Psychologist, Psychotherapist & Digital Nomad

“The human psyche, the why and how we behave, think and feel always fascinated me.”

About Me

Bilingual (German-French), European at heart, I grew up in Germany. After over 8 years working as a psychologist in Germany and finishing my PhD-Thesis, I decided to take a break and explore the world.

I had always loved to travel, but this new long-term and slower way of travelling was a completely new and amazing experience. I fell in love with the freedom and flexibility it meant to me.

Instead of going back home and opening a private practice in Germany, I decided to open my practice online and combine my passion for my work with my love for travelling. I am now able to keep travelling the world while still pursuing my dream career and helping others. 

I love my 1:1 counselling sessions with clients at least as much as finding new ways of helping people in need. Over the past few years, freed from the restrictions of scientific writing, I rediscovered my love of writing. On my blog, I share stories about life in general and my work in particular.

Over the past two years, I have also started coaching colleagues on their journey to their own location independent counselling business (German only, for now). But if you are interested in networking with like-minded colleagues, you should check out our Location Independent Therapists Community!

But, as much as I love working online, from time to time it’s really nice to be in a room full of people. For more, go check out the events & workshops page and maybe meet me for a coffee somewhere in this beautiful and big world?

Photo by Kay Nagayama

If you would like to know where I am at the moment, check out my Instagram (which, good news, is usually in English 😉 ). I have been to 40-something countries so far and have been visiting and working from 8-10 countries every year for the past few years.

For more tips and links around all things psychology (at least half of them in English!), come over to Facebook and say hi!

I am looking forward to meeting you!

Professional background

After my diploma (equivalent to a master) in psychology, I trained as a psychotherapist in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. This training is a prerequisite to practise psychotherapy in Germany and includes at least 4200 hours of training and at least 600 hours of psychotherapy in private practice.

I worked as a clinical psychologist in inpatient and outpatient settings, both with adults as well as with children and adolescents. Here, I have experienced and worked with a broad range of mental disorders. But more than anything else, I learned how much I love supporting and helping people.

As a research assistant, I studied the development of depression in children and adolescents. My PhD-thesis focused on the stress reaction of those children and a lot of the things I learned about stress and stress reaction have become very useful in my daily life and work. I also learned a lot about project managing while in charge of a large team and an even bigger research project (we assessed close to 1000 families in our lab!). 

Since 2014, I have utilised those skills as I have built and grown my online counselling practice.

For those who would like to know even more - CV

Work Experience

 

2015 – today online counselling
2010 – 2014

Research Assistant (and from 2012 on Project Coordinator) at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Kai von Klitzing

Research project: LIFE Child Depression at the Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases

2011 Lecturer at the Academy for Psychotherapy (AfP), Erfurt
2007 – 2010 Clinical psychologist at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Helios Klinikum Erfurt
2007 Psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Helios Klinikum Erfurt (during Psychotherapy training)
2004 – 2006 Tutor for statistics at the Department of Research Methods and Evaluation in Psychology, Technical University Chemnitz
2004 – 2006 Student Assistant at the Department of Research Methods and Evaluation in Psychology, Technical University Chemnitz
2004 – 2005 Internships in the rehabilitation of people with addictions and support of children with ADHD
2002 – 2006 Student Assistant at the Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Technical University Chemnitz

Education and Professional Training

 

2010 – 2015 PhD Student at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig 
Dissertation: Stress reaction in Children and Adolescents with Internalizing Disorders
Degree: Dr. rer. med.
2006 – 2012 Post-graduate training to become a Psychological Psychotherapist at the Zentrum für Psychotherapie, Chemnitz 
Degree: License to practice Psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
2001 – 2006 Study of Psychology at the Chemnitz University of Technology
Degree: Psychologist
2000 -2001 Study of Philosophy, Psychology and Special Needs Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
1988 – 2000 School education in Munich (German-French Highschool)
Degree: French Baccalauréat
List of Publications
Matuschek, T., Jaeger S., Stadelmann, S., Dölling, K., Grunewald, M., Weis, S., von Klitzing, K., & Döhnert, M. (2016). Implementing the K-SADS-PL as a standard diagnostic tool: Effects on clinical diagnoses. Psychiatry Research, 36, 119–124.

 

Bae Y. J., Gaudl A., Jaeger S.,  Stadelmann S., Hiemisch A., Kiess W., Willenberg, A., Schaab M., von Klitzing K., Thiery J., Ceglarek, U., Döhnert M. & Kratzsch J. (2015). Immunoassay or LC-MS /MS for the measurement of salivary cortisol in children? Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Epub ahead of print.

 

Bae Y. J., Stadelmann S., Klein A.-M., Jaeger S.,  Hiemisch A., Kiess W., Ceglarek U., Gaudl A., Schaab M., von Klitzing K., Thiery J., Kratzsch J. & Döhnert M.  (2015). The hyporeactivity of salivary cortisol at stress test (TSST-C) in children with internalizing or externalizing disorders is contrastively associated with α-amylase. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 71, 78-88.

 

Bae Y. J., Jaeger S., Stadelmann S., Klein A.-M., Hiemisch A., Kiess W., Ceglarek U., Gaudl A., Schaab M., von Klitzing K., Thiery J., Döhnert M. & Kratzsch J. (2015). Comparison of salivary cortisol and cortisone in association with alpha-amylase in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes, 123-P02_02.

 

Grunewald, M., Stadelmann, S., Brandeis, D., Jaeger, S., Matuschek, T., Weis, S., Kalex, V., Hiemisch, A., von Klitzing, K. & Döhnert, M. (2015). Early processing of emotional faces in a Go/NoGo task: lack of N170 right-hemispheric specialisation in children with major depression. Journal of Neural Transmission, 122 (9), 1339-1352.

 

Jaeger, S. (2015). Stress reaction in children and adolescents with internalizing disorders. [Stressreaktion bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit internalisierenden Störungen]. PhD-Thesis (Dr. rer. med.) at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig. Published online.

 

Matuschek, T., Jaeger, S., Stadelmann, S., Dölling, K., Weis, S., von Klitzing, K., Grunewald, M., Hiemisch, A., & Döhnert, M. (2015). The acceptance of the K-SADS-PL – potential predictors for the overall satisfaction of parents and interviewers. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 24 (2), 226-234.
Sedlmeier, P., Eberth, J., Schwarz, M., Zimmermann, D., Haarig, F., Jaeger, S., & Kunze, S. (2012). The Psychological Effects of Meditation: A Meta-Analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 138(6), 1139-1171.

 

Sedlmeier, P. & Jaeger, S. (2007): The impact of postevent information on study-related memories: an exploration of the roles of judgmental anchoring, specific expectations about change, and motivational influences. Memory, 15, 70-92.