Counseling

 

If you come to counseling, I offer you a safe place, free of expectations and judgments where you can explore any issues you are dealing with.

 

Perhaps you're feeling stuck and don’t know what to do? Maybe there's an issue with your job, your children, your partner, or another relationship that's important to you. Or maybe you're trying to deal with a problem that feels like it has a root cause in your past, or with high anxiety about the future.

By exploring these issues with a counselor, you can develop greater self-awareness, learn to identify unhelpful underlying beliefs and behavior patterns, and discover new strategies that help you communicate and cope better. 

With time you are likely to notice improvements, but there is no fixed period of "treatment". You can come to counseling as a one-off intervention for a particular issue (e.g. to prepare for a difficult conversation), or on a regular basis, over a longer period of time, to work on bigger issues.

 

As a counselor, I specialize in helping people with issues related to:

  • communication (family and workplace-related)

  • relationships / marriage counseling

  • self-esteem

  • perfectionism

  • improving self-care and building resilience

  • anxiety

  • anger management

 

Please note:

Counseling services are not covered by health insurance in Germany

 

Fees & payment (online / Schmitten)

Individual counseling: EUR 90,- @ 50 minutes + 19% MwSt.

Couples counseling: EUR 185,- @ 90 minutes + 19% MwSt.

 

Fees & payment (Frankfurt)

Individual counseling: EUR 105,- @ 50 minutes + 19% MwSt.

Couples counseling: EUR 205,- @ 90 minutes + 19% MwSt.

Payments can be made in cash, bank transfer, or Paypal.

Cancellations

I understand there may be circumstances where you are unable to attend an arranged session. If you do need to cancel please remember the following:

  • Sessions can be canceled by phone or email.

  • Sessions canceled with more than 72 hours notice will not be charged for.

  • Sessions canceled with less than 72 hours notice will be charged at the normal fee.

 

 

 

 

Psychotherapy

Mental health issues can have a range of causes. Sometimes they are bio-chemical and can require medication, sometimes they are triggered by our surroundings and show us we need to change how or where we live our lives. Other times, the issues we face are linked to unhelpful ways we have of thinking about the past, present, and future.

While in some forms of psychotherapy it's usual to work together to understand the root causes of an issue you may be facing, many people prefer to focus on finding constructive ways to move forward. This often involves learning to regulate your emotions, deal with frustrations and conflicts more constructively, and improve personal resilience and self-esteem, among other things.

 

As an integrative therapist, I find a flexible approach helpful - we are all unique and our individual problems tend to require individual solutions. Either way, these processes require the direct support of a mental health professional - at least for a while.

If you would like to find out more, contact me for a free 20 min telephone or Skype consultation. We can discuss your situation, and see what options are likely to be helpful.

 

FAQ's

How does the psychotherapy process work?

Under German law, no particular formalities are required before the end of the first 5 sessions (so-called Probatorischen Sitzungen). This period gives you the chance to get to know me and how I work, and to decide if you feel we are a good fit. It also gives us time to look more deeply into your personal situation and discuss possible courses of treatment.

Afterward, you will need to get what is called a "Konsilliarbericht" (doctor's report) from your family practitioner. This provides a formal medical diagnosis (e.g. depression or anxiety) and confirms there are no contraindications (medical reasons why you should not begin psychotherapy).

​​Why do I need a "Konsilliarbericht" (doctor's report)

A Konsilliarbericht is important because many psychological difficulties are caused at least in part by chemical imbalances in the body that may require medical treatment. As care of duty towards our clients, mental health professionals in Germany such as Psychotherapeuten and Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie are required to ask clients for this doctor's report in order to ensure the treatment we provide is appropriate.

Additionally, many private and supplementary health insurance policies require this medical report from your doctor before they agree to cover any treatment costs.

​​​​Fees & payment
I run a private practice and do not work with the "gesetzliche Krankenkassen". Some private and supplementary insurance policies will cover part a proportion of the fees. To be sure you will need to contact them directly.

 

Individual psychotherapy:

EUR 90,- @ 50 minutes (online / Schmitten)

EUR 105,- @ 50 minutes (Frankfurt)

​Payments can be made in cash, bank transfer, or Paypal.

​Cancellations

I understand there may be circumstances where you are unable to attend an arranged session. If you do need to cancel please remember the following:

  • Sessions can be canceled by phone or email.

  • Sessions canceled with more than 72 hours notice will not be charged.

  • Sessions canceled with less than 72 hours notice will be charged at the normal fee.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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