Colette Jansen Estermann Ph.D.


My work is characterized by respect for the other person, authenticity, and commitment. I listen without judging and try to understand. In doing so, I primarily focus on what my counterpart wants to achieve in the process. I promote their own sources of strength and resources, which I value as extremely valuable.

Depending on the request and situation, I support, question, confront or clarify. Sometimes I suggest an exercise, an experiment, an alternative or possible solution.

My approach comes from Gestalt therapy, a form of experiential and process-oriented psychotherapy that belongs to humanistic psychology. This line of psychotherapy has been developed since the 1950s by Fritz and Laura Perls, Paul Goodman and Ralph Hefferline in the USA.

Gestalt therapy sees the human being as a unity of body, mind, and soul in his or her respective environment. It represents a basic attitude rooted in the “here and now” and presupposes and stresses the action of self-healing forces. Some basic terms are “contact”, “dialogue”, “awareness” and “integration”.

My work consists mainly of conversational psychotherapy.

In addition, I use bodywork, creative media, or constellations.

When working with groups, I place special emphasis on the dynamics and the process.

In coaching, the analysis of the respective situation and the awareness of the potential for change are important to me.

Every person is special, unique.