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Psychotherapy Clinic Hours

After the completing intake during a telephone consultation, the clinic’s psychotherapists will conduct an informational interview, in which further steps towards an outpatient, inpatient, or psychosocial treatment can be discussed together if necessary.

Depending on the state of our waiting list, we can also accept patients for treatment. You will receive notice in 4-6 weeks if treatment can take place in our offices or if you will be provided a referral.

We treat adults as well as children and adolescents.

Our clinic hours (by telephone) are always Monday 10:30–12:30, Tuesday 13–15, and Friday 10:30–12:30. You can reach us through the following number: 030 300 117-800

Cost of Treatment

According to §117 SGB V (paragraph 117 of the social security code, book 5), the clinic is licensed to bill services to statutory health insurance. Privately insured individuals can also submit their receipts to their insurance providers for reimbursement. Anyone interested in participating in a study at the university clinic is invited to contact the staff for the relevant study using the contact information provided under the “Research” section at the top of this page.

Psychotherapeutic Methods

Our therapy services cover a wide range of officially recognized psychotherapy approaches (psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy) and include all age groups and disorders. We offer parent-infant-toddler psychotherapy (“ESKP” analytic method) as well as psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults, in addition to group therapy as well. Treatment in English is also possible.

Adults

Analytic psychotherapy addresses both currently emerging and longer-term mental disorders, which are related to deeper conflicts, relationship patterns, and personality structures.

In an intensive therapeutic setting with multiple sessions per week (at least in part), treatment can help to better understand and work through current relationship experiences and conflicts in the context of earlier relationships. Analytic psychotherapy can often bring about lasting change in physical and mental symptoms, and it can help the patient reach a more stable feeling of self-worth and self-awareness.  

The treatment can be organized as up to 3 sessions per week lying on the couch, or as “modified analysis” sitting in a chair. Statutory health insurance will pay for up to 300 sessions.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy (German: tiefenpsychologisch fundierte Psychotherapie, TfP) is primarily based on psychodynamic techniques originating in psychoanalysis. For patients, this means that they and their therapist will get to the bottom of their current conflicts in relation to their personal history. In comparison to psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy treatment takes place at a lower frequency, as in, fewer sessions per week and over a shorter period of time (generally up to 100 sessions). For psychodynamic psychotherapy, the readiness to delve into one’s own personality and personal history is just as important as the motivation to be committed to a therapy treatment for a longer period of time.

In comparison to psychodynamic methods, cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses primarily with the patient’s current experiences. During treatment, therapists can help patients explore the questions as to how their conscious experiences and behaviors are related to their current suffering. In this way, they can work on techniques to change thought and behavior in order to bring about new perspectives on existing views.

Children and Adolescents

Mental and emotional problems can affect people of any age. Our clinic also treats infants, children, and adolescents from ages 0 to 21. In addition to the opportunity to speak, the IPU clinic rooms for infant, child and adolescent psychotherapy offer toys and materials for creative expression. During infant and toddler therapy, parents or caretakers also participate in sessions. Starting around Kindergarten and school age, sessions focus primarily on playing and take place alone with the children. Parents/caretakers will also receive consultation sessions and will be involved in the therapy process. Starting from age 15, adolescents and young adults are legally allowed to decide for themselves whether their parents/caretakers should be involved in the process. If the adolescent patient agrees to this, their parents/caretakers will also be offered regular consultation sessions. The IPU clinic uses psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral methods for children of all ages.

Late adolescence and early adulthood can involve the development of conflicts specific to these phases of life, which don’t necessarily have to do with the transition from childhood to adulthood. The IPU clinic offers patients of these ages (18-25) psychodynamic group therapy alongside individual therapy.

After the birth of a child, many parents suffer from low spirits, self doubt, mood swings, pronounced anxieties or compulsive thoughts. Others reach their limits due to a child’s regulatory issues. During the infant and toddler clinic hours, parents with children younger than one year old can turn to specially qualified therapists. After many years of experience and international studies, it has been established that a timely parent-infant-toddler psychotherapy (German: Eltern-Säugling-Kleinkind-Psychotherapie, ESKP) can provide relief for parents and children as well as support for further development, attachment, and pre-verbal communication. In this form of therapy, both parents and their children are in treatment

Interested parents can also participate in the SKKIPPI evaluation study, which researches this treatment approach across Germany, and whose goal it is to continue to improve its methods. 

You can learn more at www.skkippi.de, through the SKKIPPI Flyer, or call our SKKIPPI secretariat at 030 300 117 775

Analytic Group Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Group Therapy

At the IPU university outpatient clinic, we offer particular expertise in psychodynamic group psychotherapy. This is the therapeutic treatment in group settings (in the context of an analytic group therapy or psychodynamic group therapy).

Generally, groups are mixed with regards to age and gender, but we do offer a therapeutic group for young adults ages 18-25 in order to give space to the particular challenges that young adults face.

 

Analytic group therapy is a long-term treatment once a week in a group of 6-9 participants. 

Since individual symptoms most often originate from conflictual, social relationships (i.e. in the birth family) and are also, visa versa, more noticeable in the context of social relationships, analytic group therapy can help patients to understand and change their generally unconscious relationship dynamics from various perspectives with the help of a group.   

The group is a sounding board for the verbal exchange of feelings in relationships with others. The free communication makes it clear how social relationships are colored by distorted perception, prejudices or projections. In the group, these biases can be brought into question. New relationship experiences will be possible, because the group’s communication leads to better awareness in each of the participants. Through the group, it is possible to better understand one’s own internal world and to learn how to discern which feelings from earlier relationships are repeating themselves in current relationships. This is possible, because the group is a safe space, but also a social microcosm, in which diverse people with a variety of lifestyles come together. One’s own prejudices, stereotypes, and anxieties in relationships with others are central themes in an analytic group psychotherapy. 

As a long-term treatment, analytic group therapy can last from 2 to 4 years.

In comparison to analytic group psychotherapy, psychodynamic group therapy is somewhat shorter (usually 2 years) and focuses more on relationship dynamics in the here and now.

Special Services

In addition to the standard psychotherapy approaches, our outpatient clinic also works with several specialities that are supported by current research. Among them are:

  • Psychodynamic group therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Interdisciplinary psychosis psychotherapy
  • Parent-infant-toddler psychotherapy