Dipl.Psych., Head of the counselling servicesWorking 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 HeidelbergMy Curriculum Vitae
Head of the counselling services - Sabine Köster
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.Contactsabine.firstname.lastname@example.org