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Welcome to the private practice of Katrin Helbig, Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Hi! My name is Katrin Helbig, and I’d like to invite you to take a seat across from me. In our first few sessions, let’s explore whether therapy could be helpful for you. The only thing I ask of you is to have a bit of courage, and to allow yourself to show who you really are. I want to encourage you to lower your sunglasses; let’s get to know one another, and start building trust together. While my practice specializes in psychotherapy and coaching, I also have extensive experience dealing with burnout syndrome and stress-related disorders in professionals and executives. 

Our practice focuses on psychotherapy and coaching, and on providing competent professional help with a variety of psychological problems. Our goal is to help enable a renewed enjoyment of life, and a return to productivity and self-motivation. Common treatments include such issues as:

• Anxiety, panic and phobias
• Depression
• Trauma
• Burnout
• Psychosomatic illnesses
• Alcohol and other addictions

We are especially experienced in treating professional burnout and stress-related illness.Treatment is also available in English; should you have difficulty using the telephone, please feel free to contact us via e-mail.

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What is psychotherapy?

Conversation is a vital element of psychotherapy. However, there are other methods that can be helpful in changing thought patterns, feelings and behaviors. It may even be necessary to practice these new patterns in the place or situation at which the old ones occurred, in order to trade negative feelings for new and more positive ones. Psychotherapy is in this sense a process of change, and its goal is to help individuals learn to solve problems on their own while becoming more confident. My approach to this process is integrative and is always oriented to the specific symptoms at hand.Psychotherapy is simply a process of change. The central aim of this process is learning to deal with personal problems. Once these problems are identified, negative emotions can be changed and old behaviors replaced. Psychotherapy can help eliminate or decrease depressive symptoms. This can lead to an improved capacity to solve problems and a renewed ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Psychotherapy may be the solution for anyone who frequently asks themselves questions such as “What is wrong with me? Why have I changed? Why don’t I recognize the person I seem to have become?” Trying to solve such problems alone can be frustrating and, in the end ineffective. Seeking professional help is a sign of initiative and strength, and can help break constrictive, repetitive cycles of behavior.Typical symptoms may include sadness, listlessness, inner turmoil, anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, a racing heart, difficulty breathing or feelings of extreme stress. There may also be more serious physical issues which a doctor is unable to diagnose.

The heart of psychotherapeutic treatment is conversation. However, depending on the specific problems and expectations of each individual client, different practical methods may be used, including but not limited to:

• Behavioral therapy methods which can help identify and train more useful behavioral strategies (e. g. strengthening of social competence/interpersonal skills, role play, problem solving techniques, techniques to stop ruminating, confrontation therapy)

• Relaxation techniques such as Autogenic training, focused breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and self-hypnosis

• Cognitive therapy, used to recognize and change mental blocks

• Biography work, which allows for the discovery and realignment of personal thought and action patterns

• Hypnosis is used to encourage a state of deep relaxation, soothe physical pain, anchor the content of previous therapy sessions
and reveal buried emotions

• EMI – Eye Movement Integration, a special technique for the treatment of traumatic experiences

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering psychotherapy, you may research and contact a practice or clinic directly without a prescription from your regular doctor. An initial, introductory session takes place during the therapist’s normal office hours. If you are insured by one of the general German State Insurance companies (such as AOK, TKK or Barmer), the costs of the first three initial sessions will be covered.

The initial meeting with a psychotherapist is meant to serve as an orientation session; if you are simply curious whether your case constitutes a psychological illness in need of treatment, the first sessions should provide an answer. You will also receive consultation regarding what the next steps toward solving your individual problem would be, and whether a longer-term clinical process is appropriate. It is critical at this phase not to shy away from asking questions or expressing specific doubts. It is vital to establish a human connection between you and the therapist, and to build a communal bond of trust. Be sure to make your specific goals for the process clear, be it improved levels of confidence, the ability to confront certain fears or simply the ability to enjoy life more completely. 

In cases of psychological illness (including depression, trauma or psychosomatic illness), the German State Insurance companies such as TKK or AOK will absorb the cost of long-term psychotherapeutic treatment.

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Burnout - who is at risk?

Do you feel like external demands have exhausted your internal strength, even though you enjoy your job, identify with your work, and strive to complete your tasks to the best of your ability? The process starts slowly: a loss of power that happens incrementally, imperceptibly. To avoid such ‘Burnout’ syndromes, I can help you start a process of change that will lead to more enjoyment in life and better performance at work. Rediscovering the joy of living can often lead to a renewed joy in being active.

A persistent draining of strength can lead to subjective feelings of unhappiness, internal tension and the sensation of being overwhelmed. Individual needs (including health) may be compromised. Family conflict may begin to occur more regularly. At the core of the problem lies the feeling that a psychological and/or physical limit has been reached.

Burnout manifests itself through physical symptoms including fatigue, a reduced ability to perform, sleep and concentration issues and depressed moods. It often becomes harder to relax or get motivated. Further symptoms may include psychosomatic reactions such as tenseness, problems with circulation, gastro-intestinal irritation or tinnitus.

Burnout syndrome can be treated with professional help. The first step is deciding what goal you’d like to achieve. Once that goal is set, we will work together to find new ways to attain it. You will regain a renewed sense of joy in life and enjoy an increase in stamina and energy. With constant and personalized support, you will learn techniques that encourage a new, healthier way of thinking, feeling and acting. Critically, you will also learn how to identify and solve problems on your own.

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Katrin Helbig, Certified Psychologist

I am a psychotherapist with my own practice. Here you will receive competent professional help in dealing with a variety of psychological problems. Continuously striving to find new solutions while helping you learn to rely on your own resources will be an important part of our work together. 

Born in Leipzig

Initially trained as an electrical engineer, with many years of professional experience as a qualified engineer in hard and software development• Degree in psychology in Dresden, with a focus on clinical psychology, occupational and organizational psychology

Certified psychologist

Work experience in several clinics including
• Psychosomatic Clinic at the University Hospital in Dresden
• Psychiatric Clinic at the Dresden Neustadt Hospital
• Specialist at the Hospital Heidehof, a special clinic for dependency-related illnesses
• Manager for adaptation at the Moritzburg drug clinic
• Licensed as a psychological psychotherapist by the regional authority in Dresden
• 5-year advanced training program in behavioral therapy
• Opened a private psychotherapeutic clinic in 2004 with an emphasis on solution and resource-orientated therapy
• Member of the Eastern German Chamber of Psychotherapists (Ostdeutschen Psychotherapeutenkammer) and
the German Association of Psychotherapists (Deutsche Psychotherapeutenvereinigung)

• Additional training in behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, energetic psychotherapy and EMI (Eye Movement Integration).


Katrin Helbig
Bischofsweg 1
01097 Dresden

Telephone: 0351 899 66 07
E-Mail: info@praxis-helbig.de

Individual consultation by appointment.
For information concerning hours of availability for consultation by telephone, please refer to the announcement on my answering machine.

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