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Your first assumption is erroneous in a couple of ways:
A patient is what medical doctors have for a client, we just have clients, and being in the same room has no bearing as long as video and audio of the client is being provided, and most times video is not even required.
Its all about being able to follow instructions, and that does not require a hypnotist to be physically present.
Your statement that you could not afford a session unless guarantees were made: Guarantees do not operate currency presses.
You notice the guarantee that you get when you pay money to see your medical doctor?
Hypnotists have no special powers.
We are not imbued with selective special abilities that make you follow instructions.
We do not control free will.
What we do is provide the client guidance on what to do in order to change the way they feel...if they can do what we say....they will experience the change...if not...they won't.
Simply said: We tell them what to do...if they do it...they achieve their goal. If they don't...they don't.
What part of that is in our control?
If you are looking for a cheap deal on hypnosis.. there are many videos on youtube to choose from...that may help you.
That said...It is also true that most of the time.. you do get what you pay for.
Look at the money you save by not going to a doctor or hypnotist...is the cost equivalent to value received?
Keep doing what you have been doing...and you will keep getting what you have been getting...and how's that been working for ya so far?
Finbar Dooley said:
I assumed that hypnotherapy would be most effective when the hypnotherapist is in the same room as the patient, seeing as he/she has a greater ability to interact with the patient.
Sebastian: That is a serious hourly fee. There is no way I could afford that unless I was guaranteed that the changes could be made. Do you offer a no change, no fee service? I started a thread here and I downplayed the importance of my situation to an extreme length. I desperately need some specific changes to be made but I'm a college student so at a fee like that, I could only afford 1 session per month and I couldn't invest in that unless there were changes made each session. If a hypnotherapist could produce the changes I need, then I would gladly become a life long client out of respect.
EDIT: I am not a hypnotherapist, I am looking to be a client and Doreen Cohanim C.Ht is right. I don't view someone who charges less as someone who is worth less. I have a tendency to view someone who charges more as a con artist. I simply can't afford to pay that much for an hour. I've risked my life (literally, I nearly died multiple times over the past few months) by self medicating because I couldn't afford to pay €60 on a doctors appointment seeing as there is no guarantee that the doctor will help me. I have far more faith in a hypnotherapist than a GP but I still do not know for sure if hypnotherapy will even work on me.
I like your model of pre-payment, which I assume means you're taking the CC number on the phone. I used to collect the CC number of everyone to hold the appointments, but then stopped doing it and sure enough all of my clients still arrive on time without the "threat" of charging their card. I was running without being chased, so for the most part I've eliminated the task.
Still, the phone pre-payment boosts your cashflow. Nice one.
Roger Moore said:
Sebastian - I am taking the approach that my time is my time - so I am charging the same per hour. - My fee is currently $165.00 and I am raising it to $190.00. I offer a $15.00 discount for pre-payment - so most people pay $150.00. The new pre-pay rate is $175.00. People pay at least in session in advance (often more) - I almost never have a no-show.
Yes a few of the hypnotists are sneaky. They are doing free consult and up selling. Some of the others are saying that fees are determined based on client and number of sessions. I am going to look on the net and widen the search a few miles (neighboring towns) to see what else can be found.
Barry Neale said:
Sneaky hypnotists! Are they offering a free consultation and then trying to upsell you then?
In that case I would just do a search on google in your area and check on their websites. Some are bound to have prices on their sites and that should give you an idea.
The other thing you can do is just charge what you want to charge. Years ago I was charging X amount which was similar to other hypnos in my area and I was burning myself out seeing 40+ clients week. I then spoke to a well known TV hypnotist in the UK and he told me to quaduple my prices. I did. I set myself apart from the other hypnos. Sure I lost some clients but I ended up earning more money just working 3 days a week and I have never looked back.
I have taught this to other hypnos and the biggest problem was in their mind. They had a real problem believing people would pay the higher amount. However when they put their prices up they had a simliar experience to me.
Price resistance is more in the mind of the hypnotist than it is in the client.
Some markets are already price conditioned. The slimming market is one of these. It is an eye opener to phone the big weight loss companies such as Jenny Craig etc to find out what they charge.
I did the same with smoking. I found out what a 3 month course of patches cost (at that time £300) and I charged the same.
So maybe the answer is not to be one of the herd and to set yourself apart from the others?
My rate is $150 per hour. Although I'm close to Seattle (which is in King County), the rates are less in Pierce County. That being said, a Seattle attorney came to me a couple of years ago and said, "You charge $150 per hour? With your credentials, you should be charging much more."
Note that I do not negotiate rates, but I do provide a 20% discount for people who are disabled, retired, or unemployed.