Corina Ahlers, PhD

Liniengasse 25/2b
A-1060 Wien

Phone: +43-1-9437341
Fax: +43-1-9437341
Mobile: +4369919437341

Corina Ahlers, PhD, is a systemic therapist, supervisor and trainer in Austria. Born 1958 in Sta. Cruz de Tenerife she finished High School, leaving Spain in 1975. She studied psychology in Vienna and completed a psychotherapeutical training in group dynamics, systemic family therapy and psychoanalysis. The last one she did not finish. After working for 20 years at the Marriage and Family Therapy Institute of the city of Vienna, she founded a center of competence for dealing with separation of and rebuilding families. Patchwork identity and “feeling at home” are main issues in Corina’s work with multicultural people.

Corina represented Austria at the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) and was a president of the Austrian Association for Systemic Therapy and Systemic Studies (ÖAS), in which now she is coordinating training programs and research activities. She also lectures and supervises students at the Sigmund Freud Private University of Vienna (SFU).

Recently, Corina has been hosting Syrian refugees at her house, encountering their culture and helping them to understand the new country they live in. She is writing daily notes on her experiences with them, trying to make relational research from a self reflexive position.

Interests of hers include: methodical and theoretical discussions in family therapy, training and research, family separation and rebuilding, multicultural aspects in psychotherapy, the refugee movement in Europe.

Sampling Publications: 


  • Reiter, L. & Ahlers, C. (ed.). (1991). Systemic Thinking and Therapeutic Process. Berlin, Heidelberg, N.Y : Springer Verlag.
    • Ahlers,C. (accepted for publication 2017). Learning competent communication through role-plays. Münster:Waxmann Verlag.


  • Ahlers, C. (1994 a). Narrative Hermeneutics in Systemic Therapy : A Controversy?  Zeitschrift für Systemische Therapie und Beratung, 12 (2), 97-105.
    • Ahlers, C. (1994 b). The Self in Systemic Therapy. Systeme, 8 (2), 19-36.
    • Ahlers, C. (2014 d). Little changes besides the pathway: A systemic look on the process of getting old – some practical therapeutic experiences. In: Th. Friedrich-Hett, N. Artner, R.A. Ernst (Hrsg.), Systemic work with older people. Concepts and Praxis for Counselling and Psychotherapy (S. 71 – 92). Heidelberg: Carl Auer Verlag.
    • Ahlers, C. (accepted Carl Auer 2017): Searching for a genderviable integration. Menly and womenly perspectives on the process of feeling at home of migrating cultures.