I have been an organizational development consultant and executive coach for 28 years. In the 90’s, while still living in the States, I consulted to a variety of organizations in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, including Merck & Company, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Nordstrom, CARE USA and the World Bank. At that time, I coached numerous private clients, including corporate executives, health care professionals and stockbrokers.
Since relocating to Germany in 2005, I have facilitated many workshops internationally that come under the umbrella of socioanalytic approaches to organizations. The underlying idea of these approaches is that all groups and organizations have a collective unconscious that contains thoughts relating to the organization. When mainstream problem solving approaches fail to solve long-standing problems, these methods can be utilized to access the deeper issues in a playful and constructive way. Once the underlying problems are clearer, constructive changes can be made.
These creative methods include Social Dreaming, Social Dream-Drawing, Organizational Role Analysis, Social Photo-Matrix, and Organizational Observation. I have facilitated these methods in Bulgaria, Serbia, Moscow, Chile, South Africa, Australia, U.S., France, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. These events often include a training component, and colleagues have subsequently taken up their own facilitation of these events, under my guidance and support. I have published extensively on practical ways organizational consultants can make use of these methods to help client organizations.
In 2017 I earned a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of West England in Bristol, UK (uwe.ac.uk), studying at the Centre of Psycho-Social Studies. My eight years of doctoral work (2009 to 2017) encompassed the development of and research on a new socioanalytic methodology called Social Dream-Drawing, which uses the drawings of dreams. I worked with groups in the Netherlands, Chile, Germany and the U.K. My research demonstrates that Social Dream-Drawing supports individuals going through major transitions in relation to working and personal life. It is particularly useful for groups of experienced professionals, such as nurses, teachers, lawyers and organizational consultants, seeking to deepen their professional effectiveness and insight. It can also be a useful tool as a part of a professional training and coaching programs.
In terms of professional activity and recognition, I have been quite active on a number of fronts. Since 1988, I have been a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) (www.ispso.org), served as its first female president (1997 to 1999) and was a board member for 13 years. I was Director of Professional Development (2001 to 2006), and in that role I developed from scratch a 3 day program of workshops, which continues to be a central part of the organization’s annual meeting. In that role, I organized over 30 workshops with international presenters, held in Paris, Melbourne, Boston, Coesfeld, Baltimore and Haarlem. Since leaving that role, I myself have offered many workshops for that program.
Since 2004, I have been a Senior Associate with inscape.international, (www.inscape-international.de), in Cologne, Germany. In that role I have offered a number of workshops and presentations. From 2000 to 2010, I was co-director (with Burkard Sievers) of inscape’s Organizational Dynamics and Transformations professional development program, in which younger colleagues from around the world learned the basics of approaching organizations from this perspective.
Since 2010, I have been an Associate Member of OPUS (An Organisation for Promoting an Understanding of Society) (opus.org.uk) and a member of the International Advisory Board of its journal, Organisational and Social Dynamics. In 2016, I was invited to become an Associate Editor.
As a senior member of this field, I supervise many younger colleagues from around the world (often on Skype). In 2012 I was invited to be a senior research mentor in Vision Keepers, a program sponsored by a leading South African University. In that role I mentored a professor and later gave various presentations and workshops in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
In 2014, I was invited to take the role of International Trustee of the newly-formed Gordon Lawrence Foundation for the Promotion of Social Dreaming, based in the U.K. Since 2015, I have been one of seven Honoraries, whose role it is to advise the board on various issues.
Throughout my career, I have made many presentations at international conferences and published extensively (see link). In June, 2000 I was awarded the first annual prize for the best paper on applied psychoanalysis by the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. In this paper I applied the concept of enactment in the psychoanalytic dyad to the work of consulting to organizations from a psychoanalytic perspective (see link).
I received my original training in this field at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New York City. I graduated from its Program in Organizational Dynamics and Consultation in 1992 and was invited to join the faculty in 1995. I have a B.A. from Duke University (1967) and a M.S. from the Bank Street College of Education (1992). I am a U.S. citizen, have lived and worked in Germany for 12 years and speak and work in both English and German.