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Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

The clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy is the contracted provider for those living in Mannheim. For this reason we have developed varied treatment offerings, which are based on the patient's symptoms, age and daily routine. In addition to inpatient treatment, we also offer daily treatment in the clinic as well as diagnostics and treatment in specialized outpatient clinics.
The clinic provides all necessary diagnostic procedures to ensure targeted diagnostics with regard to psychiatric and internal disease.

Department of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

The multiprofessional staff of the Dept. of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy ensures the psychiatric-psychotherapeutic care of both in- and outpatients. The services offered range from comprehensive psychiatric diagnostics in children and adolescents, using additional specific, standardized examination methods as required (e.g. with suspected autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, psychoses and bipolar disorders), to guideline-oriented psychiatric and psychotherapeutic specialist treatment, with an emphasis on behavior therapy. In addition to these therapeutic measures we also offer special programs. These include individual treatment procedures such as neurofeedback, relaxation techniques, computer-based training for improving concentration and emotion recognition, anti-aggression training or specific group therapies such as training of social competencies, MCT (Marburg concentration training), eating disorder groups and THOP training for parents of children with ADHD and oppositional behavior disorders. On each ward we also offer individual parent training for improving child-rearing skills as an integral part of the treatment program.

Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapeutic Medicine

Our clinic’s therapeutic focus is on the treatment of emotion regulation disorders, such as Borderline personality disorder, and trauma-associated disorders. With a total of 36 beds, the inpatient unit of our clinic consists of three 12-bed wards. We offer disorder-specific, evidence-based treatment for persons with the following clinical pictures:

Ward 4b: Different psychosomatic disorders like depression, somatoform and anxiety disorders as well as personality disorders. Here cognitive behavior therapy, adapted to the specific disorder, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)are applied.

Ward 4c: Borderline-personality disorder and other personality disorders. Treatment is based on dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT).

Ward 4d: Acute and chronic posttraumatic stress disorders. Treatment centers on a newly developed and scientifically evaluated concept: DBT-PTSD.

Treatments entail a multimodal approach in which individual therapies are combined with specific group therapies (e.g. skills and mindfulness groups, creative-, movement- and body therapies, relaxation techniques). Our holistic approach also includes the medical treatment of somatic disorders. If necessary, patients undergo differentiated, psychotherapy-aligned psychopharmacological treatment.

Our outpatient service carries out diagnostics and differential diagnostics of mental disorders and psychological consequences of somatic disorders. Additionally, we assess the need for outpatient or inpatient psychotherapeutic treatment. Within the University Outpatient Clinic we also offer psychotherapeutic short- or long-term treatment, as either individual or group therapy.

Department for Addictive Behavior and Addiction Medicine

Addiction Outpatient Services

Our outpatient service offers expert counseling and treatment for the entire spectrum of substance use disorders. During an initial consultation we either discuss and plan the option of subsequent outpatient treatment or refer patients to inpatient or partial hospital treatment. We also offer group therapies for alcohol addiction, cannabis addiction or pathological gambling. Our outpatient treatment program for patients with severe alcohol addiction entails three contacts per week and medication for relapse prevention (disulfiram = antabus, naltrexone or acamprosat). In addition our outpatient service also conducts smoking cessation courses. The treatment team of our outpatient addiction unit includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses and medical secretaries. Patients suffering from heroin addiction are not treated in our outpatient addiction unit but rather in our outpatient clinic for opioid substitution. There patients are treated with prescribed opioids like methadone, polamidone or buprenorphine. The additional use of cocaine, sedatives, alcohol, nicotine, as well as other psychiatric problems are also treated by our specialists in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Psychosocial care and support is provided in close cooperationwith the "Drogenverein Mannheim".

Day-hospital for Addictive Disorders

Our day-hospital offers acute treatment programs for patients with substance-related and substance-free addictions with our main focus on the treatment of alcohol-, cannabis- and chemical addiction as well as pathological gambling. In addition our treatment program also entails the treatment of co-existing psychiatric illnesses (especially depression and anxiety disorders), if necessary treatment of physical withdrawal symptoms, promoting patients' insight into their illness, supporting and reinforcing patients' aim for abstinence, initiating further treatment and establishing patients' readiness for rehabilitation.

Treatment takes place Monday through Friday from 8.00AM until 4.30PM. Evenings, holidays and weekends are spent at home. An important aspect in this is proximity to everyday conditions whereby patients can make direct use of newly acquired strategies in dealing with addiction.Therapy includes a group-therapy concept with psycho-education, addiction competency training, anti-craving skills, occupational therapy, coping with everyday life, movement therapy, relaxation techniques, social competency training, stress management training, social counseling and support, as well as individual meetings with physicians, psychologists and nursing staff. Finally, we also offer smoking cessation programs.

