Switzerland

A listing of therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists in Switzerland interested in providing culturally sensitive cross-cultural care for today’s international expat community.

Basel

Tara Gaffney, MS, LPCC (MN License #cc00998), CCMHC (National Certification from NBCC)
Life Transitions Counseling Services, LLC
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +44 78 646 97 44 or locally 078 646 97 44
Email: tgaffneyms@gmail.com
Website: www.lifetransitionscounselingllc.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English Fluent, Danish, French & German Poorly
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC from state of Minnesota) and Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC).  I provide Intervention for a broad spectrum of states many of us find ourselves in during our life journey, including;  Grief & Loss, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD & Trauma and challenges that arise from changes in our health, relationships, residency and occupations. I hold a Post-Master’s Certificate in Adlerian Studies and have extensive experience working with trauma. I work with Adolescents, Adults and Couples
Cross-Cultural Experience: As of August 2015, I am back in Basel, Switzerland after having been six years back in the US. Previously, I have lived abroad for 10 years, in 3 different European countries, and have had an extended 6 month stay in Singapore. During the first 6 years I lived abroad, I worked as international IT Consultant in France and Denmark. My second move to Europe was after I earned an MS in Counseling and, as an accompanying spouse, I started up my own Private Counseling Practice in Basel, Switzerland that served the Expat community living in Basel. I understand the unique challenges Expats and Expat Families face while moving and living abroad and not only have I experienced some of them myself, I also have the therapeutic skills to help and support you and your family transition to a life abroad, cope with challenges while living abroad as well as the struggles that come up when moving back home again. Many times Expats are stuck between two worlds, lack an emotional support system and experience questions regarding their identity. Normal life obstacles can become magnified and this can lead to depression, anxiety and grief & loss when not addressed. If you are reading this website, you have made the first step toward finding support through your current life situation. Contact me to support you through your transition abroad, during challenges that come up while living abroad or upon repatriation your country of origin.

Genève

Rachel Chevallier Faustino, FSP Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Location: Genève, Switzerland
Phone: 0041 22 732 3240
Email: info@rachelchevallier.ch
Website: www.rachelchevallier.ch
Nationality: Swiss
Languages Spoken: Well: English, French, Spanish. Medium: German
Religious Affiliation: None
Clinical Specialties: Clinical psychology and psychotherapy
Cross-Cultural Experience: Grew up, lived, studied and worked in three different continents, with parents from two different countries

Luisa Marin-Avellan, Licence in Psychology, Diploma in Psychotherapy, Master in Psychoanalysis, PhD in Psychology. Member of the Swiss Federation of Psychologists and of the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society.
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41797258632
Email: lavellan@gmail.com
Website: www.avellan.ch
Nationality: Swiss
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
Cross-Cultural Experience: I have lived, studied and worked in the UK, Venezuela, France and Switzerland. I have extensive experience working with expats and with cross-cultural issues of patients from all over the world, in addition to general clinical problems.

Lugano

Susan Dellanzo (Global Therapist, Speaker & Author)
Location: Leeds & London, England; Lugano, Switzerland; and Worldwide
Phone: +44 7581 538049
Email: susan@susandellanzo.com
Website: www.susandellanzo.com
Nationality: British & Canadian
Languages Spoken: English, Italian, French, (some German)
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Emotional wellbeing; Human Behaviour; Relationship challenges, family dynamics, health and wellbeing, debt and financial challenges, loss/grief and death; resolving stress and conflict resolution
Cross-Cultural Experience: Born & raised in the UK, have lived in various countries worldwide working with a portfolio of GLOBAL clients. With extensive experience and having gone through numerous life changing situations myself I work with clients one-on-one, in private and/or corporate workshops, online via Skype.

