Recognition of foreign professional qualifications (third countries) as a specialised psychotherapist

The profession of specialised psychotherapist is regulated in Germany. This means that you need a licence if you want to use the title "specialist psychotherapist" for your specialisation in Berlin.

By training as a specialist psychotherapist, you have acquired a medical specialisation in addition to your qualification as a psychotherapist abroad. To work as a psychotherapist in Germany, you first need a licence to practise or a professional licence. In order to be able to work as a specialised psychotherapist in Germany, you must also apply for recognition of your further training as a specialised psychotherapist. This allows you to use the title "specialist psychotherapist" in your respective specialisation.

Note: You may only use the designation for your specialisation if there is a corresponding further training designation in Germany.

1. you submit your application and the required documents to the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists. If necessary, you will be asked to submit any missing documents.

2. The competent authority checks whether your professional qualification is equivalent. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign professional qualification and the German professional qualification.

3.1 *If your qualification is recognised, you can work in the profession in Germany. You will receive a notification.

3.2 If deficits are found in the knowledge and special areas of law for psychotherapists, the equivalence of your qualification will not be certified. You will be notified of the differences in your professional qualification. You can then take a knowledge test to determine equivalence. *If you successfully pass the examination, you will receive permission to use the title "specialist psychotherapist" for your specialisation.

4 You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority within one month (e.g. lodge an objection). We recommend that you first speak to the competent body before taking legal action against the decision.


Documents required

  • Application for recognition
    Submit a written application by post.
  • Curriculum vitae
    Curriculum vitae in tabular form with details of completed further training and professional experience
  • Proof of identity
    Identity card or passport
  • License to practice medicine or professional permit
    Proof of a German licence to practise medicine or professional licence and proof of an equivalent level of training
  • Proof of qualifications
    Proof of further training and certificates of professional experience
  • Declaration on previous professional recognition procedures
    Declaration as to whether you have already submitted an application for recognition to another chamber of psychotherapists
  • German translation
    If your documents are not in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorized.


EUR 280.00 to 500.00 EUR, additional fees may apply depending on expenditure

Average time to process request

approx. 3-4 months, if all documents are complete

Hinweise zur Zuständigkeit

The application for recognition of a foreign professional qualification as a specialised psychotherapist must be submitted to the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists.

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