Occupational therapy in Düsseldorf

The ability to act in everyday life is regarded in occupational therapy as an essential part of human existence – “being active” is considered a basic need. Occupational therapy in Düsseldorf for children, adolescents and adults at the Vivare Health Center helps both physically and mentally ill persons whose ability to act is limited or threatened, or who would like to expand their ability to act, to achieve greater independence and autonomy in everyday life, school and work. Our top priority is to improve the quality of life and increase the subjective satisfaction of our patients.

This is why Vivare is the right choice

Occupational therapy for children, adolescents and adults

Occupational therapy can be used as a rehabilitative and health-promoting tool for mental, neurotic or psychosomatic disorders, regardless of the patient’s age.

Interdisciplinary treatment

An important component of holistic treatment is the combination of different therapeutic approaches. For this reason, we use behavioral therapy and neurofeedback in addition to traditional occupational therapy.

Practice with health insurance license

We support all patients in improving or restoring their ability to act in everyday life. As a practice licensed by health insurance companies, we treat both persons with statutory and private health insurance as well as self-pay patients.

Individual solutions

Our occupational therapy treatment consists of a comprehensive assessment of our patients’ problem situation and a therapy design that is individually adapted to the goals and strengths of those affected.

In Vivare Health Center we offer the following services

KJP Düsseldorf

Our child and adolescent psychiatry unit in Düsseldorf specializes in treating individuals from 0 to 21 years of age with mental illness.

Adolescent Psychology Düsseldorf

In our adolescent psychology practice, we focus on mental disorders in adolescents between the ages of 14 and 21.


As a self-pay patient, you can come in for an appointment at Vivare Health Center right away. The costs for the therapy are borne by the patient.

Child psychology Düsseldorf

If you notice mental abnormalities in your child that are increased or intensified, you can report to our child psychology department

Occupational therapy adults

In addition to children and adolescents, at Vivare Health Center we also treat adults with physical and psychological ailments using occupational therapy.

Psychological counseling

Are you suffering from an acute problem or a specific crisis and would like to have the pressure of suffering alleviated? Psychological counseling can help you with this.

Occupational therapy for mental illness

Occupational therapy is based on the assumption that “being active” is a basic human need and that targeted movements have a health-promoting and therapeutic effect. A holistic approach is taken: In occupational therapy, the human system is trained in addition to the movement sequences. These are attention, perception, movement and the interaction of various individual aspects. This allows deeper reasons for the deficits to be found and the impairments to be treated comprehensively. In this way, not only physical but also psychological deficits can be compensated for, the suffering of those affected can be alleviated and the need for care can be delayed. Occupational therapy interventions in psychotherapy are designed to enable patients to discover their potential and regain skills lost or build skills not developed as a result of the disease. Occupational therapy thus helps people to regain the ability to act in everyday life, school and work, to improve their social participation as well as their quality of life and subjective satisfaction.

Occupational therapy for children, adolescents and adults

Occupational therapy interventions help both children, adolescents and adults to become more capable of acting. The treatment is tailored to each patient individually and is adapted depending on the age and the disease of the affected person. Treatment begins with a comprehensive occupational therapy assessment for all patients. This involves a detailed discussion with the persons concerned or, in the case of children, with their legal guardians. With the help of scientific methods, mental and physical abnormalities are assessed and possible causes for the mental or physical limitation are investigated. Based on this conversation, diagnostics are made and further treatment steps are determined together with the patient.

The exact content of occupational therapy treatment is determined by the diagnosis as well as the age and personal needs of the patient. While a playful, experiential approach is taken with children to achieve improvements in gross and fine motor skills as well as psychosocial abnormalities, treatment for adults often relates to regaining a specific motor, mental, or self-care skill and reducing pre-existing physical limitations. The goal of therapy here is usually to develop strategies to help patients quickly and sustainably achieve greater independence and competence in everyday life and to delay the need for care, while in children it is primarily developmental processes and necessary functions that are promoted and improved. For children, adolescents as well as adults, different concepts and methods of occupational therapy and behavioral therapy are used, which are individually selected and combined for each patient.

In addition to increasing independence and autonomy, occupational therapy also focuses on parental work or the involvement of other caregivers such as the partner. The exchange serves to jointly develop solution strategies and thus to provide comprehensive support for the patient even outside the therapeutic setting. For children and adolescents in particular, a stable, protective and supportive environment is especially important for the healing process.

Possible applications of occupational therapy

Occupational therapy for pain

Due to accidents or health problems, functions or abilities may not be developed to a sufficient degree. Vivare Health Center uses occupational therapy in Düsseldorf to help people regain or relearn a lost or unprecedented ability to act. Our experienced psychotherapists conscientiously address your concerns and provide targeted support to help you achieve your personal goals. Together, we work to restore healthy movement patterns, reduce pain, and increase independence and agency for the highest possible quality of life. We help with:

  • Back problems
  • Migraine attacks
  • etc.