Nyon

Lindsey Anderson MSc Organisational Behaviour, BA (Hons) Communication, Post Grad Diploma Counselling
Location: Nyon (Gingins), Switzerland (& Online)
Phone: (0041) 0798699580
Email: lacounselling@gmail.com
Website: www.lacounselling.com
Nationality: British/Scottish
Languages Spoken: English mother tongue, French conversational and Italian conversational
Religious Affiliation: None
Clinical Specialties: Face to face and online therapy offered covering a variety of emotional issues including; relationship difficulties, family problems, work stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, perfectionism, loss and bereavement.
Cross-Cultural Experience: Over 20 years living and working outside of my country of birth/origin (Scotland), including Kenya, South Africa, Italy and Switzerland.

Regina Navodini Harmsen, MSc, NCC (USA)
Location: Vaud, Nyon, Switzerland
Phone: +41 79 932 1633
Email: contact@navodiniharmsen.com
Website: www.navodiniharmsen.com
Nationality: Dutch
Languages Spoken: Counselling offered in English.
Religious Affiliation: Religion/spirituality is explored and addressed as it pertains to the counseling process and personal wellbeing.
Clinical Specialties: Experience providing evidence-based individual and group therapy to young adults with a severe and persistent mental illness. Psychiatric rehabilitation and case management services to reach academic and vocational goals. Co-facilitated children’s groups in a clinical setting to support social and emotional development and wellbeing. Person-centered, integrative approach including yoga of alignment and meditation, play therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Experience teaching meditation for all ages in school and community settings to culturally diverse groups and yoga for 6-18 year olds.
Cross-Cultural Experience: More than 20 years of combined living and working experience in a multicultural environment. As a parent I am quite aware of the challenges and issues that come with raising children in a culturally diverse environments.

Paul F. Luedtke M.A. Counseling Psychology, DMin Specializing in Spiritual Formation
Location: Nyon, Switzerland
Phone: +41 78 654 9175
Email: paulluedtke@earthlink.net
Website:
Nationality: USA, Swiss
Languages Spoken: English, French
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Clinical Specialties: Client Centered Therapy, Eclectic Psychotherapy used in dealing  Adjustment Issues, Depression, couples counseling, transition dysphoria
Cross-Cultural Experience: 30 years living and working in Switzerland. Pioneered TCK retreats, trained cross-cultural workers in dealing with transition and acculturation, worked with international high school students, university students and au pairs.

Aernout Gert Zevenbergen (MAC, DCC)
Location: Nyon,Vaud/Waadt, Switzerland
Phone: +41786656797
Email: Aernout@thestorycatcher.info
Website: www.counsellor.ch
Nationality: Dutch
Languages Spoken: English, Dutch
Religious Affiliation:
Clinical Specialties: Life transitions, personal growth, stress & trauma, anxiety & depression, accredited distance counsellor
Cross-Cultural Experience: Aernout Zevenbergen lived and worked for nearly twenty years in Kenya, South Africa, and South Sudan. He was raised in The Netherlands and currently lives in Switzerland

Wädenswil

Anette Kettenbach MA, LMFT (#MFC42215)
California Counseling
Location: Zurich, Wädenswil, and Zug, Switzerland, Singapore, & Worldwide Online
Phone: +41(0)76 778 98 70
Email: anette@calcounseling.com
Website: www.calcounseling.com
Nationality: German
Languages Spoken: fluent in German & English, poorly in Dutch
Religious Affiliation: Christian, Welcome clients from all Religions
Clinical Specialties: I hold my MA Degree in Clinical Psychology from California and I’m Licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist. I work with children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, families and groups. Here are some examples what kind of clientele I work with; clients with depression, bereavement, grief & loss, miscarriage, divorce, different anxiety difficulties, panic attacks, trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, self-esteem issues, parent/child difficulties, parent education, couples difficulties & other relationship problems, family systems struggles, life transition, relocation & expat difficulties etc…
Cross-Cultural Experience: I was born and raised in Germany and moved to California at age 22. In the USA, I inquired my education to become a clinical psychologist and licensed marriage family therapist. In May 2006 I moved to Singapore and opened my private practice/company called California Counseling Pte Ltd. and worked there as a clinician and director. In October 2013, I moved back to Europe and kept my company in Singapore. I continued to see former and new clients worldwide on line via Skype or VSee and I opened a new branch in the Netherlands offering face to face services there as well. A colleague of mine is momentarily still running the Singapore office. In October 2015 I moved my private practice from the Netherlands to Switzerland. Since November 2015, I have been providing “in person” psychological services in Zurich, Wadenswil & Zug and I’m continually giving online services via Skype and VSee. Since I have been an expat myself for many years, I know what it feels like to move around, starting all over. It is normal for expat families to face many challenges once the first excitement of being in a new place has worn off. A person might feel dull or empty, sad, out of place, frustrated, angry, lonely or indifferent and does not understand what is wrong or how to find his way back of feeling content and happy as he used to be. In case you find yourself in such a place and you can’t put your finger on why you or a family member feels like this since your relocation, I do understand your struggles and can help to figure out which part of your internal world you have neglected and walk beside you to get back on track again.

