Team

My approach to life and therapy has always been guided by the following: "Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world”

Lao Tzu

Charles Watkins

Clinical Psychologist M.Sc. · Licensed Psychotherapist · Founder

Born in 1985 in Osnabrück, Germany
Having graduated with a master’s degree (with distinction) in clinical psychology and completing his clinical training at the world-renowned University Medical Center of Princeton, Charles continued to use his passion to inspire positive change and advance the field of psychology in areas new to the psychological approach. Working in his private practice has been complemented by lecturing on various topics around the world. His devotion towards identifying places of need for dealing with stress and depression has led him to the maritime industry. Through the team’s profound research in the maritime industry, Charles has been able to create training videos and safety plans for the crew and on-shore personnel.

Charles has been researching the area of maritime stresses and psychological illnesses to develop preventive measures for the maritime industry. Charles is continuing to find helpful psychological solutions for real life problems on ships and on shore.

Other areas of his expertise include:

  • Systemic therapy
  • Emergency counselling
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Crisis management
  • Self-compassion therapy

Helping to treat with the following symptoms;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Culture specific syndromes
  • Trauma
  • Disproportionate sadness
  • Disproportionate anger

Susann Rüsch

Licensed Psychotherapist · Founder

Born in 1966 in Bremerhaven, Germany
Having started out her career as a journalist, Susann quickly realised her real calling as a psychologist and after qualification set up her own practice in Hamburg in 2007 with a number of medical colleagues. As well as her private client work, Susann has focussed on the maritime sector, in particular dealing with the stresses and demands faced by crew/employees on board and ashore.

Susann has lectured on the above topics and has contributed to various publications and training videos, most recently „Mental Health Essentials for Masters“.

Her main areas of specialisation include the following:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Business Coaching
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Sport and Mental Coaching
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Crisis Management

Helping to treat with the following symptoms;

  • Stress
  • Anxiety / Fears
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Concentration inability
  • Trauma / shock
  • Accident recuperation
  • Family relations
  • Cancer and terminal illness
  • Psychosomatic

The health of the body, soul and mind are inextricably linked. If the soul is struggling because of surrounding  circumstances, it affects the body. More than 50%  of all physical illness is caused by mental health issues. A seafarer who is worried about events at home and/or cannot sleep or concentrate as a consequence, will quickly become physically ill and will be unable to do his job effectively. He could also expose his colleagues to dangers because of his mental and physical ill-health.

Christian Ayerst

CEO

Born in 1986 in England, Christian spent 8 years working as a lawyer in a top London shipping law firm, before moving to become the inhouse lawyer of an international shipowner and logistics company.

Having spent time both at insurers and ship-owners, as well as volunteering with the London police, Christian has seen the day-to-day challenges to mental health and wellbeing of individuals and companies.

He is passionate about effecting change – and using every means possible to achieve this. When not working, Christian travels widely, learns languages and competes in triathlons.

Sophia Onken

Clinical Psychologist (Dipl.-Psych.) · Partner

Born in 1989 in Hamburg, Germany
Sophia graduated from University of Kiel with a degree in Clinical Psychology (Dipl.-Psych). She has since worked in the field of psychological first aid, as general counsellor, with criminal offenders and as family therapist. Her main areas of interest are emergency psychology and cross-cultural psychology.
With a desire for a deep understanding of the challenges and resources of the maritime industry, Sophia develops preventive measures, tailored trainings and support solutions to improve mental wellbeing for seafarers.

Her main areas of specialisation include the following:

  • Emergency counselling
  • Crisis Management
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Relaxation therapy

Helping to treat with the following symptoms;

  • Stress
  • Anxiety / Fears
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Concentration inability
  • Trauma / shock
  • Family relations
  • Psychosomatic disorders

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