Interdisciplinary treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults

Anxiety disorders can usually be treated effectively. In the Comprehensive Anxiety Center (CAC), we combine standardized, guideline-based therapy approaches with innovative methods and tailor them to each patient. Both children and adults can undergo treatment at our center.

Interdisciplinary, well-established, and modern

The center's three treatment facilities offer interdisciplinary therapy for every form of anxiety disorder in children, adolescents, and adults. If required, in addition to experts in psychiatry, psychology, child psychiatry, or pedagogy, doctors in neurology and internal medicine also work together on individually tailored therapy concepts. These are based on tried and tested, standardized procedures such as psychoeducation, behavioral therapy, medication, or stimulatory procedures , but also use new approaches such as the use of virtual reality or smartphone apps for monitoring progress.

Developing innovative therapies

In addition, we are developing new therapeutic procedures and working to improve established methods, especially to help patients for whom standard therapies are not sufficient. Within the framework of several clinical trials , we offer suitable probands the opportunity to receive innovative therapies.

University outpatient clinic: Psychotherapy in accordance with the guidelines

Psychotherapy that is approved and paid for by health insurance companies is called “guideline psychotherapy”. Patients can receive this kind of outpatient psychotherapy at the university outpatient clinic. It usually takes 18-24 months and consists of 26 appointments at intervals of two to four weeks. There is also the possibility of participating in clinical trials, in which we evaluate innovative treatment approaches such as intensive short-term therapies.

PPP: Covering outpatient and inpatient care

Depending on the severity of the anxiety disorder, the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (PPP) offers therapeutic programs of varying intensity.

Psychoeducation in the outpatient clinic

In five appointments over three weeks, patients receive information about causes, triggering stimuli, symptoms, and treatment options as well as how to deal with the anxiety disorder. If necessary, a guideline psychotherapy in the university outpatient clinic, or further appointments in the PPP's anxiety outpatient clinic can follow.

Therapy program of the day-care center

The inpatient treatment in the day-care center lasts four to eight weeks and comprises a therapy concept consisting of cognitive behavioral therapy, practical assistance in coping with everyday life, and participation in psychoeducation groups.

Inpatient behavioral therapy

Inpatient treatment, which usually lasts four to eight weeks, is recommended in acute crises, when the level of anxiety is very high, and when there are considerable impairments in coping with everyday life. The therapy concept at the behavioral therapy ward 5-East consists of closely knit and specialized psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and behavioral therapy units, supported by medication if necessary.

The PPP also offers the possibility to participate in trials evaluating new treatment options.

KJPPP: Therapy concepts for children and adolescents

For children and adolescents, the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (KJPPP) similarly offers outpatient, day-care, and inpatient therapy concepts.

Coping with everyday life through behavioral therapy

Psychotherapeutically, our focus lies on methods of cognitive behavioral therapy . Patients receive specific exercises for overcoming anxiety and practice the constructive processing of negative thoughts. Therapy is very much oriented towards everyday life and incorporates the family and the environment. For example, if children are unable to attend school due to their anxiety, school attendance must be practiced step by step.

Analysis of the stress situation

Moreover, the therapy plan always considers possible stress and overstrain conditions, which are of individual importance for the development of anxiety. In some situations, when the condition is very severe, we also offer modern treatment with pharmaceuticals that have been clinically validated in terms of their effectiveness.

Kontakt, Sprechzeiten


Anmeldung zur ambulanten Behandlung in der Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie für Psychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie (PPP)
+49 931 201-77800

Anmeldung in der Hochschulambulanz
+ 49 931 3182839

Anmeldung zur ambulanten Behandlung im Klinik und Poliklinik für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie, Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie (KJPPP)
+49 931 201-79600

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Sekretariat PPP

+49 931 201-77020

Sekretariat Hochschulambulanz

+4931 31-828390

Sekretariat KJPPP

+49 931 201-78620



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