Zug

Anette Kettenbach MA, LMFT (#MFC42215)
California Counseling
Location: Zurich, Wädenswil, and Zug, Switzerland, Singapore, & Worldwide Online
Phone: +41(0)76 778 98 70
Email: anette@calcounseling.com
Website: www.calcounseling.com
Nationality: German
Languages Spoken: fluent in German & English, poorly in Dutch
Religious Affiliation: Christian, Welcome clients from all Religions
Clinical Specialties: I hold my MA Degree in Clinical Psychology from California and I’m Licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist. I work with children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, families and groups. Here are some examples what kind of clientele I work with; clients with depression, bereavement, grief & loss, miscarriage, divorce, different anxiety difficulties, panic attacks, trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, self-esteem issues, parent/child difficulties, parent education, couples difficulties & other relationship problems, family systems struggles, life transition, relocation & expat difficulties etc…
Cross-Cultural Experience: I was born and raised in Germany and moved to California at age 22. In the USA, I inquired my education to become a clinical psychologist and licensed marriage family therapist. In May 2006 I moved to Singapore and opened my private practice/company called California Counseling Pte Ltd. and worked there as a clinician and director. In October 2013, I moved back to Europe and kept my company in Singapore. I continued to see former and new clients worldwide on line via Skype or VSee and I opened a new branch in the Netherlands offering face to face services there as well. A colleague of mine is momentarily still running the Singapore office. In October 2015 I moved my private practice from the Netherlands to Switzerland. Since November 2015, I have been providing “in person” psychological services in Zurich, Wadenswil & Zug and I’m continually giving online services via Skype and VSee. Since I have been an expat myself for many years, I know what it feels like to move around, starting all over. It is normal for expat families to face many challenges once the first excitement of being in a new place has worn off. A person might feel dull or empty, sad, out of place, frustrated, angry, lonely or indifferent and does not understand what is wrong or how to find his way back of feeling content and happy as he used to be. In case you find yourself in such a place and you can’t put your finger on why you or a family member feels like this since your relocation, I do understand your struggles and can help to figure out which part of your internal world you have neglected and walk beside you to get back on track again.