Occupational therapy for social problems

Social behavior disorder is a common diagnosis among children and adolescents – the incidence rate decreases from young adulthood. The disorders manifest themselves in conspicuous behavior and can be recognized in children, for example, when playing in a group or with siblings. It is not uncommon for social behavior disorders to occur in addition to concentration disorders. The following symptoms may be present in social behavior disorder:

  • Unusual, frequent, or severe outbursts of anger
  • Frequent disobedience, arguing, or bullying
  • Property violations such as theft or destruction
  • Cruelty to other people or animals
  • frequent lying
  • Breaking the rules or truancy
  • Drug abuse
  • Running away from home

Occupational therapy measures can provide concrete assistance in the case of social behavior disorders in order to better master everyday difficulties and improve participation in society. Occupational therapy treatment measures for these disorders mainly refer to behavioral therapy measures and aim to replace problematic behaviors with new ones. Social behavior disorders should be treated at an early stage, because chronic disorders carry the risk of not achieving an appropriate school-leaving qualification, which can lead to problems in further professional life.

Occupational therapy for poor concentration and performance

Difficulties with reading, writing, or math are often discussed in the context of children and adolescents, but can also occur in adulthood – regardless of intelligence. Dyslexia and dyscalculia are not diseases: Affected persons have a differentiated attention, which leads to difficulties in dealing with symbols such as letters and numbers. So-called partial performance disorders occur, i.e. the affected person perceives stimuli from visual or auditory perception differently than persons without dyslexia. As a result, “carelessness errors” frequently occur. Due to the wide variety of manifestations, the expression of a reading and writing disability as well as a dyscalculia can only be precisely determined by comprehensive diagnostic testing. Vivare Health Center conducts test psychology assessments to determine if you or your child is suffering from partial performance. Testing should be carried out as early as possible in order to initiate targeted support measures. Possible disorders we treat include:

  • Concentration problems iVm other mental illnesses
  • ADHD in children and adults
  • Promoting self-organization
  • Dyslexia and dyscalculia

Questions and answers about occupational therapy Düsseldorf

How can occupational therapy help with mental disorders?

We can encounter mental illness at any age and at any stage of life. The signs of mental illness vary from person to person. But whether depressive phases, burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety or panic disorders: Very often, mental illnesses make it difficult to cope with everyday life and restrict the freedom of action of those affected. Occupational therapy is a versatile therapeutic method and can be used for patients of all ages with psychological, neurotic or psychosomatic disorders, as well as in the rehabilitation of addictive disorders. Occupational therapy helps those affected to develop action strategies to cope with the course of the disease. Occupational therapy thus helps the mentally ill to regain the ability to act in everyday life, school and work and thus to achieve the greatest possible independence and autonomy. In addition, the aim is to improve their participation in society as well as their quality of life and subjective satisfaction.

What is the course of therapy?

The course of therapy is adapted individually from patient to patient. The exact diagnosis on the one hand and the age of the patient on the other hand play a role. At the beginning, however, a detailed anamnesis interview takes place in any case. In the case of children, this interview is conducted with their legal guardians. Based on this discussion, a targeted assessment is made and adequate therapeutic methods are developed, adapted to the patient’s goals and personal strengths. We follow a holistic approach in which the physical, mental and social aspects are included in the therapy. A therapy session usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. The course of therapy is always discussed together with the patients or, in the case of children, with their legal guardians. This cooperation is important because our therapeutic work is based on mutual trust, respect and the motivation and curiosity of the patients. This is the only way to achieve the best possible results. Ideally, the strategies and techniques learned and developed in therapy are tested and reinforced in everyday life at home and at school or work.

Will the cost of a therapy session be covered?

The cost coverage of therapy depends on the patient’s insurance status. If the costs of the therapy are to be covered by a statutory health insurance, then this is only possible with a valid occupational therapy prescription. Occupational therapy must therefore be prescribed by the attending general practitioner or specialist. If you have private insurance, you should check or clarify the contractual provisions for cost coverage in advance. If occupational therapy is part of the contract, private health insurers will cover either all or part of the cost of occupational therapy treatment as prescribed by a doctor. If you are willing to pay the entire cost of treatment yourself, a prescription for therapy is not necessary. However, self-pay patients must pay for treatments directly after the treatment session has taken place. The costs for the treatment are based on the fee schedule for therapists (GebüTh) according to the recommendations of the professional associations.

Are occupational therapists bound by confidentiality?

The basis for long-term successful occupational therapy lies in the trusting and transparent relationship between patient and therapist. Patients must be actively involved in the healing process and also implement strategies and measures in their daily lives. However, this can only happen if patients feel comfortable and understood in the therapeutic premises and are treated with respect. Any doubts, fears or difficulties must have room. With us, you can be sure that our occupational therapists will always treat you and your concerns with respect and consideration. No concern need be embarrassing to you. As occupational therapists, we are subject to medical confidentiality under criminal law, which is punishable by imprisonment of up to one year or fines if violated. The protection of confided or otherwise disclosed secrets is comprehensive and begins with the very fact that the patient has sought treatment from the therapist in the first place. Vivare Health Center thus never discloses data to unauthorized third parties without permission.

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