Psychotherapy is a science-based, independent treatment in the healthcare sector, with the aim to heal or alleviate mental, psychosocial and psychosomatic conditions, to overcome inner and interpersonal conflicts and to promote personal development and health. The practice of psychotherapy is regulated in the Psychotherapy Act and may only be carried out by suitably trained persons.
Central to the success of psychotherapy is a positive, trusting therapeutic relationship between the client and the psychotherapist. Only a respectful, appreciative atmosphere provides a basis for clients to develop beneficial skills and enabling resources to cope with the challenges in life to alleviate emotional distress and psychosomatic discomfort.
An essential prerequisite for successful psychotherapy is absolute confidentiality, which is strictly regulated and legally anchored for psychotherapists. This means that any information concerning the content of therapeutic sessions must not be disclosed to third parties nor the mere fact of a person being in therapy may be communicated.
Unlike many other psychotherapeutic methods, Systemic Therapy considers people as well as their issues in the context of their social environment, such as partnership, family, friends or colleagues. These social systems work differently, each in their own way, with specific behavioural and communication patterns. Symptoms are not understood as an individual characteristic of a single person, but rather as part of a larger context and as an expression of certain relationship dynamics in social systems. The approach in Systemic Psychotherapy supports the process of revealing dysfunctional and stressful interaction dynamics with the aim to develop new perspectives and to find ways for improving quality of life of an individual.