I was in high school at the beginning of the Seventies of the last century. Our Latin teacher rewarded us, if we were diligent, with the reading of Sigmund Freud’s works. It quickly became clear to me: I wanted to study the processes in the human mind and the influence of social conditions, I wanted to understand how it came about that people lived unhappily and things got bad in the world. I wanted to acquire instruments to change things for the better. That is why I began to study Clinical Psychology and Sociology, and after I graduated, I worked in a psychiatric hospital and started my psychoanalytic training.
I founded a family with my first wife and soon opened my own psychoanalytic practice. Since then, I constantly strive to get getter every day in the understanding of my patients and clients and helping them more effectively.
On the one hand, I listen attentively, warmly, empathetically, at the same time neutral and paying attention to the unspoken und incomprehensible. On the other hand, I strive to be close to the feelings of my clients/patients, and while doing so, I am also in contact with my own feelings, imaginations and thoughts. This responsiveness helps me to gain understanding clues about the invisible inner dynamics of my clients and patients.
Last but not least, I keep myself up to date with the latest scientific developments in Psychoanalytic and Psychological Science in order to have at my disposal all the necessary instruments helping me to detect a sense in the experience and speech of my clients, to intervene most effectively in their interest, and to foster the flourishing and success of individuals, couples, groups and organizations.
I love my work, and I am deeply passionately about understanding what lies within the human psyche and what happens in interpersonal relationships. Our human inner dynamics are fascinating, exhilarating, and simultaneously disturbing and abysmal, as immeasurable as the vastness of the universe and the depths of the oceans.
To love, to work and to enjoy – these are the three most important things in life, the pillars of human health, as Sigmund Freud, the Founder of Psychoanalysis, noted. I love my family (my wife Juliya Lepihova, my two children from my first marriage, my stepdaughter), I cherish my Psychoanalytic work, writing, films, music, I enjoy being with my beloved ones and friends, tennis, good food and drinks, traveling, dolce far niente.
Being alive is everything – everything else is a waste of time (A.L. Kennedy).