Gunther Schmidt (physician)

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Gunther Schmidt (* 1945 ) is a German doctor specializing in psychotherapy . He is considered one of the pioneers in the connection of systemic therapy and hypnotherapy according to Milton Erickson to a holistic concept ( hypnosystemic integration model ).

Schmidt is a co-founder of the Heidelberg Institute for Systemic Research and Consulting, the International Society for Systemic Therapy (IGST) and the Helm Stierlin Institute in Heidelberg, where, as well as the Milton-Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis (MEG), he has been a board member for several years was. He heads the Milton Erickson Institute in Heidelberg and is the medical director of the sysTelios private clinic for psychotherapy and psychosomatic health development in Siedelsbrunn, which he co-founded. In the German-speaking countries he contributed to the solution-oriented turnaround in systemic couple and family therapy. Schmidt is also a founding member of the German Federal Association of Coaching e. V. (DBVC).


After studying economics at Heidelberg University , Schmidt studied medicine . After training in depth psychology, he completed various family therapy and systemic trainings, trainings in hypnotherapy and the like. a. 1979 with Milton Erickson in the USA, in psychodrama , further training in transaction analysis , gestalt therapy and various body therapies .

Schmidt is part of the Heidelberg School, which with the Heidelberg Family Therapy founded in 1974 by Helm Stierlin , then director of the Department for Psychoanalytical Basic Research and Family Therapy at the University of Heidelberg , contributed significantly to the development of systemic therapy in Germany.

Today he works in two areas: firstly in the clinical area and secondly in the field of organizational and team development and individual coaching. As a specialist in psychotherapeutic medicine, he headed the systemic-hypnotherapeutic psychosomatics department of the specialist clinic am Hardberg in Breuberg in the northern Odenwald, whose structure and therapy concept he himself helped design. Since 2007 he has been the medical director of the private clinic for psychosomatics and psychotherapy of the sysTelios health center in Siedelsbrunn, which he co-founded . He also works as a coach and consultant in organizational development, as a lecturer, author and director of the Milton Erickson Institute in Heidelberg .

In 2010 he was awarded the Life Achievement Award of the continuing education industry for his life's work, in 2014 with the Milton-Erickson Prize of the Million Erickson Society (MEG), in 2017 with the WinWinno Prize of the Fördergemeinschaft Mediation DACH eV, Germany, Austria, Switzerland ( Umbrella company of the German-speaking mediation associations)

Main focus of work and research

Schmidt's work focuses on the integration of systemic concepts and Ericksonian hypnotherapy into an overall concept in the sense of a systemic, competence-oriented holistic psychotherapy.

Fonts (in selection)

Publications in book form

Articles in collective works

  • Family therapy for patients with eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa. In: Jutta Brakhoff (Hrsg.): Eating disorders. Outpatient and inpatient treatment . Lambertus-Verlag, Freiburg 1985, ISBN 978-3-7841-0289-4
  • Thoughts on the Ericksonian approach from a systemic perspective . In: Burkhard Peter (ed.): Hypnosis and psychotherapy according to Milton Erickson. J. Pfeiffer Publishing House, Munich 1985
  • Relationship patterns and belief systems in children of addicts - a systemic view . In: Jutta Brakhoff (Ed.): Children of addicts. Situation, prevention, counseling and therapy . Lambertus-Verlag, Freiburg 1987, ISBN 3-7841-0382-0 , pp. 25-52.
  • Relapses in patients diagnosed as addictive from a systemic point of view . In: Joachim Körkel (Hrsg.): The relapse of the addict: Escape into addiction? Springer, 1988, ISBN 978-3-642-77375-4 , S: 173-213, 1988
  • Bulimia from a systemic point of view . In: A. Kämmerer, B. Klingenspor (Ed.): Bulimie. Understanding a gender-specific eating disorder , Kohlhammer-Verlag, Stuttgart 1989
  • Consulting and coaching practice. In: Michael Faschingbauer: Effectuation : How successful entrepreneurs think, decide and act. Schäffer-Poeschel, Stuttgart 2010, pp. 178–188.
  • Consultant as a "realities waiter" and consultation as a co-evolutionary construction ritual for target-oriented network activations - some hypnosystemic implications . In: Werner A. Leeb, Bernhard Trenkle, Martin F. Weckenmann: The Realities Waiter- Hypnosystemic Concepts in Therapy, Counseling and Supervision . Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag Heidelberg 2011, ISBN 9783896704696
  • Making problem triggers usable for target-oriented competence activation. In Christopher Rauen: Coaching Tolls III , Managerseminare-Verlag 2012, ISBN 978-3941965485
  • Psychotherapy and dignity: Multiple dilemmas in therapeutic cooperation and their appreciative use and solution . In Astrid Lampe, Peter Abilgaard: Seeing with Both Eyes: Suffering and Resources in Psychotherapy , Klett-Cotta 2013, ISBN 978-3608891386 #
  • Hypnosystemic and Hypnotherapeutic Techniques . In: Tom Levold, Michael Wirsching. (2014): Systemic therapy and counseling - the great textbook , Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag Heidelberg 2014, ISBN 978-3896705778
  • The hypnosystemic therapy and counseling model. In Agnes Kaiser-Rekkas (Ed.): Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy; Manual for practice, training and teaching. Carl-Auer-Systeme Verlag Heidelberg 2018, ISBN 978-3849702311

Magazine articles

  • Systemic family therapy as circular hypnotherapy. In: Familiendynamik Heft 3, 1985, pp. 241–264
  • Building motivation by utilizing the value system by means of therapeutic double binds . In: Hypnose und Kognition Heft 3, 1986, pp. 15-21.
  • The clinic as a learning organization. In: systems . February 17, 2003, pp. 160-186.
  • with Johannes von Stritzky: Relationship biographies in social change. A comparison of three generations. In: Family Dynamics . 29, 2, 2005, pp. 78-100.
  • The clinic as a ritual space of competence-focusing: Stationary hypnosystemic trauma therapy (parts 1-3 ), in: Trauma - Journal for Psychotraumatology and its Applications, Issues 1/2/4, 2014

Audio media

  • Systemic and hypnotherapeutic concepts for organizational advice, coaching and personal development. 8 CDs. Auditorium Network, Müllheim 2004.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Medical management • sysTelios clinic. Retrieved June 11, 2018 .
  2. Life Achievement Award Winner .
  3. MEG Awards - MEG Hypnosis. Retrieved June 11, 2018 .
  4. ^ Mediation DA-CH: Win-Win Innovation Prize. Retrieved June 11, 2018 .