Welcome to my practice

in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Counseling and Therapy

in English and German

Counseling and Therapy

in English and German

Couples Therapy
Psychotherapy
Sex Therapy

Systemic Therapy and Counseling

Are you looking for active, engaging counseling or therapy? Are you facing problems that you feel incapable of resolving on your own? Do you feel stuck on certain issues or questions regarding yourself, your relationship, your family?

In my practice for couples therapy, psychotherapy (HeilprG) and sex therapy in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg I offer support and guidance as you explore new perspectives and coping strategies for the issues you are struggling with. I help you identify and access strengths and resources that you may not be aware of. Understanding the problems, their causes, and their impact on you, your current situation and your relationships with other people can provide valuable insights in this process.

I provide a safe space in which I encourage you through my questions and interventions to explore and test new ways of understanding and handling your issues. Together we develop concrete goals and regularly revisit and examine these as the therapy progresses.
Throughout the process, I put a high value on providing a warm and respectful atmosphere characterized by candor, acceptance and trust.

I offer couples therapy, psychotherapy (HeilprG) and sex therapy in German and English and work with people of all cultural backgrounds, bicultural couples, with people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Therapeutic approach: systemic and integrative

The general approach I work with is known as Systemic Therapy. “Systemic” means seeing a person in their individual situation as well as their interconnections with their partner, family members, friends, colleagues and social environment. This is the context in which Systemic Therapy reads and addresses the client’s situation and issues as well as patterns of interaction. As a systemic therapist, I am interested in (1) what happens between people – seeing a person as a member of a relationship, family or network and understanding the dynamics of these relationships and in (2) what happens within a person – examining a person’s patterns of thought, behavior and perception.

Systemic therapy is a scientifically proven and effective method of psychotherapy (German Advisory Council on Psychotherapy, 2008).
In addition to Systemic Therapy, I integrate other therapeutic approaches according to the specific needs and particular issues of the individual or couple I work with. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).

I am also trained as a Sex Therapist.

Couples Therapy

Both partners in a relationship face the challenge of balancing partnership, love, sexuality and family, job and social conditions. Each partner may have different expectations regarding the relationship. Individual needs often change as the relationship develops. These differences and changes can lead to conflicts that are often difficult for a couple to resolve on their own. Recurring cycles of miscommunication, blame, withdrawal, disappointment, resentment and escalating fights indicate that a relationship has become off-balance and that external support and guidance might be helpful.

Couples therapy offers a space in which both partners get a chance to communicate based on listening and understanding. Together you explore what you wish to change in your relationship. I help you recognize entrenched patterns of communication and interaction, understand these dynamics and identify new and more constructive forms of communication. The focus is also on cultivating both partners’ capacity to express wishes and needs more clearly. This can lead to better understanding, change and development.

Couples therapy / couples counseling can help if you

  • feel your arguments go around in circles or repeatedly lead to a dead end and a feeling that you do not understand each other

  • wish for more, or less, intimacy than your partner

  • feel you can’t argue or fight with your partner

  • have trust issues

  • feel hurt

  • face infidelity or need help getting over an affair

  • are unsatisfied with your sex life

  • are facing a transition in your relationship or a stressful life event

  • face different family or cultural backgrounds that lead to conflict

  • feel ambivalent about the relationship and are considering separation

  • are looking for support as you go through separation

Psychotherapy (HeilprG)

Psychotherapy (HeilprG) and counseling for individuals aim to increase your life satisfaction and to strengthen your sense of self.

I support you in reaching a better understanding of yourself and your struggles and in discovering ways to build on your inner strengths and resources. Finding better ways of dealing with feelings such as insecurity, anxiety or pain is often part of the process. I encourage you to recognize, question and modify unhelpful patterns in your behavior and in your interaction with other people. Together we develop strategies for you to better cope with your problems and enable you to implement those strategies for positive change. This can strengthen your sense of self-confidence and your ability to clearly express and assert your needs and interests, so that you actively improve your situation.

