You may be wondering what is the average price for hypnotherapy in Melbourne.
The fact is that prices can vary from practitioner to practitioner so it’s important to make sure you’re getting value for money.
Just as some products on the shelves of your local K-Mart are overpriced, not all hypnotherapists are equal in terms of what they provide.
Doing a little research about the ins and outs of hypnosis can go a long way to ensure you actually get what you’ve paid for.
Hypnosis – Definition and Effect
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness that prepares the subconscious mind for the therapeutic suggestions offered, which facilitate powerful and positive changes for the client. Being in a hypnotic state allows you, the client, to absorb, focus and concentrate on the words your therapist says.
Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective modality, during which time the client’s brainwave frequency begins to drop. A hypnotherapist uses vocal tone, pace and semantic language to assist the client to enter a deep relaxation state.
It is legal in Australia, and there are many governing bodies that address the most common questions about hypnosis. It’s always best to work with a therapist who has a government accredited qualification.
It should be noted that while a client uses the sound of the therapists’s voice to go into trance, the process is actually self-hypnosis. In other words, as the client, it’s your decision as to whether or not you allow yourself to go into trance.
Once you’re in trance, your therapist can apply suggestions that allow you to change unwanted beliefs and behaviour patterns, replacing these with new beliefs and behaviour patterns. For example, you if you wish to lose weight but you’re sabotaging yourself, a hypnotherapist can find out why you’re doing this and help you to stop.
Hypnotherapy Pricing FAQHere are the most common questions people ask me about the cost of sessions:
How Much Does It Cost To Get Hypnotized?
The average fee for one session of hypnosis in the Melbourne area ranges from $170.00 to $250.00. It depends on a number of factors, including location and how long they have been in business. A more expensive fee schedule does not necessarily equate to a better service.
How Do I Know If I’m Paying Too Much For My Sessions?
If the price for one session is greater than $250.00, there’s a good chance you might be being dazzled by marketing hype. Of course, ask me again in 10 years time and my opinion will be different because of inflation; things get more expensive as the years go by, and hypnotherapy is no exception.
If I Pay A Lot Of Money For One Session, Does That Mean I Never Have To Go Back For More?
Not necessarily. Some practitioners charge a lot of money for one session, with the promise that your problem will be ‘fixed’ in one session. But the truth is, no hypnotherapist can predict how many sessions you will need. This depends on many varying factors, so don’t assume paying lots of money for one session will guarantee that session will be more effective.
Can I Claim Hypnosis On Medicare?
You can only claim hypnosis on Medicare if your hypnotherapist is a doctor.
Can I Claim Hypnosis On My Private Health Insurance?
That depends on the type of fund you have. Some funds offer rebates for hypnosis. If your fund does offer rebates, be sure to ask your hypnotherapist if she has a provider number. If she doesn’t, then you will not be able to claim a rebate.
What You’re REALLY Paying For
So….does that mean you should shop around and find the cheapest…? Not so fast. Choosing your therapist based on price alone could end up costing you more in the long-run.
You might be wondering why one session of hypnotherapy costs so much more than hypnosis MP3 that you can buy online. The reason is because in the first instance, when you download and listen to hypnosis MP3 you are receiving a generic one-size fits all approach.
On the other hand when you book in for one-to-one therapy you’re working with a qualified hypnotherapist who (provided you make your selection carefully) has an accredited qualification and many years of experience treating clients.
If she’s doing her job properly she will ask you lots of questions so she can customize the session for you and she will treat not only the symptom but the cause of your problem. Most importantly, she will never perform the same therapy twice. Each session should be individual, unique and customized for you; that is why you’re paying more.
What Is The Cost Of Staying As You Are?
If you think hypnotherapy is ‘expensive’ or ‘costs too much’, you may want to consider what it’s costing you to keep overeating, getting drunk or smoking.
When you walk into a supermarket and give the cashier one hundred dollars, you usually come away with a few bags of groceries. It’s easy to see the value of what you have spent because you have the items in your hot little hands.
With a service-based purchase there is no physical product; so it can be easy to dismiss the services of a qualified professional as ‘not worth the price’. So, let’s consider the habit of smoking. The average pack-a-day smoker spends $8000.00 a year to service his habit.
Let’s say you invested in 4 sessions of hypnosis at $190.00 per session; That’s $760.00 to quit the habit for good versus $8000.00 per year. When you look at it this way, the cost of hypnosis is marginal; provided you see a good hypnotherapist.
Is Hypnosis Worth It?
If you choose the right hypnotherapist, then yes, it is definitely worth it. Just make sure you go into it with your eyes open. To give you an example of marketing hype, these days there’s a big trend for ‘gastric band hypnosis’ to treat weight loss.
It’s marketed as a whizz-bag panacea for all weight problems; yet there’s no difference in principle between the techniques used in this ‘program’ to the techniques that may be used by a qualified professional hypnotherapist who has developed her own methodology.
Don’t believe the hype! When it comes to solving your problem, there are many ways to skin a cat and a good therapist will choose the approach that is right for you – without charging you an arm and a leg for the privilege. If your therapist is asking more than $250.00 per individual session, you need to ask the following questions:
- How to they measure the success of their programs?
- Does the price include free-follow-up sessions?
- Does the content of the therapy vary with each session?
This last question is incredibly important because it will tell you whether or not the hypnosis is customized to your needs. A therapist who performs the same therapy each session is almost certainly reading from a generic script, which means you’re better off buying hypnosis MP3 for around fifteen dollars.
When you’re researching what is the average price for a hypnotherapy session in Melbourne, asking the right questions is paramount. Do your homework and you will find good value for your money.