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Psychotherapy and Counseling in English

Although I'm not a native English speaker, I appreciate working with people from different countries and cultures and I realize the importance of offering counseling in English language to Berlin's international inhabitants. I'm a psychologist and I have been trained in Behavioral Therapy. Combining methods of different schools, pursuing a so-called integrative approach to therapy, is a characteristic of my work. However there are life situations in which certain symptoms seem to dominate our entire life, such as phobic symptoms, social fears, excessive eating or alcohol abuse can do. In these instances behavioral therapy can be very helpful and productive suggesting concrete steps that we can take to reduce the symptoms. Though my focus is Behavioral Therapy, it's always the individual strengths and resources that I am looking for and working with. Read more about psychotherapy in Germany here.

First steps

If you are interested in either individual psychotherapy or counseling please contact me via email: I will get back to you as soon as I can and we schedule a first ‘getting-to-know-each-other’ appointment. If we decide to start a therapy we will usually schedule one session per week at a mutually convenient time. A regular psychotherapy session lasts for 50 minutes. Short-term psychotherapy lasts about 25 sessions. Long-term psychotherapy lasts between 45 and 60 sessions.

Fees & Insurance

I do charge according to the valid tariff system for psychotherapists (GOP). Currently that is 100,55 Euro per 50 minute session.

Why it can make sense to pay for psychotherapy privately: Discretion. As a direct payer you have the advantage that none of your data and diagnoses is shared with the health insurance company. Only you and your therapist know about a privately financed psychotherapy. Psychotherapy on your record can have detrimental effects on later attempts to obtain a variety of insurances (e.g. life insurances). If you aspire to get "verbeamtet" in the German state service, then psychotherapy on your record can lead to the failure of the "Verbeamtung". As a direct payer there are no formalities involved. As a direct payer you can freely determine the number and frequency of sessions, independent from insurance concerns

Private insurance

Private insurances cover the costs of psychotherapy in general. However, I do not deal directly with your insurance company. You pay and then request reimbursement from the company. If you want them to reimburse you, I will provide you with a monthly “Receipt for Insurance” which you can turn in to your insurance company for reimbursement. You would be responsible for:

1. Checking with your insurance carrier to make sure that they will pay for therapy with me;

2. Paying upfront and sending in the “receipts for insurance” to your insurance to get reimbursed.

For patients in the statutory health insurance system

Although I do not have the possibility to bill the German statutory health insurances directly, there is the possibility of getting the costs of a psychotherapy reimbursed under certain conditions. The German statutory health insurances are obliged to guarantee the adequate care of their clients. If you can prove to your health insurance company that you were not able to find a psychotherapist who works within the statutory health insurance system in your immediate surrounding who can offer you treatment within a reasonable period (up to 6 weeks), you have the right to make arrangements with a psychotherapist of your choice. Here are the necessary steps (German templates are provided to you at our initial meeting).

Please read more about reimbursment here.

1. Step: Get in touch with your health insurance Contact your health insurance and ask how you can make an application for "Kostenerstattung für Psychotherapie" (cost allowance for psychotherapy).

2. Step: Collect refusals Call three to five psychotherapists and ask, when a free therapy place is available. Take written notes of name & address of the therapist, date, time and result of the telephone calls. (Attention: do not ask for the waiting period up to the to the preliminary session, but for the waiting period up to the beginning of the actual therapy).

3. Step: Certified urgency This requires a visit with your family doctor or psychiatrist / neurologist. Ask your doctor to certify the urgency of a psychotherapeutic treatment. A short written statement is sufficient. Moreover, you need a medical "Konsiliarbericht" which basically has to state that physical causes for your condition can be excluded.

4. Step: Application for "Kostenerstattung" If all documents are together, you have to send a written application for "Kostenerstattung für Psychotherapie" to your German statutory health insurance provider. Usually they will require a written report from your therapist. In order for me to complete such a report I need to schedule up to four appointments with you. In the case of an approval the costs of these initial appointments are covered by the insurance. In the case of a refusal these appointments are charged to you. As soon as your health insurance approves your application we can start therapy.

Therapeutic Services

Individual Psychotherapy

Behavior Therapy is one of three therapeutic modalities (next to Psychodynamic Therapy and Psychoanalysis) that are officially state-recognized in Germany. Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective for:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • phobias
  • relational and intimacy issues
  • low self-esteem
  • social anxiety and shyness
  • grief and loss
  • substance abuse
  • personality disorders (e.g. borderline)
  • work related issues (e.g. burn-out, writer's block)


In critical life transitions one can feel disoriented or even desperate. This may trigger the wish for professional support and advice, in absence of a distinct mental health concern. In such a case, Counseling can be a sensible alternative to individual psychotherapy. The advantage for you is that the appointments can be adapted (in number and frequency) completely to your individual needs and wishes. Within a time-limited framework we will explore new approaches to the existing problems and develop suitable solutions.


The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist. Information cannot be disclosed without written permission. However there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation to insure his or her safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken in order to ensure his or her safety. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, the psychotherapist is legally required to take the necessary measures for the protection of the third party.


If you decide to take up psychotherapy, your active cooperation is required. You need to be ready to speak of your inner experiences, even if this may sometimes feel embarrassing or frightening. Also you might need to do tasks on your own between sessions e.g. write a diary card or exercise relaxation training. You should also be aware that the therapeutic process may cause a temporary intensification of your symptoms.


If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified to me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session. If the session is scheduled for Monday, you need to notify me before Friday 6 pm. Because the success of therapy depends on the regularity and continuity of our meetings, the expectation is that we will meet regularly at the time that we decide upon together.

Untimely termination

If you decide to quit the therapy, I recommend that we meet for at least one additional session so that we can discuss the reasons that have led to your decision.

Limitations of psychotherapy in private office

  • For patients with acute suicidal tendencies an ambulant psychotherapy is not adequate. In this case a stationary treatment in a psychiatric hospital is necessary.
  • A stationary treatment in a psychiatric hospital is necessary in case of an acute psychotic episode.
  • Patients with acute substance abuse issues need a stationary detoxification and treatment program, before an ambulant psychotherapy can take place.
  • A stationary treatment in a psychiatric hospital is necessary for patients with eating disturbances in a critical physical condition.

Helpful links in case of emergency

Helpful links for therapy search


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