Vita – Dr. Ilka Hoffmann-Bisinger

Grown up

in Saarbrücken, Kuala Lumpur, Washington DC and Regensburg

Studies of Philosophy and Economics

in Regensburg and Konstanz

Study of Psychology

in Darmstadt and San Francisco, Diploma in Psychology


in Psychology at the Free University of Berlin, doctoral thesis on Systemic Brief Therapy

Since 1991

Psychotherapeutic activity, initially with a focus on therapeutic counseling of people with chronic pain

1997 – 1999

Research assistant at the Brief Therapy Center of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, USA and own research for the doctorate in psychology at the Free University of Berlin

Appointed as a Research Associate and Director of the Chronic Pain Project at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, USA

Volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, USA - taking care of dying cancer and AIDS patients and their families

Since 1997

Lecturer and workshop leader on various topics, as well as systemic activity in different contexts

Since 2003

freelancing in private practice as a systemic therapist, coach, counselor, supervisor and trainer, later as a psychotherapy trainer accredited by the Systemic Society (SG), as a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt am Main and at WiB e.V. (an institute of the University of Potsdam), in the meantime also certified as a trainer in systemic coaching (SG) and as a trainer in systemic supervision (SG)


Research Award of the Systemic Society (SG) in Germany

Since 2007

Trainer in Analogue Systemic Brief Therapy and Coaching - Ask!-Model (former name: EAI Brief Therapy and EAI Coaching) at various systemic training institutes of the Systemic Society (SG), as well as lectures and seminars nationally and internationally

Since 2013

Founder and director of iska -berlin - institute for systemic brief therapy, counseling and training in Berlin

Foreign languages

English (fluent), Spanish, French