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How to become a Hypnotherapist

What does a Hypnotherapist do?

Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people overcome a wide range of psychological conditions such as depression, stress, anxiety or addictions. They put clients into a trance-like state with the aim of altering negative or dysfunctional patterns of behaviour or beliefs. They work with clients to bring about a change in this behaviour or way of thinking.

Hypnotherapists work with clients to overcome conditions such as drug or alcohol addiction, phobias, eating disorders, panic attacks, insomnia, suppressed emotions and lack of confidence. The hypnotherapist will have an initial consultation with the client to discuss the problem or issue, take a full medical and social history, and then recommend a course of treatment. Successful treatment may require several sessions.

What's the working environment like working as a Hypnotherapist?

The vast majority of hypnotherapists work part-time; however, there are a number of full-time opportunities. There are no set working hours. Unsocial hours may be required to meet the needs of their patients.

They work indoors in consulting rooms in hospitals, clinics and private practice. They may work in a number of venues so the ability to drive would be an advantage.

What does it take to become a Hypnotherapist?

To be a hypnotherapist you need:

  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • maturity and emotional stability to deal with clients who may be suffering from mental or physical illness or emotional problems
  • the desire to understand and help people with their problems
  • the ability to build up a rapport with clients
  • professional detachment so as not to become emotionally involved with a client's problems.

Hypnotherapist Career Opportunities

There is a growing demand for hypnotherapists, with increasing referrals from GPs and private health insurers. There are opportunities for work in a variety of settings including private hospitals and clinics, and private practice. There are a small number of opportunities within the NHS but mainly for medically qualified practitioners.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Hypnotherapist that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
PO Box 43
Burton on the Water
Cheltenham
GL54 2D
Tel: 01451 810500
www.hypnotherapists.org.uk

Hypnotherapy Society
Tel: 0845 602 4585
www.hypnotherapysociety.com

General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
PO Box 204
Lymington
SO41 6WP
Tel: 01590 683770
www.general-hypnotherapy-register.com

Skills for Health
2nd Floor
Goldsmiths House
Broad Plain
Bristol
BS2 0JP
Tel: 0117 922 1155
www.skillsforhealth.org.uk