Hi, I am Susanne Reinhold.
After 18 years of living abroad, I moved back to Germany in the summer of 2020. In that first pandemic year, my husband and 3 children packed up our life in
Ottawa/Gatineau, Canada and began settling in Dresden. I grew up and went to school East of Dresden, in the beautiful Oberlausitz. As a young adult I left Germany and completed my studies in London, England and Ottawa, Canada.
I had been working in private practice as a Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist / Trauma Therapist in Ottawa since 2017 and, along with everyone in Canada, shifted to working virtually when the pandemic hit.
In the summer of 2022, I received my license to practice psychotherapy in Germany (Heilpraktiker auf dem Gebiet der Psychotherapie).
I have my own space at Görlitzer Strasse 36 in Dresden Neustadt and also continue to offer virtual sessions.
A little bit about my background and the way I work
I studied social work in London, U.K. from 2004-2007 and received my Bachelor of Social Work there.
During my internship and brief subsequent employment, I worked in outpatient palliative care social work, where I worked with terminally ill people at the end of life.
The work included formal psychotherapeutic support as well as help with practical and bureaucratic matters. During that time, my practicum supervisor trained me in Roger’s person-centered approach, which still serves as a foundation for me today.
Not long after graduation, I moved to Canada where I soon became the mother to our first child. Workwise, I no longer dealt with death and dying or with social work.
Over the course of a few years I completed several courses in the areas of personal training and movement and instructed pre and postnatal exercise classes and workshops.
During that time I became more and more interested in the mechanisms of the human body and learned a lot about anatomy, biomechanics and that our bodies need movement for health. I also learnt about birth injuries and birth trauma, as well as the physical and psychological stress of mothers.
In this context, I came across Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is Peter Levine’s body of work. SE is a resource and body-focused approach to resolving traumatic and chronic stress.
Between 2015 and 2018, I completed the 3 year SE training as well as a Masters in Social Work.
My Master’s program had a strong focus on antiracist and anticolonial social work and psychotherapy which challenged me (as it still does) to reflect on my own social location, a process that hopefully benefits my clients.
The story of our family of origin as well as the social, political and economic structures we grew up in and within which we currently live are closely intertwined with our physical and mental health (or illness). My therapeutic approach meets along those intersections.
Some of the training I have completed over the years
- 2022 – Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program online training program with Diane Poole Heller
- 2020 – Dropping into Prenatal and Perinatal Implicit Memory online training program with Ray Castellino
- October 2020 – Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS) online training program with Frank Anderson
- April 2019 – Somatic Experiencing Deepening Touch with Sage Hayes (Halifax, Canada)
- 2015-2018: Somatic Experiencing with Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (Ottawa, Canada)
- Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) since 2019
- 2016-2017 – Masters in Social Work (Ottawa, Canada)
- 2012-2013 Restorative Exercise Specialist / Personal Trainer with Nutritious Movement Centre (Online / California, USA)
- 2010 – Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist with Baby & Me (Toronto, Canada)
- 2008 – Personal Trainer Specialist with CanFitPro (Ottawa, Canada)
- 2004-2007 – Bachelor in Social Work (London, England)