Dr. Janina Botsford

Dr. phil. clinical psychologist and therapist in Berlin

My name is Janina Botsford and I am a clinical psychologist and therapist.

I’ve found myself working more and more with women in their twenties, thirties and forties who already have many experiences to look back on (and some challenging ones too) who also have a lot ahead of them, and want to find the strength and energy to go into this future as healthy, confident and free individuals.

Many of these women face the same challenges: emotional imbalances marked by fear and anxiety, depression, excessive thinking and a feeling of searching without knowing what for, or not allowing themselves to have their needs met. Feelings of loneliness, despair, isolation, being out-of-place, low self-esteem or even self-hate and often struggles with anger and the expression of anger.

I am originally trained in CBT and mindfulness-based approaches, however, I tailor the sessions individually according to my clients personal needs and circumstances.

My Approach

I mostly work with CBT methods (and mindfulness-based approaches), however, I have found techniques from Psychodynamic Therapy and Body Psychotherapy to round off my therapeutic work. 

Especially for individuals who display difficulties to stay in touch with and regulate their emotions, working with the body can be extremely transformative. 

Besides this, analyzing relational patterns and understanding where a person comes from – what they have learned about relationships, the world in general, other people and themselves – seems inevitable for understanding current difficulties. Generally, the basis of my work is always a stable and dependable therapeutic relationship.

Whether you face a difficult life transition or repeating cycles of negativity – there is a potential in all of us to move from crisis to personal growth.



  • 2020 PhD in clinical psychology at Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2018 Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie
  • Since 2016 Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents at ZGFU Berlin
  • 2014 Diplom Psychologie, Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany


  • Since 2019 Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (HeilprG) with own practice in Berlin
  • 2018 Heilpraktiker für Psychotherapie Since
  • 2017 Clinical Interviews with patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at Hochschulambulanz Freie Universität Berlin
  • Since 2016 Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents at ZGFU Berlin
  • 2015 – 2020 Doctoral program in clinical psychology at Freie Universität Berlin

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I am based in Germany but work with people from all around the world online.



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