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Registration for psychotherapy with Sophie Alder-Hirzel

Information and registration for psychotherapy

Dear patient, you have decided to start psychotherapy. In this section, I want to give you the registration procedure as well as some essential information about the topics of therapy. Please read this information thoroughly before completing the registration form. 


For the request it is necessary to fill out the registration form and send it to New Leaves Gemeinschaftspraxis, Sophie Alder, Zeltweg 25, 8032 Zurich, or via Email to I want to point out that the registration does not guarantee a place in therapy. 

A psychotherapeutic treatment can be roughly divided into three sections:

  1. Diagnosing and evaluating the problem(s) that are causing you distress? Often several problem areas or stress factors are the reason for starting therapy. Initially, it is necessary to separate and disentangle these. Initially, it is also important to define one or more therapy goals to give you and the therapist orientation in the treatment process. 

  2. Where does the problem come from and why does it not go away? For symptoms to develop and the condition to persist, it is often important to know the biographical context and to consider why symptoms can't go away or be resolved independently.

  3. What can you do to make the problem go away? In this step, we will find out what you can do to make the problem or symptoms "resolve". The basic idea is to teach you skills to solve the problem. Since the therapist can't usually solve the problem for you, it is important to think about and work out together how you can cope with this yourself. Various techniques are used here (e.g., skills to deal differently with negative thoughts or deadlocked behavior patterns).


What do you have to do for the therapy yourself?

A fundamental requirement for psychotherapy is your motivation to change and your cooperation. Your cooperation is necessary because only you know and can describe your problem exactly. This is important to tailor the solution to the problem for you. Since the problem or suffering usually does not solve itself, even if you understand it, it is crucial to integrate the new insights and solution strategies into your everyday life through changed ways of thinking, processing emotions, and behavior. To achieve rapid therapeutic progress towards the therapy goal, it is necessary that, in addition to the therapy time of usually one hour per week, you spend about one hour per day to be able to plan exercises and changes in your everyday life. This way, you can strengthen your resources and promote resilience so that changes remain permanent. 

Arrangement model for psychological psychotherapy (basic insurance):

For psychotherapy to be covered by basic insurance, it must be ordered by a general practitioner (family doctor), a pediatrician, a psychiatrist or a specialist in psychosomatic medicine. Each arrangement authorizes 15 sessions. An exchange between the ordering specialist and the psychotherapist is necessary to assess the renewal of the order after 15 sessions. For more than 30 sessions, a report form a Psychiatrist ist mandatory and your insurance decides if they cover more sessions. 

Appointments/Cancellation policy:

I ask you to cancel appointments at a reasonable time, at least 24 hours before your appointment. If appointments are missed three times without prior cancellation, the therapy will be terminated. If appointments are not canceled within the 24 hours, I reserve the right to charge you for the session. I appreciate your understanding.


If you have any questions, please email me at


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