You have government regulated health insurance…
Being on a waiting list for psychological therapy might mean waiting up to six months or even a year before you can see a psychologist and, in the meantime, your condition could worsen. Since you might need immediate help, it is well worth considering obtaining therapy in the following way: making a few phone calls and then setting up an appointment with your general practitioner.
The path to therapy “Step by Step“
Step 1 – Contact your health insurance company
Please first contact your health insurance company and ask them for a list of therapists in your local area and find out if your health insurance covers the costs for psychotherapy according to the reimbursement scheme (Kostenerstattung). It is also possible to find the contact details of other therapists on the website of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians – Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Berlin.
Step 2 – Keep a record of unsuccessful contacts
In order to demonstrate to your health insurance provider that you could not find a therapist, you need to keep a record of unsuccessful attempts at setting up appointments with other therapists. Usually, 6 to10 unsuccessful attempts are enough. Please make sure that you have written down each therapist’s name, their address, the date of contact and how long you would have to wait before you could begin therapy with them. Rejections are also considered to be unsuccessful attempts. For instance, if you don’t receive a reply for more than a week after you have left a message on the answering machine or voice mail, that is generally considered to be a rejection as are cases where you would have to wait longer than 6 weeks before the initial session could take place.
Step 3 – An initial session at my practice
The next steps we will take together.
For your initial session, please bring along your record of contacts with other therapists.
It is also highly recommended that you consult with your general practitioner or psychiatrist beforehand. They can provide you with two necessary documents attesting to the fact that you need psychotherapeutic help (a Notwendigkeitsbescheinigung and a Konzil). These official documents are extremely important to have because some health insurance companies only accept the date that you received them as the beginning of your waiting period. Alternatively, it is also possible for one of my practice colleagues to provide you with an attestation of necessity (Notwendigkeitsbescheinigung) after having evaluated your symptoms during a common consultation hour.
You will also receive an official document from me stating that you can immediately start undergoing therapy with me.
Then all you have to do is bring in these official documents to the local branch of your health insurance company.
After your health insurance company has approved your application for therapy, you will receive a letter stating that your health insurance will cover the costs for several probatory sessions. These probatory session are a phase of getting to know each other, which takes place prior to therapy. Its purpose is to find out more about what’s going on.
At the end of the probatory sessions, I will submit an application for the reimbursement of your therapy to your health insurance company. Your health insurance generally will be able to process everything within four weeks and, if your case is approved, then we can start therapy.
If you happen to have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone…
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