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English-speaking psychologist / therapist in Zurich

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Let's just say I have a couple of issues that I'd like to discuss with a professional, preferably in Zurich area. Does anyone know a decent English speaking psychologist or therapist here? Also, do you have any idea on how much can such a meeting cost?
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80-130 per hour afaik


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Thanks, that would be in line with what I was thinking of.
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Re: English-speaking psychologist / therapist in Zurich

Hi Emstan. The cost of therapy ranges from 80-200 CHF per hour (though many therapists do a 50 min hour). If you find a therapist who works “delegated” (delegierte psychotherapie), the Krankenkasse will pay 90% of the cost. If you have supplemental insurance (zusatzversicherung) the insurance will pay a percentage of the cost. You would have to check with your insurance to see what they cover. There are some generous insurances, but the most pay a minimal amount.
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Hi everyone,

Let's just say I have a couple of issues that I'd like to discuss with a professional, preferably in Zurich area. Does anyone know a decent English speaking psychologist or therapist here? Also, do you have any idea on how much can such a meeting cost?
Simple google search

http://www.drsallystern.com

https://www.martina-famos.ch
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Re: English-speaking psychologist / therapist in Zurich

I can highly recommend Tanja Rom.

She is located right by Central and, if you have supplementary insurance, there is a good chance that they will cover her services (you have to check first).

good luck!
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If you find a therapist who works “delegated” (delegierte psychotherapie), the Krankenkasse will pay 90% of the cost.
Why only 90%? Health insurance covers 100% of the cost after you have exhausted your excess and contribution.
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Yes, I know how to google, but in such matters I'd rather trust someone's recommendation than Google's algorithm. Thanks, though!
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Yes, I know how to google, but in such matters I'd rather trust someone's recommendation than Google's algorithm. Thanks, though!
In which case you would trust a totally stranger's opinion...But anyway, I get your point. I usually ask for recommendations too (not always happy with them though) but when I get none, I trust google search and then look at those people's credentials and work experience, also check out if they have some online reviews. Good luck, anyway.
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Why only 90%? Health insurance covers 100% of the cost after you have exhausted your excess and contribution.
Only if it is a "psychiatrist", i.e. a medical doctor.

Psychiatrists in Switzerland are primarily for medical mental health diagnosis and medication. You would also need a referral from your GP to make an appointment with a mental health doctor. Most therapists (i.e. a psychologist/psychotherapist) in Switzerland are not doctors, and therapy isn't covered by insurance, unless the patient has already private supplementary coverage. (Which is expensive and hard to obtain.)

I can highly recommend someone in Basel if anyone should ever need one here: http://praxisbs.ch/en/team/lic-phil-marina-poppinger/
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Only if it is a "psychiatrist", i.e. a medical doctor.

Psychiatrists in Switzerland are primarily for medical mental health diagnosis and medication. You would also need a referral from your GP to make an appointment with a mental health doctor. Most therapists (i.e. a psychologist/psychotherapist) in Switzerland are not doctors, and therapy isn't covered by insurance, unless the patient has already private supplementary coverage. (Which is expensive and hard to obtain.)

I can highly recommend someone in Basel if anyone should ever need one here: http://praxisbs.ch/en/team/lic-phil-marina-poppinger/
Unfortunately a portion of the information above is not correct.

Yes, a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who diagnoses the mental health problem and can prescribe medication and/or other treatments.

Unless you have a restrictive health plan (which requires you to consult first with a GP), you can make an appointment with a psychiatrist directly.

The psychiatrist then "prescribes" a psychologist/psychotherapist if that mode of treatment is indicated. And in doing so, it is covered by LaMal.
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Re: English-speaking psychologist / therapist in Zurich

My doctor did that for me and it was rejected by my insurance...

P.S. Also not on a restricted health plan, I am never able to make appointments with specialists directly - its the specialists that always request a referral. (Aside from a gynecologist etc.)

Happier its been easier for you, but I am speaking from direct experience here. Maybe its different by each canton.

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