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Thomas Kretschmar

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Thomas Kretschmar
🏡 ResidenceBerlin, Germany
🏳️ NationalityGermany German
🏫 EducationUniversity of Göttingen
Sigmund Freud University Vienna
International Psychoanalytic University Berlin
💼 Occupation
👔 EmployerMind Institute SE
🏡 Home townGöttingen
🌐 Websitewww.thomas-kretschmar.de

Thomas Kretschmar (born 1963) is a German economist, clinical psychologist and entrepreneur. He is the managing director of the Mind Institute SE.


Thomas Kretschmar studied business administration in Göttingen, majoring in the organisation of companies, and did his PhD on operational diagnostics there as a student of Jürgen Bloech. He later studied psychology at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna and at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin.

From 1985 Kretschmar worked as a management consultant, initially in his own business and then later as part of the management team of Droege Group. He was then appointed resident professor for bank structures at the HTW University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin).[1] In 1999 Kretschmar founded Hypoport AG, which he floated on the stock exchange in 2007 together with his partner Ronald Slabke.[2][3] In 2010 he gave up the day-to-day running of the company and became a member of the company’s Supervisory Board.[4]

Since that time, Kretschmar’s work has focused mainly on the field of business psychology, particularly the use of guided imagery and other methods of clinical psychology in business. In mid-2015 he stepped down from the Supervisory Board of Hypoport AG and Dr. Klein & Co. AG.[5] In 2006 Kretschmar used the proceeds from his business activities to establish the Kretschmar Family Foundation, which, in its capacity as a shareholder of Mind Institute SE, funds most of the organisation’s research. Thomas Kretschmar has been the managing director and chairman of the board of directors of the Mind Institute SE in Berlin since 2012.[6]

Overview of theory[edit]

Psychodynamic/psychoanalytical techniques have been proven to be of long-term benefit in psychotherapy. They are particularly effective when dealing with issues related to personality and relationship configuration, which also play a major role in coaching. According to Kretschmar, coaching using psychodynamic methods can be taught and applied much more efficiently if methods from clinical psychology undergo further modifications for use in coaching and in business.

The efficiency of psychodynamic diagnostics in coaching can be improved through

  • psychometric testing that is based on the OPD-2[7] criteria
  • inventories to record countertransference in the coach and scenic information in coaching
  • systematic documentation of important life events, family structures and roles played by the client as a means of uncovering re-enactments in the here and now
  • association techniques to reveal unconscious thoughts and feelings

The efficiency of psychodynamic intervention in coaching can be further improved through

  • use of the imagination to work through issues symbolically
  • semi-standardised imaginative symbols for specific aspects and concerns of the client (e.g. in major life decisions)
  • targeted development of the coach’s containing abilities
  • systematic development of metrics for classified coaching issues and measurement of these, taking into account the intervention techniques that are applied.

Publications, a selection[edit]

  • Kretschmar, Thomas; Tzschaschel, Martin (2017). The power of inner pictures. How imagination can maintain physical and mental health. London: Karnac. ISBN 978-1-78220-425-1. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Kretschmar, Thomas; Meinel, Jana (2015). "Using Colors In A Novel Association Technique To Explore The Mental Representation Of Corporate Leaders". Socioanalysis. 17: 12–26.
  • Wieding, Jörk Ulrich; Kretschmar, Thomas (1990). "Application of a network structure in a knowledge-based system for medical diagnostics". Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine. 33: 159–163.
  • Wieding, Jörk Ulrich; Kretschmar, Thomas; Schönle, Paul-Walter (1990). "Development of a Computer-Aided Reference System for Differential Diagnostics Support". Methods of Information in Medicine. 29: 132–139.
  • Kretschmar, Thomas; Senarclens de Grancy, Moritz (2017). "Containing als Führungsaufgabe in Zeiten der Unternehmensveränderung" [Containing as a leadership task in times of corporate change.]. Organisationsberatung, Supervision, Coaching (in German). 24 (1).CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  • Kretschmar, Thomas; Senarclens de Grancy, Moritz (2016). "Psychoanalytische Führungskräfte- und Organisationsentwicklung in Deutschland: Theoretische Fundierung und praktisches Desiderat" [Psychoanalytic executive and organizational development in Germany: Theoretical foundations and practical desideratum.]. Wirtschaftspsychologie (in German). 2016 (3): 99–106.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  • Kretschmar, Thomas; Tzschaschel, Martin (2014). Die Kraft der inneren Bilder nutzen. Seelische und körperliche Gesundheit durch Imagination [The power of inner pictures. How imagination can maintain physical and mental health.] (in German). Munic: Südwest. ISBN 3-517-08923-0.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Kretschmar, Thomas (1997). 'Reengineering in der Unternehmung, Teil 2: Wertschöpfung durch Dienstleistung, [Re-Engineering the company, part 2: Adding value by services.] (in German). Göttingen: Institut für Betriebswirtschaftliche Produktions- und Investitionsforschung. ISBN 3-924081-36-0.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Kretschmar, Thomas (1997). 'Reengineering in der Unternehmung, Teil 1: Schaffung von Veränderungsbereitschaft [Re-Engineering the company, part 1: Creating readiness for change.] (in German). Göttingen: Institut für Betriebswirtschaftliche Produktions- und Investitionsforschung. ISBN 3-924081-32-8.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Adams, Roland; Kretschmar, Thomas (1996). "Machen Sie aus Ihren Mitarbeitern Organisationsprofis" [Make your employees professional organisers.]. Bankmagazin (in German). 1996 (2): 62–65.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  • Kretschmar, Thomas (1990). Wissensbasierte betriebliche Diagnostik. Realisierung von Expertensystemen [Knowledge based business diagnosis. Implementation of expert systems.] (in German). Wiesbaden: Deutscher Univ.-Verl. ISBN 3-8244-0040-5.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  1. HTW Research
  2. Cavalry Venture Partners
  3. Tagesspiegel Nov 11th 2007
  4. Karnac Books Authors
  5. Interview with Thomas Kretschmar in Immobilienzeitung
  6. Web site of Mind Institute SE
  7. Opd Task Force (2008): Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnosis OPD-2: Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

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