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So, how does this work?

If you have no prior experience with counseling, you may be wondering what to expect and what happens during a session.


To put it simply: we mainly sit and talk.

I provide a safe space for joint reflection, while offering new perspectives, and exploring possibilities and options together.

In detail:

Psychosocial counseling

One focus of the work is on the psyche - emotions, needs, our personal stories and the inner parts that we all carry within us.

It's about understanding ourselves, preferably with curiosity and without judgment: "Ah, that's why I'm like this." or simply "Oh, this is how I am."

Not always easy, but often a very helpful step on the way to change.

Psychosocial counseling

Another important part of counseling is the part that lies outside of us:

Our relationships and how we live them.


We are inevitably connected to others in our lives and when we encounter other people, their experiences might differ quite a lot from those that we have had.

Understanding how we interact with each other, what other people trigger in us, and which reactions have something to do with us and which perhaps less so, is a central part of seeing ourselves in the context of our environment.

Psychosocial counseling

Unfortunately, I was not involved in the creation of the name for the profession, otherwise I would probably have chosen a term other than "counseling".


The aim of our work together is not to give you advice and tell you what you should do or how you should do something. Rather, it is about finding your answer to your question or your solution to your situation. And this is often easier with a person from outside than having to figure everything out on your own.

Depending on whether you come alone or together (i.e. as partners or family), there is a bit of a difference in the way the sessions are structured.


One-on-one counseling

The two of us sit across from each other - you talk, I listen.

In the sessions we will focus on your experience, your emotions and needs. I may ask questions, offer my perception and perspective, and occasionally provide feedback.

Any of your topics can be addressed - here are just a few examples:

  • I repeat the same unhelpful patterns in my relationships, and I want to change that.

  • I feel guilty when I say "no" to others.

  • I feel lonely.

  • I am lovesick and don't know how to deal with it.

  • I want to break up with my partner, but somehow I can't do it.

  • I feel stuck and don't know how to move on.


Relationship counseling

You come together - as partners, as friends, as family or any other relationship constellation you are in.

In the sessions we will figure out behavioral patterns you may find yourselves in, solve conflicts and concentrate on understanding the underlying issues that affect your relationship.


We will focus on your individual experiences, your emotions and needs, and we will also look at your relationship dynamics and work on changing them in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Any of your topics can be addressed - here are just a few examples:

  • We keep fighting about the same issues.

  • We feel stuck in our relationship.

  • One of us had an affair and now the trust in our relationship is violated.

  • We are friends and we also run a business together. This creates a lot of tension in our relationship.

  • Our kid is growing distant and we don't know what to do about it.

How do I know if this is for me?

If you are unsure whether this is for you, the first session has a lower fee, so you can get a feel for it and see if it works for you. More on that here.

If you would like to know more about who you would be working with, you can learn more about me and my way of working here.

I am also happy to anwer any questions you may have beforehand.

Here are all the ways to contact me.

© 2022-2024 Daniel Hartmann
Stumpergasse 48/23, 1060 Wien

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