Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy

Medical Director

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Schmahl
Phone: +49 621 1703-4021, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005, e-mail

Secretariat: Sabine Irle-Bieker
Phone: +49 621 1703-4002, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005, e-mail

Deputy Medical Director

Dr. med. Frank Enning
Phone: +49 621 1703-4181, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005

Secretariat: Melanie Gründling
Phone: +49 621 1703-4002, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005, e-mail



The Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy integrates clinical and research activities focusing on the development and application of psychotherapy for trauma-related disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to adverse childhood experience.

Inpatient Treatment Units

Inpatient Treatment Units

Ward 4 b - General psychosomatic unit

Phone.: +40 621 1703-4140

With 12 inpatient and one partial-inpatient bed, ward 4b offers psychotherapeutic programs for the treatment of general psychosomatic disorders as for example affective disorders, personality disorders and anxiety disorders. Main focus of our 12-week treatment concept is the so-called Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Additionally, DBT is also integrated in a number of disorder-specific therapy methods. Our goal is to support patients with general psychosomatic disorders and to accompany them on the road to recovery by means of a modular therapy program based on individual and group therapy.

Ward 4 c - Borderline unit

Phone: +49 621 1703-4160

Main therapeutic focus of ward 4c, with 12 inpatient beds and one partial-inpatient bed, is on the treatment of borderline personality disorders with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In our multimodal treatment setting, individual and group therapy sessions aim at improving affect regulation, interactional disorders as well as identity disorders. In this process, high frequency mindfulness training forms the therapeutic base. Generally, the regular treatment period is set at 12 weeks. Within the first three weeks of treatment, we will carry out an individual analysis of patients’ problems and goals. During the following weeks patients will work on their individual goals assisted by a multi-professional team of doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Finally, towards the end of the treatment program, there will be differentiated discharge planning for each patient. At present, DBT is considered the most extensively evaluated treatment concept for the treatment of borderline personality disorders.

Ward 4 d - Trauma unit

Phone: +49 621 1703-4180

With 12 inpatient beds and one partial-inpatient bed, ward 4d offers a specific treatment program for the treatment of complex post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma-induced disorders. This entails a 12-week treatment concept according to the guidelines of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT-PTBS). Within the context of this modular therapy program, based on both individual and group therapy, psychotherapeutic treatment centers on the confrontation of stressful memories with the aim of reducing the burden caused by difficult emotions. Additionally, patients will review their negative basic beliefs about themselves and the world in general, and learn to reduce avoidance strategies known to perpetuate the disorder.