Barbara was born in Essen, German in 1950, where she lived until she was twenty-eight years old. For 19 years of her adult life, she lived in Chicago where she worked with different therapists, mainly in IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapy and DMT (Dance Movement Therapy). For several years, she was a client of Dick Schwartz, who developed IFS therapy. She got her BA from Columbia College in Chicago in 1997. In 2010, she completed the IFS level 1 training, and in 2014 the IFS level 2 training. At the IFS conference in 2014, she presented a workshop on "Alice Miller: War Trauma and Betrayal Trauma."
Barbara made her first therapeutic experience with a psychoanalyst in the tradition of Kohut; then, on her own, she did therapy for several years according to the steps of a form of written (primal) therapy. Between 1997 and 2003 worked in therapy with Richard Schwartz using the IFS (Internal Family Systems) therapy model, as well as with Gina Demos using DMT (Dance Movement Therapy) therapy. Between 2005 and 2008, she assisted Alice Miller, working for the website alice-miller.com and answering readers' letters. After a public attack on her by Alice Miller, she returned to work intermittendly with Richard Schwartz.
You can read about her childhood in her book Screams from Childhood -- and more about her life journey in her essay "Facing a Wall of Silence" from the book Second Generation Voices, edited by Naomi and Alan Berger. It was published in 2001 by Syracuse University Press. In German: Begegnung mit einer Mauer des Schweigens; in Spanish: Enfrentando una pared de silencio.
At the Folkwang Schule in Essen, she studied piano in the late sixties and early seventies; she has taught piano and been an ardent chamber musician for a long time. Married and divorced twice, she is the mother of two children, mother-in-law of two daughters-in-law, and grandmother of five grandchildren.
Since 2005, Barbara lives in Mexico where she works as a therapist and piano teacher. She understands her role as therapist to nurture communication with our body and soul, their symptoms -- or expressions of pain -- and what they are trying to tell us about our past and present life, and our feelings and authentic needs. She supports you to communicate with your emotional and physical discomfort to improve your well-being, ease your suffering and make meaningful changes in your life. Barbara offers one-on-one sessions, also via skype or by telephone; you can contact her by email.