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Dr. Serkan Het

Personal characteristics and way of work

I am a mindful, helpful, emphatic and humorous person. That is why I feel interest and joy when communicating with people and being active in working, understanding, advising and motivating them as well as learning from them. It was especially this joy and interest in people that brought me to the study of psychology and to the education in Psychotherapy.

I perceive the collaboration with people always as a kind of teamwork. My image of man is affected by the idea that people can achieve their goals independently and help themselves best, if they are motivated or get motivated, if competences are being communicated to them how to achieve their aims and get the possibility to talk about their changes in a trustful and respectful relationship. My way of work is therefore determined by their concerns, wishes and goals for changing or their derivation. The highest priority for me is to understand and support them in understanding themselves better. Subsequent to this we derive steps towards the solution and I accompany them on their way to target achievement if they are willing to do so. My wish is to coach and to help people to help themselves, to advise and to assist them in hard times. In doing so it is important to me to get to know their personalities with all their strengths to integrate these into our work. I am always concerned about understanding their burden and reducing it without fundamentally changing the person himself. Directness, appreciation, resilience, decision-making ability, helpfulness and transparency are my strengths that I apply in the teamwork with you and for you.


After postgraduate studies I have been working at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf in teaching and researching (psychobiological stress research).

Subsequently, I began the training as a psychotherapist in April 2005 at the Ruhr-University Bochum and successfully finished it in April 2008. Afterwards I worked in a psychotherapeutic joint practice in Hamm. Since 1st of July 2013 I work in my own practice in Frankfurt. In December 2010 I completed a curriculum for the qualified, psychotherapeutic treatment of psychic traumata (psychotraumatology). Currently, I am aiming at an additional qualification in psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents. Because of my language ability I tender my performance in English and Turkish as well.
I still follow my interest in stress research and therefore I am also working as a research assistant at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Cognitive Psychology). Thus, it was possible for me to finish my PhD in summer 2009 and still actively taking part in psychobiological stress research. This enables me to have an interlocking of science and practice. You can find several of my publications on the following journals:

Het, S., Vocks, S., Wolf, J.M., Hammelstein, P., Herpertz, S., Wolf, O.T. (2015). Blunted neuroendocrine stress reactivity in young women with eating disorders. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 78(3), 260-267.
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Kinner, V.L., Het, S., Wolf, O.T., (2014). Emotion regulation: exploring the impact of stress and sex. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 397.
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Teismann, T., Förtsch, E.-M., Baumgart, P., Het, S., Michalak, J. (2014). Influence of violent video gaming on determinants of the acquired capability for suicide. Psychiatry Research, 215, 217-222.
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Teismann T., Het, S., Grillenberger, M., Willutzki, U., Wolf, O.T. (2013). Writing about life goals: Effects on rumination, mood and the cortisol awakening response. Journal of Health Psychology,18 (7).
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Het, S., Schoofs, D., Rohleder, N., Wolf, O.T. (2012). Stress induced cortisol elevations are associated with reduced negative affect after stress: Indications for a mood buffering cortisol effect. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 23-32
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Het, S., Rohleder, N., Schoofs, D., Kirschbaum, C. Wolf, O.T. (2009). Neuroendocrine and psychometric evaluation of a placebo version of the “Trier Social Stress Test”. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 34 (7), 1075-1086.
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Het, S., Wolf, O.T. (2007). Mood changes in response to psychosocial stress in healthy young women: effects of pretreatment with cortisol. Behavioral Neuroscience, 121 (1), 11-20.
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Het, S., Ramlow, G., Wolf, O.T. (2005). A meta-analytic review of the effects of acute cortisol administration on human memory performance. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 30, 771-784.
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You can have a look at my curriculum vitae.