Privatpraxis für

Kognitive

Verhaltenstherapie in

Berlin



blpsych04@gmail.com

0174.378.8747

Liselotte-Herrmann-Str. 3  10407 Berlin












Psychotherapy services are also provided in the English language by a native speaker born and raised in California. 


I graduated with a B.A. in  Psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR and also participated in, and finished a M.S. in Industrial Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  I earned my  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Universität Tübingen.  My doctoral dissertation focused on mood temperament in Cyclothymia and Bipolar Disorder. At the Universität Mainz I completed a 4-year, post-graduate training program in Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine ("Weiterbildungsstudiengang zum Psychologischen Psychotherapeuten") which encompassed 600+ classroom/theoretical hours and 3,000+ clinically supervised hours in a hospital as well as in an outpatient clinic and private praxis. The training also involved the writing of countless patient reports (e.g. Antrag zur Psychotherapie), therapy assessment reports and lengthy case-study reports. All forms of writing were carried out in the German language.


Since 1986 I have had different work positions as a counsellor in the United States and Germany. My therapy duties commenced in 1999 at various institutions  and facilities in Germany.


I´ve worked as a counsellor or psychotherapist in the following institutions/facilities:

  • Massachusetts Mental Health Center - Boston, MA
  • Erich Lindemann Mental Health Center - Boston, MA
  • Boston University - International Admissions - Boston, MA
  • Northeastern University - Employee Assistance Program - Master´s Internship - Boston, MA
  • Las Encinas Hospital - Pasadena, CA
  • ASPECT / Whittier College - Los Angeles, CA
  • Poliklinische Institutsambulanz für Psychotherapie - Mainz, Germany
  • Institut für Psychologische Therapie - Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Psychosomatische Fachklinik St. Franziska Stift - Bad Kreuznach, Germany
  • Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit - Mannheim, Germany
  • Schwulenberatung - Berlin, Germany
  • Institut für Kognitive Verhaltenstherapie und Psychoedukation - Berlin, Germany
  • Bildungswerk in Kreuzberg - Dozent für Psychologie in der Altenpflege - Berlin, Germany


Since 2006 I have completed several continuing education courses focusing on ADHS, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety & Phobias, Bipolar Disorder, Internet Addiction Disorder, Mindfulness, Personality Disorders, Schema Therapy and Stress Management. 


Completed Continuing Education courses in Clinical Psychology:

  • Psychoedukatives Verfahren in der Schizophreniebehandlung - Germany
  • Psychotherapeutisches Verfahren bei ethnischen Minderheiten - Germany
  • Therapeutische Ansätze bei HIV/AIDS Erkrankten - Germany
  • Stressbewaltigung im betrieblichen Milieu - Germany
  • ​Neurology and ADD - Newport Beach, CA
  • Medikamentöse Behandlung einer Bipolaren Störung - Germany
  • Schema Therapy for Borderline & Narcissistic Personality Disorders - Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Reduction of Aggression and Conflict Management - Los Angeles, CA
  • ​Attention Enhancement in the Therapeutic Relationship - Germany
  • Bipolarität im Trialog/Bipolarität und Sucht - Germany
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression - Boston, MA
  • Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship - Los Angeles, CA
  • Mindfulness and Anxiety - Germany
  • Schematherapie bei Cluster C Persönlichkeitsstörungen - Germany
  • Sociopathy and the lack of a conscience - Germany
  • Kognitive Verhaltenstherapie bei Binge Eating - Germany
  • Bipolare Störungen im Kontext mit pathologischem Internet- und PC Gebrauch - Germany
  • ​Imaginationsübungen in der Schematherapie - Germany
  • Berliner Depressionsgespräche - Welche Wirkung hat Psychotherapie im Gehirn? - Germany
  • Impulse Control Disorders - Trichotillomania, Kleptomania, Pathological Gambling and Problematic 

          Internet Use - Pasadena, CA

  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion - Los Angeles, CA
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy - Cultivating the Psychotherapist - Los Angeles, CA
  • Clinical Significance of Introversion as a Vehicle within a World of Extroverts - Los Angeles, CA
  • Zwangsmaßnahmen in einer deutschen Psychiatrie - Germany
  • HIV im Dialog-HIV Therapie und Selbstmedikation und Sexuelle Gesundheit und HIV bei Trans

​          Menschen - Germany

  • Personalisierte Stressmedizin - Depression ist mehr als nur eine psychische Störung - Germany
  • Personalisierte Stressdiagnostik für die Praxis - Germany
  • ​Towards Relationship Intelligence - Cape Town/Kaapstad, South Africa
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Perfectionism - Los Angeles, CA
  • 18. Jahrestagung der Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik - 

             Universitätsklinikum Dresden   - "Die Zangen des Lebens - Zwang und Zwanghaftigkeit"

 

 *  Effective strategies in the treatment of maternal depression - Cape Town / Kaapstad, South Africa


​*   Training for the Montgomery and Asberg Depression Rating Scale (SIGMA) - Berlin/New York, N.Y.


*   Schematherapie bei Patienten mit aggressivem Verhalten - Berlin


*   17. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störungen - München

​      Neue Entwicklungen bei psychiatrischen Hilfen

      Reha und ambulante Versorgung

      Nichtmedikamentöse behandlung Bipolarer Störungen

      Innovative Diagnostik und Therapie Bipolarer Störungen im Forschungsverbund BipoLife

       

Member of the following organisations:

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltenstherapie
  • Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologen
  • American Psychological Association
  • bipolaris - Manie & Depression Selbsthilfevereinigung Berlin - Brandenburg
  • ​Who is Who in der Bundessrepublik Deutschland




Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is a comprehensive and internationally acclaimed form of psychotherapy, continuously enhanced by scientific research at universities and clinical facilities. CBT closely examines the existence of automatic and irrational cognitions (thoughts) which cause or lead to unpleasant feelings and emotions,  resulting in dysfunctional forms of behavior. The objective of CBT is to therefore structurally replace irrational and/or catastrophic thoughts with more positive ones. This allows the individual in therapy to better develop more effective coping skills in overcoming complex and challenging issues, e.g. speaking in front of a group of people, a fear of flying, asserting one´s rights/needs, depression and sleeping disorders.


