Dr. Sophie L. Teuschl



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Habsburgergasse 4/7 (4th floor, elevator)
1010 Vienna

Tel: 0676 950 48 70

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Monday to Friday   11:00 – 19:00

Saturday 11:00 – 15:00

Education & Training

Bachelor’s degree in Psychotherapy Science
(Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna)

Title of bachelor thesis & Abstract

Power Nap and cognition: The function of sleep and dream for the processing of daily information and its integration with other memory content according to foundation of information theory

Neuroendocrinological balance, controlled by circadian rhythms, is a physiological precondition for „night-sleep“ as well as for power napping. A selection of literature outlines the differences between regular „night-sleep“ and a „daytime nap“, which are followed by improved brain performance. During sleep, long-term memory is maintained through the process of consolidating recently acquired input with existing memory content. Findings in somnology, neurophysiology, neurobiology, and neuroendocrinology are brought together with methodology of information theory. Models of coding add new aspects to cognitive and memory research, despite the differences between computers and the human brain.

Keywords: Plausibility, Memory formation, Cortisol, Long-term memory, „Garbage collection“, „Primary keys“

Please cite this as: Teuschl, S.L. (2013). Power Nap und Kognition: Die Funktion von Schlaf und Traum für die Verarbeitung von Tagesinformationen und deren Integration mit anderen Gedächtnisinhalten nach informationstheoretischen Grundlagen. (Abstract). Unpublished bachelor’s thesis, Sigmund Freud PrivateUniversity Vienna. URL: http://www.psychotherapie-teuschl.com/contact.html

Master’s degree in Psychotherapy Science
(Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna)

Title of master thesis & Abstract

Theory of empathy. Its neurobiological foundation and their application in person-centered psychotherapy

Recent neurobiological research both confirms psychotherapy and its concepts and efficacy, and doubts its potential effectiveness. The missing link between neurobiological, biochemical and physiological evidence and intellectual, experience-like constructs and perceptions as well as the concepts of reality and creativity dominates the research question and has a direct impact on every-day psychotherapy practice and their future understanding of its possibilities and limitations. Based on the concept of empathy a positioning on the contemporary state of research and an alignment of the development of the method of person-centered psychotherapy is done. In addition, emotionality is restated using information-theoretic methodology based on the principles of neurobiology and is operationalised for the purpose of psychotherapy.

Keywords: Oxytocin, Limbic System, emotional and cognitive empathy, learning, „grit“, „self-control“

Please cite this as: Teuschl, S.L. (2015). Theorie der Empathie in neurobiologischer Begründung und ihre Anwendung in der person-zentrierten Psychotherapie. (Abstract). Unpublished master’s thesis, Sigmund Freud PrivateUniversity Vienna. URL: http://www.psychotherapie-teuschl.com/contact.html

Specialised training in person-centered Psychotherapy
(APG IPS Vienna)

Doctoral Programme in Psychotherapy Science
(Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna)

Title of doctoral thesis & Abstract

Psychotherapy as complementary care in the Cardiology. Somatised states of suffering and the limits of their clinical finding

The connection between the brain and the heart is biologically embedded through evolution and is established during embryonic development. In this interactive context emotional awareness is based on functions of the autonomic nervous system. Bio-psycho-social factors influence the body and mind, in particular cardiac health. They challenge humans to resist and to be resilient to emotional stress exposure. Maintaining good health presupposes neuropsychophysiological stability. Current research focuses on emotional dysfunction. Therapeutic goals include detection of causes as well as the increase of individual stress endurance. Emotional dysfunctions are opaque preconditions, that can damage cardiac health. Symptoms of increased stress vulnerability appear as psychosomatic heart sensations and heart complaints and are likely associated with depression and anxiety. Patients who suffer from medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) currently remain without cardiological diagnosis or psychotherapeutic treatment. They have an increased morbidity risk as well as an increased hazard ratio for cardiovascular mortality. One can assume, that MUPS are the missing link between early psychosomatic symptoms and the consequential development of cardiac manifestation that in later stages become a clinically verified cardiovascular disease, e.g. Takotsubo stress cardiomyopathy. As cardiology reaches its limitations in diagnostics and treatment of cardiac patients with mental or psychosomatic comorbidities as well as of patients with MUPS, this subject is explored from a psychotherapeutic perspective based on scientific literature research. The correlation between psychosomatic heart projections, bio-psychosocial aspects, e.g. deregulation of the autonomic nervous system, present type-D-personality with or without alexithymia, and an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease is investigated. Further, the hypothesis is tested, whether these heart complaints are caused by an impairment of emotional awareness, that additionally results in physical and psychological suffering due to chronic uncompensated stress aggravated by time. The results could provide adjuvant psychotherapeutic diagnostics and focal treatment options to be applied complementary to (psycho-)cardiology and establish an interdisciplinary treatment for people affected. The duality of the treatment shows short comings in their institutionalisation, which should be edited

Keywords: Nervus vagus, autonomic nervous system, cortisol, type-D-personality, emotion, alexithymia, slights and offenses;

Please cite this as: Teuschl, S.L. (2018). Psychotherapie als Komplementärversorgung in der Kardiologie. Somatisierte Leidenszustände und die Grenzen ihrer klinischen Befundung. (Abstract). Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Sigmund Freud PrivateUniversity Vienna. URL: http://www.psychotherapie-teuschl.com/contact.html

Certified academic expert in infant, child and adolescent psychotherapy
(Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna)