Procedure

Appointments, cancellation, lateness

Appointments need to be previously arranged and booked online via the following link: calendly.com/stuartandreas . I ask you to provide me with some basic information (full name, address, e-mail, telephone number) and your consent in the regulations described on this page.

My current consultation hours are:
Monday 13-20 / 1pm-8pm
Tuesday 9-14 / 9am-2pm
Wednesday 13-20 / 1pm-8pm
Thursday 9-14 / 9am-2pm

Cancellation
Appointments need to be cancelled at least 24 hours before via e-mail. The case of sickness is excluded but must be verified. If you are infected with Covid-19 or in quarantine, I offer sessions via phone at the arranged time. In default of appearance to an appointment or cancellation less than 24 hours, it might still be charged.

Lateness
In case of being late for at least 15 minutes, I consider our appointment as cancelled and it might be charged.

Regulations concerning Covid-19
From March 16th on, according to § 20a IfSG, people working in health services need to be vaccinated. I am vaccinated three times and follow the current regulations. For our appointments, I ask you to provide proof of your vaccinations or a negative test, which was taken within the past 24 hours. Concerning the mask policy, we can make an agreement ahead of the appointment.

Settlement
There are several ways of settlements depending on who is covering the costs. My fees are based on the “Gebührenordnung für Psychotherapeut*innen (GOP)” or customary fees.

Self-pay patients
We would sign an individual therapy contract that is based on only a few regulations. I would send you invoices to settle up within two weeks. Prices are based on the “Gebührenordnung für Psychotherapeut*innen (GOP)”. I can ensure an early beginning of therapy.

Private insurance
Fees are based on the “Gebührenordnung für Psychotherapeut*innen (GOP)“.  I would send you invoices to settle up within two weeks. How much of the costs your insurance covers, depends on their insurance policy. Please inform yourself about it in advance
. I can ensure an early beginning of therapy.

Legal insurance: reimbursement procedure
German legal health insurance companies principally cover the fees of an ambulant psychotherapy, if they made a cooperation agreement (so-called “Kassenzulassung/ Kassensitz“) with the respective therapist. These agreements are limited in number, and with me there is none. Since these agreements are limited, patients might have to wait for a long time (even months) before starting therapy.
I can principally offer you an early start of therapy. If you need to start a therapy soon, you could ask your insurance company for a reimbursement (so-called “Kostenerstattungsverfahren“). In this case you need to fill out a few documents, see a doctor as well as another therapist and write an application. If you are willing to work with me and try this way, I will support you in the process and explain everything step-by-step. You will not have to pay anything by yourself if your insurance company agrees to cover the fees. If they do not agree, you will still have the opportunity to declare a legal caveat or change the insurance company. Whether your insurance company covers the fees or not depends on the company and your individual case and is not certainly predictable.

Step-by-step guide for the reimbursement procedure
1)      Read carefully the section “legal insurance“ and this guide.
2)      We do not know if the insurance will cover the fees in the end, but we need to meet in order to get to know each other and send the application together. I am offering you to share this risk, by cutting my fees for the prliminary session (prior to the decision of your insurance company). I would charge you only 50€ (per 50minutes) for the preliminary session. Generally, we would need just one session (50 minutes) in order to send the application.
3)      In the preliminary session tell me about your complaints, your overall situation, and your previous attempts to call for therapy.  I will explain and hand out a guide concerning what is needed for the application for reimbursement (similar to this one).
4)      If you would like to work with me, I will send you templates that you can use for the application and will be available for further requests.
5)      Usually you would receive an answer from the insurance company within a few weeks. If you would like to arrange further sessions in the meantime you would need to pay it yourself until the decision upon the reimbursement is made.

Prices

Service Settlement Prices in €/ minutes
Explanation
Preliminary session only self-paying 50 / 50
This is half oft he price of a German-speeking session.
Psychotherapy
self-paying 100,55 /50 I charge only the fees of a German-speeking session.
legal / private insurance 153 / 50 According to guidelines the charges for therapy in foreign languages are higher than usual (GOP factor 3,5 instead of 2,3).
Couples therapy only self-paying 100 / 50 Usual market price.
Counselling only self-paying 100 / 50
Usual market price.
Supervision
on demand  

I am available for further requests.