Perhaps you’ve heard of hypnotherapy and would like to find out some general information about it and more specifically an answer to the question; how much does hypnotherapy cost?

This article will help you to discover;

  • The costs associated with hypnotherapy
  • What you should look out for in a hypnotherapist
  • What happens in an initial consultation
  • What is hypnosis
  • What is hypnotherapy and what it can be used for.

How much does hypnotherapy cost?

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This will really depend on a number of different factors including;

  • How many sessions are needed
  • The location of the hypnotherapist
  • The qualifications of the hypnotherapist and
  • What the treatment is for

One off sessions will tend to be more expensive as most hypnotherapists will offer a reduced price if you book and pay for a number of sessions in advance. Hypnotherapists may offer one session for free when you book 5 or more sessions in advance.

Due to the high cost of living in London and the South of England a typical single session will be somewhere between £70 and £125. This can easily double though if you’re visiting a hypnotherapist who has rented out a room in Harley Street or another expensive London address.

In other areas of the UK you can expect to pay somewhere between £50 to £85 for a single session.

Many hypnotherapists will tend to offer a single stop smoking session as this is known to be an effective way to help people to quit their habit. Depending on the location and qualification of the hypnotherapist the cost of this one session is usually between £150 and £250. This may initially seem expensive but in reality it is very little when you consider both the financial and health cost of continuing smoking.

How can I reduce the cost of hypnotherapy?

While it is unlikely that a qualified hypnotherapist will enter a bartering process with you, they may reduce their prices at times of the year which are traditionally quiet such as December, January and February to attract new customers.

How many sessions of hypnotherapy will I need?

This will again depend on a number of factors. If you are looking to stop smoking then as mentioned before, this can be successfully addressed in just one session. The session will usually last somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Phobias will tend to need around 3 sessions to be successfully treated and all anxiety related issues can generally be addressed within 6 to 12 sessions. Achieving freedom from general anxiety disorder will typically take 6 sessions so will cost somewhere between £350 and £550. Anxiety disorders such as OCD and PTSD will tend to be more complex and as a result it is more typical for these to need 12 sessions. This will make the cost of hypnotherapy to be somewhere between £700 and £1100.

Why does the cost of hypnotherapy seem high?

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The price is reflected in a number of things. To become a qualified hypnotherapist takes real dedication. It’s an expensive and time consuming commitment. The cost of training can run into several thousand pounds and the classroom training alone is over 120 hours of contact time. When in training the hypnotherapist will have to complete several case studies, researching and studying hypnotherapy in practise, before being awarded their qualification.

Once qualified a hypnotherapist doesn’t stop learning. They are duty bound to keep up their training through attending both supervision sessions and continuing professional development courses, which obviously need to be paid for.

In order to give each client the bespoke treatment necessary for them to reach their goals, a reputable hypnotherapist will limit the number of clients that they see each week. So while the hourly cost of hypnotherapy may seem high, a typical full time hypnotherapist may only see 10-15 clients each week.

What should I look for in a hypnotherapist?

The term hypnotherapy is not a protected term. In other words, anyone can call themselves a hypnotherapist even if they haven’t under gone any official training. Other terms which are not protected include psychotherapist, therapist and counsellor.

You should look for a hypnotherapist who is registered with one of the main awarding bodies. This means that they have undergone an extensive training program and have met the standards required to be a safe and effective practitioner. Most hypnotherapist will proudly display the awarding bodies logo on either their home or about me page. The main awarding bodies for hypnotherapy are The National Council for Hypnotherapy and The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

Once you have discovered that the hypnotherapist you are considering working for is registered with an awarding body, it is probably wise to check out their reviews from other clients. This will enable you to see if they have built up a reputation for achieving results for their clients. Many hypnotherapists will post testimonials on their website, on their Google My Business account and on social media sites.

You may also need to decide if you would like to travel to see your hypnotherapist face to face in their consulting room or if you prefer for your therapy to take place in the comfort of your own home. Like most things in life there are pros and cons to both approaches. If you are considering using online hypnotherapy, then you can find out more information by using the highlighted link.

