name is Cynthia Kunze (formerly Rankin) and I am a Registered
Psychologist with over 12 years experience in psychological services,
including private practice and treatment facilities for children,
adolescents and adults. I also have extensive experience teaching
psychology at universities in both the United States and Australia and
have presented international papers at conferences all over the world.
As a psychologist, research and education are very important to me.
Thus, I am currently finalising my doctorial dissertation. My research
involves exploring popular media effects on body image, self-esteem and
the desire for physical transformation.
During my professional life, I have lived in the USA, Australia and
Germany and have travelled extensively through North America, Central
America, and Europe. I find exploring the diversity of cultures and
learning other languages incredibly interesting and crucial for my work
with diverse populations. I am a native English speaker, however I also
give therapy to clients with German speaking backgrounds. Currently, I
reside in Germany and my private practice is located in Tutzing, a small
town on Lake Starnberg, which is approximately 30 mins outside of
The foundation of my psychological training is in Humanistic Psychology.
My philosophical framework is structured by Humanistic Theory (e.g.,
Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Sidney Jourard, Rollo May) and
Poststructuralist Theory (e.g., Michel Foucault, Nikolas Rose, Judith
Butler, Valerie Walkerdine). Humanistic Theory influences my therapeutic
style, while Poststructuralist Theory influences my analytical
assessment and approach. I do use various cognitive behavioural
therapeutic techniques, particularly for those individuals that I feel
will benefit from them.
Below is a list of psychological issues that I specialise in:
• Body Image Concerns
• Grief and Loss
• Relationship Conflicts/Concerns
• Sexual Abuse
• Emotional Abuse
• Physical Abuse
• Adjustment Disorders (children, adolescents and adults)
• Maladaptive Stress
• Loneliness and Isolation
• Self-Esteem and Self-Worth Deficiencies
• Behavioural Problems (children, adolescents and adults)
• Parenting Concerns/Conflicts
It is important that whenever you are seeking therapy, in person or
on-line, that you are able to validate the credentials of the
practitioner. Most credible and ethical psychologists, therapists and/or
counsellors readily provide them for you. If they do not, it is probably
in your best interest not to seek their services.
I am also a member with the following professional organizations and
adhere to their ethical guidelines and regulations:
The German Society of
The German Society of