Michael Boiger

Cultural psychologist and systemic therapist, Berlin, Germany
  • Couple's Counseling
  • LGBTQI
  • Relationship Challenges
€85 /Session

My Approach

[I am conducting research in Japan during November-December and am not available for sessions during that period]

Sometimes, relationships can become stuck, move in circles, or cannot find a way forward. My aim is to create a safe and accepting environment in which new id...

[I am conducting research in Japan during November-December and am not available for sessions during that period]

Sometimes, relationships can become stuck, move in circles, or cannot find a way forward. My aim is to create a safe and accepting environment in which new ideas and relationship dynamics can emerge. As a systemic therapist, I concentrate on the interactions and dynamics between individuals, on the different voices that want to be heard, and on finding solutions for troubling relationship patterns. Depending on the situation, I also like to incorporate emotion-focused and other experiential approaches into my practice.

I enjoy working with clients of diverse backgrounds. This includes intercultural and LGBT couples, the challenges they face, and the resources they bring. While I have expertise in cultural, relational and sexual diversity, I consider clients to be the true experts on their own lives. Consequently, I believe that my expertise lies not in knowing clients but in getting to know them and—in the process—creating the conditions for change to take place.

Although I primarily work with couples, I do see individual clients who are seeking help with relationship issues.

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About Michael

I grew up in Southern Germany and left my small hometown to live in the Canadian wilderness after high school. Since then, I studied in Germany and Japan, worked as a (post)doctoral researcher in Belgium, and returned once more to Germany. At the moment, I am dividing my time between Berlin...

I grew up in Southern Germany and left my small hometown to live in the Canadian wilderness after high school. Since then, I studied in Germany and Japan, worked as a (post)doctoral researcher in Belgium, and returned once more to Germany. At the moment, I am dividing my time between Berlin and Amsterdam, where I continue to do research at the intersection of culture, close relationships, and emotions. The experience of moving between cultures has left a deep impression on me and remains an important driving force in my life. I remain deeply intrigued by the different ways in which the human potential for connection and intimacy can manifest itself—and how we connect across these differences.

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Education

  • Systemic Therapy with Individuals, Couples, and Families (2015-2018; Berliner Institut für Familientherapie)
  • Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (2017-2018; Helm Stierlin Insitut, Heidelberg & SIA, Berlin)
  • Intercultural Psychotherapy and Supervision (2016-2017; Berliner Seminar für Interkulturelle Psychotherapie und Supervision, Charité, Berlin)
  • Gender, Relational and Sexual Diversity (2017; Pink Therapy, London)
  • Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology; dissertation on the cultural construction of emotions in the United States, Japan, Belgium, and Turkey (2013; University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Masters in Clinical and Cultural Psychology (Dipl.-Psych; 2008; University of Konstanz, Germany)

Experience

Clinical Experience

  • Freelance couples therapist (since 2017; Familienforum Havelhöhe, Berlin)
  • Systemic therapist in training (2017-2018; Berliner Institut für Familientherapie)
  • Volunteer couples counsellor (2018; Schwulenberatung / Gay Counselling Services, Berlin)

Research Experience

  • Assistant professor of cultural psychology (as of 2019; University of Amsterdam)
  • Postdoctoral researcher (2013-2018; University of Leuven, Kyoto University, Max-Planck Institute for Human Development)
  • Doctoral researcher (2009-2013; University of Leuven, Belgium)
Hobrechtstraße 66, HH 2.OG
12047 Berlin