Costs How the billing works and what costs you can expect

I'm working as a non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy. That means that an official payment by a public German health insurance company is not possible. Thus the client usually has to pay the cost themselves. Alternatively, private health insurances sometimes bear the whole or partial cost for the individual psychotherapy via the ‘non-medical practitioner allowance’ (German: „Heilpraktiker-Zulage“). Please investigate your own insurance situation.

What are the benefits of self-payment in contrast to payments made by the health insurance provider

Anonymity

When treatment is privately-paid, no documentation of personal data and diagnoses are given to official administrations. Such documentation, routinely gathered during therapy paid for by insurance companies, could lead to future issues in terms of working life or in the provision of coverage by other insurance providers.

No long waiting times

Frequently, people have an urgent psychological strain, but cannot access help due to the long waiting times at psychotherapists that have been accredited by the public health system. In the worst case, long waiting times could contribute to emotional distress or make the problem chronic.

Less bureaucracy

When paying privately, you don't have to struggle with a lot of paperwork and bureaucratic processes with the public health insurance provider. Also the coach/therapist has less formalities to handle, this leaves more resources for the actual work.

Free choice of the therapeutic method and the duration

In Germany, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and behavioural therapy are the only methods that are paid for by the public health system. When you pay the costs yourself, you can freely choose from a variety of methods, and select the amount and frequency of sessions that best fits your needs.

Tax benefits

Services by non-medical practitioners (for psychotherapy) can, depending on your income, be used as a deductible in your tax declaration. You can find more information about this issue (in German) for instance here (no liability is taken for the accuracy and completeness of the information).

Fees

An initial contact via phone (of approximately 30 minutes) is generally free of charge. Any further sessions will be charged as depicted in the table.

Depending on your personal situation, e.g. for students, trainees or people with low income, the fees can be adjusted. For these groups I can usually offer a discount of 10,- EUR on the usual session fee. Just contact me and we'll find a solution.

Setting Duration Fee
First session for individuals 60 minutes 60 EUR
Individuals - Usual session 60 minutes 80 EUR
Couples - Usual session 60 minutes 90 EUR
Couples - Extended Session 120 minutes 150 EUR