Psychotherapy is a process whereby psychological problems are treated through communication and relationship factors between an individual and a trained mental health professional using
scientifically evaluated methods of treatment. Its aims include:
curing or alleviating current symptoms
curing or alleviating psychological suffering
aiding in crisis situations
changing pathological habits and attitudes
fostering personal development and health
In Austria the profession of psychotherapy is regulated and standardised in the National Psychotherapy Law (in German).
You suffer from pain, insomnia, dizzyness, cardiac irregularities or other physical symptoms for which your physician could not find a physical
You can only function on stimulants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills or other types of medication.
- Your suffer from bouts of tachycardia and the fear you might die without any obvious reason.
- You suffer from fears that feel burdensome and restraining, e.g. contact with others, authorities, open or narrow spaces, exams.
- You are haunted by thoughts you dare not speak about (feelings of shame and guilt, hatred, feelings of inadequacy, feelings of paranoia or to be controlled by others).
- You feel lethargic and unmotivated, exhausted and constantly overwhelmed.
- You are often despondent and lack any joy of living.
- You feel sad and lonely.
- You are faced with a life event that is hard to cope with (e.g. severe illness, death, unemployment, divorce, break up, accident,...).
- You sometimes consider suicide and/or your level of suffering is unbearable.
- You are in a relationship that strains you.
- You are constantly overwhelmed by your children.
- You are addicted - to alcohol, drugs, food, feeling hungry, love, gambling.
- You feel compelled to constantly think or do the same (e.g. obsessive cleaning, locking your door, ruminations), even though this severely constricts your life.
- You cannot come to terms with your sexuality.
- You are afraid of making decisions.
(cf. Austrian Association of Psychotherapy, in German)