Psychotherapy of TCM

Psychotherapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (PTTCM)


As practically experienced and clinically saddle-fast doctors, we had to recognize that the supposedly authentic TCM construction of Maoism does not sufficiently reflect the emotional illness conditions of our time and culture. Based on the classic models of China, we have therefore reconstructed therapeutic strategies of TCM psychotherapy. Today we can conclusively combine the centuries-old body and mind studies of Asia with proven western models of psychotherapy. Here we benefit from our scientific knowledge of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy (stemming from our founding history).

What is PTTCM?

In PTTCM training in particular, we attach great importance to the individual care of our participants.

Psychotherapy according to TCM is a novel type of therapy based on the principle of somatic intelligence. We understand human thinking and feeling as a harmonious, self-regulating network of cognitive, instinctive, intuitive and somatic levels of consciousness (model of the four-layered ontology). In this, the somatic level plays a leading and often neglected role. Perhaps you have already experienced that long before the onset of a disease you perceive a physical feeling of becoming ill, subtle vegetative symptoms, which later manifest as a disease. If you take a closer look, you can see that these “messenger symptoms” are often present without becoming sick. Why do they sometimes manifest as a disease, why sometimes not? What is the significance of messenger symptoms? How do we view them in our psychotherapy?

We regard these subtle physical expressions not simply as a disturbing component of a clinical picture to be suppressed, but rather as the expression of a finely coordinated, intelligent evaluation process within the inner of a person. By means of TCM psychotherapy, it is possible to systematically recognize these bodily messenger symptoms, to make the inner evaluation process visible and to initiate the solution of the associated conflicts. So the physical signs that can be recognized in this way are the precise expression of emotional evaluation patterns. It is of great therapeutic importance to understand these emotional evaluation patterns in detail in order to be able to deal with the typical conflict constellations associated with them in a reasonable manner. Suppressed feelings and conflicts can be reliably and precisely identified by the physical signs of a person, facilitating an emotional re-evaluation. The naming and awareness of the often unconscious evaluation patterns is a catalyst for self-healing.

It is a basic assumption of TCM psychotherapy and the somatic intelligence that apart from emotional-physical evaluation patterns, other evaluation patterns also play an important role in thinking and feeling. This concept is based on fundamental insights of western neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. To put it simply, we could say that we evaluate everything we think and feel in several different ways.

An emotional-physical evaluation system (which can be well described via the messenger symptoms and the TCM), a rational-cognitive, an instinctive  (determined by biologically determined behaviour programmes), and an intuitive evaluation system are distinguished and their mechanisms are explained in a plausible and conclusive manner. As these evaluation systems simultaneously evaluate the same conflicts differently, it is no coincidence that human thinking and feeling are often contradictory in themselves. By entering a process of auto-communication you can understand these contradictions and relieve your own emotional evaluation pattern.

Many of the established psychopathological models unilaterally emphasize one of the interwoven evaluation systems, such as the cognitive-rational level of thinking. The concept of TCM psychotherapy and the somatic intelligence strives for a harmonious balance of all evaluation systems as a therapeutic goal. The harmony of the evaluation levels is understood as a prerequisite for the development of the so-called feeling of sense. This feeling of sense is an expression of the health, autonomy and ability to deal with conflicts of the individual and at the same time a sign that the somatopsychic splitting has been overcome.

The best of two worlds

We regard TCM psychotherapy as the model for combining established western psychotherapy concepts with body-oriented and cognitive approaches of experience medicine. The healing of disease-inducing emotional states is achieved via the systematic development of somatic intelligence and the making aware of suboptimal problem-solving strategies. The therapist supports this individual maturation and self-experience process by carefully solving somatic blockades. In this way, the patient experiences a solution of mental, emotional, and intuitive blockades that take much more time, strength and money with traditional therapy procedures. As such, this process is natural and simple. You must have seen and experienced it to understand it.

DGTCM offers systematic and sophisticated training of PTTCM.

Responsible handling of this highly efficient, rational process is very important to us. It requires systematic and sophisticated training, which in Germany until now has exclusively been offered by DGTCM. Now we also want to open it to a limited extent to psychotherapists in order to share the treasure of TCM psychotherapy also with those whose activities are more dedicated to the inner conflicts of people than their psychosomatic complaints.