Individual therapy

Individual therapy

Generally, I work with women and men of all age groups starting from adolescence in single, couple and group settings. Yet certain subject areas have emerged in which I have gained particular in-depth experience:

  • depression and mania
  • burnout and burnout prevention
  • anxiety disorders
  • personality disorders
  • eating disorders
  • ADS or ADHS in adolescence and adulthood
  • alcoholism and support for affiliated persons
  • topics centered around womanhood, e.g. pregnancy and birth, menstruation, menopause
  • assistance with physical illness
  • relationships, parenthood and family
  • physicalness and sexuality
  • spirituality
  • sleep and dream

I cordially invite you to a non-binding initial consultation so that you can decide if working with me is an option for you. Most important of course is your personal challenge, but we will also deal with “chemistry” and the handling of organizational issues.

In most cases, psychotherapy in a single setting starts with weekly sessions of 50 minutes each, changes are possible. The overall duration of the process varies greatly, ranging from a few sessions up to several years and depends primarily on the type of problem you wish to tackle.

Costs

Unfortunately, the cost of psychotherapy is a complex issue. Nevertheless, some explanations follow:

My fee is EUR 90 per unit (this also applies to the initial consultation).
Your Austrian Social Security provider will not pay for your therapy if the goal of your consultation is increased self-awareness or self-development, for instance as part of a vocational training.

If the reason for your consultation is a mental disorder requiring treatment and if you have Austrian health insurance, there are two options:

  • If you have a reasonable income, you will have to pay for the cost of the psychotherapy upfront. Clients insured with an Austrian Social Security provider will usually be reimbursed EUR 21.80 per unit, only the Austrian Social Security Provider for public servants (Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter) has increased this amount to EUR 40. In addition, financial assistance may be offered by your private health insurance provider, by the department for disabled people of the city of Graz or by the Department for youth and family of the Provincial Government of Styria.
  • Clients insured with a foreign Social Security Provider will need to make specific arrangements with the Styrian Social Security Provider for employees (Steirische Gebietskrankenkasse) for settlement between the two providers, i.e. request a certification called “Bestätigung über einen Betreuungsauftrag”. A certain quota of fully funded psychotherapy sessions is allocated each year by the Austrian Social Security providers for people with difficult social backgrounds or low income who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder and need psychiatric treatment. In this case the entire psychotherapy treatment is provided free of charge except when cancelling late (see below). I can inform you about whether you can obtain one of the fully funded sessions during our initial consultation or possibly earlier by phone. For more information, please also see www.psychotherapie-steiermark.net.

As some mental problems are related to physical problems that also require treatment at any rate, I need a document issued by your general practitioner certifying that you were examined before undergoing ambulant psychotherapy, called “Bestätigung über eine ärztliche Untersuchung vor Inanspruchnahme einer ambulanten Psychotherapie”. Please have your general practitioner issue this document and bring it with you for your first or second appointment.

Important: Please take note of the 48-hours-rule: For appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice, you will be billed for half of my fee. Unfortunately, this rule is necessary and customary among psychotherapists. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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