No numerus clausus (NC), which primarily takes school grades into account, is used as admission criterion, but a qualitative admission procedure is carried out: two interviews with experienced psychotherapists as well as a one-day group seminar are intended to enable the candidates to clarify their motivation and to convey the prerequisites for our study programme.

Methodological emphases are set by psychoanalysis or behavioural therapy after the first four general semesters; further school-specific emphases such as person-centred psychotherapy, systemic psychotherapy or Gestalt therapy are in preparation. We follow a pluralistic methodological model in our training, which enables us to “look over the fence” already in the Bachelor programme. Also read our press release on this topic (in German).

Your advantages

What makes studying psychotherapy science at SFU Berlin so special?

  • Committed teaching and research
  • Practical relevance from the 1st semester
  • Individual supervision
  • Learning in small groups
  • Personal contact with lecturers
  • Early involvement in research projects

Studying psychotherapy at SFU Berlin is based on the Law on the Reform of Psychotherapeutic Training (PsychThG) of 15th Nov. 2019, in particular the implementation regulations according to §12 PsychThG and §62 of the Approbation Regulations (PsychTHApprO) of 14th Feb. 2020.

Prof. Dr. Georg Franzen, Head of the Department of Psychotherapy Science, on the programme:

Structure of the study programme

A) Theory

A1) Theory from basic sciences

Related modules:
Psychological foundations
Medical basics

A2) Theoretical concepts in psychotherapy

Related modules:
Theoretical foundations of psychotherapy

A3) Clinical concepts in psychotherapy

Related modules:

A4) Methodology

Related modules:

A5) Legal and social framework
framework conditions of professional practice,
teaching and research

Related modules:
Social science and framework conditions

B) Practice-related focal points

B1) On personality development:

Related module:
Personality development

B2) On the clinical application of psychotherapy – on the acquisition and testing of practical knowledge.

The acquisition of step-by-step practical knowledge forms another important part of the study programme. The practical part must be completed externally by the students in a health and social care institution.

For the specialisation “Psychotherapy”, this internship must be completed and reflected upon in a chosen psychotherapy method.

Guidelines for the external internship:
The internship must be completed in a health and social care institution.

The selection of the facilities is based on the list for the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic course of the Federal Ministry of Health, or facilities of our cooperation partners are also available.

Academic degrees and study duration