Hypnotherapy Melbourne Prices

by Rodney Inns

The hypnotherapy Melbourne prices is a tricky thing to define, there is no one price and you will find a sizeable difference in what a hypnotherapist will charge. There are many factors that inform how much a Hypnotherapist may charge for their service ranging from experience, specialisation, what they are comfortable charging, what a client will pay, just to name a few.

I will attempt to help you understand and inform you on these factors so you can make your own informed decisions on how much you're willing to pay for hypnotherapy.

The Cost of Hypnotherapy in Australia

So what are the prices that hypnotherapists will charge for a session and they can vary greatly as you will see below.

Group Sessions

These hypnosis sessions can range from $50 to $100 dollars for each session and you will as it says be part of a group of anything up to 20 people. This way they charge you less but have a greater number of people for the session, this way they can earn more money than doing individual sessions.

Individual Sessions

Here the cost of sessions will vary the most from $150 up to $1000 in some cases. In most cases, most hypnotherapist charge between $150 and $500.

Group vs Individual Sessions

This is the first topic which is easy to define, in a group session they will treat you using a generalised hypnosis script which will work for some people and not others. Unfortunately, this approach doesn’t take into account the differences between people and how their problems may vary as well so the results they will get will vary greatly, it works perfectly for some people and not at all for other people while another group of people get some results but not the complete result they are looking for. These people are welcome to come back and do another session for a further fee if they so desire.

In, an individual session the hypnotherapist learns about you and your problem and how it may be different to other people they will then modify the hypnotherapy to suit your individual needs. This approach has a greater success rate because of treating you as an individual and not part of a group after all we are all different.

How Long Have They Been Practicing Hypnotherapy

The longer a person has been practicing will also affect how much a hypnotherapist will charge as they treat more clients and practice over more years they develop their skills and abilities as a hypnotherapist and also learn about their success rate with clients and this will affect how much they will charge. The longer a person has been practicing, the more they may charge for their services. You're paying extra for their experience and ability honed over many years of practice.

Now a caveat just because they have been practicing for many years doesn’t also mean they are good at hypnotherapy, there are always exceptions to the rule some people just don’t improve in their ability over time.


If the hypnotherapist specialises like only doing one thing like Quit Smoking hypnotherapy, then they may also charge more for their service, because they see them-self as a specialist who is better than other hypnotherapists who don’t specialise in this treatment.

Also, I know of a school that only teaches quit smoking hypnotherapy they provide a foolproof script to students then train its students to use that script with clients, and students are trained to get very high results, students are also trained on how to run their business and what to charge and they are told to charge around $500 for a session.

Quit Smoking Hypnosis Cost

This specialisation is popular among hypnotherapist mainly because there are two schools around that do nothing but teach how to do quit smoking hypnosis. It trains student of this school to do only this, but do it very well and they are also taught how much to charge and this school teaches them to charge $500 for one session with a free followup session so as you can see it affects the quit smoking hypnosis cost by increasing the cost of session.

Many other hypnotherapist also focus on this because it is one of the few services they offer will give the client a huge future saving with this one expense of $500, they believe that the client will pay extra because of the extremely big savings they will get from quitting and it is one of the few specialities that they feel comfortable charging that much money.

Because of the high charges hypnotherapist charge for this service, competition is fierce in this one service online to attract and get clients for help with this problem, so much so it has attracted niche marketers who specialise in finding these potential clients for hypnotherapist and of course charging for their fee, and they don’t do it for any other hypnotherapy service, so marketing can cost a lot more than other types of services but with the higher fee they can afford to do it.

Hypnosis for Weight Loss Cost

This is another popular specialisation that many hypnotherapist get into for many reasons, some reasons are similar to quit smoking. There is a very large pool of potential clients who want to lose weight and who have tried everything without success, so they eventually turn to hypnosis for help and this will affect the hypnosis for weight loss cost substantially.

People who want to lose weight are also usually happy to spend more money to get results after all they probably have already paid for a nutritionist, personal trainer, dietician to name a few so they have usually spent thousands to lose weight before looking into hypnosis to help them achieve their goal.

Because of these reasons hypnotherapist usually feel more comfortable charging more for a session and they are also happy to get people to come back for multiple sessions than they would normally do for other types of hypnotherapy services.

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Cost

Some hypnotherapists specialise in dealing with anxiety as well and because of the nature of the problem many hypnotherapists are not really good at treating it but they know people will spend the money and come in for many sessions so the hypnotherapy for anxiety cost will usually be low to medium, because your expected to come back for many sessions. I have heard of clients seeing their hypnotherapist once a week for 8 months, this is the dream for a hypnotherapist repeat clients paying each week for months on end if you get a few of them makes their life so much easier with a steady income.

