Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

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Dr. phil. Tobias Krieger

Leitender Psychologe (Co-Leitung) und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie

PTP: +41 31 631 54 06
Universität Bern
Institut für Psychologie
Fabrikstrasse 8
3012 Bern

Psychotherapeutische Praxisstelle (PTP)
Universität Bern
Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
3012 Bern


  • Co-Leitung Psychotherapeutische Praxisstelle (PTP)
  • Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
  • Lehre
  • Betreuung von Master- und Bachelorarbeiten


  • European Comparative Effectiveness Research on Internet-based Depression Treatment (E-COMPARED)
  • Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe (ICare)
  • Evaluation verschiedener internetbasierter Selbsthilfeprogramme (laufende Studien unter www.online-therapy.ch)
  • Validierung der dt. Version der "Fear of Compassion Scales"
  • Studie zur Nutzung von neuen Medien in der psychotherapeutischen Routinepraxis
  • Selbstmitgefühl im Berufsalltag (iCompassion@work)


  • Einsamkeit
  • Psychotherapieoutcome- und -prozessforschung
  • Internetbasierte Interventionen
  • Transdiagnostische Vulnerabilitätsfaktoren
  • Selbstmitgefühl ('Self-Compassion')
  • Alternatives DSM-5 Modell für Persönlichkeitsstörungen


Gehe zu: Forschungsprofile; Zeitschriftenartikel; Buchkapitel


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in press/accepted

Krieger, T., Reber, F., von Glutz, B., Urech, A., Moser, C. T., Schulz, A., & Berger, T. (2019, in press). An Internet-based compassion-focused intervention for increased self-criticism: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Behavior Therapy. DOI:10.1016/j.beth.2018.08.003

Krieger, T.*, Urech, A.*, Duss, S., Blätter, L., Schmitt, W., Gast, H., Bassetti, C.**, & Berger, T.** (2019, accepted). A randomized controlled trial comparing guided internet-based multi-component treatment and guided sleep restriction treatment to care as usual in insomnia. Sleep Medicine. *shared first authorship, **shared senior authorship

Urech, A., Krieger, T., Möseneder, L., Biaggi, A., Vincent, A., Poppe, C., Meyer, B., Riper, H., & Berger, T. (2019, in press). A patient post-hoc perspective on advantages and disadvantages of blended cognitive-behavior therapy for depression: A qualitative content analysis. Psychotherapy Research. DOI:10.1080/10503307.2018.1430910

Vîslă, A., Flückiger, C., Constantino, M., J., Krieger, T., & grosse Holtforth, M. (2019, in press). Patient characteristics and the therapist as predictors of depressed patients’ outcome expectation over time: A multilevel analysis. Psychotherapy Research. DOI:10.1080/10503307.2018.1428379

Weisel, K. K., Zarski, A.-C., Berger, T., Krieger, T., Schaub, M., Moser, C. T., Berking, M., Dey, M., Botella, C., Banos, R., Herrero, R., Etchemendy, E., Riper, H., Cuijpers, P., Bolinski, F., Kleiboer A., Göhrlich, D., Beecham, J., Jacobi, C., & Ebert, D. D., (2019, in press). Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of guided and unguided internet- and mobile-based indicated transdiagnostic prevention of depression and anxiety (ICare prevent): A three-armed randomized controlled trial in four European countries. Internet Interventions. DOI:10.1016/j.invent.2018.04.002


grosse Holtforth, M., Krieger, T., Zimmermann, J., Altenstein-Yamanaka, D., Dörig, N., Meisch, L., & Hayes, A. M. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy  for depression with integrated techniques from emotion-focused and exposure therapies. Psychotherapy Research, 29(1), 30–44. DOI:10.1080/10503307.2017.1397796


Berger, T., & Krieger, T. (2018). Internet Interventionen: Ein Überblick. Psychotherapie im Dialog, 19, 18–24. DOI:10.1055/a-0592-0282

