Hypnotherapists use simple hypnotic or relaxation techniques as a form of therapy to treat a wide range of physical and psychological conditions.
They help their clients overcome problems such as low self-esteem, anxiety, unwanted habits (such as overeating or smoking), a personal crisis (such as bereavement or trauma), or stress related issues (like panic attacks, sleeping problems or phobias).
find out what help the client is looking for, learn about their full medical and social history, and explain how hypnotherapy can help
explain that the treatment involves putting the client into a deep state of physical and mental relaxation (hypnosis) to help them reach parts of their mind
after discussion with the client, recommend a course of treatment to help them change their pattern of negative behaviour or thinking
put the client into a deep state of physical and mental relaxation
while the client is under hypnosis, make positive suggestions to help them change their beliefs or behaviour
bring the client out of hypnosis and discuss how the client feels about the experience
maybe have several sessions with the same client for the treatment to work
perhaps teach the client self-hypnosis to supplement the therapy
market your services and keep financial records.
Most hypnotherapists are self-employed. They charge by the session, so your income would depend on the number of hours you spend treating clients. Current rates start at around £50 to £80 for a session lasting 60 to 90 minutes.
You work indoors, either in your own home, the client’s home, a clinic or sometimes in a hospital.
You might have to travel from one location to another.
You might have to work evenings and weekends to suit your clients.
There is no single entry route to become a hypnotherapist.
Although there are no set entry qualifications, you should study for a qualification recognised by one of the hypnotherapy professional bodies, such as the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH), the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) or the National Hypnotherapy Society. You can find information about approved courses on their websites.
Many hypnotherapists have experience in healthcare, social work or psychology.
At present there are no laws regulating hypnotherapy so anyone can set up as a practitioner. However it is highly recommended to join a professional body to show you are suitably qualified and experienced to practise in the profession.