Have you been thinking about hypnotherapy to help you with a specific issue or to improve your life generally? If so, it's only natural that you'll be curious about the cost and fees of your treatment plan as you make the decision to find the right therapist and an approach that works for you. If you're considering hypnotherapy, you may find this article helpful because I'm going to explain more about the costs of hypnotherapy, how it works and what to expect from your sessions.
How much does a hypnotherapy session cost?
You can expect to pay between £50 to £100 for an hour's session with a professionally trained hypnotherapist, some may charge a great deal more. Hypnotherapy fees are dependant on a number of factors including the therapist' location, experience, online or face to face sessions and the type of hypnotherapy you are seeking.
How many hypnotherapy sessions will you need?
Typically, in my experience, you will need between 6 - 10 sessions to make the lasting changes you are looking for, so the overall cost of a successful hypnotherapy programme can cost anywhere between £300 - £1000. I understand this can seem expensive depending on which therapist and options you choose but making the decision to invest in yourself to achieve the results you are looking for is so rewarding and perhaps the best decision you'll make.
Why is hypnotherapy expensive?
Hypnotherapy differs from many types of traditional therapies in that it will combine several proven strategies and approaches such as psychotherapy, NLP, CBT with hypnosis or trance work. It also requires the hypnotherapist to include subliminal guidance whilst talking and listening to their client, which is always bespoke and created specifically for each client.
In my practice, my approach is based on the latest research from neuroscience, so I will also help clients understand simply how the brain works so they can understand how we experience emotions and how these affect our habits and behaviours and importantly what we can do together to change them so they can use their brain in a more positive and beneficial way.
Hypnotherapy is also expensive because a professional and effective hypnotherapist will have completed extensive training and supervision to ensure they are effective and training to be a hypnotherapist is not simple or quick. It requires ongoing case study based training which means many clinical hours of client sessions, observation, studying, reading, supervision and continual professional development to ensure professional skills are kept up to date.
The demands on the therapist are higher than other therapies given the tailored nature of each session and therefore many reputable hypnotherapists will limit the number of client sessions each day to ensure they can provide the highest level of support possible.
Interestingly the other aspect which many people don't realise is that although hypnotherapy is very successful at treating many conditions it is not subsidised by the NHS at all, which means hypnotherapists do not have a steady stream of referrals from local surgeries or other health professionals which means they have to work hard and invest, fund and promote their services to potential clients seeking out support.
Why do people choose hypnotherapy?
For many clients who seek out hypnotherapy they may have tried other forms of therapy such as talking therapies, counselling, CBT, or mindfulness and may also have been given medication by their GP, but still, they find things are not getting any better and feel stuck and don't know where to turn.
Often these traditional approaches mean they have gained a greater understanding about what triggers their problems and how this impact their life but find they've spend a lot of time talking about 'the problem' which does not help resolve the issue, they feel held back from living a fulfilling life. So hypnotherapy attracts people who are looking for therapeutic tools and techniques to create the positive changes they need in a relatively short period of time which means when you work with a hypnotherapist you won't need to commit to months of therapy sessions - you can expect to create significant changes within 6 - 8 weeks, sometimes sooner. The key to success is being ready and motivated for change.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy works because it helps you make beneficial changes in the subconscious part of your mind, where positive changes originate, rather than the conscious part. Because if your problems were simply at the conscious level, you may well have talked and worked through them by now, having come up with solutions to change them. But, you may not realise that most of your thoughts, responses and behaviours are driven by the subconscious part of your mind, so during a hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will talk to that part of your mind and help you make beneficial changes, which become stronger as you work together.
How to choose the best hypnotherapist for you
When you decide to find a hypnotherapist to help you overcome a problem or to improve your life, a good starting point is always to make sure the therapist has the necessary qualifications, experience and is registered with a professional association. It means that they are capable and committed to providing you with the best service and demonstrates their level of professional standards and code of conduct in their practice. Some of the professional bodies to look out for are National Council of Hypnotherapists (NCH), Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
It's also important that if you're considering hypnotherapy, that you can establish, rapport and feel that you can build a good and trusted working relationship with your therapist, to get the best results. Do you feel comfortable talking with them initially and do you like the sound of their voice? I always offer the option of a free initial chat either online or by phone, which is a goof way of exploring your needs, receiving some advice and making sure hypnotherapy is the right approach, without making a commitment. So, I always recommend taking the time to consider how you feel before starting treatment.
Always ask plenty of questions to make sure you fully understand how hypnotherapy will work for you. A good hypnotherapist will explain the process and structure of hypnotherapy sessions so you will know what to expect and how many sessions it will likely take to achieve the results you are looking for. Whether your hypnotherapy sessions are online via zoom or face to face at the clinical practice, always make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed. Online hypnotherapy is a great option allowing you to avoid travel and access hypnotherapy from the comfort of your own home or office, but which ever option you choose, make sure it's somewhere where you won't be interrupted, and you feel comfortable to talk confidentially.
Does hypnotherapy work?
When you make an investment in your wellbeing and recovery, it is only natural to ask about the benefits and success rate of hypnotherapy. One of the key factors of success will be dependant upon your desire and commitment to the therapeutic process and motivation for making changes in your life, in fact therapists should never guarantee success. You will often need a number of sessions to make the lasting changes you are looking for.
In my practice, all clients have the option of using the CPHT Outcomes and Research Project (CORP), allowing clients to rate themselves using an easy scale of 1 - 10 over seven key areas of life. Each client is able to see their personalised journey and results straight away. As the outcome chart is updated at each session it means both the client and therapist can see real evidence of how things are progressing every session. Read more about the results of hypnotherapy here.
If you'd like to find out how hypnotherapy can help you improve your life or overcome a particular issue, then please get in touch, I always happy to offer help and advice. You can book a free initial chat below or send me a message. Alternatively, you may like to download my free relaxation guide hypnosis track.
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