Imagine for one moment that you or a friend had this experience. Its 16.23 on a Thursday afternoon and you have just discovered that your car has a flat tyre. You look a little closer and discover a puncture. “Oh dear” you say while resourcefully Googling ‘car tyre puncture repair’ on your smart phone. You wait a little while and are rewarded with the following:
- Puncture repair takes up to one hour and costs £10.
- Puncture repair takes up to one hour, costing between £10 and £50 depending on your car make and model.
So, You might think, well, OK, that probably involves removing the tyre, finding the puncture and doing a repair. Why does the cost depend on the make and model of my car? Probably something to do with material costs.
Still, the same time, scenario two. You want a gardener to do some work in your garden. Again you Google ‘gardeners’ in your local vicinity. And get the following results:
- Gardening – no job too small or large. £20 per hour
- Gardening: between £20 – £50 per hour depending on your exact postcode.
You might again be wondering what on earth does my post-code have to do with the cost per hour? We would be wondering the same.
Scenario three. You require some psychological help in dealing with a problem. Let’s call this problem X because that is general. X could be weight loss, trauma resolution, addictions – you name it. You choose to explore the options for hypnotherapy.
Again at the same time you Google ‘Hypnotherapy for help with X’. You receive the following results.
- Hypnotherapy – all one hour sessions £100.
- Hypnotherapy – Weight Loss £120 per hour, Stop Smoking £200 per hour, Addictions £150 per hour.
Again you might be thinking what is the price difference about? Why does a different ‘problem’ incur a different price for the same session time?
Is there something very different that is done in each session? Maybe the hypnotherapist has to exert much more effort or something radically depending on a specific problem?
On closer examination you find that some hypnotherapists have different rates for different methodologies, for example:
- Hypno-analysis 1 hour = £ 125.00
- Suggestion Therapy 1 hour = £75.00
- EFT 1 hour = £55.00
All of these different prices for differing problems and different methodologies are unsettling and really confusing.
Adding even further confusion to the public domain is the fact that some hypnotherapists suggest a series of 8 – 12 sessions one per week.
Now just to put things in perspective 8 sessions at say £75.00 per session will cost you £600.00 and no therapist who is worth their salt or has any integrity or experience will promise or guaranteed a result, if they do, be extra vigilant.
The reality is, in our view, that you are paying for the hypnotherapist’s skills and experience for a set period of time and that, in our opinion, should be a standardised fee based on a standard session time spent. Not the type of presenting problem or methodology used.
When you are looking to find a hypnotherapist to help you, we suggest you seek to find a therapist who offers the following:
- Standard fee per session regardless of the presenting problem.
- Pay as you go sessions with an option to block book, if YOU choose.
- Who does not promise the ‘magic pill’ result, because there is no such thing.
Having found a hypnotherapist who offers this kind of good working criteria, the next step is to talk with them so you can find out if this is the right person for you.
What you could do for fun, in addition to choosing Nigel or Peter is call one of the hypnotists that do structured pricing based on problems or methodologies and ask this question. “Why do you charge more for X?” – We are sure you will enjoy their response.
This article was prepared by Nigel Hetherington of Hypnotherapy Newcastle and Peter Doherty Hypnotherapy Haverhill as part of a public information awareness report regarding sound ethical practice from hypnotherapists.