More than a quarter of the adult German population suffers from a mental illness, but not everybody seek therapeutic help. Why? Because finding a suitable therapy place is too difficult for many people.
To start with, there are many factors to think of: “What if I get rejected?”, “Individual or group therapy?” ,“Depth psychological or systematic approach?”
You may also be on the waiting list for a long time while your mental illness could get worse. High demand situation of the pandemic has made this matter even more complicated. In fact, direct queries about psychotherapy in medical practices have increased by 40 percent in the last year, reason why many have to wait half a year to start the therapy. This applies not only to therapy for adults, but also for children and teenagers.
Another reason why not everybody who needs therapy seek help is that the network for psychotherapeutic and psychiatric treatment in Germany is complex. Let’s see how it works.
- 1. It all starts with a patient’s desire for help.
- 2. They will get an appointment for an initial consultation, where the therapist clarifies the need for therapy and, in some cases, already make a diagnosis.
- 3. Follow probatory sessions, where the patient and the therapist get to know each other better.
- 4. Once the diagnosis is done, the patient can apply for the reimbursement of the costs if the therapist is registered with health insurance.
Needless to say, unfortunately, the waiting list is much shorter and the almost therapy immediate if you decide to head to a private therapist and pay the costs yourself.