Counseling in Vienna by Richard L. Fellner

Welcome to Counseling-Office.com, maintained by Richard L. Fellner (Psychotherapist / Counselor, Coach and Supervisor in Vienna. This website has been built from scratch to mirror my huge German-language website in English, so little by little, as the content is translated, you'll find a similarly wide range of information, professional articles, and news about Psychotherapy, Coaching, Supervision, Couple Therapy and Sex Therapy here as well.

Feel free to browse and not only get a peek at my work, but hopefully also find information in case you are pondering the thought of starting psychotherapy, counseling, couple counseling or coaching, but are living in countries other than in Austria or Thailand.

In particular, I have tried to compile basic information to support the decision-making process of finding the 'right' method of psychotherapy and the 'right' therapist/counselor.

"Psychotherapy/Counseling - is it for me??"

There were times when people received strange looks if they talked about visiting a psychotherapist or counselor - in Asia, for example, that's still quite often the case. However, today, psychotherapy belongs to the officially recognized healthcare professions - similar to medical science -, and especially in large western cities it's normal to visit a psychotherapist or counselor during difficult life situations, ongoing personal distress or simply to look after yourself. Psychotherapy and Counseling often just means to using the help, support and advice of a professionally trained and neutral person instead of remaining stuck within your own way of thinking. Nowadays, I also see more couples seeking professional advice, i.e., couple therapy and counseling in case of serious problems in their relationships, than 10 years ago.

A good foundation for this development is the legal environment: in most European countries, for example, there is some kind of "Psychotherapy Act", which ensures the scientific nature and educational standards of certain psychotherapeutic methods (currently 19 methods in Austria and 3 in Germany) - as opposed to other 'therapeutic' methods on the 'therapy market' - which is important to ensure utmost integrity and reliability not only of therapists, but also of the methods they are using to help their patients.

However, studies prove that for most psychological problems, it's fairly irrelevant which therapeutic method is used, but rather important to find a the 'right' therapist or counselor - well-trained and allowing for the right 'chemistry' between both of you at the same time. This website contains comprehensive suggestions and articles on this and many other topics, as well as one of the largest collections of useful websites about Psychotherapy and Counseling.

If you want, feel free to make use of Online (Email) Counseling, which I'm offering on this site. It can be useful as initial advice on how to deal with your problems, and/or to find out whether psychotherapy or counseling might make sense. Anyone - young or old, male or female, may use it and do so anonymously.
However, please note that remote counseling - even done on a regular basis by a psychotherapist or psychiatrist - can't replace professionaly guided psychotherapy in person, according to the latest research. In this respect, please read my advice on personal psychotherapy and counseling in Vienna.

Using the Psychotherapy & Counseling Discussion Board on my website is completely free. Use it to ask questions or exchange experiences related to psychotherapy, counseling, psychological stress and disorders or anything that has been helpful in your experience. The German version of the Psychotherapy & Counselling Discussion Board is the largest one in the German-speaking part of Europe! So you're in good hands.. ;-)
On my website you can also find psychological selftests, a range of papers and a selection of books about psychotherapy, counseling and coaching which will hopefully prove useful and support you in your decisions regarding psychotherapy, counseling and coaching.

Getting where you want..

It starts with the first step.

Last, but not least: after browsing my site (and hopefully finding it helpful!) you're welcome to post your impressions, suggestions or any other related comment in my Guestbook.