Appointment, booking, fee, FAQ,... hypnotherapy in Berlin & onlineHow to make an appointment for hypnotherapy in Berlin and other frequently ask questions
Appointments & FAQ
How to make an appointment for hypnotherapy in Berlin or via the internet with video. FAQ: Everything you ever wanted to know about psychotherapy with hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Let an experienced therapist help you with hypnotherapy and Hypnobalancing™.
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:
- A. Sessions by telephone or online with video support 179,- Euro
- B. Sessions in my premises (please note the rules due to Covid-19, details by e-mail) 229,- Euro.
- C. For options A. and B. plus short-term appointment changes* once up to 24 hours before, add to the hourly fee 35, - Euro.
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.
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.
Just ask me personally.
Answers to frequently asked questions can already be found on the homepage, such as the fees. There are also numerous articles and details about me (profile) helping you to get an impression of me. This will also make it easier for you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you and your issue.
In the address bar of your browser, the URL should begin with "https://www.berlin-hypnosis.com/...". This indicates a secure connection (SSL). Whether you enter your real name is up to you.
Contraindications of hypnotherapy
Patient characteristics might contraindicate the use of hypnosis. This is a controversial subject. Different experts have varying opinions about the appropriate uses of hypnosis. I tend to be more conservative than some others.
It is not a good idea to try to induce hypnosis in a patient who does not want it. One should not use hypnosis to try to achieve goals other than the patient’s wishes. Generally, it would be difficult to use hypnosis in this way.
There are a number of specific patients who I might feel would benefit more from another type of psychotherapeutic intervention. Hypnotherapy is one of a number of psychotherapeutic treatment techniques. The person doing the hypnosis should first be a well-rounded expert with knowledge of diagnosis and treatment.
When evaluating a patient for potential hypnosis, it is important to consider possible contraindications, including the emotional state of the patient and the desired outcome. Cooperation is an essential element for effective hypnosis. If an individual is uncooperative or hostile, hypnosis may not be the best treatment option. Additionally, some patients will not be able to be hypnotized due to brain trauma or cognitive deficits. In these cases, hypnosis is contraindicated.
Contraindications for or cases in which hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and Hypnobalancing™ aren’t recommended:
Perhaps the most important concern is that hypnosis could exacerbate a pre-existing psychosis. Therefore, hypnosis is contraindicated for a patient displaying signs of psychosis.
- Bipolar Disorder
- Brain Injury
- Seizure Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Alcoholism or another drug addiction
- Borderline Personality Disorder
For patients with a borderline personality disorder or dependent personality disorder, there is a risk that the patient will want to form intense or inappropriate relationships or interactions with the practitioner.
I don’t work with patients when there is such a kind of contraindication.
Are you not sure?
Before you make your reservation, ask your medical doctor. This is especially important when you get medical treatment.
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:
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!
I have a very busy schedule, are your hours flexible?
Some clients ask; “I need an earlier or later appointment, is that possible?” Yes, we can arrange that. If you require an appointment outside our opening hours, then please contact me.
Officially, I work from Monday till Thursday from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Sessions at other times and from Friday till Sunday or on bank holidays, plus 30 %.
Do you charge for missed sessions?
Yes, I charge for missed sessions. Sessions need to be regarded with priority from both participants to be of lasting value. Late cancellations and no-shows are not respectful to the therapist’s time, result in decreased treatment effectiveness, and deprive other patients.
My cancellation policy is based on years of experience in the field, which of course may differ from how other professionals operate, who may be able to be flexible with cancellations. I can only work effectively with people who value my time and take responsibility for any time set aside.
Full session fees are payable for cancellations made within two full business days (72 hours) of a booking. If you have a reservation for more than 2 hours in a week, you can reschedule 14 days in advance.
What about confidentiality?
Some clients ask; are the things we talk about kept private?
Yes, everything said during your sessions is held in complete confidence. I will never share information about you with others unless we have to. I have to report risks of suicide, homicide or incidents of child abuse. Because of technical reasons, I also can’t guarantee the security of emails or the connections during sessions over the internet.
If a family member asks about your therapy, I will speak to you before talking to them. You decide what or how much we should tell them. And if you don’t want them to know anything, I won’t tell them anything, unless there’s a risk of suicide, homicide or child abuse.
Where are you located?
I have my office in the West-City, close to the Zoo Berlin in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Most meetings these days are held online.
I can't come to your office. Are there any alternatives?
The solution are telephone sessions and video sessions. I would be honored to inform you about the existing possibilities. Here are more details about psychotherapy for anxiety and sessions via telephone or online with video.
Do you offer free preliminary sessions?
I offer something better. Please have a look: Am I the right therapist for you and your topic?
Be sure to read the following notice
Before contacting me, please read the detailed information on fees, booking, contraindications of hypnotherapy, and the answers to other common questions (FAQ). I would be happy to discuss your specific needs with you in a free preliminary telephone consultation.
These pages are intended to provide information to those interested in psychotherapy with hypnotherapy. They are neither intended to replace psychotherapy nor a personal consultation, examination, or diagnosis by a licensed physician. I am not a medical doctor. I am specialized to help people with fears and anxiety disorders. The profession of a hypnotherapist (official permission to practice psychotherapy according to the HPG) is fundamentally different from the practice of a medical doctor. Medical diagnoses are not made, nor are promises of healing made or medications prescribed. A medical or psychiatric intervention, if necessary, is not to be replaced by hypnotherapeutic treatment under any circumstances.
If you have questions about psychotherapy with hypnosis, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to inform you.
Published: March 1, 2005
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: January 27, 2022
Translation: October 28, 2020