Since 1986 I have had different work positions as a counsellor in the United States and Germany. My therapy duties commenced in 1999 at various institutions and facilities in Germany.
I´ve worked as a counsellor or psychotherapist in the following institutions/facilities:
Since 2006 I have completed several continuing education courses focusing on ADHS, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety & Phobias, Bipolar Disorder, Internet Addiction Disorder, Mindfulness, Personality Disorders, Schema Therapy and Stress Management.
Completed Continuing Education courses in Clinical Psychology:
Internet Use - Pasadena, CA
Menschen - Germany
Universitätsklinikum Dresden - "Die Zangen des Lebens - Zwang und Zwanghaftigkeit"
* Effective strategies in the treatment of maternal depression - Cape Town / Kaapstad, South Africa
* Training for the Montgomery and Asberg Depression Rating Scale (SIGMA) - Berlin/New York, N.Y.
Member of the following organisations:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is a comprehensive and internationally acclaimed form of psychotherapy, continuously enhanced by scientific research at universities and clinical facilities. CBT closely examines the existence of automatic and irrational cognitions (thoughts) which cause or lead to unpleasant feelings and emotions, resulting in dysfunctional forms of behavior. The objective of CBT is to therefore structurally replace irrational and/or catastrophic thoughts with more positive ones. This allows the individual in therapy to better develop more effective coping skills in overcoming complex and challenging issues, e.g. speaking in front of a group of people, a fear of flying, asserting one´s rights/needs, depression and sleeping disorders.
CBT progresses in the following manner:
Schema Therapy, developed by a Clinical Psychologist from New York (Dr. Jeffrey Young) incorporates a variety of approaches (cognitive, behavioral, experimental and interpersonal/object relations), to better address the psychological and behavioral issues hampering the full development of an individual. Schema Therapy concerns itself with life long patterns, early life experiences and the development of maladaptive schemas ("considered a form of a self-defeating pattern which tends to appear many times during the course of life if certain emotional needs aren´t addressed and fulfilled"). Young believes individuals with more current, complex problems have one or more early maladaptive schemas which makes them more vulnerable to emotional disorders. According to Young an early maladaptive schema is "a broad pervasive theme or pattern regarding oneself and one´s relationship with others, developed during childhood and elaborated throughout one´s lifetime, and dysfunctional to a significant degree." In other words, early maladaptive schema originate through early childhood experiences, the innate temperament of the child and immediate cultural influences. Schemata are therefore valid representations of early childhood experiences, and serve as templates for processing and defining later behaviors, thoughts, feelings and relationships with others. Schemata are generally enduring, resistant to change and can only be minimized through adequate therapy.
The following items serve as the main objectives of Schema Therapy:
Comprehensive Psychotherapy focuses on the following problem-related areas:
A very nice accompaniment to the therapeutic process involves the implementation of MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness allows us to concentrate on the here and now, using techniques such as breathing and identifying troublesome thoughts. We therefore become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we confront them with greater ease and mastery. By focusing more on the present, i.e. what´s happening now, we can create a more robust sense of self-awareness eliminating the necessity of worrying about things to come. Mindfulness teaches us to more effectively confront our negative thoughts rather than turning away from them or trying to avoid them. When we show a greater willingness to accept all current thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, we have a optimal chance to create more positive choices in our lives. Mindfulness has not only proven to help with stress, anxiety, and depression, it allows us to become more aware of those around us and our impact on them (good or bad). Mindfulness will be introduced to you during your therapy experience. If this proves to be a subject area which you don´t wish to explore, then it will be of course discontinued. If you wish to learn more about mindfulness we will gladly provide you with exercises and reading references.
Coaching Sessions are available to those individuals who don´t want to be placed on a never ending waiting list. Those who feel that 25 therapy sessions (or more) require too much of a commitment could benefit from this type of service.
Our coaching sessions, Burn Out Prevention, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Problematic Internet Use, allow the participating person to better identify what type of impact the problem area has on his/her life, the extent to which his/her daily routine is affected and which obstacles have been placed in his/her path preventing the fulfillment of a more accomplished self. Reading resources reflecting the most current research are provided and most importantly, new coping skills and techniques are learned to combat the existing issue.
The overall coaching process will consist of 5 to 10, 50 minute sessions. Should the nature of the existing situation exceed the boundaries of coaching, an easy transition to therapy can be made.
Since coaching is not covered by the German Krankenkasse all coaching participants must pay themselves. A sliding scale will be taken into consideration for payment purposes.
Skype and FaceTime are available for those individuals who do not live in Berlin or are travelling and wish to discuss issues with me online. Both have proven to be a reliable and secure vehicle for communication when live, face-to-face contact can´t take place.
Publications / Interviews
Pheasant, Brian (2015): "Is Berlin burning out?" Berlin: Betti Hunter, Exberliner Magazine Interview
Pheasant, Brian (2016): Body & Soul Interview, Siegessäule Kompass, Sommer / Herbst 2016
Hautzinger, M., Meyer, T.D. and Pheasant, B.L.: Cyclothymic but not Depressive Temperament influences the Mood of Another Person in Social Interactions. In: Kaschka (ed): Perspectives in Affective Disorders - Advanced Biological Psychiatry. Basel: Karger (2002), (vol 21), 1-10.
In progess.... A Case Study Approach to Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder implementing CBT. Dr. Brian L. Pheasant
Dr. Pheasant - 0174.378.8747 und email@example.com