Dr. med. univ. (A) Olga Gericke
Nurture Your Emotional Health
Throughout my 20-year career as a practicing psychiatrist, I have had the privilege of working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures, providing them with personalized, holistic treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders and mental health issues.
About Dr. med. univ. (A) Olga Gericke
My main interests are:
Depression and Bipolar Affective Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder
Coaching for work - related difficulties
2020- 2023: Fachärztin für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Leitung Psychotherapie, Institut für Arbeitsmedizin, Ifa Baden, Schweiz
2019-2020: Oberärztin für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, PDAG, Praxis Zofingen, Schweiz
1999-present: Psychiatric Private Practice, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town.
2002-2007: Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Victoria Hospital, 2002 - 2007
1998: Supervising Psychiatrist for Bipolar Affective Disorder Genetics Research Project, Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town
1993-1997: Registrar, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town
1992: Medical Officer, Tygerberg Hospital and Day Hospitals, Cape Town
1990: Medical Officer, Department of Anaesthetics, University of Natal, Durban
1989: Medical Intern, Landesklinikum, Scheibbs , Austria
1988-1989: Medical Intern, Elim Hospital, Limpopo Province, South Africa
2017 Facharztdiplom der ôsterreichischen Aerztekammer
1997 FCPsych(SA), Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists of South Africa
1987 Dr. med. univ. (A) Doktor der Gesamten Heilkunde University of Vienna
Health Professions Council of South Africa, Membership number MP0328774
Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists
Mitglied der Verbindung Schweizer Ärztinnen und Ärzte (FMH)
Mitglied der Schweizer Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (SGPP)
Gericke O, Gericke N,Stein D, Chapter: Sceletium tortuosum, in Gerbarg P, Muskin PR, Brown RP. 2017 Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice, American Psychiatric Press
As a psychiatrist, I am committed to providing comprehensive care to those struggling with mental health issues. My approach involves diagnosing, assessing, treating, and preventing mental disorders with the goal of improving the lives of my patients.
Diagnostic and Assessment Process
To diagnose and assess mental health issue I take a careful history of current and past difficulties together with a personal and family history. In addition, it might be necessary to conduct blood tests and other investigations in cooperation with your general practitioner.
Integrative Therapy Techniques
Although I originally trained in psychodynamic-psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the University of Cape Town, I now add techniques of modern traumatherapy like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and elements of interpersonal psychotherapy to create an eclectic, individualized approach. Acute or chronic childhood trauma is often unrecognized, and may be at the root of, or complicate, mental disorders. The integration of psychodynamic therapy and modern techniques such as EMDR can provide a safe and effective way to process past traumatic events, leading to a resolution of emotional barriers and a more fulfilling life.
Holistic Approach to Mental Health
In addition to traditional therapies, I believe in treating mental health difficulties holistically. This may involve the use of medication, as well as dietary supplements and natural medicines where indicated. I also enjoy working with other medical specialists, psychologists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and other licensed allied health professionals to provide multidisciplinary care to my patients.
Coaching for Work-Related Mental Health Issues
Given the increased incidence of work-related mental health issues such as burnout, it is crucial to address conflicts and emotional difficulties at the work-place as early as possible in order to prevent subsequent health problems. I provide coaching sessions to private clients, focusing on helping them find personalized solutions to work-related emotional difficulties and strengthen their resilience.
Your first appointment lasts 60 to 90 minutes, where I meet you and take a detailed history of your complaint, as well as a personal and family history, in order to make a comprehensive initial assessment.
Please bring previous medical reports and your current medication to your appointment.
At the end of your initial appointment I will discuss a working diagnosis and treatment options with you.
Medical aid rates
Your treatment is covered by the Swiss medical aids. The billing is done via Ärztekasse. Please bring your Swiss health insurance card to your appointment.
Please contact me for queries regarding private rates and coaching.
Please be aware that consultations not cancelled at least 24 hour in advance (weekends excluded) will have to be charged in full (not covered by medical aid)
Please contact me for more information.