Our therapy alliance
In the first 5 sessions the goal is to decide whether psychotherapy is necessary and what the goals shall be. These so-called trial sessions („probatorische“ Sitzungen) also give us the chance to check whether we can work well as a team. Usually 2 or 3 sessions are enough to judge whether we can be optimistic about working together. After 5 sessions general goals should be clear but may be made more precise in the course of therapy. Your openness, honesty and cooperation contribute towards the success of the therapy.
Your work between therapy sessions
Everything that supports you in dealing with the content of our sessions between the appointments (e.g. diary entries, notes from sessions) helps you profit from therapy. Fundamentally psychotherapy is a form of helping you to help yourself and can therefore be hard but rewarding work for you! It is important to plan extra time between sessions to make this possible.
Should you need to speak to someone between therapy sessions or should you be in the middle of an acute crisis, you can get in touch with your therapist by e-mail or on the telephone number on your therapist’s business card. To contact Calum Anderson, e-mail is the fastest, most reliable and most efficient way to get in touch whereas messages on the answer machine will be listened to on most but not all weekdays. Should you wish to speak to someone outside the usual times (e.g. after 6 pm or at the weekend), the following organizations can give you fast, short-term support:
Psychiatrischer Krisendienst München (9 am – 9 pm): 089/ 729 59 60
Atriumhaus Bavariastraße 11, 80336 Munich: 089 7678 9118
Psychiatrische Klinik LMU Nussbaumstraße 7, 80336 Munich: 089 5160 5511
Max-Planck-Institut für Psychiatrie/Psychaitrische Klinik Kraepelinstraße 10, 80804 Munich: 089 30622 239
Samaritans (UK): +44 8457 90 90 90
Emergency Doctor: 112
It is best to come a maximum of 10 minutes early to avoid having to wait outside.
It is important to realise that dealing with your problems and the connections with your own biography can lead to unpleasant feelings. It is also possible that developments through therapy can lead to changes in your relationships, which can seem positive or negative. If you have any questions about this, please ask your therapist.
Formalities for financing
It is important that you find out how your health service provider regulates for psychotherapy. Sometimes contracts with private health insurance companies even exclude the possiblity of financing psychotherapy. Some insurance companies require a formal application for approval of psychotherapy after the first five trial sessions whereas others do not.
Please find out about the formal conditions for psychotherapy and about the application and reimbursement in your particular case at the start of our work together. This helps you so that you know soon which costs are reimbursed and is necessary for your therapist to plan several hours for the formulation of an application, should one be required.
If you are insured through a public health provider and you wish to finance your psychotherapy through the reimbursement procedure („Kostenerstattungsverfahren“), it is recommended that you get in touch with your insurance company before the therapy to find out what you have to do for this to work. Should your insurance company allow the reimbursement procedure, it is possible that you have to finance part of the costs of psychotherapy yourself. It would be best to enquire as to the extent to which the costs listed on my website are reimbursed.
Should you wish to finance the therapy out of your own pocket, these formalities are naturally irrelevant.
Visit to your GP or alternative practitioners
A visit to the doctor often makes sense just to ensure that your symptoms do not have an organic cause (e.g. underactive thyroid). Many health insurance companies require a confirmation of medical necessity in order to process your application for psychotherapy. Should this be the case, you will need to give me this confirmation by the 5th trial session so I can send it with the application. In some cases, the addition of medication can be important to support your psychotherapy treatment. Medication can only be prescribed by a medical doctor (e.g. psychiatrist or neurologist). Please inform your therapist of any other treatments, medical or otherwise, which you are using in addition to the psychotherapy in order to enable us to advise you appropriately.
Because you are my direct contractual partner, you are required to pay my fees. The charges are regulated by the official scale of fees for psychological psychotherapists (“Gebührenordnung für Psychologische Psychotherapeuten”, GOP). I usually charge the standard rates with a multiplicator of 2.55, such that a therapy session of 50 minutes length costs €111.48. For particularly complex problems, extra long sessions, at weekends or when starting at 8pm or later I use a multiplicator of 3.5. If diagnostic questionnaires and the biographical questionnaire are used, there will be additional charges as standard. Unless we come to a different arrangement, the bills have to be paid within 14 days. Please discuss any delays of payment with me in order to prevent unnecessary work and costs. Should the second reminder not be paid before the set deadline, the bill will be passed on to my lawyer, who will apply for a court order. All arrears fees and legal bills always have to be paid by the therapy-client.
Insurance Policies in the future
If your therapy is financed through an insurance company and you wish at some later point to change to private health insurance or wish to take out life insurance or some other insurance policy, the insurance company may wish to know whether you have had psychotherapy and may calculate a higher fee because of this.
In psychotherapeutic practices only one patient can be planned at one time so a cancellation fee of €70 (which cannot be reimbursed by your health insurance company) will be charged if an appointment is not cancelled 48 hours (2 full working days) before the appointment. This means that an appointment on Monday morning at 11 am has to be cancelled by Thursday morning at 11 am. Please remember that late cancellations mean that clients on the waiting list, who would have been grateful for the appointment, have to wait longer.
We use an ordinary email program that does not fulfill any special electronic security measures. This means that confidentiality cannot be 100% guaranteed if you decide to use email to contact us e.g. about appointments, to give us personal information or for receiving bills.
End of Psychotherapy
If you decide to continue the therapy beyond the first 5 trial sessions, you commit to discussing the end of therapy with your therapist personally. Ultimately the purpose of a psychotherapist is to make himself unnecessary to the client so the goal is to no longer need to come to sessions. However, since an abrupt end can often be the sign of an interactional problem, it is important to discuss the reasons for the end of therapy with your therapist.