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Felix Betzler

Clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy, Charité – University Medicine Berlin; Specialist

Felix Betzler is working as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist (behavioral therapy) at the Charité – university hospital Berlin. He obtained his medical education at the Charité and spent parts of his career as visiting research fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he also conducted his thesis in functional neuro-imaging. Next to his medical studies, he studied philosophy at Humboldt University.
Both clinically and scientifically, his focus lies on recreational drug use. He is the head of the work group “Recreational Drugs” at Charité, which is best known for their epidemiologic research about substance use and misuse in the Berlin Party scene and in Berlin’s Universities. Furthermore, his work group focuses on both harmful aspects of substance use when taken uncontrolled, and potential therapeutic effects of these substances in proper therapeutic settings (e.g. Psilocybin in the treatment of depression, MDMA-assisted therapy in PTSD). He is also in charge of the specialized consultation for ADHD in the Charité outpatient clinic.

Conference Presentations


Psychedelic therapy – how much psychotherapy is part of it?

Over the course of the long and interesting history of therapeutic use of psychedelics, various therapeutic settings and approaches emerged, spanning from shamanistic rituals to modern, manualized treatment sessions on a psychotherapeutic basis. Novel therapeutic settings in recent studies, which make the claim for integrating psychotherapeutic approaches, use elements of different psychotherapeutic directions in an eclectic way. Both aspects of modern behavioral and psychodynamic therapy found their way into the treatment sessions. Behavioral aspects include classical cognitive behavioral elements like […]

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Selected Publications

Viohl L, Ernst F, Gabrysch J, Petzold MB, Köhler S, Ströhle A, Betzler F ‘Higher education’ – substance use among Berlin college students Eur J Neurosci 2019

Betzler F, Heinz A, Köhler S Synthetic Drugs – An Overview of Important and Newly Emerging Substances Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr 2016; 84(11):690-698.

Betzler F, Viohl L, Romanczuk-Seiferth N Decision-making in chronic ecstasy users: a systematic review Eur J Neurosci 2017; 45(1):34-44.

Köhler S, Betzler F Ketamine – a new treatment option for therapy-resistant Depression Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr 2015; 83(2):91-7.

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With your ticket you will have access to the whole conference - with keynotes, panels, round tables, posters and daylight social events. We will ask for a small extra fee for the Friday evening social program. The pre-conference workshops have to be booked separately and each workshop needs an individual ticket. By clicking on "Book now" below you also have the option to buy your workshop tickets.

*Reduced fees apply to students, cooperation partners as well as unemployed and retired individuals who have a monthly net income below 840,- €. Proof of status will be required.

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