Current information regarding Grouptherapy.

Aktuell keine neuen Gruppen / currently no new groups

Aktualisiert: 9. Mai 2023

Aktuell kann ich keine Patient:innen für Gruppentherapie aufnehmen, weil ich keine freien Plätze anbieten kann. Auf dieser Seite finden Sie Informationen, wenn ich neue Gruppen beginne oder Plätze frei werden.

Currently I cannot accommodate patients for group therapy because I do not have any free places. On this page you will find information when I start new groups or when places become available.

Working in a Group.

What can I expect in group therapy?

Being able to work in a group often triggers ambivalent feelings. Great concerns and great curiosity alternate.

Many people experience the idea of ​​showing their own conflicts, blockades and emotions in a group as threatening or filled with shame. “No, that’s nothing for me”, is often the immediate reaction. Followed by the question: “Is there even enough time for me?

And that’s where the curiosity about what would happen in a group shows. Individual therapy – many people have an idea of ​​this. But in a group?

Benefits of Working in a Group

Diverse feedback and communications from other members can be very valuable. You are not alone with your issue. Others feel the same way, or have experienced something similar before–or they worry that they might feel the same way and express great interest and compassion. Experiencing this at the beginning of treatment can be a great relief.

Conflicts, Relationships and Communication

The reasons for starting therapy are often closely linked to relationships with other people. The relationship with your partner, mother, children, boss, siblings. If only they weren’t there–then everything would be fine!

In normal everyday life it is almost impossible to separate relationship problems from the conflicts experienced, because there is always something at stake. The group is a unique setting in which relationship dynamics can be worked on. Blockades and deficits in the ability to relate to others are activated in the dynamics of the group. The processing of which happens in the group and guided by the therapist.

The aim is to better understand old dynamics and recurring patterns, to try new things based on the knowledge, to practice and ultimately to improve the emotional experience in such situations.

Group Coherence and Social Energy

The feeling of belonging (in German: Wir-Gefühl) that often arises in groups is experienced as a sense of community or togetherness, which is also referred to as cohesion. A positive group feeling can inspire and it has been shown that greater group cohesion has a positive effect on the therapeutic process.

Humans are social animals or group creatures. Even if “time for me alone” is important, we spend many important stages of our life in groups, starting as a kid in a family, then school, the clique, work, partnership, social media, our own family, sports clubs, interest groups–the list goes on. And it becomes clear that many conflicts arise in exactly the same groups: at home, in the schoolyard, at work, in childhood, in a new city.

Group therapy enables you to experience this connection, to create cohesion, to create social energy, and to work on your problems in this context.

Procedure & Fees.

Initial consultation

In all cases, an initial consultation takes place before treatment.

  • The initial consultation for group therapy lasts 50 minutes and costs €100 for self-payers if your supplementary or health insurance does not cover the costs.
  • The initial consultation for the therapeutic theme groups lasts 30 minutes and costs €50.

In the initial consultation, you describe your concerns and can get an impression of whether you could imagine working with me. I will also inform you about the conditions of group therapy and the special therapy contract for groups, in which, for example, your right to silence is anchored. This first consultation also serves to clarify whether a pathological disorder could be present. I am available for all your questions and will give you additional information about treatment methods, ways and costs.

  • In group therapy there are at least three individual sessions (consultation or probation).
  • In therapeutic thematic groups there is usually a second individual session after the initial interview, in which final questions and the group therapy contract are clarified.

Group sessions

Group sessions take place regularly once a week and are 100 minutes long.

Group size

The size of the group varies. The minimum number is three participants:inside, the maximum number is nine.

Fees for Richtlinien Gruppenpsychotherapie

The costs for tiefenpsychologisch fundierte (psychodynamic) group therapy are usually covered by statutory and private health insurance (GKV, PKV). (See thematic theme group below for an affordable alternative for self-payers.)

  • Richtlinien Gruppenpsychotherapie tiefenpsychologisch fundiert (psychodynamic group therapy): a session lasts 100 minutes and costs €100 for self-payers if your supplementary or health insurance does not cover the costs.

As a curative treatment, therapy is exempt from VAT (§ 4 Umsatzsteuergesetz Nr. 14.a).

Therapeutic Theme Group.

Easy Start, Without Diagnosis.

The therapeutic theme groups are specially designed for self-payers. They do not require a diagnosis. The costs are also significantly lower than clinical groups, but have a slightly different approach (see below). Please read the benefits for self-payers in regard to advantages of working without a diagnosis.

You may be able to claim the costs as as treatment for extraordinary burdens or coaching for tax purposes. Ask your tax advisor.

Services and fees for therapeutic theme groups.

Theme groups can have different focuses and durations. Current and upcoming groups are listed at the top of this page.

  • The group usually consists of 5-7 participants.
  • A session in a theme group lasts 100 minutes and costs €50.
  • The fee is like a subscription for the place in the group, not the session, so if you cannot come one week, you still have to pay for this session.