Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people make positive changes to their health, lifestyle and behaviour.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- set up meetings with clients
- discuss your clients’ medical and social history
- suggest courses of treatment
- put your client into a hypnotic trance
- make positive suggestions and statements
- take notes and write reports on progress
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- customer service skills
As well as:
- excellent verbal communication skills (leadership skills)
- active listening skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
You can get into this job through:
- a specialised course run by a professional body
You could do a course recognised by one of the professional bodies related to hypnotherapy.
Courses usually involve practical workshops, self-study and written assignments. You may have an advantage when applying for courses if you have a background in healthcare or counselling.
Some hypnotherapy courses are aimed at qualified psychologists or healthcare professionals. You’ll need a relevant degree or professional qualification for these.
Most hypnotherapists are self-employed so it will help if you have some experience of running a business.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends as customers demand.
You could work in a therapy clinic, from home or at a health spa.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into teaching hypnotherapy techniques.