Ambulatory psychosomatics and psychotherapy
The Bio-Psycho-Social Model
Psychotherapeutic interventions help mobilise inner resources and also enhance the effects of other medical treatments. This makes sense because the body and the mind are interrelated and are in constant interaction with each other. Psychosomatic medicine treats psychological conditions such as anxiety disorder and depression as well as the psychological causes and consequences of physical illnesses and chronic pain.
Are psychosomatic illnesses uncommon?
Psychosomatic illnesses are very common; in fact, they affect almost one out of every two adults in Germany over the course of their lives. Often, these illnesses are associated with great suffering and significantly impair those affected in conducting their daily lives at work and at home.
Modern research has shown that chronic pain is not exclusively limited to organic causes, but is also subject to psychosocial influence factors.
Psychological stress is not only a trigger for pain, but can also make it more intense. The brain is involved in the occurrence of pain through its pain centres as well as its emotion centres, and can be positively influenced by psychotherapeutic interventions. This psychosomatic approach has been proven effective not only for chronic pain conditions but also for neurological and medical illnesses.
What can we do for you?
Medical psychosomatics and psychotherapy have been long-established treatments at the Jägerwinkel am Tegernsee private hospital, which provides a proven multi-modal therapy model including many mutually complementary elements – at a safe distance away from any social or occupational conflict areas. The interdisciplinary team works with empirically recognised and innovative therapeutic techniques, representing the latest state of the art.
Because of the common need for ambulatory aftercare following a hospital stay and the wish expressed by many patients to link their inpatient and outpatient care, we have now opened a Specialised Centre for Ambulatory Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at Marianowicz Medizin in Munich.
Our offering are designed for former inpatients as well as for persons who need professionally competent psychotherapeutic treatment characterised by empathy and validation. We are starting out by offering individual and couples sessions. Our plan, in addition, is to add biofeedback therapy and group therapy.
Every person and every problem is unique, and for this reason we tailor our treatments individually in coordination with you and with your goals. In this process, we see ourselves as guides along the way to more joy and satisfaction in life.
Our range of treatments
The efficacy of psychotherapy for emotional suffering has been scientifically proven. The following psychosomatic and psychological illnesses reflect the range of indications for our specialty center:
- Burnout syndrome
- Anxiety disorders
- Social anxiety and phobias
- Psychosomatic illnesses
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Post-traumatic psychological problems
- Adjustment disorders
- Personality disorders
- Somatoform disorders
- Chronic pain with or without physical causes
- Eating disorders
- Chronic tinnitus
- Sleep disorders
- Psychological counselling for cancer and heart patients after surgery; functional heart conditions
The goal of our treatment model for the ambulatory treatment of psychosomatic illnesses is to alleviate or cure psychological or physical suffering.
You should consult a psychotherapist if:
- you are experiencing severe emotional pain
- it is noticeably difficult for you to accomplish your daily tasks
- you have tried in vain to help yourself
- you are suffering from pain, sleep disturbances, dizziness, functional heart symptoms or other physical symptoms for which no physical cause has been found
- you are trying to combat work and personal problems by using alcohol or other addictive substances
- you have suffered from anxiety or depression for longer than four weeks
- you are stressed from having to cope with a physical (orthopaedic, oncological or cardiac) illness
Can older individuals also benefit from psychotherapy?
Just as there is no age limit for emotional suffering, there is also no age limit for its treatment with psychotherapy. Both scientific studies and my personal experience have confirmed the efficacy of psychotherapy in the elderly. Therefore, individuals with long years of life experience are especially welcome at our center.
Dipl.-Psych. Carmen Schairer
Psychological psychotherapist and degreed psychologist