Psychological counseling

Psychological counseling is for mentally healthy people who are in a life crisis, who are going through difficult times or who want to solve certain problems in their lives.

Psychological counseling is also for people who want to develop more positivity, purpose, mindfulness, resilience and well-being in their lives.

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Hello, I am Marina. I have an MSc in Psychology from the University of Leipzig. In addition, I am trained in various counseling, conflict resolution, psychotherapy and coaching techniques and have a German permit for certified psychologists to practice psychotherapeutic healing according to HeilPrG. I currently finish my PhD in neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig.

Marina Winkler

How it works

Schedule your session

Schedule your online counseling session conveniently with our interactive calendar.

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You can pay for the counseling session through the Paypal integration in the calendar.

Consultants

The consultation session takes place via an easy-to-use, secure 1-1 video meeting using the free software Zoom.

FAQ

Frequent questions and answers

Psychological counseling is for mentally healthy people, who:

1. Want to develop more positivity, mindfulness, resilience and well-being in their life. Especially:

  • get clarity on what you want to experience in life
  • find your way, or purpose in life
  • set your goals wisely and pursue them
  • build your self-confidence and self-love
  • let go of limiting beliefs and behaviors
  • learn to regulate your emotions
  • break unhealthy habits and build habits that are good for you
  • develop mindfulness
  • build meaningful and fulfilling social relationships
  • and many more….

2. Experience a life crisis, or want to solve certain problems. These problems may include, but are not limited to:

  • crisis situations
  • turning points in your life
  • conflicts at work
  • problems in relationships with other people
  • difficult decisions
  • losses or separations
  • stress and burnout
  • coping with stressful situations (as separation and divorce, mobbing, unemployment, family care, illness, puberty of children…)

Psychological counseling is not psychotherapy, if you have a mental disorder, please consult a doctor or licensed psychotherapist in your area. While some of the counseling techniques I use come originally from psychotherapeutic approaches, I do not offer psychotherapeutic services online as online psychotherapy is not allowed in Germany.

Online psychological counseling via video chat has several advantages:

  • You can easily see for yourself which appointments are still available and book your appointment online
  • You can get your appointment very quickly, often even on the same or the next day
  • You can choose your appointment from a wide range of times, which is especially convenient for people working from 9am to 5pm or from other time zones
  • You can also book weekend calls without any additional costs
  • You can conduct your consulting session independently of location
  • You save on travel costs and have access to my psychological counseling from anywhere in the world

The only conditions are that you use a secure (non-public) Internet connection and stay in a room where you are alone and undisturbed for the time of the session.

It’s very easy to make appointments and set up your video meeting. Just follow the steps below.

Before booking the first video session:

  • For increased security, I recommend setting up a free Protonmail email account before making an appointment, which is easy, requires no personal information, and only takes 2 minutes.
  • It allows us to exchange sensitive information, such as the counseling contract and the video session access data, highly encrypted by email.

How to schedule the session:

  • Book your session here at the desired time and date. Only the free times are displayed in the calendar.
  • If you are a client for the first time, please choose the free 20-minute session. The purpose of this session is to get to know each other better and see how I can help you.
  • When booking your session in the calendar, you will be asked to pay in advance via Paypal (except for free sessions).
  • You will then receive the access data for the video chat and further information by email.
  • Please download and familiarize yourself with the free and easy to use video meeting software Zoom before the first session. This software is available for both computers and mobile devices.
  • Once your session starts, just click on the link in your email and start the session with your one-time password.

If you have any questions about this or any technical problems, just contact me.

Confidentiality of psychological counseling

As a MSc Psychologist, I abide by § 203 German Strafgesetzbuch (StGB) to confidentiality. This means that I treat all the information you entrust to me as strictly confidential.

Security of online video counseling

I take the security of your information very seriously, so I use different technical means to provide you with a safe online consulting experience. Please note, however, that any information you enter or transmit anywhere on the Internet can potentially be intercepted by third parties. By booking my online consultation, I assume that you are aware of this risk.

I use special video meeting software (Zoom) for the counseling sessions, which offers more security options than a typical video meeting software. For example:

  • Private video conferencing
  • End-to-end encryption
  • AES 256 encrypted
  • a cryptic URL is created for each session
  • unique, cryptic password to log in to your video session
  • locked 1-1 video meeting, so that no one else can enter
  • information is deleted from the servers after the meeting
  • and more features to read here: Zoom security.

For additional security, I recommend that you also set up a free email account with Protonmail before planning your first session. It only takes two minutes and does not require any personal information, but it adds an extra layer of security by encrypting all emails between us so that no third party (not even your email provider) can read them. This is very important as you will receive the details for your secure video meeting in advance via email.

You need a laptop or a mobile device with a sufficiently strong, non-public Internet connection, a built-in microphone (or headset) and a camera. You must also download the Zoom Video Meeting Client on your device. Please also have pen and paper ready.

If you have further questions that have not been answered here, please do not hesitate to contact me.