Katharina Seifert Phd, MA

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst

Psychoanalytic treatment for adults, children and adolescents

Adults and adolescents may choose to lie on the couch or to sit, children are seen in the play room. This can vary from one to four sessions a week.

Parent-infant psychotherapy, parent-toddler intervention

Counseling for parents

Assessment of emotional and psychological child development

Supervision for professionals in educational and similar institutions

On Child Psychotherapy

When should you think of your child as being in need of psychotherapeutic help?

When you notice:
  • signs of stress after significant events in his or her life (e.g. moving country, birth of a sibling, loss of important person) such as
  • sleep disturbances, suffering from bad dreams
  • soiling or bedwetting
  • sudden changes in eating patterns, weight loss
  • restless and anxiety driven behaviour
  • signs of fear, such as sudden frights, avoidance of certain situations.
  • Long standing problems,
    • i.e. soiling or bed wetting long beyond the usual age,
    • difficulty with peer relationships
    • preoccupation with certain thoughts or fears.
  • Separation anxiety in connection with starting nursery,
  • Difficulties in weaning

Where the difficulty is entrenched and long standing, for example where development has become arrested or significantly delayed, treatment is likely to be long term (minimum 2 years).

Child psychotherapy helps the child to free herself/himself from inhibiting parental anxieties, and neurotic inhibitions thus opening up the pathway towards psychological, emotional and often also physical growth and maturation.

Initial careful exploration with the parents and child is essential for the start of psychotherapeutic treatment.

The establishment of a trusting relationship between parents and psychotherapist is essential for a successful outcome of treatment.

PhD in Psychology (1986), MA in Linguistics (1987) from the University of Vienna

1986 – 1989 research fellow with various research projects in sociolinguistics and Teaching German as a Foreign Language

1990 – 1994 London: training at the Anna Freud Centre London, as psychoanalytic psychotherapist for children and adolescents.

"Full Clinical Course in Psychoanalytic Study and Treatment of Children and Adolescents": qualified 1995

1990 – 1991 research project on "The Earliest Father-Child Relationship" at the Anna Freud Centre/ University College London,
funded through the Austrian Erwin Schrödinger grant.

1993 – 1994 "Trainee Child Psychotherapist" at the Child Guidance Clinic Chelmsford/ Essex.

1994 – 1998 1998 psychologist and psychotherapist at the Child Guidance Clinic XIX in Vienna.

I have been working in my own private practice since 1994.

From 1994 on training as adult psychoanalyst and qualifying as a member of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society in 2003.

Lecturer at the training program of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Association.

Professional Memberships

  • Vienna Psychoanalytic Society (WPV)
  • International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)
  • Association for Child Psychoanalysis (USA)
  • ÖBVP (Austrian Association of Psychotherapists)

Katharina Seifert Phd, MA
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst

Edelhofgasse 9/2
1180 Vienna
Tel +43-1-470 60 78

By telephone appointment only.

Best chances to contact me personally are in the 10 minutes before the full hour in the afternoon, or around 6 pm, Thursdays 1-2 pm.

Languages German, French

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