Kerri Cummings.


I am a clinical psychologist and counselor. I am an American who came to Germany many years ago on a semester abroad. 25 years later, I’m still in Germany and am a mom to three kids! 

 

I began my career as a management consultant, a successful but very intense job. I was working my way up the ladder when I suddenly had to ask myself: “Why are you doing this?”. I was successful, but nowhere near happy. That was the beginning of a new adventure to find myself. It was a long journey but I eventually found my purpose in psychology. When I discovered mindfulness several years ago, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: Help others improve their lives, through the foundation of mindfulness.  

 

I’m a cerebral kind of person, and am very ambitious and goal-oriented. I truly believe we can reach our goals and dreams if we are ready to 1) believe in ourselves, and 2) work hard enough for it. Still, we must be able to take care of ourselves through self-compassion, self-reflection, and recognizing and accepting our own boundaries. 

 

That’s why I’m so grateful that I discovered mindfulness. Mindfulness helps me to be aware of the here-and-now, to detach myself from all my thoughts, to not take my inner critic so seriously. Mindfulness plays a very big role in my life, in my parenting approach, and builds the foundation for my counseling and coaching practice.  


Academic Background:

  • Doctoral student (PhD), Clinical Psychology, Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. Psych. Robert Bering, University of Cologne, Chefarzt Zentrum für Psychotraumatologie Krefeld, Alexianer Krankenhaus GmbH.
  • Master Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy Science, University Witten-Herdecke, Witten, Germany, Prof. Dr. Johannes Michalak.
  • Master Business Administration (MBA), Schiller International University, Heidelberg.
  • Bachelor Science in German Professions, East Carolina University, North Carolina, US

Trainings and Certifications:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher (Jon Kabat-Zinn) – Achtsamkeitsinstitut Ruhr  
  • Kundalini Yoga Instructor Level I – 3H0 by Yogi Bhajan
  • Co-Counselor I –Co-Counseling is a self-help method to activate and strengthen our emotional health and general coping skills - Haus Kloppenburg, Münster, Germany

Employment Background:

  • Psychologist, DiPT, Center of Psychotraumatology Krefeld, Alexianer Hospital GmbH. Psychotherapy for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), co-leader Trauma Recovery Group, Judith Herman (Harvard). 
  • Project Manager EUNAD (European Network for Psychosocial Crisis Management – Assisting Disabled in Case of Disaster), Alexianer Institute for Psychotraumatology, Alexianer Hospital
  • Owner, Wordstyle Editing (Editing und Übersetzung) – Clients: METRO, ECC Kohtes Klewes, EXPO REAL Messe München GmbH, NUON, BBDO, Handelsblatt, u.a.
  • Management Consultant (Strategy Consultant) – Accenture
  • Management Consultant (Manager) – BBDO Consulting (now: Batten & Company)