How much does hypnotherapy cost?
Ashburn, VA

How much does hypnotherapy cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much does hypnotherapy cost?

$100 – $250average cost per session

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$100 – $250 average cost per session

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Average cost of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy costs $100 to $250 per session on average. The cost of hypnotherapy depends on the location, session length, and the therapist's experience. The first visit for hypnosis therapy costs $200 to $500 for a longer session that includes an initial consultation and your first hypnosis treatment.

Average cost of a hypnotherapy session - Chart
Average cost of a hypnotherapy session - Chart
Average cost of a hypnotherapy session
National Average Cost $175
Minimum Cost $75
Maximum Cost $2,000
Average Range $100 to $250

  • In comparison, traditional talk therapy costs $100 to $250 per session on average without insurance.

  • Hypnotherapy is sometimes combined with other therapy methods and techniques.

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What is hypnotherapy, and what is it used for?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a clinical or therapeutic setting by a qualified professional. A hypnotherapist guides you into a relaxed but focused, trance-like state where the mind is more receptive. Therapists use hypnosis to delve deeper into an issue or suggest behavioral changes aligned with your goals.

Most hypnotherapists start with a 1- to 2-hour first visit that includes an initial consultation and your first hypnosis therapy session. Ongoing hypnotherapy sessions, if needed, typically last 30 to 90 minutes.

Research shows hypnotherapy is helpful in treating a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Bedwetting

  • Depression

  • Disordered eating

  • Fears and phobias

  • Grief

  • Insomnia and other sleep issues

  • Nail biting

  • Pain

  • PTSD

  • Smoking

  • Stress

  • Test or performance anxiety

  • Dental treatment anxiety

Is hypnotherapy dangerous?

For most people, hypnotherapy is not dangerous when done with a trained professional. A hypnotherapist cannot control your mind or force you to do or say anything you don’t want. However, hypnotherapy may not be safe or effective for those with severe mental disorders like bipolar disorder, psychosis, or schizophrenia.

A hypnotherapist working with a client during a therapy session
A hypnotherapist working with a client during a therapy session

Hypnotherapy cost by treatment type

Hypnotherapists typically offer session packages or programs designed for the specific issue you're dealing with. Some problems may be resolved in as little as one session, while other more complicated and deep-rooted issues can take several weeks or months of ongoing hypnosis therapy sessions.

Hypnotherapy cost by treatment type
Treatment type Number of sessions Average total cost
Smoking cessation 3 – 6 $300 – $1,500
Weight loss 4 – 12 $400 – $3,000
General stress management 2 – 4 $200 – $1,000
Conquer fears & phobias 2 – 4 $200 – $1,000
Reduce depression & anxiety 8 – 12 $800 – $3,000
Improve sleep issues 1 – 6 $100 – $1,500

Quit smoking

Hypnotherapy to help you quit smoking costs $300 to $1,500 on average, for 3 to 6 sessions. Therapists charging on the high end typically include extras like phone support, audio recordings, or books. Hypnosis therapy is typically cheaper than other proven methods, like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

  • The therapist uses hypnotic suggestions to make cigarettes unappealing, help you see yourself as a non-smoker, tap into your personal motivation, and identify your personal triggers.

  • Some therapists combine other techniques in their smoking cessation packages—like neurolinguistic programming (NLP) or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—at no extra cost.

Weight loss

Hypnotherapy for weight loss costs $400 to $3,000 for a total of 4 to 12 sessions, depending on the location, therapist, and your individual circumstances and goals. While hypnotherapy costs more than some other weight loss programs like Noom or Weight Watchers, it is significantly cheaper than weight loss surgery.

Hypnotherapy can help with weight loss by:

  • Reducing stress

  • Removing cravings

  • Helping you find different methods to reward yourself

  • Helping you reduce negative self-talk and improve your self-image

  • Developing healthy eating habits

Hypnotherapy cost factors

Factors that affect the cost of hypnosis therapy include:

  • Type – The number of hypnotherapy sessions needed depends on the issue you're treating, as well as your individual personality and the specific circumstances surrounding the issue.

  • Experience – Typically, higher education corresponds to higher rates. A psychologist with a doctoral degree and additional certification in hypnotherapy will cost more than an individual who's only certified in hypnotherapy.

  • Location – Hypnotherapists in big cities like New York and Los Angeles tend to charge more per session.

  • Online vs. in-person – In-person hypnotherapy sessions sometimes cost more than online sessions because of the added overhead of the therapist's office location expenses. Still, some highly qualified therapists charge the same fee for their time, regardless of whether the session is in-person or remote.

  • On-on-one vs. group session – Group sessions cost less, but you won't receive as much personalized attention as you would in a private session.

  • Advanced techniques – Adding other complementary techniques to the sessions, such as past life regression, Reiki, or analytical hypnosis increases the cost but may improve or speed up your results.

  • Discounts – Many hypnotherapists offer discounts for referrals, veterans, seniors, students, and teachers. Some charge a sliding-scale fee based on income to help lower income patients.

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A therapist hypnotizing a client during a hypnotherapy session
A therapist hypnotizing a client during a hypnotherapy session

Benefits of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy has many potential benefits, depending on the individual, goals, and direction of the sessions:

  • Pain management

  • Weight loss

  • Stress relief

  • Behavior modification (smoking, nail biting, etc.)

  • Reduced performance anxiety

  • Improved sleep

Hypnotherapy FAQs

What is the difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are often used interchangeably, but they are different. Hypnosis refers to a trance-like state of relaxed focus, whereas hypnotherapy is the clinical or therapeutic use of hypnosis by a licensed or certified professional to treat a range of medical, dental, or mental health conditions.

Laws regarding the hypnotherapy profession and the use of "hypnotherapy" and "hypnotherapist" vary by state. Some states have specific registration and licensure requirements to practice hypnotherapy, some recognize hypnotherapy only within a psychologist's practice, and some states do not regulate the profession at all.

How many hypnotherapy sessions do I need?

Many patients see improvement in 3 to 6 sessions of hypnotherapy, but more severe issues may require up to 15+ sessions. The number of hypnotherapy sessions you need depends on the issue itself, your mind and personality, the specific circumstances surrounding the issue, and how long you've been dealing with it.

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Not everyone can be hypnotized fully enough to benefit from hypnotherapy. Research suggests that 10% to 15% of people are highly able to be hypnotized, about the same percentage cannot be hypnotized, and the remaining population has at least some level of suggestibility to potentially benefit from hypnosis therapy.

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Is hypnotherapy covered by insurance?

Hypnotherapy may be partially covered by insurance—typically 10% to 50%—if they deem your treatment medically treatment is deemed medically necessary and performed by a licensed healthcare professional. Still, some insurance companies consider it an experimental and uncovered expense. Check with your insurance provider for your specific plan terms.

What to look for in a hypnotherapist

Hypnotherapy is not nationally regulated, and many states lack specific requirements to practice hypnotherapy. This means you must do your own research to ensure the professional you hire has the qualifications and experience to help you reach your goals. When researching potential hypnotherapists near you, be sure to:

Questions to ask a hypnotherapist

Ask these important questions to help you select a qualified hypnotherapist:

  • What state licenses, training, and certifications do you have?

  • How long have you been doing hypnotherapy?

  • Do you have experience treating my issue?

  • Do you offer a free consultation?

  • What techniques do you use when treating issues like mine?

  • How long are your sessions?

  • How many sessions do you think I will need?

  • What should I expect at my first session?

  • What is your cancellation policy?

  • Do you offer a discount if I buy multiple sessions at once?

  • Do you offer a sliding scale fee schedule or payment plan options?

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