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Department of psychiatry and psychotherapy, psychotraumatology and post-traumatic stress disorders

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Zimmermann
psychiatry and psychotherapy, and post-traumatic stress disorders

About the department

The department of psychiatry and psychotherapy, psychotraumatology and post-traumatic stress disorders offer treatment options for all common psychiatric disorders, except for highly acute psychiatric conditions that require a specially protected environment. In addition to a specialist outpatient clinic, in which servicewomen and men are primarily treated, both inpatient and semi-inpatient treatment options are available for treatment. The focus is on work-related stress and consequential disorders of emergency services. A multi-professional integration with social services, psychological services, pastoral care, and psychiatrists is offered both in the treatment context and in research, which serves the holistic health of our patients.

In addition to treating general psychiatric illnesses such as depression, addiction, and anxiety disorders, the treatment focus of the department is the therapy of stress-reactive conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorders and adjustment disorders. A particular emphasis is placed on treating deployment-related mental disorders of servicewomen and men and members of other security authorities.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Range of psychiatric illnesses:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorders 
  • Acute psychosis
  • Addiction disorders
  • Geriatric Psychiatry (for the elderly)
  • Eating disorders
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Somatopsychic disorders
  • Post-traumatic diseases (PTSD)
  • Traumatic diseases (especially in childhood trauma)
  • Personality disorders

Supporting programs:

  • Individual and group occupational therapy
  • Movement and dance therapy
  • Communicative movement therapy 
  • Various relaxation methods such as breath relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation according to Jacobson, yoga, and aromatherapy
  • Regular sports offers such as fitness and physiotherapy in an exercise pool.
  • A five-week psychodynamic short group psychotherapy program has proven effective in neurotic disorders and personality disorders.
  • Group training for social skills
  • Three-week Qualified Withdrawal program (for alcohol abuse disorders with prior detoxication)
  • Three-week therapy program "Group therapy for deployment-related disorders" (for soldier traumatization)
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1986 Lessing Gymnasium and entry into the armed forces as a medical officer candidate
  • 1987-1993 Study of human medicine at the Medical University of Applied Sciences in Hanover
  • 1994 Promotion to a doctor of medicine
  • 1996-1999 Acquisition of the additional qualification in psychotherapy from the Medical Association of Schleswig-Holstein
  • 1997-2003 Acquisition of the qualification in group analyst, German Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Dynamics
  • 1999-2001 Training as a trauma therapist (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) at the trauma institute in Cologne (Hofmann)
  • 2001 Civilian further training at the Psychiatric Clinic of the University Hospital Charite Berlin
  • 2002 Specialist examination for psychiatry and psychotherapy
  • 2002 Certificate of distance learning, management of health and social services
  • 2003-2005 Training in quality management
  • 2005 Trauma therapy training (psychodynamic-imaginative trauma therapy according to Reddemann)
  • 2007 Acquisition of additional training in medical quality management
  • 2007 Acquisition of recognition in special psychotraumatology of the German Society for Psychotraumatology
  • 2012 Habilitation at the University Hospital Charite Berlin
  • 2019 Training in spiritual accompaniment

Experience

  • 1993-1996 Doctor in internship and Assistant Doctor at the Bundeswehr Hospital Hamburg, Department of psychiatry
  • 1996-1997 Unit Doctor and Head of treatment and assessment in the medical centers 111 and 103 in Hamburg
  • 1997-1999 Medical Staff Officer in the military area command I (coast) in Kiel at the military area doctor (controlling area)
  • 1997-1998 Military Doctor, stayed abroad in Bosnia
  • 1999-2001 Assistant Doctor, Department of Psychiatry, Bundeswehr Hospital in Berlin
  • 2002-2003 Senior Physician, Department of Psychiatry, Bundeswehr Hospital Hamburg
  • 2003 Stay abroad as a specialist in psychiatry (The International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan)
  • 2004 Station Senior Physician for psychiatry and psychotherapy at the Bundeswehr Hospital in Berlin
  • 2004 Permanent Deputy Head of Department
  • 2006 Stay abroad in International peacekeeping forces in Kosovo
  • 2007 Addiction Officer at the Bundeswehr Hospital in Berlin
  • 2009 Senior Physician in the Department of psychiatry and psychotherapy, Bundeswehr Hospital in Berlin
  • 2012 Stay abroad as a specialist in psychiatry (The International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan)

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Author of 128 publications
  • 2004 Admission to the Berlin Psychotherapy Training Association as a training therapist
  • 2006 Recognition as Balint group leader (Berlin Medical Association)
  • 2013 Deputy Head of the working group on operational traumatology of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology
  • 2014 Co-editor of the journal "Trauma and Violence."
  • 2015 Head of the German Armed Forces Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Advisory Group
  • 2018 Management of the working group on operational traumatology of the German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology
  • 2020 Award of an unscheduled professorship at the University Hospital Charite Berlin
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