Certified Clinical and Health Psychologist, registered with the Austrian Ministry of Health
Dr. Nils Beer
Prevention · Diagnostics · Counseling & Treatment
Welcome to my Homepage!
I would like to welcome you and I am pleased that you are interested in my Website. Please take a few minutes to skim it through – you will find not only information about the most prevalent psychological “disorders” but also the corresponding counseling and therapy approaches. I have tried to explain some core treatment methods in plain English and an accessible way.
Brief Biography and Approach
As a (native German) lecturer in Psychology for the University of Westminster in London and other UK universities, I relocated to Vienna in August 2012 to pursue training as Clinical & Health Psychologist and became Chartered Clinical & Health Psychologist in November 2013. My training took place at the reputed “Psychosomatic Centre Waldviertel”, Eggenburg. In my own practice I specialize on the treatment of depression, anxiety, psychosomatic stress-related complaints and alcohol abuse.
As chartered Clinical and Health Psychologists I work with individual adolescents and adults, also providing Couples Counseling. I am professional and yet down-to-earth in my core aims to help people find relief from psychological strain and difficulties, cope with life events, find a better work-life-balance or solve relationship problems.
Not every mental problem requires psychological support: We all experience times of depressive mood, increased anxiety or insomnia as normal reactions to challenging tasks or taxing events. But if difficulties result in sustained suffering, psychological interventions should be considered as means of providing relief and help for problem solving.
My expertise focuses on depressive disorders (Major Depressive Disorder, Mania and Bipolar Disorder), anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Panic Attacks and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), personality disorders (especially Borderline Personality Disorder) and psychosomatic complaints. However, I am critical with regards to the term “disorder” which – to a certain extent – is socially constructed.
The core focus of every psychological intervention lies in reducing the suffering of clients and their important others and enhance psychological and physical well-being and, thus, quality of life.
Treatment and Therapies:
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT)
- Systematic Desensitization and Exposure Therapy
- Integrative systemic Counseling
- Relaxation Techniques (Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Autogenous Training)
- Brief therapies and solution-focused interventions
- Self-Control of potential Substance Abuse.
These focus on clients’ resources to solve their problems and find life quality enhancing solutions. Solutions, goals and the courage to change are better attainable with the support of a trained psychologist. Such autonomy-enhancing Brief Therapies encompass 8 to 10 one-hour sessions with increasing time-intervals between successive sessions.
Brief Therapies are an efficient means to counterbalance mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders and stress-induced somatic complaints.
Self-Control of potential Substance Abuse
The Concept of Self-Control of potential Substance Abuse is based upon the concept of “Control of self-induced Substance Consumption” („Kontrolle im selbstinduzierten Substanzkonsum“ [KISS]), developed in the 1980s by Professor Dr. Joachim Körkel. The treatment approach here is, however, augmented by the implementation of Brief Therapy tools.
With regards to alcohol abuse and potential dependency/addiction clients are required to prudently monitor their daily consumption, to reflect upon and assess the negative and positive effects of alcohol and, moreover, to identify potential risk situations and triggers.
The outlined concept of Self-Control comprises the therapy of substance-related addiction (specifically alcohol and tranquillizers – the latter only in cooperation with psychiatrists) and non-substance-related addiction (e.g. gambling and internet addiction).
A high degree of motivation is the key of success and will be assessed within the first two sessions.
Consultancy in the light of Organizational Change Challenges
There are fairly rapid changes within many industries, e.g. mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, increase of short-term contracts and expected 24/7 availability. Such changes impose the necessity to adapt to more pronounced unpredictability – but they also incorporate the potential for creativity and self-actualization.
I offer psychological coaching to better adapt to such changes and moreover, thrive in the light of such challenges.
- Prevention of and coping with bullying
- Leadership, team-building and corporate awareness
- How to increase flow experiences at work
- Balance between agency and communion.
You might want to spend a few minutes and gain an overview of the most prevalent psychological issues which are briefly outlined in the section “Psychological Support – When?”
The areas of my expertise and the corresponding treatment and therapy options are explained in a bit more detail in the section “Specific Treatments & Therapies”.
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