Diseases not only affect the body, but also the mind. Migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches significantly impair the quality of life and lifestyle of those affected. As a result, especially people with chronic headaches often feel worn down and withdraw from daily life. This can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy can be effectively and supportively used in the treatment process.
Psychotherapy is a recognized and well proven method for the treatment of various psychiatric diseases. At its heart lies the therapeutic use of communication. In the context of the therapeutic relationship, a conscious interaction between therapist and patient leads to new experiences and perception of emotional states. Learning to consciously deal with and influence perception, thinking and behaviour is helpful in overcoming illness. After an individual analysis of personal issues, patients are supported in developing better coping strategies for dealing with their symptoms and activating their personal resources. Self-determination, care, respect, empathy and participation are important values that characterise the therapeutic relationship with patients. There is great emphasis on developing and maintaining a stable and reliable therapeutic relationship, with a focus on trust and consensus building.
The psychotherapeutic consultation is based on the so-called model of «disorder-oriented psychotherapy» and includes elements from systemic and interpersonal therapy as well as clarification-oriented approaches, which stem from classic cognitive behavioural therapy. In order to offer the best possible treatment for every situation, medical hypnotherapy and relaxation procedures can go alongside the psychotherapeutic consultation. Furthermore, pharmacotherapy and phytotherapy (herbal medication) are also part of our treatment options. The decision on drug treatment is carefully assessed and discussed with the patient.
Neuropsychology deals with methods for diagnosis and therapy of higher brain functions. Higher brain functions include attention and concentration, memory, language and mathematical skills, but also reaction and processing speed in thought processes, disease processing, problem solving, planning and emotional processes.
Neuropsychological testing is helpful for diagnosis and validation of cognitive impairment, dementia typing or assessment of deficits after traumatic brain injury and stroke. In many cases, neuropsychological diagnostics are also helpful for planning of neurosurgical interventions, e.g. in the case of an epilepsy, or for medical reports such as professional suitability, driving license etc.
Finally, neuropsychological fields of expertise also include training of attention, perception and memory, as well as disease processing, social competence and the handling of problematic situations.