If they cannot help you in the first 5 sessions approximately well, then they never will, I suggest you look for someone else because it doesn't mean you cannot be helped. I had a client once who came and saw me but before the session she told me she had seen 15 other hypnotherapists before me with absolutely no luck, anyway I helped her in one session.

She asked why I could help and none of the other hypnotherapists could, So I had to explain to her about what I call behavioural approach verses my approach of dealing with emotions directly not the thoughts. For more information on this read “Suggestion and behavioural Approach” below.

Emotions the Underlying Force That Rules Us All

As a hypnotherapist I have taken a path where I have learned how to specialise in working with emotions specifically removing or eliminating them from my clients and their problems. Emotions literally drive all our problems so they have to be dealt with to get a result.

Suggestion and Behavioural Approach

Other hypnotherapist learn how to change your behaviour by introducing suggestions that become new thoughts you focus on which then changes how you behave, but they don't learn how to work with emotions especially removing and eliminating them. This is problematic because emotions drive all our behaviours and if you don't deal with them the treatment either won't work, or can take many sessions, or clients find themselves just replacing that problem with another.

As an example lots of people who quit smoking will usually turn to snacking on junk after they have quit-smoking by this method of behaviour modification because the emotions that drive the smoking are still present they just find a new outlet like snacking on junk food to cope with these emotions.

People smoke because they feel anxious, angry, sad, bored, etc. Then they smoke and when they smoke they go into a meditative trance where they relax and feel better, so that is why they smoke. But now they can't smoke because the hypnotherapist has taken the behaviour away but not the emotions driving the smoking in the first place so they still feel anxious, angry, sad, bored, etc. So normally they then substitute by snacking on junk food to try to cope with these emotions and then put on weight.

Emotions Are the Driving Force for All Our Problems

This is important because emotions are the driving force for of all problems if you have anxiety or depression well these are emotions, so you have to eliminate the emotions and this cannot be done with the behavioural suggestion approach.

If you have an addiction, well you have anxiety depression and a lot of other stuff you're trying to get away from by using drugs or alcohol to numb the pain. If you have a problem behaviour same deal, your emotions are making you do the behaviour so you need to eliminate the emotions driving the problem behaviour. So no matter your problem Eating Disorder, Weight-Loss, Relationship Problems, Sporting Performance Problems they are all driven by emotions so you must deal with them.

So no matter what your problem is, the underlying force driving the problem is your emotions so you must deal with them to get a result.

Number of Sessions

This can be a huge factor in the cost of sessions if they practice what I call behavioural hypnotherapy then it usually takes several sessions to get the result. You can read “Suggestion and Behavioural Approach” above and learn what this behavioural approach is, so you have a full understanding. Often it will take between 3-5 session to get results but I have heard from some clients who have been for 10 plus session with this approach with no result at all.

So if you will go to them for say 5 sessions, they cannot charge you lots for each session because most people cannot afford the cost. So usually they will charge between $150 — $300 for each session so the cost can quickly rack up.

Now for some hypnotherapist they charge a higher cost, but you're only required to do one session normally and sometimes two. So these hypnotherapists will charge a higher price for getting the result quicker with fewer sessions involved. They will charge usually between $300 — $500 a session, but I have also heard of them charging up to $900 for a session. They may also offer free followup session in case it’s needed.

Do They Give You Homework

Sometimes they hypnotherapist will give you homework like listening to an audio recording of the session, which they want you to listen to one or more times a day for several days or weeks after the session.

The reason for this is as above I have described what I can behavioural hypnotherapy is this is what they are doing with you but instead of getting you to come back for multiple sessions you do one and get the audio to listen to after the session.

Using this method, they will usually charge you more because they are giving you a product to take with you to use in your own time. So they may charge between $300 — $500 for the session and a copy of recording with no followup appointment.

The fact they are giving you homework suggests that the hypnotherapy session will not work and they have to give you something extra to make you sign up for the session. They are also not very confident in their ability to help you.

Problem Asking for Money

Now you’re going to a hypnotherapist for help but you don’t stop to think they have problems too and I have come across a huge one in my time as a hypnotherapist. The number of times other hypnotherapists find out what I charge my clients and they say oh I couldn’t ask for that much from my clients I don’t know how you can do it.

Lots of hypnotherapists feel guilty asking for money because they got into this field to help people and it feels wrong asking for money as compensation.

