Jonathan has published widely in the areas of communication, psychotherapy and psychiatry, having authored over ten books and numerous articles.
As a physician and therapist he worked in outpatient and inpatient settings in leading Swiss hospitals and practices. In his work he became interested in communication and the question what makes some people and organisations more successful than others.
Jonathan is a licensed medical practitioner, has over eight years of specialist training in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Switzerland and Germany, completed over 500 hours of coursework in advanced studies in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the University of Zurich, a training analysis of 250 hours and individual and group supervisions, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.
He holds a BA in economics from Dartmouth College (USA), a medical doctorate from the University of Vienna (Austria) and diplomas in law and legal practice and a master in international legal practice from the College of Law of England and Wales (UK). He studied coaching at the University of Cambridge (UK) and obtained a Master in Management from Harvard University (USA). He lectured in communication at the ACC.
Jonathan graduated from medical school in 2002. After completing his doctoral thesis in molecular biology he began his training in psychiatry and psychotherapy in Switzerland. He has over six years of specialist training in general psychiatry and two years of specialist training in forensic psychiatry. His practice focus is on psychotherapy.
He studied psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the University of Zurich in the advanced studies in psychotherapy program, while deepening his psychotherapeutic tool-set through seminars and continuing education in CBT, systemic psychotherapy and group therapy. Jonathan began working as a psychotherapist in 2002 and has since worked in different settings, including a crisis intervention centre, psychiatric hospitals, an outpatient clinic for integrative psychotherapy and in private practice. He has worked with individuals, groups and even conducted sessions online.
Jonathan is registered as a medical practitioner at the Irish Medical Council and enrolled in the competence scheme of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland. He is licensed to practice medicine independently and has been active in various continuing education programs in psychiatry and psychotherapy as well as in general medicine. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association, where he has taken part in specialized continuing education programs.
Jonathan has been very interested in the interface between healthcare and law and economics, as he believes that society as a whole can benefit immensely from better access to psychotherapy.
Jonathan also holds diplomas in law and legal practice and a master in international law from the College of Law of England and Wales and a master in management from Harvard University. He has worked for four years as a medical specialist with a focus on psychiatry at a public disability insurance agency.
Medical Council Number: 416590
Jonathan offers a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive setting for his clients. He works in a compassionate and understanding way, which enables the person seeking help to feel accepted and supported while talking about anything that is of concern to them.
He believes that change and healing requires a welcoming and accepting environment.
He works together with the client to find a suitable therapeutic approach in a given situation with a view to bring about the desired change. Objectives may simply be to build self-confidence or to deal with specific issues. But they can also be more complex and difficult to pinpoint at the outset of psychotherapy. In any case, one objective should always be to make the client feel better about himself or herself in the long run.
Jonathan`s theoretical background is integrative, incorporating psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural, person-centred, communication-oriented and systemic approaches which helps him to work flexibly and adapted to the client’s needs and current situation.
He has worked in crisis intervention and helped people to make their own decisions in complex situations.
Jonathan works with adults on a one to one basis, in a way that is best suited to their individual needs. He strives to create a counselling environment where his client has the opportunity to express thoughts, feelings and emotions and develop resources and skills.
He believes that communication is central not only to finding out about oneself but also towards making lasting and successful changes in one’s interactions with others and the world in general.
Reflecting on how a client communicates with oneself and others can enable the client to cope with difficulties in new ways, deepen the understanding of underlying issues and facilitate a way forward. The relationship between client and therapist is important as it is a microcosm where individual patterns of communication can be reflected on in a defined and safe environment and change can occur that translates into improvements in the client’s life. This requires a rapport with the client based on respect, trust, compassion and empathy.
One aspect of therapy can be about supporting and developing the client’s individual narrative, the story of his or her life and place in the world. Especially in a highly complex world with a multitude of external expectations and influences determining one’s path forward and finding meaning and deep satisfaction in one’s life can reduce stress, anxiety and even prevent burnout. Therapy should reflect and help on this journey and build up the required self-confidence to chart and follow one’s path.
Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest
Jonathan has experience working with a wide range of issues which include
- Panic attacks
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Work related difficulties
- Difficulties coping with life
Facilitating and furthering the growth processes in their life is a central piece in helping people lead more fulfilling, happier and confident lives. Jump starting and nurturing an individual’s creative capabilities and strengths in a psychotherapeutic setting has helped many people achieve this goal.
Jonathan’s deep interest in people has prompted him to develop his career around working with people, observing how they overcome problems and acquiring a diverse tool-set to help them do so and find their own path again. He believes that no matter how challenging the circumstances we find ourselves in – there is real possibility for change and a new direction.
Through the process of counselling and psychotherapy Jonathan helps his clients to work through the issues and experiences that are adversely affecting their day to day life. He believes that developing self-awareness and greater understanding can facilitate growth, uncover strengths and develop the resources and skills leading to greater self-acceptance, a better quality of life and a more fulfilling future.