Sustainable therapies for the young soul

Age-appropriate treatment plans - because adolescents are not adults

We provide intensive care for our young patients and have tailored our range of clinical and therapeutic services to the specific needs of young people. The treatment of our young patients is based on professional guidelines for disease-specific treatment. In the process we take the individual needs of the adolescents into account.

We support our patients' contact with their families during their stay, as their relatives play an important role in managing the illness together. We involve the relatives in the treatment at an early stage in order to shape their future life together and to plan follow-up care. Contact with friends is also possible during the in-patient stay, as long as this is desired by the patients and is therapeutically supportive.

Who can come to us?

In our psychosomatic specialist departments for adolescents, we treat children and adolescents from the age of 12 and 14 to 18 respectively. Our range of treatments is aimed at patients with eating disorders, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders as well as emotional and attachment disorders. Eating disorders are the most common diagnosis, followed by depression. 

Intensive care and involvement of the family

To be able to respond sufficiently to the special needs of this age group, we have aligned our clinical-therapeutic offer accordingly:

  • intensive therapeutic support in everyday life
  • age-appropriate treatment with playful elements such as role plays in individual and group therapies
  • Involvement of relatives in the therapy
  • Management team consisting of child and youth psychiatrists as well as child and youth psychotherapists
  • Ward teams consisting of child and youth psychotherapists, psychotherapists, children's nurses and specialist therapists (nutritionists, creative therapists, sports and movement therapists and social therapists)
  • close co-operation with an interdisciplinary team of consultants from different disciplines
  • continuous therapeutic care through accompaniment during the main meals, daily structuring and planning of meaningful leisure activities

School attendance during treatment

Depending on the state of health and the course of treatment, it is possible to attend one of the schools close to the clinic by the hour. At some of our locations we also offer in-house schooling. The prerequisite is that the lessons are not a burden on the person’s state of health, but contribute to convey the feeling of a certain normality and to possibly reduce any existing school fears. We therefore weigh up the advantages and disadvantages on an individual basis and provide therapeutic support for participation in school lessons. In addition, we recommend that you contact your home school before your stay in the clinic to discuss any questions you may have about further schooling or to request teaching materials.

Youth-friendly accommodation

The youth rooms in the psychosomatic clinics (example picture)

Security and care for a good temporary home

At several locations we offer inpatient treatment places for adolescents in wards specially equipped for this age group. The lounge is designed by the young patients themselves and is both a central meeting point and communication centre. The treatment is carried out by an interdisciplinary team under child and adolescent psychiatric management. Our consultants, therapists and co-therapists (specially trained nursing staff) are available to the young people as contact persons around the clock. As part of the treatment, the young patients are also cared for by specialist therapists.

Our treatment focuses for eating disorders

Eat in a controlled manner again
Self-determined and regulated eating behaviour with appropriate portion sizes is our central goal of the treatment.

Developing solution strategies
In a combination of individual and group therapies, our patients learn to normalise their eating behaviour and find individual solutions to the problems behind the eating disorder.

Stand up for your own needs
In social competence training the young people learn to first appreciate their needs and to then take appropriate action for them in the second step. This can be, for example, recognising one's own limits and pointing them out to others.

Perceiving your body realistically and accepting it again
Through interventions such as art therapy and movement therapy, our treatment team helps patients develop a realistic, healthy and positive relationship with their body.

Preparation for home
During the in-patient treatment we already develop strategies for regulated eating behaviour in the domestic environment together with the young people. In addition, our patients receive strategies and skills for everyday problems.

Important therapeutic components for depression

Group therapy
Sharing experiences and getting to know that you are not alone with your problems. This gives our patients the strength to develop their own solutions.

Family talks
Our aim is to give relatives an understanding of the illness and to improve communication within the family.

Sport therapy and physiotherapy
Through the development of everyday activities, the young people learn that they can positively influence their mood through activity.

Testing everyday family life
Depending on their state of health, our patients have the opportunity to visit their family at home on a weekend and try out the behaviour they have learned at our hospital.

To avoid a relapse, we take care to ensure the transfer back into everyday life

Sustainable therapeutic success

We continuously measure the treatment progress of our patients to further improve the therapies. Thanks to close cooperation with universities such as Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and Philipps University of Marburg, the latest scientific findings are implemented directly in clinical practice. Our patients benefit from this. Evaluations of the treatment progress show that the adolescents are sustainably supported on their way to as carefree an everyday life as possible.

Our team in the clinics

Schoen Clinic Bad Arolsen

Dr. Marion Seidel

Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Specialist in Psychotherapeutic Medicine
Head of Department - Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Dipl. Psych. Stephanie Brausewetter

Psychological Psychotherapist
Senior Psychologist - Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Christopher Moderhak

Psychological Psychotherapist
Senior Psychologist - Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Schoen Clinic Bad Bramstedt

Christina Teckentrup

Head of Department - Psychosomatic Hospital and Psychotherapy

Schoen Clinic Roseneck

Dr. Silke Naab

Specialist in paediatric and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy
Specialist in psychotherapeutic medicine

Dipl.-Psych. Markus Fumi

Psychological psychotherapist and paediatric and adolescent psychotherapist
Senior Psychologist in the youth department - Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Dr. Simone Pfeuffer

Specialist for paediatric and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy
Head of Department - Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Dr. Inga Schumann

Specialist for paediatric and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy
Senior Registrar - Psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy

Where can I find specialised treatment of young people?

From a total of nine psychosomatic locations throughout Germany, the three clinics in Bad Bramstedt, Bad Arolsen and Prien am Chiemsee have special youth wards.