Clinical Hypnotherapy is now recognised as a beneficial and effective therapy for a huge number of physical and emotional problems. Clinical hypnotherapists work with the subconscious to effect powerful changes in a client’s thought and behaviour to bring about change.
As a career, hypnotherapy can be a worthwhile and satisfying occupation. So if you have an interest in the field, and are making a career transition or trying to find an occupation that fits in around family commitments, then working from home practicing hypnotherapy could be for you.
To train as a hypnotherapist you need no formal qualifications. However, it is important to have a genuine interest in helping people, as well as skills such as the ability to empathise and communicate well with clients. As a hypnotherapist, you will sometimes be treating clients with quite complex emotional problems, and so having some psychological awareness or back ground can he useful. However, this is not essential. Feeling able to understand the problems the client has, to help treat them effectively, is a good initial starting point.
In order to practice, then you will need a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy as a fundamental – but it can be helpful to extend your knowledge and professional development by aiming to become an advanced practitioner, or by combining clinical hypnotherapy with other compatible therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).
Hypnosis Training Courses
Whilst the industry is currently unregulated, it is best to reach the standards expected by professional hypnotherapy bodies such the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, who accredit courses and set professional standards for the field. The National Hypnotherapy Society publish an online database of accredited training providers, which can be a useful place to start.
Additionally, it can be useful to look for a hypnosis training provider who is a member of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations to make sure you are signing up for a reputable course. They ensure hypnosis trainers are complying with the National Occupational Standards (NOS) attached to the profession.
Practicing as a Hypnotherapist
Establishing yourself initially as a hypnotherapist can be hard work, and most often, hypnotherapists start out working part time until they have built up enough clients. Building a good reputation is important, and it can be helpful to specialise in specific problems, such as smoking cessation, or weight loss. However, as hypnotherapy is so well suited as a home based profession, working from a room at home will keep your overheads down.
Therapists generally charge by the hour. This can vary according to area, but typically, a hypnotherapist will charge around £50 per hour. Again, if you specialise in a specific area, you may be able to charge more. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the effects of recession may actually increase the market for complementary therapy industry in the UK, as increased stress and anxiety is often a driving factor for those seeking help.