Inpatient units
Our inpatient unit consists of two wards, ward 6a and 6b, with twelve beds each. During their stay, inpatients are housed in semi-private bedrooms. Our qualified three-week inpatient withdrawal program offers acute treatment to patients with substance-related or substance-free addictions focusing on the treatment of alcohol-, cannabis and chemical addiction (benzodiazepines and opiates). In addition, we also offer treatment programs for other illicit substances like GBL/GHB, amphetamines or cocaine.
At the beginning of the three-week inpatient withdrawal program, we also treat possible somatic or psychological withdrawal symptoms should they arise. In such cases, the inpatient setting allows for close medical monitoring during detoxification. Following treatment of withdrawal symptoms, the subsequent individualized single- and group-therapeutic treatment concept centers on promoting patients' insight into their illness, reinforcing their motivation to remain abstinent, initiating further treatment and establishing patients' readiness for rehabilitation. On the weekends there will be individually defined "true-to-life stress tests" in the home environment.
Additionally, our program also includes the diagnostics and treatment of other mental disorders (e.g. personality disorders, PTSD, ADHD, depression and anxiety disorders).
Moreover, patients can participate in our inpatient smoking cessation program, which may be continued on an outpatient basis after discharge.
Following inpatient treatment, we also offer after-care appointments in our outpatient addiction unit.

Treatment Options
Our three-week qualified inpatient withdrawal program offers individualized psychotherapeutic treatment with single or group therapy sessions. Treatment is provided by a multi-professional team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and registered nurses working in close cooperation. Focus of our group-therapeutic treatment is on promoting patients’ understanding of their illness, reinforcing abstinence motivation, building up concrete short- and long-term strategies for permanent abstinence as well as establishing patients’ ability to attend rehabilitation programs. Motivating patients to take advantage of other treatment options (self-help groups, addiction counseling) is another important goal.
Further treatment components include occupational therapy, social competency training, practicing relaxation techniques (autogenic training, fairytale or sound-mediated mind travel, progressive muscle relaxation, QiGong), mindfulness and skills training as well as group programs for physical activation.
Individual rounds by physicians and psychologists take place twice weekly. Additional individual psychotherapeutic or diagnostic sessions are patterned according to the individual needs of patients.
In our day hospital for addictive disorders treatment entails a group therapy concept with psycho-education, addiction competence training, acquisition of anti-craving skills, occupational therapy, coping with everyday life, movement therapy, relaxation techniques, social competence training, stress management training, social counseling and support, as well as individual therapy sessions with medical, psychological and nursing staff. Patients also have the opportunity to participate in smoking cessation programs.


Department of Molecular Neuroimaging: N.N

Neuroradiology in cooperation with the University Hospital Mannheim (UMM:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kerl
Phone: 0621 1703-1840, Fax: 0621 1703-1845, e-mail

Typing pool: Hedwig Pistora
Phone: +49 621 1703-2381

Resident Physician: Dr. Cornelia Rehm (Radiologist)
Phone: +49 621 1703-1843 

Staff: Roger Bauer, MTA-R Michael Metz, MTA-R
Phone: +49 621 1703-1842/ -52, e-mail

The department ensures the radiological and neuroradiological diagnostics for in- and outpatients of the CIMH and its ambulatory services. For this purpose the department not only uses digital radiography and X-ray but also 3-Tesla magnetic-resonance-tomography. The department has a RIS/PACS and works completely filmless. There is the option of electronic data transfer (teleradiology) with the Radiology Department of the University Hospital Mannheim.

The department is certified by the Medical Association Stuttgart; its medical director carries the permission for advanced training of physicians and is a member of the committee for continuing education in radiology and neuroradiology.

The department is not authorized to provide outpatient services to patients carrying statutory insurance.

EEG (Electro-encephalography)

For appointments, please contact: Elisabeth Mertsch or Eleonore Wolk
Phone: +49 621 1703-1802

Please leave a message on our voicemail, if we are not able to answer your call during ongoing EEG procedures. We will return your call as soon as possible.

Our EEG laboratory entails a section for routine clinical EEG diagnostics as well as a section for clinical neuropsychological studies.

