Goals an Tasks of the Institute

The Berlin Institute for Depth Psychology and Existential Psychotherapy (BITEP) is dedicated to research and development, as well as teaching of Depth Psychology based on the work of KAREN HORNEY with an integration of existential therapy and inclusion of the transpersonal and spiritual perspective.

The institute offers training for psychologists and medical doctors and students who wish to deepen the existential perspective in their work.

The institute is dedicated to KAREN HORNEY’s work and will also be named “Karen Horney Institute”. KAREN HORNEY was one of the founders of the Psychoanalytical Institute Berlin in the 1920s, from 1933 on she worked in Chicago and New York. She had a great influence on the development of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology.

Among the tasks of the institute are:

  • Seminars, trainings, and lectures:
    The trainings are meant for medical and psychological psychotherapists as well as other professionals who work in education, therapy or other forms of supporting people.
  • Research on KAREN HORNEY’s works, developing the integration of different therapeutic methods and
  • Deeper exploration of the interrelation between spirituality and psychotherapy
  • Development of theory and methodology as well as professional exchange:
    The institute organizes events, conferences, lectures and guest lectures, and supports the exchange on scientific and methodological topics with interested  representatives of other fields of research. BITEP also aims at co-operating with other institutes and universities.
    The institute will become a member of the International Karen Horney Society (based in Florida, USA.)

The institute has a holistic approach. An existential and holistic approach to psychotherapy and personal growth is to develop based on insights from depth psychology and humanistic and transpersonal psychotherapy.

Various methods of from the latter approach and humanistic therapy are combined, notably KAREN HORNEY’s Depth Psychology, Gestalt Therapy, based on Fritz Perls, Gestalt-Body-Work based on Dr. Phil. Leland Johnson, the Enneagram, Family Constellations based on Bert Hellinger, and several methods derived from Hypnotherapy and NLP.