HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE
If you are looking at my website, you are most likely searching for a professional with whom you can explore private matters while feeling safe and at ease. But how to find the right person?
Let me tell you a bit about my life and why I am particularly fond of what I am doing professionally:
My name is Claire Müller-Suhre. I am married and mother of two. When I first moved from Germany to France almost 30 years ago, I was surprised to realize how different cultures are, not only when it comes to communication styles and way of life, but also parenting and learning. This made me start reading on fascinating topics such as migration, identity, culture, intercultural communication, and human behaviour. I completed a PhD program during which I explored a topic that had fascinated me for quite a while, i.e. how we perceive strangers in an intercultural context.
I started giving workshops on migration and culture-related topics at various volunteer organizations such as the "Bavarian Refugee Council", "Cafe 104 - Support for undocumented migrants", "Caritas" and the "Doctors of the World" whom I joined for five years. While providing psycho-social counselling and patient care at their local drop-in clinic, I was often amazed by how incredibly courageous and resourceful patients were. I loved to listen when clients spoke about their lives, to support them and to help them reactivate their own often forgotten inner resources. I therefore decided to start a counselling training and obtained my licence as “Non-Medial Practitioner for Psychotherapy” (Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie) from the “Department of Health” in Munich.
Living between cultures & culture-sensitive work
Being a "professional foreigner" myself and interacting daily with people from many different cultures made me aware of the long-lasting effects of colonialism as well as the profound implications of discrimination, xenophobia, racism, shadism and white privilege. It also taught me how much the Western approach I had learned during my training often does not fit the needs of persons from e.g. Muslim or Asian background as even counselling and psychotherapy theories and practise are culture-bound. I therefore joined a cpcab accredited faith-based counselling course where I trained with the pioneers of Islamic Counselling trainings in the UK. My relocation to London felt like the perfect opportunity to also learn “the British way” by enrolling on a BACP accredited integrative counselling training.
In the UK, I have worked with British as well as foreign adult clients at “Sangam - Association of Asian Women”, “Barnet Refugee Service” (BRS) and “CPPD Counselling Services” in North London.