Sonja Plaschka - Psychoanalyst and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
Psychoanalyst and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
Available for appointments Online via Skype Counselling.
Works With Ages 18 and over
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – C.G.
Apart from my psychoanalytic training my psychotherapeutic practice has been influenced by the
works of Swiss Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung, the Austrian Psychiatrist,
Therapist and Holocaust Survivor Viktor Frankl and both Existential and Buddhist Philosophy.
I have thus come to understand our existence as a fluid process towards the fulfilment of our
inherent potential, forged by the challenges, trials and crises we encounter in our lives, which can –
if sufficiently understood and processed – serve us in our psychological development to become
more whole and lead a more meaningful life. And if we can find meaning in our suffering, we can
bear it better and try to use it as a call for personal growth.
I also place great importance on taking on responsibility for our choices and actions, which liberates
us from the position of victim or underdog and thus increases our sense of self-agency and
Finally I believe, that adopting an attitude of compassion and forgiveness towards both others and
ourselves whilst also exploring our Shadow parts will help to achieve more acceptance for the
challenges we face and to live our lives with more dignity, greater peace of mind and more fulfilling
Therapy for me is thus a joined work between client and therapist towards establishing a deeper
meaning in those often so painful and even traumatic life experiences to learn the lessons, they may
hold in store and to understand the symptoms they generate as messengers trying to make us more
aware of what we need to heal, what we need to change and what direction we should take.
I am a UKCP – registered Psychotherapist with a postgraduate training in Psychoanalysis and
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and a Psychologist with a Master-level degree obtained in Germany.
I also acquired a certificate as a Clinical Supervisor with the Society for Analytical Psychology in
Additionally I did foundation courses in Systemic Family Therapy and CBT, and I have attended
several training modules in trauma therapy.
I have been working as a Psychologist/Psychotherapist for more than 20 years in various clinical
settings and private practice.
For most of the time I have been working for the NHS in both Primary Care (IAPT) and Secondary
Care Mental Health Services and thus have a lot of experience in all kinds of mental health
problems, psychological symptoms and issues, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders,
personality disorders, bipolar disorder, self-harm, bereavement, childhood abuse, trauma and
My training also included the use of imaginative methods to explore and transform the inner
emotional world. I enjoy working with metaphors, images and dreams and like to encourage clients
to tap into their own creativity during therapy.
Providing a trusting space for my clients in a co-operative therapeutic relationship is important to
me, I am very committed to my therapeutic work, and I believe, that humour should have a place in
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose
one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl
I feel passionate about helping people grow, gain more self-awareness and – acceptance, overcome
their symptoms and liberate themselves from past damages and trauma, which impaired their
personal development. Being part of this process is both a privilege and an intimate encounter.
I have always been intrigued by the “labyrinth” of life’s journey and how easily we can get lost on
the way, and I found exploring my own journey a valuable asset in helping me understand others
and their own struggles.
I believe, that a lot of the pain we feel is not so much rooted in adverse experiences and life
circumstances, but in the way we perceive them and in what meaning we consequently attribute to
them. It is so liberating to free oneself from those limitations and outgrow beliefs, which don’t hold
true anymore or have never been true in the first place. Helping my clients to do this and thus
become able to express themselves more truly, be more aware of their needs and become better
communicators in their relationships is the true reward for my therapeutic work.
Besides psychology I am interested in palaeontology, prehistoric cultures, archaeology, history,
philosophy, the cosmos and space exploration. I enjoy reading and watching documentaries on
those subjects, as I have always been intrigued by the human condition with its inherent quest for
the meaning of our existence.
I love animals as our fellow creatures, I enjoy nature, music and creative activities such as artwork,
decorating and the occasional singing/song writing.
I can offer therapy in both English and German language.
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