How long does the psychoanalytic treatment last

The path to therapy

Office hours

From April 1st, 2017 you have the opportunity to attend one to three consultation hours with a therapist before starting psychotherapy to clarify whether there is a need for treatment and which additional or alternative measures can help you.

It will be mandatory for patients to attend these consultation hours from April 1st, 2018, before they can start psychotherapy with the approval of the health insurance company.

A consultation hour will be held regardless of who you will come to for treatment later. In contrast to this, a trial or preliminary talk helps you get to know the individual therapist you have envisaged for your treatment.


The best thing to do is to call me for a first contact during my telephone consultation hours. We can already do one like this first impression gain from each other and carry out initial preliminary investigations.

If you would like to have a general question answered before you contact us by phone, you are of course welcome to send me an email: [email protected]

Preliminary talks

In preliminary discussions (at least two, maximum four) you and I have the opportunity to get to know each other in order to clarify whether a joint work is conceivable. The aim is to achieve the Therapy goals be developed as concretely as possible. We will also clarify which therapy method makes sense and which scope of therapy is necessary.

The agreements and understandings made are in a written Treatment contract held. You can view the contract form under Information - Downloads. There you will also find other important documents on confidentiality, data protection and the patient rights law that will be relevant for the treatment.

Application to the health insurance company

Psychotherapeutic treatments are among the Basic services statutory health insurance. However, these are subject to application. If relevant symptoms are present, the costs for psychotherapy are usually covered by the health insurers.

You sign an application form, I will formulate a report that will be sent anonymously to an expert to decide on the Assumption of costs is presented. The health insurance company has no knowledge of the content of the report and then pays the treatment costs in accordance with the recommendation of the report.

Approval by the health insurance company

The Scope of approval is usually 60 hours for psychotherapy based on depth psychology and 160 hours for psychoanalysis. If necessary, the therapies can be extended (40 or 140 hours).

Private health insurances will cover the costs

Private health insurance companies have a lot different contract terms for psychotherapeutic treatments. These should be inquired about and clarified in good time before the start of treatment.

Duration of treatment

The Total duration Treatment depends on the severity and course of the disease and can therefore not be accurately predicted. In principle, it is helpful if you are prepared for the fact that the treatment hours will be part of your everyday life for a longer period of time.

Sometimes it can already be in a Short-term therapy already achieve a lot. This includes 12 hours, can be extended by a further 12 hours and is aimed at a quarter to six months.

The special form of Acute therapy (12 hours) has been created since April 1st, 2017 to enable a quick start of treatment to avoid chronification. If necessary, acute and short-term therapies can be converted into long-term treatments. The duration here is often 18 to 24 months.

With a psychoanalytic Long term treatment two to four years are an orientation value.

The duration of a single treatment session is 50 minutes. Up to three meetings per week can take place at health insurance.

Cancel or postpone appointments

If you are unable to keep an appointment, please tell us if possible one week ago from. In certain cases, I ask you to cover the costs of a canceled session yourself. The details of this regulation can be found in the treatment contract mentioned above (see Information - Downloads).

Sometimes cancellations can be avoided by postponing them.

Completion of therapy

Normally about the end of therapy decided together. The reasons for stopping therapy should be discussed in good time before the last lesson. We should take time to do this at least two weeks in advance.