© 2019 by Natalia Braun, Why: coaching & more

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About

I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.

Fritz Perls

After almost two decades of experience in human capital management, development and communications in complex organisations, I decided to use unique skills grown in the meantime and my interest in applied psychology to give more meaning to my life while developing others. I became coach and assessor, founded my own practice and stayed true to my life-long passion for journalism and dance I have been practicing since the 90-ies. 

I hold MSc in psychology from the University of Derby, UK, and am certified assessor and psychometric test user by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and member of the Register of Qualifications in Test Use BPS RQTU (occupational ability & personality, NEO personality inventory). I am Associate Certified Coach with the ICF, Certified Professional Coach with the College of Executive Coaching, USA, Certified Gestalt coach with the Academy of Executive Coaching, UK, and completed various trainings in Gestalt with the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, l'Istituto di Gestalt Firenze or AAGT. 

I am member of psychology and Gestalt related professional bodies like BPS (MBPsS), APA (International Affiliate), INTAGIO, AAGT as well as coaching associations ICF and EMCC, where I served as Vice President of the EMCC Switzerland 2015/2016. I am also a long standing freelance journalist, member of Reporters Without Borders and engaged into social criticism. ​

I am deeply interested in psychology and am undergoing continuous further education in the areas of my activities. Having started my professional journey with international relations, journalism and performing arts, I earned my first Master's level university degree in philology and languages followed by Certificate of Advanced Studies in Applied Psychology. Finally, I studied psychology at the University of Derby and in my thesis conducted a phenomenological research within health psychology and embodiment. 

I am member of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP), which challenges the positivist assumptions of mainstream psychology and its ignorance of broader social and political issues. I share ISCHP's interest in various critical ideas, qualitative and participatory methods of research and their relevance to understanding health and illness, an awareness of the social, political and cultural dimensions of health and illness, and an active commitment to reducing human suffering.

I  lived and travelled in many countries of Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, speak four languages fluently and have some skills in further three ones. I define myself as an innerpreneur, embrace Cultural Creatives and adhere to Conscious Business. My work has been informed by humanistic psychology, existentialism, phenomenology and arts. My holistic philosophy and view of human being with their inseparable interaction of body, spirit, mind and environment were deepened through my everlasting experience with dance, theatre, embodiment, Gestalt, Eastern philosophies and spirituality, inspiring and enriching my work over and over again.

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