Being myself not a very accomplished English speaker, I am nevertheless used to treating patients who are not entirely at home with speaking German and thus are more confident to express themselves in English.
For this group of persons, I would like to give a short description of my methods.
Psychotherapy (Depth Psychology)
This method is based on the concept that a large part of our thoughts and actions are controlled by the subconcious (according to the theories of S. Freud et al.). Because of that, we sometimes react in ways inexplicable to ourselves and others. Triggered by external events, we may sometimes be thrown into mental distress that is cured neither by rational advice nor by friendly comfort. In this case it can be helpful to gain access to yet unknown parts of one´s consciousness with therapeutic help. Usually this is done by exploring the circumstances of upbringing in childhood, by working on dreams and memories, and by analysing problems in actual relationships. Through a deeper understanding of one´s own mental disposition it can be easier to change personal circumstances and to accept and tolerate oneself and others. However, it would be unrealistic to expect becoming a totally different, perfect person; or for external problems to disappear by themselves.
With some physical illness (e.g. essential high blood pressure, chronic tension headache, irritable bowes syndrome, asthma bronchiale, eczema), mental distress can have a large part in triggering and keeping up symptoms. This will often be a reaction to the strain of life situations, even if the patient doesn´t have any psychological complaints. However, it is possible that inner conflict is shifted into the body without deliberation. Here, psychosomatic medicine tries to gently build connections between the mental sense of self and the physical constitution. The goal is to develop an understanding for the correlation of illness and the entire situation in life. Moreover, through work on the mental background during a psychotherapy, we help to relieve symptoms (without playing them down as “imagined”) of the diseased organ. In addition to the psychotherapist´s training in conventional medicine, this requires an effective communication with the doctors treating the physical complaints.
In my practice, I treat people in familial or professional crises; with depression, anxiety, or compulsory disorders, and I help them to cope with critical physical illness (see also Psychosomatic Medicine). For my work, it is essential to see the patient not as carrier of a diagnosis, but in his/her individuality.
In some cases, the combination of psychopharmaceuticals with psychotherapy can be useful.
I do not treat in cases of acute addiction, schizophrenia or psychosis, and acute suicidal tendencies.
The treatment is usually held sitting, one-to-one, once weekly. In special cases it can be more or less frequent. One session usually has the duration of 50 minutes.
Preliminary meetings are important to find out whether your concern and your motivation are suited to the therapy approach. At the same time, I can decide if I within my personality could be able to help you as a patient.
The method of classical homoeopathy is based on the principle of curing like with like (S. Hahnemann). For example, a healthy person will experience ague from consuming chincona bark, whilst chincona bark will cure an ill person suffering from this sort of ague. How exaxtly this healing process works is unknown; its effectiveness, however, is shown by experience. Homoeopathic remedies are natural substances which are then diluted and succussed. So in the end they do not remain as physical substances but rather as an energetic impulse. Many homoeopaths find that this kind of impulse helps activate the body´s self-healing abilities. This leads to an improved self-regulation and may make it unnecessary for the whole system to develope symptoms. In classical homoeopathy, we do not observe the disease, but the diseased human being as a whole. The goal is finding one single suitable remedy which fits most of the symtoms and properties of this human. The remedy is then usually administered at intervals for a longer period of time.
The homoeopathic treatment is begun by an examination and anamnesis; this can take two hours or more and may be supplemented by a questionnaire (for people who feel more comfortable with writing down their ailments). Based on this informations, I will look for a suitable homoeopathic remedy which will normally be administered only once at first. During a follow-up appointment the effectiveness of this remedy is controlled; further appointments or telephon consultations concerning the remedies are made as it is needed. It is important to know that homoeopathic treatment is no instamt miraculous cure. Rather it brings forth subtle changes which improve the state of health and well-being. This is especially the case for complaints that have been subsisting for a long time, or are deeply rooted in the personality, like depressive or compulsive disorders.
Parallel treatment: Homoeopathic treatment is possible also if conventional medication is taken, e.g. antidepressants. Homoeopathic and conventional treatment should, however, not begin at the same time. It would make it difficult to distinguish the effects of both kinds of medicine.
I have seen simultaneous homoeopathic and psychological treatment as effective and efficient in many cases. It seems that strengthening the constitution leads to a greater readiness for mental self-developement.