Prof. Dr. Anja Ostendorp


Prof. Dr. Anja Ostendorp Institutsleiterin

  • Contact hours Tuesday
  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Social Work
    Abteilung Soziale Intervention
    Hallerstrasse 10
    3012 Bern


  • Head of the Institute for Counselling, Mediation, and Supervision

  • Head of Studies "Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Systemic Supervision"

  • Head of Studies "Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Conflict Management"

  • Head of Study "Professional Course Systemic Coaching in Leadership"

  • Module Responsibility "Interaction and Communication II"


  • Counselling Research

  • 'Turn to Affect' and Emotions

  • Discourse Research, Identity Construction, Sensemaking


  • Since 03/2022 Head of the Institute for Counselling, Mediation, Supervision Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • 07/2000 - 02/2022 Leadership Coach and consultant for Mental Health / Mindfulness Mecalac, UK
  • Since 09/2009 Supervisor, coach, and systemic therapist in own practice Anja Ostendorp - Leadership Coaching & Supervision
  • 04/2009-12/2017 Head of Institute, expert for coaching, supervision, training in the health sector Centre for Work and Organisational Psychology in Hospitals
  • 10/2002-08/2019 Project management, senior research fellow, lecturer University of St. Gallen, Research Institute for Organisational Psychology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 01/2000-08/2001 Freelance research fellow ETH Zurich, former Institute for Work Psychology
  • 2003-2006 Doctoral Thesis University of Zurich, Institute of Applied Psychology
  • 2021: Professional Certificate "Oxford Executive Leadership Programme", Said Business School, University of Oxford + Professional Certificate "The Science of Happiness at Work", Berkeley University

    2020 - 2021: Trainer for Mindfulness in Organisations / Mindfulness Champion, Breathworks Mindfulness United Kingdom

    2014 - 2017: Systemic Therapy and Counselling (DGSF) (+ 2021 Systemic Therapy and Counselling Online), Lake Constance Institute for Systemic Therapy and Counselling

    2011 - 2014: Method-integrative supervision and coaching (DGSv), Academy for Education and Personnel Development, University Hospital Tubingen

    2012 - 2013: Blended Learning, University of Applied Management Erding

    2002 - 2003: Human Resource Development in Learning Organisations, University of Kaiserslautern


  • See list of publications in ARBOR:


  • Pre-study: The 'Turn to Affect' in Counselling (Seed Money, BFH Department of Social Work)


  • Berufsverband für Coaching, Supervision und Organisationsberatung (bso)

  • Jury member "Coaching Book of the Year" (dvct)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Systemische Therapie und Familientherapie (DGSF)


Laudation: "Theoretically broad-based and innovative, methodologically stringent and practically very significant".