Anna Katharina Zumthor, MSc (psychology), FSP
Mother of two
Born in 1976 and raised in the mountains of Grisons
Living in Basel since 2005
My career has been colorful. I spent a year in the US at the age of 16, graduated from high school, worked on a construction site, almost finished an apprenticeship as a cook, trained young horses, took gastronomy courses, worked in the hospitality industry, completed undergraduate studies in philosophy, wrote scripts for a film and a musical, tailored costumes and much more. The combination of all these experiences has influenced and shaped me greatly. Life is surprising and interesting! People have always interested me most of all, so after studying philosophy, I went on to study psychology.
My main wish is to be able to show people that positive change is always possible. In order to support my clients as effectively as possible on their way toward the desired change in their lives, I apply various psychological counseling methods. There are two aspects that fascinate me in particular and have proven very beneficial in my work with clients:
Firstly, the approaches taken in positive psychology and in the solution-and-resource-focused brief counseling developed by Steve de Shazer, with a positive focus on the potential, possibilities and strengths of each individual, which I find especially convincing in crisis situations. In general, these methods are very often also characterized by the occurrence of tangible changes after only a few sessions.
Secondly, the unity of body and mind is important to me, which is why I am continuing to learn about body-oriented psychological methods on an ongoing basis. As demonstrated repeatedly and impressively in practice, the body can express concerns or problems before the client themselves has even consciously perceived them.