Doctor of Psychiatric Medicine and Psychosomatic Medicine, psychoanalyst, and family therapist. After completing his medical training, he earned a PhD from the University of Ulm, Germany. Afterwards, he earned a professorship in Psychosomatics and Family Therapy at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Since 1998, he has been Medical Director of the Institute for Cooperation in Psychosomatic Research and Family Therapy at the Heidelberg University Hospital.


German Psychoanalytic Association
International Psychoanalytic Association
German Psychiatry Association
Society for Psychotherapy Research
German Psychosomatic Medicine Society
American Family Therapy Academy
Research interests
Prevention of family violence, psychodynamic psychotherapy

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Professor Emeritus, Counselling Psychology Program (Education) & Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada.


He studied Medicine in Marburg, Leeds (England), and Munich from 1963 to 1969. He completed a Psychotherapy specialization at the Department of Psychotherapy of the University of Ulm (1970-1975), where he started his academic career in 1976. He was Associate Professor at the University of Ulm (1977), Head of the Psychoanalytic Methodology Section at the University of Ulm (1978-1989), Head of the Center for Psychotherapy Research, Stuttgart (1988-2004), Visiting Professor at the Psychoanalysis Unit of University College London (1995-2000), Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Psychoanalysis Medicine of Saint Petersburg University (1996), and Visiting Professor at Universidad de Chile (2005).

His publications cover topics such as the psychoanalytic process and outcome research, somato-physical issues in bone marrow transplants, eating disorders, and research on clinical inclusion. Dr. Kächele coauthored (together with Helmut Thomä) the psychoanalytic therapy textbook used at the University of Ulm, which has been translated into 15 languages, including English, German, Italian, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, and Armenian.


Academic at University College London, National Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program of the Department of Health (UK), and Director of the Anna Freud Centre, London.