Prof. Dr. Simone Salzer

Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis

IPU Berlin
Stromstr. 3b - Room 1.11
10555 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 300 117-717
E-Mail: simone.salzer(at)

Teaching Focus

I teach the essentials of the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy with a focus on the psychodynamic perspective of mental disorders. Understanding, describing, and clarifying the development and course of mental disorders are the core tasks of clinical psychology. As such, it is of central importance to me to understand the development of psychic symptoms as attempts at finding creative solutions, which are fed by individual intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics. This view is expanded upon in classes that deal with psychodynamic counseling techniques, for example. An additional focus of my teaching is comprised of methods and findings of empirical psychotherapy research and their accompanying critical reflections.

Research Focus

In addition to posing clinical-psychological questions, my research focuses particularly on examining the efficiency of psychodynamic therapies during childhood, youth, and adulthood. In recent years, I have focused on randomized control trials for psychotherapy, during which the efficiency of a psychodynamic treatment concept is often compared with that of a cognitive behavioral therapy. In the context of evidence-based medicine, these studies are important for the scientific foundation of psychoanalytically based therapies, but they are also essential in terms of their recognition under social legislation.

This also includes, for example, the descriptions of psychodynamic treatment concepts as well as considerations of how their treatment integrity, i.e. appropriate implementation, can be sensibly reviewed in such studies. One essential and particularly exciting question of psychotherapy research is: What is it that allows psychotherapies and therapists to be helpful for patients?