Possible costs

Clinical hypnosis is very patchy in the NHS and therefore this therapy is likely to be undertaken privately. Fees for consultations with Accredited members of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis vary. Whilst some clinicians fees may be higher, the usual range is from £50 - £100 per session, but overall charges will reflect the initial assessment and resulting treatment plan. There are many factors affecting the number of sessions required and the skills and expertise of the therapist is only one; your own natural aptitude is important and if gifted with the ability to enter the hypnotic state this will greatly assist the speed of therapy; the complexity of your case; for example single issues will clearly take far less time than multiple problems that have accrued over time. Many therapists train the client to practise and undertake self-hypnosis between sessions. Becoming more proficient may help to shorten the time required by the therapist, as well as preventing the client from becoming dependent on future sessions.

Hypnosis when used as part of medical and dental treatments has been shown to be cost effective, reducing number of sessions required or cutting drug costs and successful therapy may allow for savings elsewhere. Hypnosis when used as part of medical and dental treatments may take fewer consultations, or reduce drug costs, than if not used. Usually successful therapy will allow for greater savings elsewhere.

Accredited members of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis not only abide by a code of ethics laid down by the Society, but because all members of the Society must hold a professional qualification and training in dentistry, medicine, psychology or other health profession, they will also be subject to the code of ethics expected by their respective profession. So you will in addition be receiving the care you would normally expect with physicians, medical and dental surgeons, nurses, psychologists and health professionals in general. The therapist may, at the onset, need to set aside some time to find out more about you rather than go straight into hypnosis. The success of therapy can never be guaranteed, but it will be offered in the hope and expectation that it will succeed. Based on all these considerations, you should be given an estimate of the number of sessions you are likely to require and the fee for each. This will enable you to calculate the overall cost. Always confirm what you will be charged, and if necessary have it in writing.

Ultimately the success of therapy is based upon a good understanding between therapist and client. This understanding includes both sides not only being comfortable with the therapeutic approach but also the costs.

BSCAH aims to promote the safe and responsible use of hypnosis in medicine, dentistry, and psychology, and to educate both our professional colleagues and the public about hypnosis and its benefits.