Berger, T., Krieger, T., Sude, K., Meyer, B., & Maercker, A. (2018). Evaluating an e-mental health program (“deprexis”) as adjunctive treatment tool in psychotherapy for depression: Results of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227, 455–462. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2017.11.021

Halamová, J., Kanovský, M., Gilbert, P., Troop, N. A., Zuroff, D. C., Hermanto, N., Petrocchi, N., Sommers-Spijkerman, M., Kirby, J. N., Shahar, B., Krieger, T., Matos, M., Asano, K., Yu, F., Basran, J., & Kupeli, N. (2018). The factor structure of the Forms of Self-Criticising/Attacking & Self-Reassuring Scale in thirteen distinct populations. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40(4), 736–751. DOI:10.1007/s10862-018-9675-5

Krieger, T., & Berger, T. (2018). E-Mental Health: Chancen und Herausforderungen. à jour! Psychotherapie-Berufsentwicklung, 7(1), 27–30.

Krieger, T., Klein, J.P., Moritz, S., & Berger, T. (2018). Internet-basierte Interventionen bei Depressionen: Evidenz und Stellenwert in der Praxis. Psychopharmakotherapie, 25, 2–8.

Machmutow, K., grosse Holtforth, M., Krieger, T., & Watzke, B. (2018). Identifying relapse prevention elements during psychological treatment of depression: Development of an observer-based rating instrument. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227, 358–365. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2017.11.009

Stolz, T., Schulz, A., Krieger, T., Vincent, A., Urech, A., Moser, C., Westermann, S., & Berger, T. (2018). A mobile app for social anxiety disorder: A three-arm randomized controlled trial comparing mobile and PC-based guided self-help interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(6), 493–504. DOI:10.1037/ccp0000301

Weisel, K. K., Zarski, A.-C., Berger, T., Schaub, M. P., Krieger, T., Moser, C. T., Berking, M., & Ebert, D. D. (2018). Transdiagnostic tailored internet-and mobile-based guided treatment for major depressive disorder and comorbid anxiety: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 274. DOI:10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00274


Altenstein, D., Zimmermann, J., Krieger, T., Doerig, N, & grosse Holtforth, M. (2017). Self-reported interpersonal problems and impact messages as perceived by significant others are differentially associated with the process and outcome of depression therapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64(4), 410–423. DOI:10.1037/cou0000221

Berger, T., Urech, A., Krieger, T., Stolz, T., Schulz, A., Vincent, A., Moser, C.T., Moritz, S., & Meyer, B. (2017). Effects of a transdiagnostic unguided Internet intervention ("velibra") for anxiety disorders in primary care: Results of a randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine, 74(1), 67–80. DOI:10.1017/S0033291716002270

Krieger, T. & Frischknecht, E. (2017). Selbstmitgefühl und Depression: Zusammenhänge und Interventionen. Psychotherapie im Dialog, 4, 36–40. DOI:10.1055/s-0043-118258

Topooco, N., Riper, H., Araya, R., Berking, M., Brunn, M., Chevreul, K., Cieslak, R., Ebert, D., Etchmendy, E., Herrero, R., Kleiboer, A., Krieger, T., García-Palacios, A., Cerga-Pashoja, A., Smoktunowicz, E., Urech, A., Vis, C., & Andersson, G., on behalf of the E-COMPARED consortium (2017). Attitudes towards digital treatment for depression: A European stakeholder survey. Internet Interventions, 8, 1–9 . DOI: 10.1016/j.invent.2017.01.001

Zimmermann, J.*, Mayer, A.*, Leising, D., Krieger, T., Grosse Holtforth, M., & Pretsch, J. (2017). Exploring situational effects in the assessment of DSM-5 maladaptive personality traits: A latent state-trait theory analysis. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 33(1), 47–54. [* shared first authorship]. DOI:10.1027/1015-5759/a000271 *shared first authorship