The Next Step

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Many hypnotherapists will offer either a free initial chat or a more in depth initial consultation. The consultation serves a number of purposes. Perhaps the most important one is to see if you are going to make a good partnership. When choosing a hypnotherapist, I would consider rapport building to be extremely important for both parties. As it’s possible that you may be seeing your hypnotherapist for a number of months, it’s very important that you feel at ease in their company and that you feel you can trust they have your best interests at heart.

The initial consultation is a chance for you to give some more detail surrounding your condition and to explain what you would like to achieve through therapy. Depending on the type of hypnotherapy you choose the analysis of your condition maybe quite brief or more in depth. The hypnotherapist may ask what affect the condition is having on your lifestyle in order to try and build up a more detailed picture.

This first meeting is also an opportunity for the hypnotherapist to explain why you are feeling the way you do. You should feel confident in moving forward with treatment and so it’s important that you understand why you are thinking, feeling and acting the way you do at the moment. Your hypnotherapist should also explain to you what your therapy will entail and how many sessions that they expect your treatment to take.

The initial consultation will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to address any concerns you may have about your treatment.

You should come away from the meeting feeling that; the hypnotherapist is someone you can build a relationship with, they are knowledgeable about your condition and that they have given you a clear picture of how they can help you.

What is hypnosis?

You will have probably have heard of both the terms hypnosis and trance. They can really be thought of as being interchangeable, as they both describe a time when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. It’s often described as like being in a day dream. So when you gaze out of the window you have gone into trance. It’s thought that we go into trance roughly every 6 to 7 minutes throughout our waking hours.

You may recall a time when you have met a friend of a friend in town and spent a majority of the conversation trying to remember their name. It’s only later when your tidying the house and in a little day dream that the name pops into your head. You’ve entered into a trance and during this relaxed state parts of your mind have worked together to help recall their name. So hypnosis or trance can be thought of as a natural state that can help us to problem solve.

Is hypnosis similar to REM sleep?

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Yes, the two are very much connected. When you are listening to your hypnotherapist or listening to a download that they have provided, you will enter a daydream like state. During this time the parts of your brain that create anxiety are shut down. This allows other areas of the brain to work together and to problem solve.

You might remember a time when you have been working on a project for work or college during the day and have become stuck on a particular part of it. No matter how hard concentrate on it you can’t seem to move forward. When you wake up in the morning however you’ve solved the problem. During your dream state when the busy, anxiety inducing parts of your brain have been shut off other areas of your brain have quietly gone about their business and come up with the solution.

Throughout history amazing things have been invented during dreams including;

  • The melody to ‘Yesterday’ by Paul McCartney
  • The riff to ‘I can’t get no Satisfaction’ by Keith Richards
  • The periodic table of elements – Dmitri Mendelee
  • The sewing machine – Elias Howe

Your dream state really can help you to come up with your own solutions to your problems.

What is hypnotherapy and what can it help with?

Hypnotherapy is simply a type of therapy that uses hypnosis to help people to make positive changes to their life.

It is a very versatile type of therapy and can be used to help people to overcome a whole range of conditions. Hypnotherapy is most commonly used to help people; lower their stress and anxiety levels, increase confidence, help people to overcome phobias, help reduce the symptoms of IBS, improve sporting performance and help people to achieve long lasting weight loss.

If you would like to find out more detail of any of the above conditions, or to discover more ways in which hypnotherapy can help you, please read my blogs; The amazing benefits of hypnotherapy and what can hypnotherapy help with.

How much does hypnotherapy cost and more?

I hope that by reading this article you have found out an answer to this question and understand the reasons why hypnotherapy can seem expensive. You should also have discovered what you should look for in a therapist and some of the areas that hypnotherapy can be used to help.

If you have any questions or if after reading this blog you feel that I can help you to move forward with your life, then please get in touch. I’d love to support you while you make positive changes to your life.

Author: Ian Murton HPD DSFH AfSFH Reg NCH Reg CNHC Reg is an award winning Solution Focused Hypnotherapist running sessions via Zoom from his home on the Bedfordshire/ Hertfordshire border.

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