To whome does psychotherapy benefit and when?


Basically, the following statement is valid: “Nobody needs to be very ill to want to grow personally.” Individual psychotherapy in life crises, but also in times of perceived downtime can be a place to reflect in the dialogue with the therapist in order to find new perspectives to bring  decisive impulses. Or an analytical group psychotherapy can be a place where you can draw strength to reach out for new horizons, to know yourself better to learn not to get stuck in past patterns, to get an impetus in the mirror of the group.

Questions like,

– who am I

– how did I get that way

– I’m stuck in my development, like the ancient vinyl record on which the needle turns endlessly in the same groove in a circle, without coming forward

– What do I need for myself and my development?

– what functions do my complaints, symptoms, my suffering have for me

– who want and can I be.

Psychotherapy, single or group psychotherapy is paid by the statutory health insurance, two conditions must be met:

1. It must be diagnosed according to the diagnostic scheme of health insurance (ICD-10) as a mental illness, and

2. The form of psychotherapy applied must have a legitimate chance of success.

To check this off is the task of the four preliminary talks and two of the preceding “psychotherapeutic consultation hours”. Every person with “Gesetzliche Krankenkasse” in Germany is entitled to this. Preliminary talks may also be conducted with different therapists. Because a good fit together plays an important role in a successful therapy.  The following questionnaire can give you a first hint if you psychotherapy could be indicated and appropriate for you:

Self-assessment questions after an acute or biographical trauma


This catalog of questions can help you to understand whether psychotherapeutic counseling can help you to solve your emotional, physical or interpersonal problems. If more than one point applies to you, there is a high probability that you have not sufficiently dealt with the trauma or the traumatic life experience and that your quality of life will be significantly affected by long-term consequences. It is a proven experience that trauma can affect a person’s life for decades.

  • Recurring thoughts or nightmares about the traumatic event

  • Sleep disorders and / or appetite disorders

  • In situations that remind you of the trauma, you will be attacked by fear and feelings of anxiety

  • Awfulness, super alert, restlessness.

  • Depressed, sad, powerless.

  • Memory problems, gaps in the memory of the traumatic event

  • Feeling torn, unsteady, hectically jumping between different activities. Unable to make decision.

  • Heightened, easily excitable, irascible, angry

  • Feeling emotionally deaf, withdrawn, separated from others, feeling different from others

  • sudden wine cramps, feelings of hopelessness and despair

  • Exaggerated anxiety about loved one’s

  • Inability to face certain aspects of the traumatic event

  • Avoid places, activities or even people that remind you of the trauma.

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