Satu Marjatta Massaly

Heilpraktikerin Psychotherapie and Couple Therapist

born 1959 in Lahti, Finland



About Me

As a Finnish native, I grew up in Germany and became at home in both cultures. Above all, bilingualism has enriched my life, but also the cultural differences have shaped my personality. In 24 years of marriage and partnership – with a muslim man from Senegal – I got to know and appreciate the complexity of communication. My concern is to support couples and families in finding “their common language”, developing their potential and enriching each other. I feel particularly connected to Family Therapy according to Virginia Satir. 


2019 – 2020:


2016: Head of biography workshops for mothers from different cultural backgrounds as part of “Rucksack Projekt” in Bonn daycare centers. Organization: Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften, iaf e.V.


2015: Freelance work as a social and integration coach at EuBiA GmbH Krefeld and Fuwe GmbH Köln


2012 – 2014: Part-time work pedagogical assistant for people with mental illnesses at “Bonner Verein für gemeindenahe Psychiatrie”



  • Head of intercultural couple, gender and biography workshops in Cologne
  • Course management in Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Practice for physiotherapy Kirsten Seiler


  • NLP Practitioner Certificate
  • Admission as a trainer for progressive muscle relaxation according to Jacobson (PMR)

2009: Admission as alternative practitioner for psychotherapy  


2007 – 2009: Training in humanistic psychotherapy:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Systemic Family Therapy according to Virginia Satir: 
    She expresses her basic attitude in the "Five Freedoms":
    1. To see and hear what is here
    2. To say what one feels and thinks
    3. To feel what one feels
    4. To ask for what one wants
    5. To take risks in one's own behalf
  • Client-Centered Therapy according to Carl Rogers: "With my clients and with myself, I have found that life is richest and most rewarding when it's a fluid process. To experience that is both fascinating and frightening. (...) Life is always in development." Excerpt from “On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy”
  • Bioenergetics according to Alexander Lowen: “To be alive through and through means to breathe deeply, to move freely and to feel fully." "Dependent love binds people together; real love encourages freedom and spontaneity, which are the very essence of pleasure.” Excerpts from "Pleasure".

2006: Diploma in Cultural Management, Verwaltungsakademie Köln (VWA)


1989: Diploma in Visual Communication, Fachhochschule Köln


Seminars by Satu Marjatta Massaly

  • Head, Couple Workshop "Shall We Share Time Together?" and "Time for Us and for Dialogue" in  German, English, Finnish
  • Head, Biography Workshop "Survival Strategies from Childhood" in German
  • Head, "Gender – Role Models and Expectations in Binational Families" in German


  • Member of the board of Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften e.V., iaf, regional office  Köln
  • Partnerschule
  • Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Jugend- und Eheberatung e.V. – DAJEB
  • Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen Deutschland e.V.
  • Finnish Community in Germany
  • Förderverein Weidenhof e.V. 

Linguistic Proficiency

Fluent in German, Finnish and English, good knowledge of French available.



  • "Couples and Families – Effective Counseling" Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) according to Sue Johnson, Canada
  • "Integration of depth psychological and system therapeutic approaches and methods in advising bicultural couples" according to Dr. Joseph Rieforth, Universität Oldenburg
  • “Couple School Trainer“, according to Dr. Rudolf Sanders, Partnerschule Menden
  • "Attachment Styles & Relationship Trauma Training" according to Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., USA

I regularly take advantage of Super- and Intervision as well as further training to check and expand my skills as “Heilpraktiker Psychotherapie”.