Behavior Therapy for Adults

Behavior therapy helps our patients change their view on problems and develop coping strategies. This way, they manage to overcome their impairments and get a new perspective on life.

Frequently asked questions:

  • What are the characteristics of behavior therapy?

    Behavior therapy (BT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that involves different scientifically proven treatments. The patient and the therapist mutually define concrete wishes for change and therapy goals. Specific problems or triggering and maintaining behaviors or conditions are identified. Specific exercises help to achieve changes, e.g. in thoughts, feelings, physical reactions and actual behavior. The newly learned strategies are practiced regularly in between the sessions.

    The aim is to get a new view on your own issues, improve coping strategies and increase the ability to solve problems. This way, you can overcome impairments in the long term and discover and develop a new perspective on life.

  • Who can benefit from the therapy services?

    Therapy services of the outpatient mental health clinic for adult patients essentially consist of diagnostics and treatment of the entire spectrum of mental illnesses. We especially focus on the treatment of:

    • Anxiety disorders
    • Depression and other emotional disorders
    • Chronic pain (e.g. back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia)
    • Somatic symptom disorders
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Post-traumatic stress and adjustment disorders, personality disorders
  • How can I begin an outpatient psychotherapy?

    During a psychotherapeutic consultation hour it is decided whether psychotherapy can be generally recommended. After that, so-called exploratory sessions take place. The objective of these sessions is to gain a more thorough understanding of the issues, to carry out proper diagnostics and to develop a relationship between patient and therapist. If both decide to carry out psychotherapeutic treatment, a request for outpatient psychotherapy can be submitted to the health insurance provider. In case there are any additional medical problems, we collaborate with the relevant physicians.

  • How long does an outpatient psychotherapy last?

    Therapy can be undertaken as acute or short-term therapy (up to 24 sessions) or as long-term therapy (up to 60 sessions). Under certain conditions, more sessions are possible. Each therapy session usually lasts for 50 minutes.

  • Who bears the costs?

    Statutory health insurance providers generally pay for a psychological psychotherapy. Private patients should inquire with their payers (e.g. Beihilfe, private insurance providers) to what extent and under what conditions the cost of therapy is covered. We will be happy to help you with the reimbursement.

Specialty areas:

  • Phobic disorders

    People suffering from phobic disorders have a strong fear of specific objects or situations that are not actually dangerous. Depending on the triggering fear stimulus, there are various types of phobias: Specific phobia involves fear of certain living organisms (e.g. spiders, dogs), objects (e.g. syringes) or situations (e.g. confined spaces; fear of the dentist). Social phobia is expressed by a strong fear of being judged or criticized by others. Agoraphobia is characterized by the fear of leaving one’s home.

    The most effective therapeutic technique is to unlearn such fears by gradual exposure to the fear-inducing stimulus.

    You can find information on phobic disorders in our flyer:

  • Panic disorders

    People with a panic disorder suffer from strong anxiety attacks which come along with physical symptoms of panic like racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, vertigo or nausea. Unlike the phobic disorders, these anxiety attacks seem to occur without a specific trigger. They are often considered as unpredictable and thus, can lead to agoraphobia. People affected by this fear are scared to leave the house or to be in wide spaces or crowds where they can not immediately get help in case of a panic attack.

    The so-called “fear of fear” is a vicious circle which needs to be broken in therapy.

    For more information on how this works you can refer to our flyer:

  • Affective disorders

    People who suffer from an affective disorder perceive their own mood and motivation as being extremely low (depression) or extremely elevated and agitated (mania). There are also mixed affective disorders (bipolar disorder), which are characterized by alternating manic and depressive episodes.

    Since approximately 17 % of Germans suffer from affective disorders, these are one of the most common mental illnesses. They are often linked to stressful live events and occur in recurrent episodes that can last up to several months respectively.

    The aim of the therapy is to get a new and more useful view on the situation, learn social skills and promote activity.

    For more information on why and how this works, please see our flyer:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorders

    People suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have experienced one or more traumatic situations (e.g. abuse, accidents, natural disasters, war experiences) in their past and often involuntarily relive their trauma. This happens in the form of intrusive memories, sensory perceptions or even flashbacks. Feelings of fear, helplessness, or anger may also arise, causing a general agitation.

    During therapy, we help our patients deal with their trauma in a protected space and learn new, more helpful ways of looking at the situation and its consequences. In doing so, it is essential that the patient decides when is the right time to talk about the experience.

    Please find further information in our flyer: