Erythrophobia, the fear of blushing: Information, tips and help in Berlin & online

Hypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™ in Berlin

Help with blushing


Erythrophobia is the exaggerated fear of blushing. This anxiety is widespread. Hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing™ has proven to be very effective here. Learn how hypnotherapy helps to get rid of the fear of blushing.

Hypnotherapy help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and reduce sensitivity to situations that trigger blushing.






Fear of blushing


For some people, blushing is clearly more than just a minor physical reaction to one of life’s common embarrassments. The exaggerated fear of blushing is called erythrophobia (Greek: fear of blushing). For people affected, it becomes an anxiety disorder that can limit their entire life.

Blushing is actually a completely natural physical reaction to stress or too high temperatures. When adrenaline levels rise during stress, blushing easily occurs. This reaction in itself is perfectly normal. However, those affected find this emotional expression unpleasant. Blushing varies greatly in form and intensity. For some people, it can only be guessed at and for others, the face really lights up. The biggest difference is the perception and interpretation. This sometimes results in a fear that increases to a form of social phobia.

The fear of blushing can significantly affect the complete life. Affected people mostly see blushing as a weakness that needs to be hidden. Hardly anyone speaks openly about it. Many sufferers find it difficult to deal with the problem in front of others and so they often do not even talk about it with their family or friends. They prefer to keep it to themselves and suffer even more. Thus, all thoughts often revolve around this topic. An anxiety cycle develops. Triggering situations lead to blushing, the attempt to suppress it, combined with an even stronger blushing, further anxiety, ….. A cycle of thoughts, perception, fear, and avoidance, physical reactions, blushing, thoughts, begins…. Increasingly, this leads to an increased fear of blushing and of situations in which it might happen. Affected individuals often experience an impulse that seems to herald the blushing and begin to fight it. This further increases the symptoms because ultimately it is the unreasonable fear of blushing that underlies erythrophobia.

Many people affected think that they fear contact with other people only because of uncontrollable blushing and that otherwise, they have no social insecurity and no problems in dealing with other people. But blushing in social situations often results from the fear of social contacts or the insecurity, the unpredictability of these social situations.




Potential causes of erythrophobia


Erythrophobia (fear of blushing) often develops in childhood. Sometimes an initial event can be found that has led to this fear. However, it is not the blushing itself that is the problem, but the fear of it appearing. Here the thoughts play an essential role. Thoughts revolve only around blushing and what the people around might think. Affected persons then feel noticeably uncomfortable, embarrassed, and weak. As a result, they become even more nervous and try all the harder to get the mental and physical state under control again. Sweating, trembling, accelerated breathing, nausea, rapid heartbeat, and urge to urinate or defecate may also occur. All of this increases anxiety and the desire to prevent.

People with erythrophobia often have very low self-esteem. In addition, the tendency to blush and its intensity is also due to different physical conditions.

Symptoms of excessive blushing


Symptoms accompanying excessive blushing can include:

  • Prolonged anticipation of facial flushes
  • A fear of blushing
  • Feelings of shame and anxiety
  • Social isolation/avoidance
  • Frustration with yourself
  • Constant thinking about blushing
  • Lowered confidence
  • Feelings of humiliation and embarrassment
  • Feeling self-conscious or shy
  • Sweating
  • Digestive disturbances

Psychotherapy with Hypnoblancing


Hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing™ has proven effective in the psychotherapy of erythrophobia. Many proven interventions are intensified through hypnosis. Beneficial mental states can be experienced through hypnosis and previously unexploited resources are activated. The more rigid control is discarded, the more inner security is experienced. But this is only possible to a limited extent with conscious will. In therapy, the aim is to get to the roots of the causes. A large proportion of those affected reports a supposedly triggering traumatic experience. This experience or its consequences and evaluations are then processed in psychotherapy, where the use of trance has proven to be very helpful. Limiting beliefs are dissolved and positive ones are strengthened. Mostly this is connected with the promotion of healthy self-confidence (self-esteem) by making existing strengths more clearly perceptible.

Through 6-phase Hypnobalancing™ hypnotherapy, underlying conflicts can be resolved. To do this, the causes are first identified, and by resolving unconscious conflicts of the past, perception, thinking, and actions in the present are changed. Changing focus alone often improves the situation.

Especially the deep trance in Deep Hypnobalancing™ has a positive effect on the self-organizing abilities of body and mind. Patients more often report feeling tidier and at ease overall. The beneficial states are anchored during the hypnosis session and are then activated as needed.

Erythrophobia, unlike such specific phobias as fear of spiders, snakes, etc., is usually much more complex and therefore requires a very differentiated approach.

