RJS Praxis für Psychotherapie 

Richelle J. Schaefer, M.Sc. Psych., M.A.

Welcome to RJS Practice for Psychotherapy 

Everyone goes through hardships and experiences psychological pain throughout their lives. This is a normal human condition. We know from resilience research that going through difficult experiences can have long-term benefits for our psychological health, as we are forced to adapt and learn new skills to overcome these hardships. Of course, even psychologically strong individuals can have difficulties feeling stable after such hardships and especially, after traumatic experiences. Sometimes we cannot bounce back and we are overwhelmed with our everyday lives. Others feel like they have dealt with psychological pain their entire lives and it is not due to one particular situation, but rather a chronic state of not feeling well. In these situations, it can be beneficial to receive professional help to overcome such difficulties.

As a state authorized and registered clinical psychologist, I am able to treat all psychological disorders. My specialization is in treating anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and personality disorders. Additionally, I have further training in various therapeutic methods such as Schema Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT & DBT-PTSD) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

Therapy process

Prior to beginning psychotherapy, an initial non-binding session and up to six diagnostic sessions take place. During these sessions, psychological assessments are conducted, in which one's current psychological difficulties and therapeutic needs are discussed and analyzed. After this phase is completed, psychotherapy can begin. I treat all psychological disorders based on scientifically validated and thoroughly devised treatment plans. In order to support the most beneficial therapeutic process for my patients, I place much emphasizes on flexible and individualized treatment plans. 

Successful therapeutic outcomes are mainly influenced by the type of applied treatment and the level of trust the patient has in his/her clinical psychologist. As such, the initial and diagnostic sessions are essential for patients not only to gain more insight into their current struggles, but also to decide if they feel comfortable with their clinical psychologist and if they can build a positive working alliance. 

Therapy costs

Patients who are statutorily insured ("gesetzlich versichert") or privately insured have the option of beginning therapy with me. Statutorily insured patients are fully covered by their health insurances. For those who are privately insured, I strongly encourage you to call your private health insurance before booking an initial session with me, as the covered costs may vary. 

Those who wish to pay privately are able to do so in my practice. The fee is set by the Gebührenordnung für Psychotherapeuten (GOP), which is as follows: cognitive behavioral therapy per session: 100,56 EURO (GOP-No. 870).