The International Psychoanalytic University (IPU) is a state-recognised private university with its own University Outpatient Service, in which treatment is provided solely by licenced medical and psychological psychotherapists who have completed their professional training and education.
The IPU’s University Outpatient Service was established by Professor Dr. Heinrich Deserno in 2011, when it commenced its clinical work. Since Professor Deserno’s retirement in 2015, the University Outpatient Service has been headed by Professor Dr. Lutz Wittmann.
Our work focuses on the human with the specific reasons that bring them to us, and with their unique life story. In this regard, our clinical work is embedded within the context of our university research and teaching. This means that we are continuously applying ourselves to achieving improvements in the treatments of psychic disorders, as well as in the academic training and education of the next generation of psychotherapists. Detailed information on our range of treatments can be found on this website, or is provided during the first consultation appointment.
The University Outpatient Service is permitted in accordance with Sec. 117 German Code of Social Law (SGB) to charge the patient’s statutory health insurance company for the consultation and treatment services it provides. Patients insured privately can also submit their invoices to their health insurance companies.
The Psychotherapeutic Outpatients Service at the Psychoanalytic University Berlin offers psychology students the opportunity to gain an insight into various fields of work there in the context of an internship. In terms of its content, the internship includes assisting in administrative and organisational processes, accompanying the therapists during clinical work (such as for instance attending initial consultations), participating in case reviews, as well as providing support on research projects and to specific working groups.
The extent of the internship and the time periods for undertaking it are to be agreed on an individual basis. Fundamentally, the internship in the University Outpatients Service can only be completed on a part-time basis over a complete semester. Depending on the specific internship contract, this would account for approx. 10 to 15 hours over approx. two days per week. The written application should include a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae which contain information on the specific prior experience/knowledge and social competencies of the applicant.
Students interested in the internship should submit their written application to:
IPU Psychotherapeutic University Outpatients Service
University Outpatients Service Management
Alt-Moabit 90C, 1. OG
Tel.: 030 300 117-800
Prof. Dr. Lutz Wittmann
Head of University Outpatient Service
Head of Adult Psychotherapy
Prof. Dr. Gunther Meinlschmidt
Deputy Head of University Outpatient Service
Prof. Dr. Annette Streeck-Fischer
Deputy Medical Head of University Outpatient Service
Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Prof. Dr. Christiane Ludwig-Körner
Head of Parent, Infant and Toddler Psychotherapy
Dipl.-Psych. Sabrina Bergner
Dipl.-Psych. Frauke Bruysten
Dipl.-Soz.-Päd. Carmen Eger
Dipl.-Psych. Katherina Flaig
Dipl.-Soz.-Arb./Soz.-Päd. Evelyn Frixel-Grenzstein
Dipl.-Psych. Daniel Führer
Dipl.-Psych. Katharina Heldt-Erche
Dipl.-Psych. Timo John
Dipl.-Psych. Katrin Jura
Dr. med. Wolfram Keller
Dr. med. Ute Krautstrunk
Dipl.-Psych. Esther Maria Mies
Dipl.-Psych. Sascha Oerter
Dipl.-Psych. Anna Paulitschek
Dr. med. Jobst Pohlmann
Dipl.-Päd. Wiebke Reich
Dipl.-Psych. Elena Sandau
Dr. med. Annegret Scheid
Dipl.-Psych. Anne-Kathrin Skiba
Dipl.-Psych. Anna Thüngen
Dipl.-Psych. Maja von Strempel
Dipl.-Psych. Lutz Wittmann
Die dunkle Seite des Mondes – Zur psychotherapeutischen Nebenwirkungsdebatte
The Hippocratic Oath seems easy to understand: Do good, heal and cause no harm. Which represents the aim of all actions with and treatments of patients. However, the fact remains that everything intended to be effective in the sense of this ideal does have side effects – including psychotherapy.
But what can side effects be understood to mean in psychotherapy? Are they unavoidable, when are they harmful, and when are they necessary for interpersonal and Intrapsychic changes, for the healing process? Which side effects occur frequently, and which ones rarely? Are there differences resulting from specific schools?
In our workshop, we intend to approach the questions mentioned above from differing perspectives, in order that the burdens and strains of the therapy process can be assessed more realistically in the future and appropriate handling of our legal (Sec. 630e German Civil Code – BGB) as well as our ethical responsibility can be developed.
„Die dunkle Seite des Mondes – Zur psychotherapeutischen Nebenwirkungsdebatte“ (2018)
Since the Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient service was opened in 2012, the following advanced-study events, open to the public and certified by the Psychotherapists’ Chamber in Berlin, have been held:
Since October 2017, the Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Service has provided analytical group therapy.
On the method
Group analysis is an applied form of psychotherapy derived from psychoanalysis, which is recognised and approved by the German health insurance companies. Group analysis is concerned with the experiences in and with the group, such as for instance in relation to the questions, "which effect do I have on others?" or "which effects do others have on me?" In this respect, feelings, the patients’ own life stories and unconscious processes play a central role here. As a rule, such groups in an outpatient setting continue over longer periods of about 1 to 3 years, in which reconstruction and change processes can occur.
On the group analyst (therapist)
Dr. Pohlmann is a psychoanalyst (German Psychoanalysis Society - DPG/International Psychoanalytic Association - IPA), group-training analyst and member of the "D3G" professional association (German Society of Group Analysis and Group Psychotherapy). Dr. Pohlmann has conducted more than 30 years of therapeutic work with analytical groups in various types of applications.
Information for interested patients
The group therapy is held from 17.00 to 18.30 on Wednesday.
The group (3 to 9 patients) is mixed in accordance with genders, ages and clinical pictures.
Interested patients are requested to contact the secretarial department of the University Outpatient Service to discuss the approach taken.