Also lots of hypnotherapists are insecure about their ability to help you so they have trouble asking for money because they are not sure they can help.

Lots of hypnotherapists have self-esteem issues, and asking for money really brings up all these self-esteem issues that make it difficult for them to ask for money.

Another factor that needs to be considered is we as humans have a distorted sense of value when it comes to money, we are happy to pay money for things that we can own like cars, houses etc we can keep the value of the purchase. But when it comes to something intangible like quitting smoking, people don’t want to pay much for it in spite of the fact they will save thousands from not smoking. They can’t see or assess the value of the exchange easily, on one hand they say they would do anything to get help with their problem but as soon as you mention money they would rather keep the money than have their problem fixed. They value money too much.

For, the above reasons, these issues will usually cause the hypnotherapist to charge a lot less than other hypnotherapists that don’t have these issues. They have all these reasons rattling around in their head telling them why they cannot charge much for their service so they don’t.

Member of an Association

Sometimes a hypnotherapist will use association membership to give themselves authority and with that authority it helps them to charge more for their services and they will use membership as justification for charging more but I have met lots of hypnotherapists that are members of associations and are not that good at their job.

So it can be a sign a hypnotherapist is better and is worth more but It also may not be a sign so be careful, if you see a hypnotherapist is member of several associations it could indicate low self-esteem issues and they are trying to mask them by being a member of all the associations they are using their authority to impress you, you can think of it as social proof.

I met someone who would do course after course and join all the associations available because they felt they were not that smart so to compensate for this insecurity they had to continue to get more education to try to neutralise these self-esteem issues and make them self feel better about them self and also felt they needed it to prove to clients they are good at their job.

Can I Claim Hypnosis on Medicare?

The answer to this is No, unless you are a medical doctor and registered with the government. I know that there may be a few hypnotherapists who are doctors as well, I know one that is a GP. So you can go to these doctors and claim it on medicare, but this is the exception, not the rule.

Another thing to consider these practitioners are doctors and most of what they do is seeing patients for all the normal things doctors see people for, so the hypnotherapy is more of a hobby not their main interest so the likely hood of them being good at hypnosis and being able to help you is maybe a bit of a long shot.

Can I Claim Hypnosis on My Private Health Insurance?

You can claim your hypnosis on Private health insurance if the health insurance provider covers it and they must also enter into an arrangement with a suitable hypnotherapy association to cover their members. As, of the moment there is about 6 different hypnotherapy association's operating in Australia and they are all competing to become the only one. Not all health funds will enter into arrangements with all these various hypnotherapy associations.

The hypnotherapist can then apply to be a practitioner with the health fund so they can give their clients refunds on treatment but there is no obligation for the hypnotherapist to do this they only will do this if they wish to offer the refund to clients, but as I have said if your fund doesn’t cover it well you cannot get a refund. Also, each hypnotherapy association will only have arrangements with a few health funds so you may miss out if they do not cover your health fund.

This also feeds into what I was saying earlier about hypnotherapist find it hard asking for money they will sign up for this because it makes it easier for them to charge you for their service and it doesn’t mean they are good and will help you, at least they can offer you a health insurance refund.

Many hypnotherapist decline to be a member of an association because there are way too many associations and you can’t join all of them, also it costs too much to be a member, the fees are very high. To maintain membership the requirements of ongoing training and personal supervision are too great and very expensive that it may stop many hypnotherapists joining an association, and it is not required in Australia to practice hypnotherapy.

Finally How Much Does Hypnotherapy Cost in Australia

By, now your head may be swimming with all this new information but it will all become clear very soon and will help you decide on who you will go to for hypnotherapy and at least now you have a much better idea of how much does hypnotherapy cost in Australia and the factors that go into hypnotherapists deciding on how much they will charge for their service.

Hypnotherapy Smoking Cost

As you have learned above hypnotherapy smoking cost is usually more expensive around $500 mark and unfortunately you will struggle to find anyone to do it for less and if you do be careful it may not work, if they were confident then they would charge more. But remember the savings on not smoking will be huge so you will get that money back 10 fold very quickly.

Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss Cost

You have learned a lot about hypnotherapy for weight loss cost above so in getting help with this service you have to do your homework and make sure you find the right person to help you because you will find many hypnotherapists claiming they specialise in hypnosis for weight loss and remember it is because so many people are looking for help with weight loss compared to other services offered by hypnotherapy.

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Rodney Inns

Hi my name is Rodney Inns and I am currently running a Hypnotherapy Practice in Melbourne Australia. I have been working and studying in Hypnotherapy and NLP for the past 10 years.

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