What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapie Heidelberg


What is psychotherapy?


The term psychotherapy comes from the Greek and it means treatment of the soul (Kanfer & Schmelzer, 2005). Psychotherapy deals systematically with the patient's thoughts, emotions and behaviors and aimes at solving the patient's psychological problems.



Therapeutically effective psychotherapy-methods.


In Germany there are three psychotherapy-methods which are recognized as being therapeutically effective:

  1. the behavioral psychotherapy (during the therapy the patient learns to use new toughts, emotions and behaviors which are helping her / him to solve her / his problems.
  2. psychodynamic psychotherapy (past relationship experiences and conflict patterns become analyzed and thus the patient receives a better understanding of her / his problems).
  3. analytical psychotherapy (patient's unconscious conflicts are uncovered and processed).


Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy


I was trained in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at IFKV Bad Dürkheim.

According to Kanfer & Schmelzer (2005) behavioral psychotherapy is the psychotherapy-method which shows the best results for almost all psychological problems and leads in a relatively short time to considerable ameliorations. No other psychotherapy-method can demonstrate a better efficacy.


When does somebody get a psychological disorder?


People get sometimes confronted in their lives with events and situations, which have an overwhelming impact on them. In such situations people don’t have enough resources to cope with these difficulties. While trying to find a way out, people develop certain strategies, beliefs and behaviors, which for the moment represent the best working solution. On the long run however these strategies become more and more harmful, because they are not suitable for coping with new situations.


How does the cognitive behavioral psychotherapy work?


As a behavioral psychotherapist I help you to help yourself - in other word I help you to find your own solutions for the problems that bother you. I will not act as a substitutional problem solver for you, but rather giving you hints how to independently find your own solutions. During the psychotherapy we search together for thoughts, beliefs, strategies and behaviors which help you solve your psychological difficulties. In order to learn these new skills we will use several cognitive-behavioral techniques and exercises. In the behavioral psychotherapy the patient plays an active role in the planing and structuring of the therapy.



Your psychotherapist in Heidelberg

 R. Zank