CBT progresses in the following manner:
















  • The first, 5 sessions focus on the needs and concerns of the individual. A therapeutic relationship (can we work with each other?) is usually formed during this stage of the therapy
  • A diagnostic procedure incorporating interviews, questionnaire forms and standardized tests
  • A thorough discussion of therapeutic goals and a workable treatment plan
  • Carrying out the therapy in 25 sessions or less. Extra sessions can be scheduled if necessary.


    Schema Therapy, developed by a Clinical Psychologist from New York (Dr. Jeffrey  Young) incorporates a variety of approaches (cognitive, behavioral, experimental and interpersonal/object relations), to better address the psychological and behavioral issues hampering the full development of an individual. Schema Therapy concerns itself with life long patterns, early life experiences and the development of maladaptive schemas ("considered a form of a self-defeating pattern which tends to appear many times during the course of life if certain emotional needs aren´t addressed and fulfilled"). Young believes individuals with more current, complex problems have one or more early maladaptive schemas which makes them more vulnerable  to emotional disorders. According to Young an early maladaptive schema is "a broad pervasive theme or pattern regarding oneself and one´s relationship with others, developed during childhood and elaborated throughout one´s lifetime, and dysfunctional to a significant degree." In other words, early maladaptive schema originate through early childhood experiences, the innate temperament of the child and immediate cultural influences. Schemata are therefore valid representations of early childhood experiences, and serve as templates for processing and defining later behaviors, thoughts, feelings and relationships with others. Schemata are generally enduring, resistant to change and can only be minimized through adequate therapy.


    The following items serve as the main objectives of Schema Therapy:


    • The identification of early maladaptive schema and their role in perpetuating an individual´s current problem and how it unfolds in daily life
    • Replacing dysfunctional thoughts with more positive thoughts to better reduce negative schemata
    • The identification of negative coping styles and responses
    • Learning how to establish a healthy life pattern which creates adaptive thinking, healthy emotions and empowering individuals to fulfill their own unmet needs in daily life














    ​​Comprehensive Psychotherapy focuses on the following problem-related areas:


    Affective Disorders (Depression, Mania and Bipolar Disorder)

    Anxiety Disorders

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Burnout

    Fear of Flying

    Male Sexuality Issues

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    Personality Disorders

    Problematic Internet Use

    Psychosomatic Disorders

    Schizophrenia and Delusional Thinking

    Sleeping Disorders

    Social Phobia and Other Phobic Disorders

    Therapy for Relationships

    Trauma-Related Experiences


    A very nice accompaniment to the therapeutic process involves the implementation of MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness allows us to concentrate  on the here and now, using techniques such as breathing and identifying troublesome thoughts. We therefore become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we confront them with greater ease and mastery. By focusing more on the present, i.e. what´s happening now, we can create a more robust sense of self-awareness eliminating the necessity of worrying about things to come. Mindfulness teaches us to more effectively confront our negative thoughts rather than turning away from them or trying to avoid them. When we show a greater willingness to accept all current thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, we have a optimal chance to create more positive choices in our lives. Mindfulness has not only proven to help with stress, anxiety, and depression, it allows us to become more aware of those around us and our impact on them (good or bad). Mindfulness will be introduced to you during your therapy experience. If this proves to be a subject area which you don´t wish to explore, then it will be of course discontinued. If you wish to learn more about mindfulness we will gladly provide you with exercises and reading references.


    Coaching Sessions are available to those individuals who don´t want to be placed on a never ending waiting list. Those who feel that 25 therapy sessions (or more) require too much of a commitment could benefit from this type of service.


    Our coaching sessions, Burn Out Prevention, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Problematic Internet Useallow the participating person to better identify what type of impact the problem area has on his/her life, the extent to which his/her daily routine is affected and which obstacles have been placed in his/her path preventing the fulfillment of a more accomplished self. Reading resources reflecting the most current research are provided and most importantly, new coping skills and techniques are learned to combat the existing issue.


    The overall coaching process will consist of 5 to 10, 50 minute sessions. Should the nature of the existing situation exceed the boundaries of coaching, an easy transition to therapy can be made.


    Since coaching is not covered by the German Krankenkasse all coaching participants must pay themselves. A sliding scale will be taken into consideration for payment purposes.



    Skype and FaceTime are available for those individuals who do not live in Berlin or are travelling and wish to discuss issues with me online. Both have proven to be a reliable and secure vehicle for communication when live, face-to-face contact can´t take place.



    Publications / Interviews


    Pheasant, Brian (2015): "Is Berlin burning out?" Berlin: Betti Hunter, Exberliner Magazine Interview

    ​                    http://exberliner.bigcartel.com/product/exberliner-issue-138-may-2015















    ​Pheasant, Brian (2016): Body & Soul Interview, Siegessäule Kompass, Sommer / Herbst 2016














    Hautzinger, M., Meyer, T.D. and Pheasant, B.L.: Cyclothymic but not Depressive Temperament influences the Mood of Another Person in Social Interactions. In: Kaschka (ed): Perspectives in Affective Disorders - Advanced Biological Psychiatry. Basel: Karger (2002), (vol 21), 1-10.


    In progess.... A Case Study Approach to Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder implementing CBT. Dr. Brian L. Pheasant








































    Dr. Pheasant - 0174.378.8747 und  blpsych04@gmail.com