Colour therapists believe it’s possible to use colour to help physical, mental or emotional problems by balancing energy.
Salary Range: Variable
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- a private training course
Colour therapy may sometimes be included as part of a broader complementary or holistic therapy course, like the Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies.
You’ll find it helpful to have:
- experience or qualifications in counselling, anatomy or physiology
- experience of working in a caring profession
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could do a short course with a private training provider that offers qualifications in colour therapy.
Professional and industry bodies
Colour therapy is an unregulated area of complementary medicine. You can increase your career prospects by joining a professional body like The British Register of Complementary Practitioners. This is administered by the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine.
You can find out more about training as a therapist from the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- a desire to help people
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- to be flexible and open to change
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
In this role you could be:
- discussing your client’s needs and colour preferences
- using stained glass filters, crystals, lighting gels, or coloured silks to apply colour to the whole body, or a specific area of the body
- setting up a selection of bottles of coloured essence, and applying the liquid to the skin of the client
- using meditation and visualisation methods
- demonstrating and teaching breathing exercises
You could work in a therapy clinic or at a client’s home.
You may need to wear a uniform.
As a self-employed therapist, your success will depend on your ability to network, build a good reputation and client base.
You could move into practising other therapies or training other therapists.