Zurich

Anette Kettenbach MA, LMFT (#MFC42215)
California Counseling
Location: Zurich, Wädenswil, and Zug, Switzerland, Singapore, & Worldwide Online
Phone: +41(0)76 778 98 70
Email: anette@calcounseling.com
Website: www.calcounseling.com
Nationality: German
Languages Spoken: fluent in German & English, poorly in Dutch
Religious Affiliation: Christian, Welcome clients from all Religions
Clinical Specialties: I hold my MA Degree in Clinical Psychology from California and I’m Licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist. I work with children, adolescents, individual adults, couples, families and groups. Here are some examples what kind of clientele I work with; clients with depression, bereavement, grief & loss, miscarriage, divorce, different anxiety difficulties, panic attacks, trauma, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, self-esteem issues, parent/child difficulties, parent education, couples difficulties & other relationship problems, family systems struggles, life transition, relocation & expat difficulties etc…
Cross-Cultural Experience: I was born and raised in Germany and moved to California at age 22. In the USA, I inquired my education to become a clinical psychologist and licensed marriage family therapist. In May 2006 I moved to Singapore and opened my private practice/company called California Counseling Pte Ltd. and worked there as a clinician and director. In October 2013, I moved back to Europe and kept my company in Singapore. I continued to see former and new clients worldwide on line via Skype or VSee and I opened a new branch in the Netherlands offering face to face services there as well. A colleague of mine is momentarily still running the Singapore office. In October 2015 I moved my private practice from the Netherlands to Switzerland. Since November 2015, I have been providing “in person” psychological services in Zurich, Wadenswil & Zug and I’m continually giving online services via Skype and VSee. Since I have been an expat myself for many years, I know what it feels like to move around, starting all over. It is normal for expat families to face many challenges once the first excitement of being in a new place has worn off. A person might feel dull or empty, sad, out of place, frustrated, angry, lonely or indifferent and does not understand what is wrong or how to find his way back of feeling content and happy as he used to be. In case you find yourself in such a place and you can’t put your finger on why you or a family member feels like this since your relocation, I do understand your struggles and can help to figure out which part of your internal world you have neglected and walk beside you to get back on track again.

Drs. Peter Muijres, M.A., M.A., PhD. researcher
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Phone:
Email: info@cultureclass.ch
Website: www.cultureclass.ch
Nationality: Dutch
Languages Spoken: English, German, Dutch (native)
Religious Affiliation: Religion related individual resources or stressors are addressed with a transculturally informed approach.
Clinical Specialties: Areas of experience include, but are not limited to: depression, loss & grief, parent/child difficulties, social anxiety, panick attacks, specific phobias, traumatic stress, burnout, sleeping disorders, (international) relationship problems, gender role and sexuality related issues, transnational childhood (TCK) related issues, re-/expatriate adjustment, life transition.. and more. Our clinical approach is inspired by mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, transcultural (including creative) therapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and transcultural and systems therapy approaches. – N.I.P. and N.V.R.G. approved training completed – Good Clinical Practice Certificate granted in Sept 2016.* Skype sessions available.
Cross-Cultural Experience: An international education and serial expatriate career course features living and working/studying in: the United States, the Caribbean, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain and Switzerland. As a certified ethnologist, my field studies added a unique understanding of expat adaptation challenges today. My work as an intercultural trainer adds a result focused dimension to my clinical work.

Stillpoint Spaces Zürich 
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Phone:
Email: zurich@stillpointspaces.com
Website: www.zurich.stillpointspaces.com
Nationality: Therapists from Switzerland, Greece and Japan
Languages Spoken: English, German, Greek, Japanese
Religious Affiliation: None
Clinical Specialties: individual therapy, couple & family therapy, depression, anxiety, stress management, creativity, gender issues, communication problems, loss of meaning, entrepreneurship.
Cross-Cultural Experience: All counselors have lived and worked away from their home countries and have cross-cultural sensitivity in their counseling, with a deep listening and respect for the process of each individual.

Countrywide

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.
Location: Switzerland (and worldwide: travels to client countries)*
* Grey Matters International is a “one stop shop” global psychological consulting firm that leverages powerful neuroscience technologies and methods for ex-pats and their families. We work in a ‘we come to you’ fashion and can help all your personal,relationship and family/children mental health needs quickly and effectively.
Phone: 1-877-606-6161  (if calling from outside USA: 1-918-949-1972)
Email: info@greymattersintl.com
Website: www.greymattersintl.com
Nationality: USA
Languages Spoken: English
Religious Affiliation: Open to All Religious/Spiritual Orientations
Clinical Specialties: Mood disorders, stress/burnout, relationship conflict, addiction, OCD, ADD/ADHD, brain injury, trauma, sleep concerns, high performance and career counseling
Cross-Cultural Experience: Worked with clients on 5 continents on their private mental health needs and have advised many multi-cultural “professionals, executives, leaders” on their culture change needs affecting many employees and their unique values