cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and counseling

Let me provide you with some helpful information about cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) and counseling in order to find answers to the most common questions.

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fields of applications of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy


The psychotherapeutic offer of my practice is aimed at adults. 
The following psychological problems and complaints are mainly treated:

  • Depression and Burnout Symptoms: z. B. Depression, drive problems, lack of desire and interest, exhaustion, sleep, decision-making and concentration problems
  • Abuse of Alcohol and Other Substances: excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages or substances resulting in restrictions in daily life, e.g. B. a risk to the profession or tensions in the partnership
  • Social fears: Fears of embarrassing oneself or embarrassing oneself in the presence of others and generally avoiding dreaded social situations 
  • Phobias: z. B. Fears of heights, crowds, public transport, driving a car or animals as well as avoiding the situations listed 
  • Panic attacks: Sudden fear related to physical complaints, which builds up to panic within a short time and then recedes again after a certain time
  • Generalized fears: excessive and persistent worry is related to many things
  • Constraints: Compulsive acts such as B. washing, order or control compulsions or obsessive thoughts such. B. behaving inappropriately
  • Eating disorder: Fears of increasing, excessive fasting, binge eating, vomiting, obesity, binge eating disorder 
  • Problems in response to traumatic experiences: z. B. persistent, intrusive reliving, avoidance of situations that resemble the stressful experience
  • Physical illness with psychological side effects and sequelae
  • Sexual Function Problems: z. B. erection problems, sexual aversion or aversion, painful intercourse

typical course of psychotherapy

After you have contacted me, we will make an appointment for an initial meeting. 

In the initial interview I can get an idea of ​​yourself, your concerns and your difficulties. This makes it possible to determine whether psychotherapy makes sense in your case.

The sessions last between 50 and 60 minutes and usually take place once a week. 

The first interview is followed by the probatory phase (another three sessions), in which further information about your problems, your biography, but also your strengths are collected. This is necessary so that I can write the comprehensive “Application for the reimbursement of psychotherapy costs”, which is the prerequisite for the reimbursement of therapy costs by the stautory health insurance company and some private health insurance companies, too.
This phase before therapy is also important in order to get to know each other and to decide whether we want to work together. 

After the health insurance company has approved the assumption of the costs, the actual therapeutic phase begins. In behavioral therapy, this includes either 25 hours (= short-term therapy) or 60 hours (= long-term therapy). 

If necessary, requests can be made to continue behavior therapy beyond 60 hours. 

whats is cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and how does it work?


Let me tell you some basic facts about psychotherapy / cognitive behavioral therapy in the following. The type of psychotherapy in which I completed an in-depth training is called 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

or behavioral therapy.

This is the way the american psychiatric association explains it: “Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.It is based on various theories of learning theory. “

The basis idea of behavioral therapy is: 
all behavior has been learned and can therefore be unlearned again and are based on unhelpful ways of thinking. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more adapted to their current lives.

The first step in therapy is therefore to understand why a person behaves in a certain way and what advantages, but also what disadvantages this brings with it and which emotions prevent one from changing towards the desired direction.  

Then, together with the therapist, it can be worked out which changes the patient has to undertake step by step: how he can modify his behavior and his points of view in order to change his experience, his attitudes and his feelings in a favorable direction. 

This means that behavior therapy is always solution-oriented and depends on what you, the patient, define as a desirable target state for yourself. The role of the therapist is then to work with you to identify obstacles on the way to the goal in order to subsequently remove these obstacles together with the patient. The planned changes are then often implemented independently and thus between the individual meetings. 

It is important that the patient is very transparently involved in the procedure throughout the therapy and that nothing happens against his / her will. 
On the contrary: the more you become an expert in your problems, the more you will be able to shape your life the way you want it, even after the therapy has ended. 

And ultimately, the goal of behavior therapy is: 
To guide people to become clear about their ways of thinking, their behavior and their feelings, and to influence them in order to achieve a higher overall life satisfaction and not to be “caught” in old, problematic behavior and thought patterns.

assumption of costs

I treat people with statutory health insurance, privately insurance and self-payers.

German statutory health insurance companies cover the cost of cognitive behavoiral therapy.

There are different contractual regulations for the assumption of costs at the private health insurance companies. It therefore makes sense to inquire with the health insurance company how many sessions they will take over before starting therapy.  Typically, the first five trial sessions are covered without any further actions needed.

The fee for privately insured persons is based on the fee schedule for psychotherapists (GOP). 

This also applies to self-payers.

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other psychotherapy methods


There are numerous psychotherapeutic therapy methods. 

The health insurance companies in Germany only cover the treatment costs of the so-called “guideline procedures”. Only these are considered “scientifically recognized” and “economic”. At the moment these include:

  • cognivie behavioral therapy
  • Psychotherapy based on depth psychology
  • analytical psychotherapy (“psychoanalysis”)


The psychotherapeutic procedures of systemic therapy and talk therapy for adults are also scientifically recognized in Germany – however, no therapists exclusively offering that kind of therapy can be found until now.