Psychotherapy

From time to time life confronts us with challenges, which we are hardly able to deal with on our own. Even if it often feels like quite the contrary, it is a sign of inner strength to go and seek help.

Cognitive behavioural therapy forms the basis of my approach. It is built on a holistic view of the human being. Thoughts, feelings, physical reactions and concrete actions all influence each other. They are shaped by experiences, which we make throughout our life. All these areas have an influence on our well-being and are therefore included in psychotherapy. This provides cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy with a broad spectrum of methods to treat mental disorders and diseases. The effectiveness of behavioural therapy has been scientifically proven.

Cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists believe that our usual types of behaviour and their background were acquired at some point in life. As a result they can be changed or disposed of. The focus of the therapeutic approach lies on experiences in the present and resulting action. Initially, it is clarified what is the basis for the present problems, which includes the biographical background. The therapy concentrates on developing existing strengths, triggering self-healing energies and supporting personal improvement and advancement through new experiences and processes of learning.

Deeply rooted emotional patterns, which are typically acquired already very early in life, are called schemas, which can be changed with the help of schema therapy. While they may well have been necessary to overcome problems in childhood and adolescence, they lead to difficulties in adulthood, for example to excessive self-expectations or the over-adaptation to others. In the therapy the schemas are systematically uncovered. The underlying needs are clarified and new lines of dealing with situations and challenges are trained.

In doing so, I place the individual difficulties and needs of my patients in the centre of my therapeutic work—the approach is specially tailored. Furthermore, a trustful relationship between my patients and myself as a therapist has a fundamental meaning for successful therapy. I seek to get my patients to be actively engaged. They are supported towards increasing self-responsibility during the entire therapeutic process.

Focal points of my work are:

  • Anxiety and panic disorders, social phobia
  • Depression, low self-esteem
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Trauma-related disorders (PTSD)
  • Mental strain from acute and chronic diseases as well as disablements
  • Pain disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults

I offer to work with patients in English.

Coverage of costs

I work in a private practice.

The costs for psychotherapy are normally covered by private health insurance (in Germany) after following the proper application process. I invoice according to the German fee schedule for psychotherapists (GOP).

I offer self-pay patients individually agreed fees, which are in line with the German fee schedule for psychotherapists.