I am pleased to welcome you to my homepage. This website will introduce you to the process of psychotherapy, and it will inform you about training possibilities and the coaching topics I can help you with. You will also find information about myself, my practice and the way I work.
I look forward to getting to know you and to accompanying and supporting you on your future journey.
Dipl.-Psych. Leander V. Dehm
Memberships in the following professional associations
Taking the first step can sometimes be difficult, especially when you feel very stressed. Frequently, however, solutions can be found when taking action and beginning the journey. Often change and goals are not achieved by planning everything in advance , but by having the courage to start on a new journey and by being open to unfamiliar paths and new goals that may arise along the journey.
A therapy or coaching begins with an initial meeting in which we get to know each other. In this meeting, you will be asked to describe your situation so that I can get an idea of your concerns. Then we will discuss your goals and wishes. Finally, we will clarify questions about how to proceed and decide together whether we see potential in working together.
Everyone brings their own life story, his/her personality and thus also completely individual topics; therefore, depending on the specific situation my approach is adapted to your personal needs and wishes . I draw on various methods mainly from the areas of modern behavioural therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, EMDR). Depending on requirements, I also integrate approaches from other directions into my work.
I am licensed as a psychotherapist (for adults) in the guideline procedure behavioural therapy and I am registered in the Kassenaerztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein.
In the beginning, therapy sessions last 50 minutes and usually take place weekly or if necessary, twice a week. Towards the end of therapy, we might extend the time between meetingsand havefortnightly or monthly sessions.
The duration of the therapy depends on your individual problems and your therapy goals (short-term therapy 24 sessions, long-term therapy up to 80 sessions).
Coaching is a solution- and goal-oriented consulting process in the professional or private environment and has the goal of promoting personal development, restoring or increasing performance, improving self-management skills and increasing the ability to (self-)reflect. I value precise clarification of the assignment and an agreement on objectives at the beginning and subsequent regular success monitoring.
I accompany and support you in the realization of your goals with methods from different directions such as systemic coaching, transactional analysis and modern behavioral therapy.
The incapacity to work due to mental illness has increased rapidly in recent years. Companies therefore face the challenge to prevent mental illness, to identify it as early as possible in order to be able to promptly approach those affected and provide appropriate assistance.
It is my wish to train companies, managers, employees and consultants in the field of clinical psychology. The focus of a seminar/lecture can be on prophylaxis, the recognition of mental disorders or the development of resources for action and communication in order to be able to deal adequately with those affected.
Private health insurance generally covers the costs of outpatient psychotherapy. In very rare cases a psychotherapeutic services is excluded. However, the number of meetings per year may vary depending on the type of insurance policy. If you would like to contact your insurance company, it may be useful to ask:
If you are entitled to private health insurance and additional benefits (this is usually the case for civil servants), then the application for reimbursement of costs for psychotherapy will be submitted to the benefits office. You can obtain the relevant forms from your subsidy office.
Approval by the Kassenaerztliche Vereinigung Nordrhein is existing, which means the costs for psychotherapy are covered by all statutory health insurance funds.
The point of departure in my work is to gain an understanding of the problems areas and symptoms you are currently experiencing. A comprehensive psychological diagnosis may help to classify the symptoms and clarify the type and extent of the existing disorder(s). It is important to me to understand exactly how a problem or disorder was first triggered and which factors are responsible for their perpetuation. I think it is important to listen carefully and to look closely in order to understand you as an individual within the context of your personal learning and life experiences.
Taking into account your personal experiences and your goals as well as what initially triggered and is now responsible for the persistence of your problems, an individual strategy will be designed that takes into account your current needs as well as your very own strengths and resources. Depending on your focus, the therapy / coaching should help you to learn new behavioural patterns, to change cognitions or to learn how to deal with them better, to have more control over your emotions and to encourage you to make new experiences, to overcome problems and to achieve your personal goals.
A good working relationship in which you can open up and we can trust each other and you feel that you are in good hands is crucial for success. In an initial meeting we can find out together whether we can establish a good working relationship and you can get a first impression of me and how I work.
I work with well-established methods the effectiveness of which have been scientifically proven. A scientific basis and lifelong learning is very important to me. That’s why I regularly take part in advanced training courses, exchange ideas with colleagues, read current technical literature and regularly sit with my supervisor. In this way I try to keep up to date with the latest research, to constantly expand my competences and to ensure the quality of my work.
I mainly use methods from behavioural therapy (e.g. Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, exposure to anxieties and constraints, training of social skills, metacognitive approaches, EMDR etc.), but I also integrate approaches from other directions into my work, such as systemic therapy/coaching, which always views stressful symptoms and behavior patterns in the overall context of a complex system of relationships. I consider this integrative therapeutic procedure, in which depending on the indication, I draw on different treatment strategies, to be a valuable addition.
In my work I value appreciation, respect for the personal life story of my client and an open, trusting approach as well as transparency in the therapeutic process. My personal approach is characterized by a resource- and solution-oriented attitude. It is important for me to be a tangible and authentic counterpart to you and also to lighten up the sessions with humour. I see myself as a companion and support on your journey towards your goals and towards more meaningfulness, inner satisfaction and more quality of life.
The practice is located in the city centre on the Hohenzollernring 49 between Rudolfplatz and Friesenplatz and can be easily reached by public transport. Parking garages are also nearby.
The practice has bright, friendly rooms and is modernly furnished.