Good news and bad news.
A new law has been passed that will come into effect next year to streamline processing for foreigners who need to have their credentials recognised in Germany; in the future applicants should receive an answer within a maximum of 3 months including what exactly they will need to do. Whether or not the authorities will be able to adhere to the deadline remains to be seen. The regulations vary by Bundesland
, so you need to contact the appropriate agency in the Bundesland
where you will want to practice (some Länder
are further than others in improving their processes, but by the time you want to start it should be sorted out). Most Länder
also require C1 or C2 German of foreigners wanting to work with patients. You can find current info on the Berufliche Anerkennung
There was a really interesting article in the newspaper (either Süddeutsche
or Die Zeit
) a few weeks ago about the job opportunties for psychologists/psychotherapists in Germany. Although there is a shortage and many patients need to wait over 6 months for an appointment, there is also a freeze on new licences. The Ministry of Health is allegedly working on another method of determining the need for new therapists, but since more practices will also mean more patients are seen, and more costs for the health system, the Ministry seems to be dragging their feet.
When will you be finishing your masters? You can try contacting the authorities now (you can find all the info on the Berufliche Anerkennung site). However, if you don't receive a satisfactory answer, wait about 6 months and contact them again once the new rules come into effect.