lic. phil. Misa Yamanaka (EN)



  • Co-director of Klaus-Grawe-Institute
  • Certified Psychotherapist FSP (Federal Association of Psychologists)
  • Master of Advanced Studies in Psychotherapy MASPT
  • Lecturer for postgradual studies and training
    in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy: Klaus-Grawe-Institute and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Education and Workexperience

  • Since 2010: Psychotherapist at Klaus-Grawe-Institute
  • 2006-2011: Postgradual training (cognitive behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy, Klaus-Grawe-Institute and University of Bern, Prof. Grawe
  • 2007-2010: Psychotherapist; Hirslanden Clinic St. Anna, Lucerne. Fertility and gynaecology, Cardio-Rehabilitation, chronic pain, psychosomatic problems
  • 2006: Social therapist; Forelhaus Zurich (addiction problems)
  • 2005-2006: Psychologist; ipw (Integrierte Psychiatrie Winterthur) und Psychiatric Policlinik, Universityhospital Zurich)
  • 2003-2005: Scientific coordinator; ETH, Institute for Behavioral Neurobiology
  • 2003: Research Consultant; Market research
  • 1997-2002: Psychology studies, University of Zurich: Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Neurobiology

Clinical Focus

  • Couples: Couple counselling & therapy, mediation, communication training, crisis intervention, coping with separation / divorce.
  • Gynaecopsychology: Therapy and counselling for psychological problems associated with gynaecological issues: Gynaecological cancers, sexual problems, perinatal problems (pregnancy problems, postnatal depressions, complicated birth), aborts and abortions, child death.
  • Infertility / unfulfilled childwish (couples and individuals): Counselling and therapy for coping with infertility and with artificial reproduction technology (ART) treatments. Counselling for egg and sperm donation, child wish in homosexual relationships, child wish as single parent and surrogacy.
  • Various crises like personality issues, problems with life in general, life crises, difficult situations.
  • Depressions, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD).


  • German
  • English


Research project (in collaboration with the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany): Infertile couples: Wellbeing and couple relationship quality. Development of FERTIFIT: Couple-based training for infertile couples (coping with infertility).


Misa Yamanaka-Altenstein, Valentina Rauch-Anderegg & Nina Heinrichs (2021). The link between infertility-related distress and psychological distress in couples awaiting fertility treatment: a dyadic approach. Human Fertility. DOI: 10.1080/14647273.2021.1948112.

Yamanaka-Altenstein, M., Henrich, E. & Heinrichs, N. (2017). Motivationale Ziele und Partnerschaftsqualität in einer Stichprobe von Personen mit Infertilität. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik & Medizinische Psychologie, 67(12): 514-524. DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-109019.

Hengartner, M. P., & Yamanaka-Altenstein, M. (2017). Personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy: A pre-specified analysis protocol for confirmatory research on personality-psychopathology associations in psychotherapy outpatients. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8, 9. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00009.

Hengartner, M. P., von Wyl, A., Heiniger Haldimann, B. & Yamanaka-Altenstein, M., (2020). Personality traits and psychopathology over the course of six months of outpatient psychotherapie: A prospective observational study. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 174. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00174.

Van der Linden, D., Dunkel, C. S., Prinzie, P., Yamanaka-Altenstein, M., von Wyl, A., Hengartner, M. P., (2021). Overlap between general factors of psychopathology and personality: They share associations with daily life functioning and communication style. Current Psychology. Doi: 10.1007/s12144-021-02354-7.