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First steps - a guideline in 7 steps for the way to the right psychotherapy

Step 1: Clarify the insurance status

First of all, it is crucial how you are insured: If you are insured with a statutory health insurance company, look for a psychotherapist who is approved by the health insurance provider. Unfortunately, the regulations for private insurance companies are not uniform. To be on the safe side, you should therefore inquire about the conditions directly from your insurance company or refer to your insurance policy.

Step 2: address search

You can find addresses of psychotherapists at various locations:
Directly from us: Either you research our database under therapist search yourself, or you can contact us by phone during our office hours for a personal consultation. You can also send us your request by email. Our service is free of charge for inquirers - except for the telephone charges. The PID However, it is not a complete directory, participation with us is voluntary. So we have not registered all of the resident therapists. If you cannot find what you are looking for in our directory, this does not mean that you do not have a therapist on site.

Yellow Pages: Addresses and telephone numbers of psychotherapists can also be found in the yellow pages of your place of residence. However, you will not receive any further information on the therapists listed there, their billing permits and special areas.

Step 3: Contacting the therapist

The first step and prerequisite for later psychotherapeutic treatment is to make an appointment for the consultation in a health insurance-approved psychotherapeutic practice. You can take a maximum of 150 minutes (max. 250 minutes for children and young people). During the consultation you will receive a recommendation for further treatment. This can be the start of probatory sessions to initiate short-term or long-term therapy or acute treatment lasting a maximum of 12 hours or the recommendation of other advice and support offers. Then, regardless of the method chosen, legally insured persons are entitled to 2 to 4 test sessions with a psychotherapist with health insurance. 2-6 trial sessions can take place for children and young people. If the therapist cannot offer you a therapy place during the consultation, you can contact another registered practice of your choice to make appointments for probatory sessions.

Step 4: formal requirements

You don't need a referral to make an appointment with a psychotherapist. You can contact the therapist directly.

Step 5: The first trial sessions

After the consultation and a corresponding recommendation for psychotherapeutic treatment, legally insured persons are entitled to 2 to 4 test sessions with a psychotherapist with a health insurance certificate, regardless of the procedure chosen. 2-6 trial sessions can take place for children and adolescents. It often makes sense to call several psychotherapeutic practices and inquire about an appointment for a trial session. On the one hand, many psychotherapeutic practices have waiting lists, which increases your chances of getting a place in therapy as quickly as possible. On the other hand, you as a patient have the opportunity to first take advantage of test sessions to find out whether the therapist suits you. It is quite common and advisable to put yourself on several waiting lists.

The trial sessions precede the actual therapy. During these sessions you can determine whether the chemistry between you and the therapist is right. Pay attention to your inner voice! If you feel that you are in good hands, an important prerequisite for the success of the therapy has been met; if not, you should see another therapist. After the trial sessions, the psychotherapist makes the diagnosis and the cost of the psychotherapy must be applied for at the health insurance fund. In the case of long-term therapies, the psychotherapist submits a report to the expert at the health insurance company; short-term therapies can be applied for without an expert. After the trial sessions, but before starting the actual psychotherapy, you must consult a doctor to clarify whether there is a physical illness that requires additional treatment.

Step 6: Examination by a doctor

After the probatory sessions, but before the therapist begins the actual treatment, you must see a doctor, e. B. visit your family doctor. This clarifies whether there is possibly a physical illness that must also be treated medically and creates the so-called consultant report.

Step 7: Approval of Therapy

During the trial sessions, the psychotherapist makes the diagnosis and requests a certain number of sessions. Depending on the requirements, it may be necessary for the psychotherapist to prepare a report for an expert. This is forwarded to the health insurance company in a sealed envelope so that the clerks there do not learn anything about your personal medical history.

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