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Hypnosis and Health Insurance — saving money and time

Question:

I was talking to a friend and she said she was paying half as much for hypnosis than she did last year because her insurance now covers some of it.  Is that true?

Answer:

Yes, it’s true.  One of the things that’s a real benefit with the Affordable Care Act is its awareness that covering sickness is only half the battle; you have to promote Wellness if you want to reduce disease, increase productivity, and allow people to live happier and longer lives.  Plus, with fewer people ill or suffering, less money is spent on all forms of medicine and therapy not to mention how much money is added to the economy when people make it to work more often in more positive moods.

Before January 2014, some insurance companies would reimburse clients Hypnotherapist for things like smoking cessation, weight loss, etc.  But they didn’t have to unless there was a Wellness Program to sign up for or if a company decided to have one.  However, with the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have to give some level of reimbursement for Wellness.  This includes Hypnotherapy, Massage, and other alternate therapies like Naturopathy.

This is what I’ve been doing for my clients.  So far the usual amount reimbursed is 50%.  

I give my clients a receipt that says:

•The state’s code number for hypnosis (in California it’s 90880).
•A list of the reasons the client is seeing the Hypnotherapist (It should look like “Wellness:  Weight Loss, Sleep Disorder, Smoking Cessation, Anxiety, Stress Relief, Agoraphobia, etc.).
•The dates the client saw the Hypnotherapist and how much they paid.

The client should be given two copies, one to send to their insurance company and one to keep.  How much a person will be reimbursed depends on their health insurance company and program.

However, I am not putting myself out as the expert on this.  I’m located in California and I do know how Wellness is covered in the Affordable Care Act here, but I do not know exactly how it works anywhere else.

I would suggest that everyone call their insurance company to find out how the new law is helping them in this and other ways.

Hypnosis has been show to be the shortest-term therapy available and thus saves time and money.  Now, with reimbursement, seeing a Hypnotherapist is more cost-effective than ever.

 

 

Hypnosis, Health, and Lifestyle

Question: 

I’m trying to get healthy but I’m always in a rush and fast food just seems like the easiest option.  Can hypnosis help me?

Answer:

Here we have a few goals to tackle — the first is to get you in control of your schedule so you can get everything you need done comfortably on time and we need to train you so that you no longer think of fast food as an option.  Schedules are fairly easy once we discover the right one and avoiding fast food isn’t so hard — imaging driving down a busy street and as far as you’re concerned you don’t see any place that has a drive-thru!

But the underlying issue is making you your first priority and taking control of your life.  Luckily, you wouldn’t be asking me this question if you didn’t know that you needed to make the change to a healthy lifestyle.

The way you get through the day is a series of habits and these ones are all relatively easy to change.  By the first session we’ll be finding convenient and creative ways to reaching your goals.  Making lunches and dinners over the weekend to take to work become second nature.  Just the thought of eating a fast-food burger becomes unpleasant once I link it to how every bite can be doing damage to your body.  And you won’t leave my office without beginning some sort of exercise regimen even if it’s just stepping side-to-side twenty minutes before you go to sleep at night.  We’ll come up with more and it shouldn’t be long before you’re living your life the way you want.

Can Hypnotherapy Help With Smoking?

Hypnosis is all about changing habits, getting your subconscious to stop associating something with a behavior that you don’t like — like smoking.

Question:

I cannot stop smoking and would like to know if hypnotherapy can work for me.     Sam

Answer:

In nearly every case, yes.  The techniques I use have about a 90% success rate and usually take from 2-8 sessions, depending on the situation.  Obviously, someone who has been smoking since they were ten takes longer than a 28 year-old who started in college.  Ultimately, however, the only deciding factor is if you are really ready to quit now.

First ask yourself “WHY DO I WANT TO QUIT?”  If the answer is that my doctor told me to or my wife did, it’s going to take longer because we’re going to be spending a few sessions getting you to want to quit for your own sake.

No matter what, smoking cessation will require you to do some work.  I’ll have you cutting down regularly, smoking in unfamiliar and uncomfortable places all while we replace the habit with something positive.   If you smoke for social reasons, I’ll teach you to be comfortable without anything in your hands.  Breakfast is coffee and a cigarette?  You need a better start in the morning to begin with and this is a great time to take control of your health in every way.  If your cigarette is your best friend, well, there are a lot healthier ones out there and we’ll find one you like even more.

We’ll need a check-in session three months after we’re done and three months but the six month can easily be done by phone.