DIRK DE SOUSA
Psychological Counsellor, Coach and Author
As an original voice in modern psychology, the bestselling author unlocks personal insight and self-knowledge, guiding you in the search for an end to psychological suffering, for emotional resilience and contentment in all spheres of life. In his work, he seeks to balance the exigencies of the modern world with inner health, understanding and self-insight.
For decades, de Sousa has worked successfully as therapist, coach and consultant, numbering among his clients many well-known names in politics, the media, professional athletics and international business. He also provides private counselling to couples and to parents of children in crisis.
Dirk de Sousa gained his license to practise psychotherapy in Germany in 2004. In 2009, he embarked on a two-year-period of self-examination, self-reflection and growth, then spent a further two years in empirical studies, and began to recognize the new insights he had gained in others as well. In 2015, de Sousa brought together the sum of his progressive thinking in his first book The Self Beyond Myself: The natural way to end psychological suffering, which is now available in three languages.
He went on to coach three Swiss Olympic teams and accompanied them to the Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018. With the success of this collaboration, he defined innovative new standards for psychological coaching in national performance centres in Switzerland, and trains both national and regional coaches. He also facilitates general courses and retreats for professionals and private individuals.
In his first book, The Self Beyond Myself, de Sousa argued that the first step to real freedom and contentment is to gain insight into our own inner self with the right form of self-reflection.
Dirk de Sousa terms the capacity for this insight, Lucidity. Lucidity includes the ability to recognize and act on what we encounter within, empowering us to make our own psychological choices rather than being controlled and limited by our early conditionings and automatisms.
In his most recent work, de Sousa breaks down Lucidity into four qualities – contentment, mental clarity, self-reflection and psychological maturity – and shows how it can be objectively measured and improved, leading to a greater degree of mental freedom, inner unity, and real and enduring contentment.
“It was like my interior was a house with a lot of dark rooms.
Talking with Dirk, those rooms lit up.”
– Patrizia F.