Welcome to my office and congratulations on taking the first step of deciding how psychotherapy can be beneficial and help you.
Finding a psychotherapist can often feel like a challenging task. It is important to find someone who can help you feel comfortable, develop a meaningful connection, understand your needs as well as your goals and assure that you will get valuable help that makes a difference. You want to reconnect with your inner strength and resources, find answers, obtain relief from your symptoms and get your life back on track. I am able to work successfully with clients who arrive at my office with a diverse variety of problems and reasons for seeking psychotherapy.
As a bilingual clinical psychologist and trained behavioral therapist with a German license to practice psychotherapy (Approbation) I offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT, Verhaltenstherapie), counselling as well as other psychological services (coaching, stress-management, diagnostics) in English.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on thoughts and behavior and how these influence our perception of the world, ourselves, and others as well as our mental health. I integrate the traditional CBT approach with elements of more recent developments in the field of psychotherapy such as elements of Schematherapy and mindfulness-based approaches such as Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy.
CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for unipolar and bipolar depression, panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adaptation disorder, and somatization disorder as well as in the treatment of problems and impairments associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and autism-spectrum disorders. Working with clients living with these often unrecognized, misdiagnosed and poorly understood “invisible handicaps” is one of my specialties as a therapist.
You can find some general information on psychotherapy in Germany in the following brochure by the German Federal Chamber of Psychotherapists: http://www.bptk.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Publikationen/BPtK_Infomaterial/Wege_zur_PT/BPtK_Paths_To_Psychotherapy.pdf
For more specific questions, or to find out if psychotherapy could help you with your unique set of problems please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via email/telephone in my office in Berlin Schöneberg.
Private health insurance
If you are covered by a private or international health insurance, please contact your insurance company to find out whether psychotherapy is covered by your contract and if so, how many sessions will be reimbursed by your provider. Most private health insurance providers and international insurance companies will cover psychotherapy.
Public health insurance
If you are covered by German public health insurance (Gesetzliche Krankenkassen), you may apply for your insurance provider to cover the costs of psychotherapy if you can demonstrate you have tried to find a therapist with an insurance contract (Vertragsbehandler) but have been either declined or have only found therapists with long waiting lists (3 months or more).
If you have been declined by at least 5 public-health psychotherapists, please do not hesitate to contact me so I can assist you with the application process for insurance reimbursement (Kostenerstattung).
The cost of an individual therapy session is based on the German Scale of Fees for Psychotherapists (GOP) and is currently 100,55 €. For people in need of therapy with a low or limited income who are not covered by health insurance fees may be negotiated individually on a sliding scale.