Doerig, N., Krieger, T., Altenstein, D., Schlumpf, Y., Spinelli, S., Spati, J., Brakowski, J., Quednow, B. B., Seifritz, E., & grosse Holtforth, M. (2016). High amygdala response to individualized self-critical stimuli attenuates change in psychotherapy for depression. British Journal of Psychiatry, 208(2), 175–181. DOI:10.1192/bjp.bp.114.149971

Kishimoto, T., Krieger, T., Berger, T., Qian, M., Chen, H., & Yang, Y. (2016). Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for increased social anxiety symptoms with and without guidance compared to a waiting list in China: A propensity score study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 85, 317–319. DOI:10.1159/000446584

Kleiboer, A., Smit, J., Bosmans, J., Ruwaard, J., Andersson, G., Topooco, N., Berger, T., Krieger, T., Botella, C., Baños, R., Chevreul, K., Araya, R., Cerga-Pashoja, A., Cieślak, R., Rogala, A., Vis, C., Draisma, S., van Schaik, A., Kemmeren, L., Ebert, D., Berking, M., Funk, B., Cuijpers, P., & Riper, H. (2016). European comparative effectiveness research on blended depression treatment versus treatment-as-usual (E-COMPARED): Study protocol of a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial in eight European countries. Trials, 17(1), 1–10. DOI:10.1186/s13063-016-1511-1

Krieger, T., Berger, T., & grosse Holtforth, M. (2016). The relationship of self-compassion and depression: Cross-lagged panel analyses in depressed patients after outpatient therapy. Journal of Affective Disorders, 202, 39–45. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2016.05.032

Krieger, T., Martig, D. S., van den Brink, E., & Berger, T. (2016). Working on self-compassion online: A proof of concept and feasibility study. Internet Interventions, 6, 64–70. DOI: 10.1016/j.invent.2016.10.001

Schulz, A., Stolz, T., Vincent, A., Krieger, T., Andersson, G., & Berger, T. (2016). A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved? A three-arm randomized controlled trial comparing internet-based individually versus group-guided self-help treatment for social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 84, 14–26. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2016.07.001


Brockmeyer, T., Grosse Holtforth, M., Krieger, T., Altenstein, D., Doerig, N., Zimmermann, J., Backenstrass, M., Friederich, H.-C., & Bents, H. (2015). Preliminary evidence for a nexus between rumination, behavioural avoidance, motive satisfaction, and depression. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 22, 232–239. DOI:10.1002/cpp.1885

Krieger, T., Hermann, H., Zimmermann, J., & grosse Holtforth, M. (2015). Associations of self-compassion and global self-esteem with positive and negative affect and stress reactivity in daily life: Findings from a smart phone study. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 288–292. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2015.08.009

Urech, A., Krieger, T., Chesham, A., Mast, F. W., & Berger, T. (2015). Virtual Reality-Based Attention Bias Modification Training for Social Anxiety: A Feasibility and Proof of Concept Study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6(154). DOI:10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00154


Grosse Holtforth, M., Altenstein, D., Krieger, T., Flückiger, C., Wright, A.G.C. & Caspar, F. (2014). Interpersonal differentiation within depression diagnosis: Relating interpersonal subgroups to symptom load and the quality of the early therapeutic alliance. Psychotherapy Research, 24(4), 429–41. DOI:10.1080/10503307.2013.829253

Grosse Holtforth, M., & Krieger, T. (2014). Expositionsbasierte kognitive Therapie bei Depressionen. Nervenheilkunde, 33(4), 278–284. (Link)

Krieger T., & Berger, T. (2014). Schreiben bietet Vorteile: Beziehungsaufbau in einer internetbasierten Therapie. Psychoscope, 8-9, 4–7.

