Susanne Stauch

social.transformation.system.design.research

Professional Development – Registered Practitioner for Psychotherapy

03/2020

Making the most of the time with two kids at home during a pandemic, I have turned once again towards my second passion and continued on my path of studying the mind, heart and soul, this time training to become an officially recognized psychotherapist (Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie). It might seem odd but I have experienced various situations, where design challenges are deeply interwoven with a limiting, mostly unconscious mindset. The best example is The Love School Project, where it became obvious quite fast that nothing can change as long as the people are still enwrapped in a colonialistically dominated self-perception of dependence. Actually it was during my time in Kenya that I decided to dive deeper into the psychological realms, wanting to understand better how we and our beliefs are shaped and how they can be adjusted, turning trauma into resources and becoming more resilient. The need for introspection applies to all of us, especially regarding our cognitive dissonance when it comes to the global catastrophe we have created and I am excited to embed my knowledge more into the design related work I pursue.