How does art therapy work?

The healing power of art therapy lies in the effect of creative processes and their focused accompaniment by the therapist. A recognised therapeutic approach in the English-speaking world, it is becoming increasingly established in Germany both inside and outside hospitals. 

Art therapy is suitable for people of all ages and for all mental illnesses. It fosters creative abilities and a sense of reality and authenticity.

The special thing about this form of therapy is its particular attention to communication though and in images.

There is a wide range of material and tools for you in my praxis studio. You don’t need to have any artistic experience or skills for art therapy to be effective.

How do I work?

My approach is based on psycho-analytic theory, and assumes that unresolved issues in the unconscious express themselves and cause trouble in the form of symptoms of illness or conflicts with oneself or others.

Artistic processes and reflecting on them with another person can lead to a beneficial encounter with these hidden issues and themes. Through creative exploration they can concretise in images and open up new perspectives.

My aim in art therapy is to support you to calmly develop your personal visual language, which boosts your self-confidence and changes your self-perception. In this way you prepare the ground for new insights in relation to yourself and others. I see the way you work and what emerges as visible and tangible evidence of your uniqueness.

In individual sessions and/or in the validating atmosphere of a group you can find the safety to work towards change creatively.


What therapeutic formats are available?

The praxis studio welcomes children, adolescents and adults with our without disabilities.
You can experience art therapy in a one-to-one setting or in a group.

It is also possible to book sessions in twos (couple, parent–child) or as a family.
You are also very welcome to contact me after a stay in hospital.

The first  appointment for all formats is for getting to know the setting.

You can visit the studio, and we can discuss whether and how art therapy can help you or your child.

We can converse in German, English or Spanish.

In four  trial sessions you then have time to find out if this approach is right for you.
If it is, we clarify your therapeutic goals and make a contract for further sessions.


How much does art therapy cost?

Most statutory health insurances don’t yet cover art therapy. But private healthcare costs can be claimed as extraordinary expenses (außergewöhnliche Belastungen) in your tax return. 


There are ways of applying for funding:
To apply for partial funding from a health insurer you need a medical certificate containing a diagnosis and a recommendation for art therapy.

You can also apply for finance through the ‘personal budget’.

The following link takes you to a version in simple German:


Children and adolescents with disabilities can receive funding through the social-security statutes §§ 53, 54 SGB XII and from the Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) (§ 35a Abs. 1a SGB VIII).



My fees:
Preliminary appointment:
40 €

Trial sessions (max. 4 ):
60 min. = € 65

One-to-one sessions:
60 min. = €  80 for adults
€ 70 for children/adolescents

Reductions can be agreed for the unemployed and people on ‘basic income’ or Hartz 4.

Group therapy:
2,5 h = € 70
Reductions can be agreed here too.


My name is Daniela von Waberer, and I look forward to hearing from you!
We can converse in German, English or Spanish.
I am an art therapist with a depth-analytic approach, and I am also a visual artist. 

I studied painting and sculpture at the art academies in Munich and Berlin (UdK), graduating with an MFA.
After a few years as a freelance artist I completed an MA in art therapy at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art. 
From 2013 to 2023 I worked as a part-time art therapist at the Clinic for Pediatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the Charité Berlin.

Since 2016 I work as a lecturer in the Mastercourse 'art therapy' at the Berlin Weißensee school of Art.

I have experience of art therapy with adult prisoners.
For many years I gave ongoing art courses and led open studios in various workshops for disabled people in Berlin.

I am currently training as a group analyst at the Berlin Institute of Group Analysis.

I am a non-medical practitioner of psychotherapy according to the Non-medical Practitioners Act and a member of the Professional Association for Art Therapy (DFKGT).


Praxis für Kunsttherapie
Daniela von Waberer
Gürtelstraße 12
10388 Berlin—Weißensee
TEL: 030 - 95 99 18 84
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Public transport:

(M4, M13, M12)
(M4, Bus 156)

Current precautions during the pandemic:
Please don’t come to the studio if you have symptoms that suggest COVID-19.
Please wear a face mask in the studio.