How to Train as a Hypnotherapist

Finding a career with job satisfaction, the ability to help people, and to be allowed to choose your own hours may seem like a tall order. But as the economy continues to falter, more and more people are doing exactly that. Whether you are tired of office work, or have been made redundant, retraining offers the chance to do something more worthwhile.

As the therapy industry continues to prosper despite the downturn, so training to be a hypnotherapist can be a satisfying way of making a living, as well as enabling you to effect real changes in people’s lives. The average salary for a hypnotherapist in the UK is around £36,000* for a therapist who is fully qualified and experienced.

To train as a hypnotherapist it is not necessary to have any related qualifications prior to undertaking a training course – simply an ability to empathise and communicate with people, and a genuine desire to help.

All that you need to start practicing in the field, can be achieved by training with a reputable Hypnotherapy course provider. So read on for a brief guide to hypnotherapy training in the UK.

Qualifications Required

To start practicing, you will need to hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy. This allows you to start working on clients. However, it is recommended that you join a professional hypnotherapy organisation such as The General Hypnotherapy Register, who help maintain standards within the industry, advise you on how to progress in your career, and for professional help and support. You can also develop your training with a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP), followed by the MCH, qualifying you as a Master of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

How to Find a Hypnotherapy Training Course

Because the industry is currently unregulated, it’s important to make sure you are signing up for a reputable course. The profession is monitored by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, and the Hypnotherapy Association, who are a small group of self-regulatory organisations established to set and oversee standards. The General Hypnotherapy Register publish an online list of approved and accredited courses, so always check to see if your intended course provider is registered by them first.

Hypnotherapy Training Course Checklist

To ensure your course offers you quality training, you should check that your course tutors are themselves practicing hypnotherapists. You should also find out if they offer you membership of a professional body such as The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, and provide you with ongoing help and support after the course is finished.

Establishing A Practice

Once qualified, you will need a room in which to work. This can be at home, or within an established therapy centre, by hiring a room. As with all businesses, word of mouth will help you attract clients, but initially it will be necessary to put some time into marketing your business. Continuing to update your skills and develop professionally will help you offer clients a more effective service, and enhance your reputation in the field.