Ilka R. Hoffmann-Bisinger, Dr., studied philosophy and psychology at the universities of Konstanz and Darmstadt. She obtained her PhD in psychology at the Free University of Berlin. After first engaging in counseling chronic pain patients in Darmstadt, she moved to San Francisco in 1996. There she studied couples- and family therapy, volunteered at the San Francisco Zen Hospice, and did research at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto. She received training in Brief Therapy (Watzlawick/Fisch), conducted an own research project and was elected as Research Associate of the Institute. Back in Germany Ilka R. Hoffmann worked as a systemic family counselor for the State of Berlin. Since 2003 she is a freelance systemic therapist, supervisor, coach and trainer in Berlin.