I am a licensed health practitioner for psychotherapy in accordance with the German Health Practitioner Statue (HPG). This service is not covered by the statutory health insurance companies.
Your advantage as a private client is that no reports or claims will have to be submitted to the statutory health insurance company, which is otherwise usually necessary.
This means, the fact that you are receiving psychotherapy is your private matter and not on record. Furthermore, independent therapists have the possibility to use a greater variety of therapeutic methods for the benefit of their clients and are not bound to the restrictions of the therapeutic methods which are covered by health insurance.
As a private client, you might be able to have your treatment covered through a supplementary health practitioner insurance, if their policy also includes benefits for psychotherapy. For this, it is helpful to clarify in advance to what extent your insurance covers benefits for health practitioners for psychotherapy.