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Department of psychosomatics and psychotherapy

Prof. Dr. med. Peter Henningsen
psychosomatics and psychotherapy

About the department

The department of psychosomatics and psychotherapy at University Hospital rechts der Isar of the Technical University (TUM) Munich is focused on the interaction of body (soma) and soul (psyche). Experienced therapists treat all psychosomatic illnesses on an outpatient, day clinic, and inpatient basis and work interdisciplinary with other hospital departments. The department has 5 scientific working groups developing the science of psychosomatics and a university training centre that includes courses on psychosomatic medicine and palliative medicine. There is a certified quality management system to provide world-class care for patients. This includes regular proof of treatment and support processes of ongoing improvement in process quality and patient orientation. Over 40 physicians and psychologists work at the department, led by an internationally recognized professor with over 35 decades of experience.

Areas of interest in the department include such conditions: persistent, unclear, and distressing physical complaints; general mental disorders; physical illnesses with psychological influencing factors and consequences requiring treatment. Treatment options include psychosomatic counselling sessions or psychosomatic co-supervision.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diseases treated at the department:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychological conditions in oncology
  • Disorders resulting from trauma 
  • Psychosomatics
  • Pain
  • Functional disorders (medical conditions resulting in symptoms without any changes in organs: dizziness, digestive, cardiovascular, or gait disorders)

Treatment options:

  • Palliative care
  • Psychosocial Oncology 
  • Psychological counselling for patients undergoing transplantation
  • Somatoform and body-oriented psychotherapy 
  • Experimental Psychosomatic Medicine and Neuro-Psychosomatics 
  • Spiritual Care
  • Interdisciplinary pain therapy (a team of different specialists involved in the management of pain)
  • Outpatient musician medicine
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Day clinic care
  • Outpatient treatment
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1977-1984 Study of human medicine in Stuttgart, Freiburg, Berlin, Cambridge

Experience

  • 1984-1990 Assistant and senior physician, Neurological University Clinics in Berlin and Heidelberg
  • 1990-2005 Assistant, Psychosomatic University Clinic Heidelberg
  • 2005 Professor at the Department of psychosomatics and psychotherapy at University Hospital rechts der Isar Munich
  • 2006-2010 Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty of the Technical University of Munich
  • 2010-2019 Dean of the medical faculty of the Technical University of Munich

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Board member of the Viktor von Weizsacker Society
  • Scientific management of the Lindau Psychotherapy Weeks
  • Included in the list of the best psychosomatic doctors FOCUS magazine
  • Author of more than 70 publications
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