Krieger, T., Meyer, B., Sude, K., Urech, A., Maercker, A., & Berger, T. (2014). Evaluating an e-mental health program (“deprexis“) as adjunctive treatment tool in psychotherapy for depression: design of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 285. DOI:10.1186/s12888-014-0285-9

Krieger, T., Zimmermann, J., Beutel, M. E., Wiltink, J., Schauenburg, H., & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2014). Ein Vergleich verschiedener Kurzversionen des Depressive Experiences Questionnaire (DEQ) zur Erhebung von Selbstkritik und Abhängigkeit. Diagnostica, 60, 126–139. DOI:10.1026/0012-1924/a000105

Krieger, T., Zimmermann, J., Huffziger, S., Ubl, B., Diener, C., Kuehner, C.*, & Grosse Holtforth, M.* (2014). Measuring depression with a well-being index: Further evidence for the validity of the WHO Well-Being Index (WHO-5) as a measure of the severity of depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 156, 240–244. [* shared senior authorship] DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2013.12.015

Pfeiffer, N., Krieger, T., Brockmeyer, T., & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2014). Die Kurzversion der NMR Skala (NMR-SF) zur Erfassung der selbsteingeschätzten Fähigkeit zur Regulation negativer Stimmungen: Überblick und Konstruktvalidierung. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie, 64(3-4), 108–114. DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1361153

Zimmermann, J., Altenstein, D., Krieger, T., Grosse Holtforth, M., Pretsch, J., Alexopoulos, J., Spitzer, C., Benecke, C., Krueger, R. F., Markon, K. E., & Leising, D. (2014). The structure and correlates of self-reported DSM-5 maladaptive personality traits: Findings from two German-speaking samples. Journal of Personality Disorders, 28, 518–540. DOI:10.1521/pedi_2014_28_130

2013 und früher

Altenstein, D., Krieger, T., & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2013). Interpersonal micro-processes predict cognitive-emotional processing and the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy for depression. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60(3), 445–52. DOI:10.1037/a0032800

Grosse Holtforth, M., Krieger, T., Altenstein, D., & Dörig, N. (2013). Expositionsbasierte kognitive Therapie bei Depressionen als Beispiel assimilativer Therapieintegration. Psychotherapie im Dialog, 14(03), 16–21. DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1353811

Krieger, T., Altenstein, D., Baettig, I., Doerig, N., & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2013). Self-compassion in depression: Associations with depressive symptoms, rumination, and avoidance in depressed outpatients. Behavior Therapy, 44(3), 501–513. DOI:10.1016/j.beth.2013.04.004

Grosse Holtforth, M., Krieger, T., Bochsler, K., & Mauler, B. (2011). The prediction of psychotherapy success by outcome expectations in inpatient psychotherapy. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 80, 321–322. DOI:10.1159/000324171

Trachsel, M., Krieger, T., Gilbert, P., & Grosse Holtforth, M. (2010). Testing a German adaption of the Entrapment Scale and assessing the relation to depression. Depression Research and Therapy, 1–10. DOI:10.1155/2010/501782

Znoj, H., & Krieger, T. (2009). Psychische Folgen nach Krankheit oder Unfall: Nicht nur Belastung, sondern auch persönliche Entwicklung. Zeitschrift für Psychotraumatologie, Psychotherapiewissenschaft, Psychologische Medizin, 7(1), 75–87.



Krieger, T. (2019, in preparation). Internet-basierte Interventionen zur Steigerung von Achtsamkeit und Selbstmitgefühl. In H. Bents, M. Gschwendt & J. Mander. Achtsamkeit und Selbstmitgefühl. Berlin: Springer.

Krieger, T., Hänggli, M., grosse Holtforth, M., & Zimmermann, J. (2018). Personality and Depression. In: V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.

grosse Holtforth, M. & Krieger, T. (2014). Expositionsbasierte kognitive Therapie bei Depressionen. In T. Teismann & O. Kunz (Hrsg.), Moderne Ansätze in der Depressionsbehandlung (S. 131-158). Heidelberg: DGVT-Verlag.


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