As part of our routine diagnostic services, we carry out EEG examinations for the different medical departments and outpatient services of the CIMH using standard provocation methods including hyperventilation, photo stimulation, short naps and sleep deprivation. For this purpose, the department has two fully digital, 21-channel EEG machines, which are also available for clinical studies.

The head of the EEG department holds the accreditation for the EEG certificate issued by the German Association for Clinical Neurophysiology.

Clinical Chemistry Laboratory

At the CIMH clinical laboratory diagnostics are predominantly carried out by an external laboratory service. Additionally, several emergency laboratory parameters can also be assessed on site. Through connectivity of the respective computer systems and the timely transport of samples we are nevertheless able to ensure short latency periods from the collection of blood samples to the availability of results.

Occupational Therapy

Marco Heser © ZI


Marco Heser, Occupational therapist
Phone: +49 621 1703 1603, e-mail

Ergotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic

The occupational therapy department serves patients in the psychiatry and psychotherapy clinic, the psychosomatics and psychotherapeutic medicine clinic, the addiction medicine and dependency clinic, the pediatric and adolescent psychiatric and psychotherapy clinic  and the respective related day clinics with occupational and vocational therapies as well as DBT specialized therapies. The patients are treated according to the latest, recognized and scientifically evidence-based standards.

The staff in the occupational therapy department work according to the occupational therapy system, in multi-professional and quality-conscious treatment teams and independently in floor-specific group and individual therapy. Occupational therapy supports the achievement of treatment goals with its special skills and thus makes an indispensable contribution to treatment with the multi-professional team.

Occupational therapy measures are designed to stimulate patients constructively and to make integration into their home and work environment possible.

Occupational therapy should help the patient to restore or increase lost movement and independence in everyday life caused by illness. This includes important areas such as self-sufficiency and household management, as well as economic independence and abilities for professional life, educational and leisure activities. This is a holistic approach in which not only certain procedures are taught, but also the person as a whole is involved. The focus of treatment is the patient’s particular solution.

The fundamental goals of occupational therapy in psychiatry are:

  • Improvement and stabilization of basic psychological functions, such as impulse, motivation, resilience, perseverance, flexibility and independence in daily activities
  • Improvement of limited physical functions such as large and small motor skills, coordination and body awareness
  • Improvement of body, perception and perception processing
  • Improvement of reality perception, self-perception and external perception
  • Improvement of the situation-appropriate behavior, also of the socioemotional competence and interactive ability
  • Improvement of cognitive function
  • Improvement of mental stability and self-confidence
  • Improvement of independent living and basic employment skills
  • Improvement and maintenance of cognitive functions such as concentration, memory, attention, focus, memory as well as treatment planning and problem solving
  • Achievement of basic employment skills
  • Improvement of independent living skills, including technical assistance

Therapy Groups

Information about therapy groups (German version)

Physiotherapy and Kinesitherapy

Medical Head: Prof. (adj.) Dr. Stefan Schwarz

Head: Antje Breisacher (Physiotherapeutin)
Phone: +49 621 1703-1751, e-mail

Physiotherapy and kinesitherapy play a central role in the Institute. These units contribute to the work to all of the clinics within the Central Institute, including the intensive care ward and both day clinics. 
The tasks assigned to physiotherapy result from the spectrum of clinical pictures treated in the Institute clinics. Among the most important of these indications for treatment are motor system defects and motor disorders, which frequently accompany psychiatric and psychosomatic diseases.

Therapeutic methods are also offered that address the specific needs of mentally ill children and youths as well as the elderly. Finally, many patients with accompanying physical ailments from a variety of medical indications require physiotherapeutic care.

Further Informationen on kinesitherapeutic offerings

Clinical Psychology

Head, Department of Clinical Psychology:
Prof. Dr. Peter Kirsch
Phone: 0621 1703-6501, e-mail

The psychological care of in- and outpatients undergoing treatment in the CIMH is ensured by staff members of the Department of Clinical Psychology.

The care provided ranges from psychological diagnostic assessments to additional psychotherapeutic treatment if indicated. Depending on patients’ needs we offer supportive counseling, conduct individual therapies like biofeedback, progressive muscle relaxation or computer-based concentration training, or provide comprehensive behavioral psychotherapy.

In addition to individual therapies, we also offer behavior-oriented group therapies for inpatients twice a week, either as problem solving groups, roleplaying groups for acquiring self-confidence in social situations or as conversational groups based on the concept of interpersonal psychotherapy.

Furthermore, our staff also carries out diverse tasks in the area of training and further education.

The research activities of the Department of Clinical Psychology are exceptionally varied and differentiated, with a special focus on research in schizophrenia.

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