The treatment program is scheduled individually for every single patient. It connects group therapy, single therapy, psycho-education, body oriented and creative treatments, movement and music therapy, relaxation techniques and meditation, as well as medical therapy.
The central and leading figure during the treatment is a specifically trained physician or psychologist. He conducts the admission interview and the final interview, works out the individual treatment plan, and is in charge of the patient during the whole treatment process. He carries out single therapy sessions and leads the special group therapy.
Within the trusting atmosphere of a small group essential issues can be worked upon under the guidance of experienced physicians or psychologists.
Typical issues of group therapy are:
- acquiring of therapy motivation,
- stabilizing in case of an acute mental decompensation,
- relief in case of severe symptoms,
- developing a capability for introspection in case of lacking acceptance of the condition,
- acquiring insights concerning psychogenetic processes,
- developing of readiness for changes.
Of course a whole range of further issues can be dealt with within the protection of a therapeutic group.
The therapists suggest for each patient an individual program of treatment units, which will be adjusted during the course of the therapy according to the individual patient’s needs and wishes.
Among others the following therapeutic methods are provided:
- walking, jogging etc.,
- holotropic breath work,
- concentrative breath
- work and body therapy,
- voice therapy,
- rhythm therapy,
- dance therapy,
- water therapy,
- expressive painting,
- creative media,
- therapeutic karate,
- horse riding, llama guiding,
- fitness training,
A special feature of our clinic are the various opportunities for reflection and for spiritual and religious involvement. The spiritual dimension of human existence is addressed by various supportive therapy elements in the area of meditation:
- Experienced meditation teachers offer a profound introduction into silent meditation and sensitively guide into the deepening of meditative practice. Alternatively, other ways of access to one’s inner depths via voice and movement are provided.
- In daily alteration basis many different ways of meditation are presented and can be tested: Movement and dance meditation, meditation by using voice, hearing and visualizing, contemplation, consideration of words, texts or basic questions of life, and guided meditations.
- An always accessible Room of Silence provides the opportunity for reflection, for prayers, for personal meditating.
- Autogenic training and progressive muscle relaxation are offered as a means to learn deliberate relaxation.
Basically connected with our concept is the idea of the therapeutic community supporting each other and granting an important healing and nourishing frame for the reconvalescence of our patients. The therapeutic community also constitutes a crucial element of our concept of environment-based social-therapeutic working.
Elements of this field are basically:
- General assembly (‚Plenum‘) on parting and for greeting new patients (also open to visitors),
- assembly of all patients,
- therapeutic group for the improving of communicative skills and for support in difficult phases,
- sharing of community tasks and areas of responsibility,
- Psychoeducation in fields like health and disease, treatment concepts, healthy food;
- leisure time offers for the weekend,
- involvement of patients in the improvement and complaint management.
In preparation of being discharged our patients attend a special “transfer group” which allows them to deal with possible problems that may occur upon their return home.
Already during stay in the clinic the patient’s contact is being made to the therapist who will take over outpatient treatment at home. If necessary, contacts to specialized institutions, physicians, therapists, or counseling centers can be established.
Our therapists will contact each patient a few weeks after the end of their stay in order to ensure the patient has adjusted to life outside the clinic. During these follow-up conversations, conducted either in person or by phone, patients are also able to obtain additional aftercare information including support group contacts or counseling institutions.
The duration of the treatment depends on the specific situation in each individual case. Three to four weeks are sufficient to achieve stabilization in an acute crisis, for the diagnostic procedure, and the basic medical and psychotherapeutic interventions. A more profound therapeutic process will require six weeks or more.