ALICE BOETSCH

Services

I offer psychological treatment for a wide range of issues including:

  • Difficulty adapting to life changes (e.g. following relocation, grief, loss, divorce)
  • School problems: learning difficulties / concentration / social issues / test anxiety / school avoidance
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders / Asperger Syndrome and accompanying problems
  • Anxiety, fear, phobia, panic
  • Obsessive/compulsive behaviors and thoughts
  • ADHD/ADS attention deficit disorders
  • Emotional problems such as self-esteem issues, emotional insecurity
  • Depression, strong mood swings
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • Identity formation, sexual identity, social identity, gender identity
  • Trauma, grief and distress following a stressful experience
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Anger, aggression of unusual intensity
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidal Thoughts

The First Steps

Every journey begins with the first step. Trust your intuition and get help as early as possible, ideally before the situation becomes too overwhelming. Do not hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail so that we can make an appointment to meet in person. Should I not be available by phone, please leave your contact details on voicemail. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Any patient or parent can contact me directly. A doctor’s referral is not necessary. Adolescents aged 16 and over can contact me on their own. As a psychotherapist, I am under obligation to maintain confidentiality at all times.

Beginning Therapy

During our first meeting, we will discuss your concerns, clarify any questions you may have and go over the details of therapy. A probationary phase (usually lasting 4 sessions) follows the initial appointment. In addition to diagnostics and information about my working method, it is of central importance to find out together in this “trial therapy” phase whether a trusting relationship can develop. These sessions also serve to find out whether psychotherapy is necessary. If the patient, parents and I decide that therapy should be continued, the therapy goals and the treatment plan are determined individually and discussed together. Following this probational phase, the actual therapy begins.

Depending on what is needed (short-term or long-term therapy), psychotherapy can last from half a year to two years. The sessions usually take place once a week at fixed times and each session lasts 50 minutes. For children (and if adolescents so wish), additional sessions with the caregivers – usually the parents – are planned about once a month. Adolescents and young adults can choose themselves the extent to which they would like their caregivers to be involved in therapy.

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