Choosing Your Hypnotherapist
Insights and Tips
Here are some insights and tips to support you when choosing the right hypnotherapist for you. Be sure to take into consideration not only the fees but client testimonials. Look at Yelp reviews, Video testimonials, etc. This will help you gauge whether your money will be well invested and help you develop faith and trust in the person you are about to hire.
Research Training Credentials:
Take time to be sure you choose a therapist or health care professional who is Certified by a credible hypnosis association to perform hypnosis. Some physicians have never been officially trained or certified in hypnosis and offer only simple mindfulness, visualizations and grounding practices. Of course, mindfulness and grounding are essential tools to increase your overall sense of well-being. But you deserve someone properly trained in various techniques and in effective ways to delve deeper and heal emotional wounds. You will be paying for this service and you want to know you are getting true, professional services.
Test your level of Trust and Rapport:
It is also essential to find a hypnotherapist with whom you feel a connection, a rapport that makes you feel safe and cared for. You will be closing your eyes and trusting this person to act on your behalf. It’s important you feel a high degree of trust for and comfort with this person.
Get Recommendations: It’s always best to get a recommendation from someone you know and trust. But if you don’t know anyone who has experienced hypnosis, ask the person you are considering for testimonials.
Don’t be afraid to ask important questions:
Fees vary from region to region according to what’s feasible in the local economy. So I can’t advise you to what is acceptable in your geographical area. In San Francisco, a competent hypnotherapist may charge anywhere from $150 to $500 per session. So do your homework.
If you find someone charging $50 to $75, they are most likely just starting out. Don’t exclude them out-of-hand – a beginner might already be better than someone who’s been around a while and is incompetent. But be confident in who you choose. Even someone charging up to $100 may have very limited experience. And sometimes a lower rate reflects a lack of confidence in their own abilities. So be careful and do your research.
Can I use my insurance to cover your services? It is highly unlikely you will find a hypnotherapist who processes insurance claims. But you should find out if your own insurance company will cover hypnosis. If they do, ask what they require in a claim. Then, the hypnotist can provide an official invoice (on their letterhead) with the proper “V” code which insurance companies will recognize as for hypnosis services, rather than medical services. If you are not covered by insurance, you may be able to take advantage of tax free sessions by using a medical insurance card or flex spending account for health care services outside the scope of your insurance provider (e.g. eye glasses, chiropractors, acupuncture, hypnosis, etc.)
So, take into consideration not only the fees but client testimonials.
Look at Yelp reviews, YouTube testimonials, etc.
This will help you gauge whether your money would be well spent.
Develop faith, trust and rapport with the person you are about to hire.
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