Over the years, several questions have come up repeatedly regarding having hypnosis sessions with me. So, I thought, in this article, I would answer them in one group, for your convenience. If you have a question that does not appear here, you can check the FAQ page of my website. Or you can email or call me.
Is hypnosis covered by my insurance?
Generally speaking, no, hypnosis is not covered by insurance. However, more and more companies are beginning to approve it under Wellness Benefits. Three, in particular, that I have worked with are: USAA, Methodist Hospital and Pioneer Flour Mills. In some cases, it is only approved for weight loss and smoking. For the life of me, I don’t understand why Stress isn’t covered FIRST. After all, stress is the root of almost all the other problems.
If I’m buying a package of five or ten sessions from you, why can’t I pay the other half after half the sessions?
The whole point of a discount package is that you get a discount for paying in advance. I charge $80 per hour regularly and $350 for five sessions, regardless of how many hours they take. (Weight loss and smoking take two hours initially.) I started allowing people to pay half in session one and half in session two as an additional break for people who have a tough time paying all at once. If I allow the payment in third or subsequent sessions, I am actually losing money. Do the math.
I tried counseling (psychotherapy), but it didn’t work. Will hypnosis help me?
I tell my clients to think of me as a cross between a computer reprogrammer and a coach. Hypnosis is not counseling or psychotherapy. It is based on an entirely different paradigm. It works very well for regular everyday problems where the client wants to change the behavior or the emotional reaction to someone or some thing. It is not for people who need: to have the sessions paid for by insurance (see above), to be medicated, someone to talk to, to continually rehash their problems or who have a diagnosed mental condition such as schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, or sociopathic tendencies, or who otherwise require medication. Hypnosis works very well for pain management. However, make sure you work with a hypnotist who is trained in pain management. Hypnosis also works very well as an adjunct to other therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, reiki, and with the traditional medical therapies. It is especially helpful in allowing a client a quick recovery after surgery.