold my own? Where can I make new friends? What should I do when everything becomes too much and I can’t organize myself? How can I deal with loss and separation?

For me, crisis represents the chance to change things, try new things and develop further. You can often solve problems with new, alternative perspectives and approaches. In my opinion, it can be helpful to vent and seek help; it’s important to talk to someone who is impartial and not emotionally involved.

Personal information
I was born in 1971 as a „little sister“ in Hamburg, where I grew up. Because of my great interest in different countries and cultures, I lived in the USA and Spain for a year. I’ve had a passion for travelling my whole life, so I was constantly backpacking everywhere. Three years ago I moved from North to South Germany for personal reasons, and I must say I feel very comfortable here. Even though the ocean is far away now, the mountains are closer, so I can’t complain.

Occupational development

  • employed at the PBS since the summer of 2010
  • 1992-1998 psychology studies with diploma at the University of Hamburg
  • 1999-2007 practical work as psychotherapist at the Medical-Psychosomatic Clinic in Bad Bramstedt in different
  • Substations for patients with eating disorders, depression, personality disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • 2002-2003 activity within the 1-year therapist training at the state psychiatry of Schleswig-Holstein, in particular working with addictions
  • 2007-2010 practical work as psychotherapist at the Park clinic in Bad Bergzabern, Centre for psychosomatic rehabilitation and tinnitus
  • 2000-2003 training in psychological psychotherapy with the focus on behavioral therapy at the Institute for Behavior Therapy and Psychosomatic Medicine in Bad-Bramstedt
  • 2004-2005 Group therapy training at the Institute for Behavior Therapy and Psychosomatic Medicine in Bad-Bramstedt
  • 2005-2007 training in dialectical-behavioral therapy at the Association for Scientific Psychotherapy in Berlin

Contact
kristin.doerner@sw-ka.de

Seulah Lee
Seulah Lee

Adrienn Csernus
Adrienn Csernus
Graduate psychologist, training for depth psychological psychotherapist

My Curriculum Vitae
I grew up in Karlsruhe or rather in the surroundings. During my psychology studies I moved to Landau in Palatinate but I didn’t stay over there long. My desire to study psychology and to begin the training for psychological psychotherapist settled early on in. Whereby the studies were more a means to an end – too theoretical, too scientific, too far from the people.
Until now I am fascinated by the motivations of human behaviour. I am always amazed by the protection mechanism, which people acquire during their lifetime. Actually, I think that for example various behavioural patterns are first only functional and (can) become a problem later on in life. Searching together with those seeking counselling for the source of their problems, how to influence it and ultimately how to develop a better understanding of themselves and others, is an exciting but challenging task. It is exciting, because the job of a therapist – I think – will never be dull. Every day I meet new people, who have maybe the same problems, but bring with them a unique, creative life story, which we uncover together. And there lies the challenge: despite growing experiences we are all individuals, anticipated connections can fit together, but not necessarily. For those seeking counselling it is also challenging: it is not always a pleasure to confront oneself. On this way – possibly to oneself – I want to accompany the people a bit.

Charlotte Schmidt
Charlotte Schmidt
M. Sc. – Psychologist, training for psychological psychotherapist (Professional qualification of depth psychological psychotherapy).
Since autumn 2018 employed at the Psychological Help. Studies in Chemnitz, Leipzig and USA. Professional experience in a psychiatric and psychosomatic clinic, conduct of
outpatient psychotherapy.

My curriculum vitae
After growing up in Heidelberg, I went to study psychology in Chemnitz because of the NC. Deciding on the study subject wasn’t easy for me, because my interests were very diverse. At the end it was a gut feeling as wells as the circumstance, that I didn’t get a spot for my first choice (Medicine). There were moments when I have questioned my decision. Some of the modules didn’t arouse my interest; in general, psychology study was only partially in line with my ideas. However, I stuck to my choice. On the one hand, I didn’t know if it would be the same with another study. On the other hand, I increased by interest for therapy work through study-related internships, subject-related and non-specialist side jobs. The question of where to start a master degree program and later on the therapist training was hard for me. I know from my own experience how difficult it can be to make decisions in threshold situations and to pay attention to one's own needs, wishes and ideas detached from the fantasized or real expectations of others.

Even if I consider the work of a therapist not always easy, I can say that it brings me a lot of joy. I find it interesting to learn through therapeutic encounters about other ways of life and different perspectives of thinking and perceiving.

In the course of my professional life I have dealt with people with mental stress and problems on an (part-)inpatient and outpatient basis, who for e.g. sought help due to depressive moods, feelings of loneliness, fears, constraints, self-esteem problems, (psycho-)somatic complaints, conflicts at work or training place, relationship crises, separations or losses. As a therapist I see myself as a companion in difficult phases of life with whom under the consideration of unconscious processes an understanding of current symptoms can be established, patterns of perception and experience can be biographically understood and questioned, so that alternative ways of thinking and experiencing and new experiences can be experienced in the long term.

Katharina Gies
Katharina Gies
Graduated psychologist

My Curriculum Vitae
My name is Katharina Gies. I was born in the high north of Germany, where I found my first place of study after some time in Rhineland and along the North Sea shore (the longest time, which makes me a northern light). After two semesters of studying medicine I had to admit to be more interested in the “non-palpable” human characteristics. That’s why I changed my mayor to psychology, which I studied with a lot of joy in Kiel. After graduation I followed my wish to help people in difficult times and started the training in psychotherapy. I started the training in Bonn in 2013 with the focus on behavioural therapy. First experiences in clinics and also in the outpatient area have strengthened my desire to look together with other people for options in difficult situations.

In the meanwhile, I moved from Rhineland to the sunny Baden because of love. Here I work at the Psychological Help since the summer 2018. Especially the variety of people, which come to the centre, make this work interesting for me. In doing so, I see myself as a development worker, to search together for ways from the most diverse sometimes very difficult circumstances.

In addition to the experience from the psychological or psychotherapeutic work, I am also happy about my experiences from the many part-time jobs I had during my studies and training: as a cleaner, informant, service staff in the gym and hospital, night watch at fairs, babysitters or harvest and production assistant. All the people I was able to get to know are an enrichment for my horizon and I look forward to continuing to widen it.

Secretary Jessica Büchler
Secretary Jessica Büchler



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