Psychotherapy and counseling for individuals can help if you

  • are unhappy or sad

  • feel lonely

  • have recurring destructive thoughts and feelings

  • detect unhelpful patterns of behavior

  • feel insecure or shy in relationships and in contact with other people

  • have low self-confidence or self-esteem

  • wish to resolve difficult or painful experiences from your past

  • need help coping with the end of a relationship

  • are experiencing grief and loss

  • face a crisis or a want to make changes in your life

Sex Therapy

Sex therapy and sex counseling focus on issues concerning how you experience sex and yourself as a sexual being.

Sexual difficulties may be influenced by your current situation in life, by your social environment as well as by your personal history or changes in your body. You and your partner may have different sexual needs and desires. These can change over the course of one’s life and as the relationship develops. Sexual dissatisfaction can produce inner uncertainty and burden a relationship.

I provide sex therapy for individuals as well as for couples. If you are in a relationship I encourage you to pursue sex therapy as a couple.

As a sex therapist, I provide a safe space in which you can address your questions and concerns and help you identify ways of making your sex life more satisfying.

Sex therapy and sex counseling can help if you

  • are unhappy with your sex life

  • experience a lack of sexual desire

  • and your partner have different ideas about how to engage sexually

  • are unsure about your sexual desires and needs

  • have difficulties with arousal and orgasm

  • suffer from erectile dysfunction

  • experience pain during intercourse

  • have concerns related to sexual identity or orientation

  • notices changes in your body and how you experience sexuality

Couples Therapy, Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy: Getting Started

Initial Consultation

In the initial consultation we will meet one another, discuss your individual situation and what you wish to achieve through couples therapy, psychotherapy or sex therapy. You will get a first impression of me and learn about the methods I use, so that you can determine whether this form of counseling or therapy might be helpful and whether we can work together in a trusting and open atmosphere.

Duration, Frequency, Costs

Each couples therapy session lasts 80 – 90 minutes, an individual psychotherapy session 50 – 60 minutes.

In general, there should be a period of two to four weeks between sessions to give you sufficient time and opportunity in your day-to-day life to work with what we discussed in the session. Experience shows that you should expect to need 5 to 15 sessions.

We will tailor the framework of the therapy according to your individual needs and expectations.

My practice is a private practice on a self-pay basis. My services are not covered by health insurance. Please ask for my rates by email or telephone.

Confidentiality

All personal information and the content of our sessions are handled with complete confidentiality.

About Me

Qualifications

  • Systemic Therapist (certified by Systemische Gesellschaft, SG, 2007)

  • Couples Therapist (Systemisch-integrative Paartherapie, Hans Jellouschek Institut, 2013)

  • Sex Therapist (Institut für Sexualtherapie Heidelberg – Ulrich Clement, certified by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sexualforschung, DGfS, 2014)

  • Heilpraktikerin Psychotherapie / Non-Medical Practitioner (HeilprG, certified by Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales Berlin, 2007)

  • Diplom-Pädagogin (major field of study: social work, FU Berlin 2000)

Work Experiences / Professional Experiences

I opened my practice for couples therapy, psychotherapy (HeilprG) and sex therapy in 2007 in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.

Before that, I gained many years’ experience in the areas of counseling and crisis intervention with individuals, couples and families (psychological counseling, marriage counseling, family counseling). I have also worked with women who were exposed to domestic violence.

I regularly participate in a wide variety of professional training.

Affiliations

  • Systemische Gesellschaft (SG)

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sexualforschung (DGfS)

  • Verband freier Psychotherapeuten (VFP)

Contact

If you have questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please call me or send an email: 030 70 72 73 88 – info@praxisdzaack.de.

Location

Claudia Dzaack, Systemische Therapeutin
Praxis für Paartherapie, Psychotherapie (HeilprG) und Sexualtherapie
Kastanienallee 26
10435 Berlin
T 030 70 72 73 88
info@praxisdzaack.de

Getting there

The office is in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, close to Berlin Mitte, located near the Schwedter Straße stop of the M1 and 12 Tram lines, and between the Eberswalder Straße (U2) and Rosenthaler Platz (U8) U-Bahn stations

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