Your therapist


For about two decades, I am specialized in the field of fears and anxiety disorders. I spend about 20 hours a week helping people to free themselves from their limitations and thereby gain a better quality of life. If you want to know how it all started and what you should know about me, please read my profile. And yes, therapy is a very personal matter: Because it is a very intensive collaboration, I reveal some details about myself. So you can get a first impression of me. Trust is important and that is why I focus on transparency.

The sessions are conducted either in German or English.

What does hypnotherapy cost?


Here are some organizational details. Please read them before the appointment reservation. People often ask, "How much does hypnotherapy cost?" What is meant by this are the presumed total costs, which result from the fee and the duration of the psychotherapy with hypnotherapy.




Fee for psychotherapy


The fee per session hour of psychotherapy (60 minutes) for appointments from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00:

The fees for psychotherapy are exempt from VAT according to § 4 No. 14 a) UStG.

The first session usually lasts 90 minutes. Outside the mentioned business hours (Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.) I add a 35 % surcharge. The minimum duration of a session is 60 minutes, billing beyond that in 30-minute units. The minimum duration of a session is 60 minutes, billing beyond that in 30-minute units.

The fees do not include travel, accommodation, and allowance costs, which will be charged to the client. For traveling on my behalf: The costs for the journey will be charged according to time and effort. Within Berlin, at least an hourly fee is charged. Relevant is the individual agreement.

Postponement of meetings: For hourly fees A. and B. sessions that last up to 120 minutes can be once rescheduled up to 72 hours in advance (only weekdays count Monday till Friday, no holidays), longer sessions, or more than 120 minutes within 7 days at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, they will be charged in full.

You can't come to my practice? Switch to a session with video or use your telephone.

Method of payment: The fee must always be paid in full by bank transfer 7 days before the session. I will send you details by mail so that you are well-informed.

Right of rescission: If registration by consumers for an event is made by telephone, letter, e-mail, or online form, the provisions of the Distance Selling Act shall apply. If the intended start of the event at the time of registration is within the withdrawal period according to the Fernabsatzgesetz (Distance Selling Act), the registration is considered a request to start the service within the withdrawal period. You have the right to revoke a service order/date without giving reasons. This is possible within 14 days of the order by telephone and in writing.



Cost coverage by health insurance companies and other insurers


Usually, the fee is not paid by national health insurance companies. Please contact your insurance company to find out about their policy details. Please discuss this with your insurer in advance. You will receive an invoice from me with classification according to ICD-10. Should applications etc. be necessary, we can do this together during the meetings.




Therapy duration


The first therapy session lasts 90 minutes, subsequent sessions can also be 60 minutes long. The number of sessions required is as varied as the personalities and situations of the clients. For anxiety disorders, I usually see clients for 3 to 8 sessions. Frequently, this question can be estimated by the clients themselves after the second session. I will then also give you an estimation based on previous experience.

Appointment booking


Please read the important information before making an appointment with me, including the contraindications for psychotherapy with hypnotherapy. I have answered frequently asked questions for you. For the success of your therapy, this information is of crucial importance. If this attracts you, then you can find out about booking your appointment here. The better you are informed, the faster we can focus on you and your wishes.

To make an appointment, you can preferably contact me by e-mail ( or by using the contact form (privacy policy) as well as by phone 01577 704 53 56 or 030 - 864 213 69. You will then receive a confirmation of your reservation by e-mail. In this reply, you will find the details for the first session. This usually happens within 24 hours. If you do not receive a reply, it could be because an email has ended up in the spam filter. In such a case, please call me.

There are only a few practice hours available, and they want to be used well. The fee for individual session hours is therefore always to be paid in full by bank transfer, with payment received at least 7 days before the session.

Why at least 7 days in advance? I would like to do it differently, but this is the best practice. Appointments that have not been confirmed with payment received seven days in advance are noticeably more likely to be canceled. And the repeated callbacks take up a lot of time. Because of this, I'm currently faced with the decision of whether and how to either significantly adjust fees to absorb this or to consistently organize in a way that is fair to all parties. Because of this, I am also offering options in terms of shifting appointments with the fees.

There is a maximum of 20 hours a week available for psychotherapy, and any canceled appointment means patients are unable to benefit from psychotherapy help. I understand that it would be more convenient for you otherwise, but this solution is the fairest for all involved.

You can use real-time bank transfer (costs 25 Ct. at Sparkasse Berlin, for example) for time-sensitive appointments, and the transfer takes a few minutes, or we can make an appointment with appropriate advance preparation. If this is not an option for you, please let me know immediately so that I can assign your appointment. Otherwise, I appreciate your understanding and look forward to intensive cooperation.

You are not in Berlin or prefer an alternative instead of coming to me?


You are not in Berlin or do not want or cannot come to the practice for other reasons? Then it is worth reading the following information about the options:


a. Travel to Berlin


For clients traveling to Berlin, there is the possibility, if booked in advance, to hold 2 sessions on the same day. It should be discussed in advance by telephone whether this is a recommendable option, as it requires appropriate prerequisites. Any sources of additional pressure should be avoided in the interest of the therapeutic success.

