Centre for Mental Health Institute for Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Institute is part of the Centre for Mental Health. We supply psychiatry clinics of Stuttgart Clinical Centre/Klinikum Stuttgart and other clinics of Stuttgart Clinical Centre with psychological and psychotherapy services. The core functions of the institute include psychological diagnostics, individual and group psychotherapy, and supervision. A part of the staff works with case responsibility on the wards of the Centre's clinics. The institute also offers clinic and station-spanning treatment groups. Neuropsychological diagnosis will be also offered across the clinic. As part of a teaching outpatient department, we treat patients both, psyotherapeutically outpatient and via private consultation hours. 

In addition, the institute is involved in training and further education of various professional groups. Thus, for example, psychological psychotherapist students may graduate here under the guidance and supervision of their “psychiatric stay”. But also the part of psychotherapeutic specialist training is mainly performed by the institute. Finally, the institute makes an important contribution to the development of psychiatric care.

Medical Director

Prof. Dr. phil. Dipl.-Psych. Matthias Backenstrass


Prof. Dr. phil. Dipl.-Psych. Matthias Backenstraß

Telefon: 0711 278-22901

Telefax: 0711 278-22915

E-Mail: m.backenstrass@klinikum-stuttgart.de

About us

  • Psychological examination and treatment of psychiatric disorders
  • Psychological and neuropsychological diagnoses
  • Crisis intervention
  • Supervision of wards and facilities of the Centre for Mental Health
  • Cognitive behavioural group therapy for coping with anxiety
  • Cognitive behavioural group therapy for patients with depressive disorders
  • Cognitive behavioural group therapy for patients with bipolar disorders
  • Special group therapy for the elderly (e.g. “learn to live again”, depression group for the elderly, group therapy for bipolar disorders)
  • Training programm for social skills
  • Psychic education in psychotic disorders
  • Groups in comorbidity (“double diagnosis”) e.g. addiction and depression
  • Group activities for motivation and relapse prevention in addictive disorders
  • Neuropsychological diagnosis of neurological diseases
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Outpatient cognitive behavioural therapy as part of a teaching clinic
  • Outpatient cognitive behavioural therapy for optional service patients
  • CBASP and SYSP for patients with chronic depression
  • Emergency psychology
  • DFG-supported multicentre study “A comparison of disorder-related psychotherapy with generally supporting psychotherapy in patients with early onset chronic depression” (CBASP vs. SYSP)
  • DFG-supported multicentre study “Individualized treatment management of chronic recurrent depression: Effectiveness of an internet-supported intervention strategy “ (SUMMIT)
  • Emotion regulation in depression ((facets and mechanisms of avoidance in chronic versus episodic depression – FACED)
  • Continuing education with external advisors
  • Monthly meeting of intervisional groups


Institute for Clinical Psychology

Krankenhaus Bad Cannstatt
Prießnitzweg 24
70374 Stuttgart

Telephone +49 (0)711 278-22901
Telefax +49 (0)711 278-22915
E-Mail m.backenstrass@klinikum-stuttgart.de