Über “Magdalena Rukundo”
My name is Magdalena Rukundo and I have always been interested in peoples‘ life stories. Talking with people about what they are experiencing in life, which meaning they assign to it and connecting through these talks has been a passion of mine since childhood. People would compliment me most of the times for my conversational skills saying something like “it feels so great talking to you”. At the same time I always cared deeply for the concerns and worries of others. That’s why studying Social Work felt like a no-brainer after completing my final exams. During my Bachelor’s degree I selected courses which focussed on diversity and intersectionality because I have always been drawn to people from other cultures and countries. This taught me a lot about how discrimination works and made me quite sensitive in my own life not to reproduce it. Also I got intrigued by the systemic approach of counselling quite quickly because it gave me eye-opening perspectives on myself and people around me without it being an approach where you tell people how they should live their lives (very unlike me).
After completing my studies and to this day I worked in the field of migration. This encompasses helping migrants to learn German, finding a career or building up on the one they had in their home country, welfare, health and housing and providing psychosocial support.
As I said in the beginning I am interested in helping people and at the same time I enjoy hearing about and working through their life stories with them. That is why I decided to enrol in an additional three year training to become a systemic counsellor and therapist and self employed next to my work in the field of migration.
My counselling approach
Is systemic which means that I view problems not as a quality attached statically to a person but more as a specific constellation of a system (to be exact its parts). In order to get rid of the problem one has to change the system be it a social system or an intrapsychic one. With the help of systemic methods such as circular questions, systemic constellations, inner team and others I help the client discover insights about their individual social and intrapsychic system which then enable them to make those changes that help generate the desired outcome. Systems are not outwardly controllable which means that in counselling we can work out different interventions to change a problematic constellation of the system but it remains a investigation process of how a system works, many times with a couple of rounds of trial and error before we arrive at the desired outcome.
My attitude as a counsellor is one of neutrality and the belief that my client is the expert of their problem (as opposed to me) and I am just guiding them on their way to find a solution taking advantage of my skills. At the same time it is one of humility in front of the unique problem solving competences of my client and the self organising character of systems.
Lastly I work strictly based on the order that I get from my client. Their contentment with the process and outcome is how I define my success as a counsellor.
Die von Ihnen angebotenen Fachbereiche
- Migration Counsellor ( 2022 - 2022 ) Bund der Vertriebenen
- Social Work with Refugees ( 2022 - Heute ) Stadt Bonn
- Soziale Arbeit (B.A.) ( 2015 - 2018 ) Technische Hochschule Köln
- Systemische Beratung und Therapie Systemisches Zentrum Wispo AG