Not all hypnotherapists offer a complementary phone consultation. I have found that it is the cornerstone to my success. I want to better gauge whether hypnosis and myself are a good fit for a potential client, and vice versa. Clients consistently report that the initial phone conversation offered the opportunity to gain clarity about their challenges and increased their motivation to change.
If we decide to work together, I will propose a number of sessions and will discuss fees. I do not have a set fee because I have found that each person is different. Some clients need only one session, while others require a series of sessions. Please feel free to ask about my fees.
I suggest you think of my services as something that you will pay for personally. That will both protect your privacy and help you value the work you are doing more. In general, insurance companies do not like to cover hypnotic services. I do not bill through any insurance plans.
However, clients have reported that they been successful getting reimbursement for Qualified Health Care Expenses from their Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
You can use your HRA, HSA or Health Care FSA to reimburse yourself for medical and dental expenses that qualify as federal income tax deductions (whether or not they exceed the IRS minimum applied to these deductions) under Section 213(d) of the tax code.
Typically, expenses paid for hypnotherapy are reimbursable when prescribed by a physician as therapy to treat a medical condition. Physician's diagnosis letter may be required.
You May Receive an IRS Tax Deduction for Weight Loss & Smoking Cessation Hypnosis
Note the following information is not to be considered tax advice. Please confirm with your tax consultant and the latest regulations.
You may be able to deduct the cost of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation or weight loss. These expenses could qualify as deductible from your taxable income on Form 1040, Schedule A.
Please note that you have to itemize deductions to claim these expenses. And there’s another trick, too—for 2017 and 2018, medical expenses are only deductible to the extent that they exceed 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). If your AGI is $50,000, for example, the first $3,500 of qualified expenses (7.5% of $50,000) don’t count for deduction purposes.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, all taxpayers may deduct only the amount of the total unreimbursed allowable medical care expenses for the year that exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income.
The information below is derived from IRS Publication 502 year 2017.
"You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for a program to stop smoking. However, you can't include in medical expenses amounts you pay for drugs that don't require a prescription, such as nicotine gum or patches, that are designed to help stop smoking.."
"You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group and attendance at periodic meetings. You cannot include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities."
How to Report
To claim the credit, complete Form 8885, Health Coverage Tax Credit, and attach it to your Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ.
You need to attach invoices and proof of payment for any amounts you include on line 2 of Form 8885 for which you did not receive an advance payment. Be sure to ask me for a receipt. If you file your return electronically, attach the invoices and proof of payment to your Form 8453.