Here you will find further information when considering to travel to me in Berlin.



b. Online sessions


At times a personal meeting is not possible. In such cases, a telephone session or a session with video support via the Internet is an alternative or supplement. I have been using this setting for many years, and many clients have achieved excellent results with it. These experiences make it easy to achieve very intensive sessions in this way as well. You are more flexible and can also use my support very promptly. There are currently reduced fees for such sessions.

You are also on the safe side regarding the coronavirus. By the way, this is also an option if you should be unexpectedly unable to attend a session personally.​

Preparation for the first session


With the confirmation of your appointment, you will receive recommendations on how to prepare for your first session with me. With your appointment confirmation, you will receive recommendations on how to prepare for your first session with me. You will also get an overview of what to consider regarding the Coronavirus during in-office appointments and how to prepare best for online sessions.​




The first session: Step by step 


The optimal prerequisites are set right at the beginning. In the first meeting, we create the basis for intensive cooperation. Step by step:




1. Preparation


The first session is generally 90 minutes so that there is enough time for an in-depth preliminary discussion, in which we can clarify questions. Then we begin with a detailed dialogue, with the anamnesis, in order to adapt the therapeutic plan individually to your personal needs. For this purpose, we define your goals and motives and discuss the steps.




2. First intervention


As soon as you are ready for it, we get to work. You set the pace. In the second part of the session, we figure out the easiest way to get you into a comfortable, relaxed hypnotic state. You will experience an introductory trance. This enables access to your unconscious and permits initial suggestions. How far we proceed with this in the first session will be determined by your reactions. Finally, I gently lead you out of the trance.




3. Evaluation, options, and outlook


Following the first trance, I will respond to your questions, and we will discuss how to proceed with your hypnotherapy. In most cases, you will receive recommendations you can apply to complement and enhance the work we do together, even beyond the sessions. It is crucial that you not only feel better in the session, but also have an improvement in your everyday life. The more effectively we work together, the sooner I make myself superfluous as your therapist. That's it!




When appropriate, I will teach you self-hypnosis to complement the hypnosis sessions. Self-hypnosis is a tool to control unconscious processes and thus mental states by yourself.

After you enjoyed positive trance experiences with my support, you can learn self-hypnosis very quickly. This helps you to progress self-determined. It accelerates the process, deepens, and consolidates what has been achieved in the therapy sessions. Your autonomy is thus fostered. A good therapist makes himself superfluous as soon as possible. Self-hypnosis is an excellent method of self-help that can be used beyond the actual issue.

Just ask me personally.


Let's talk. Please read the privacy policy. If you are interested, you can contact me for questions and appointments via this contact form or by e-mail (, phone 030/86421369, and mobile phone 01577/7045356. The best time to contact me by telephone is Monday to Thursday between 9.00 am and 6.00 pm. During sessions, there is an answering machine. Leave a message and your phone number in Germany, and I'll call you back as soon as possible. Make sure I understand what you are asking for.

You can find answers to frequently asked questions, such as fees, on the home page. There are also lots of articles and details about me (profile) to help you get an idea of who I am. This will also make it easier for you to decide if I am the right therapist for you and your problem.




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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few anders to questions clients asked:

What is the difference between Blushing, Flushing, and Rosacea?


A common question is: What is the difference between blushing, flushing, and rosacea?



1. Facial Blushing


Facial Blushing is a sudden reddening of the face, neck and occasionally, upper chest. People refer Facial Blushing as a sudden redness appearing after a high level of anxiety.



2. Flushing


Flushing is referred as a longer lasting redness of the face, neck and occasionally, upper chest caused by alcohol, migraine headaches, fever, sudden temperature changes, cramps, anxiety and more.



3. Rosacea


Rosacea is a disease affecting the skin of the face. Researchers now believe that there is some link between rosacea and how often (and how strongly) people flush or blush.

Be sure to read the following notice


Before contacting me, please read the detailed information about fees, booking, contraindications to hypnotherapy and answers to other frequently asked questions (FAQ).

These pages are intended to provide information for those interested in psychotherapy using hypnotherapy. It is not intended to replace psychotherapy or personal consultation, examination or diagnosis by a licensed medical practitioner. I am not a medical doctor. I specialize in helping people with anxiety and anxiety disorders. The profession of a hypnotherapist (official license to practice psychotherapy according to the HPG) is fundamentally different from that of a medical doctor. Medical diagnoses are not made, nor are promises of healing made or medication prescribed. Hypnotherapy is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric intervention where this is required.

If you have any questions about psychotherapy with hypnosis, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to inform you.




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Published: March 12, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 15, 2023
Translation: May 26, 2008
German version:
AN: #34300

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