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Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people make positive changes to their health, lifestyle and behaviour.

Salary range: Variable

How to become a hypnotherapist

You can get into this job through:

  • a specialised course run by a professional body

Other routes

You could do a course recognised by one of the professional bodies related to hypnotherapy, including:

Courses usually involve practical workshops, plus 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.

More information

Career tips

Most hypnotherapists are self-employed so it will help if you have some experience of running a business.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join an accredited register for professional development and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in hypnotherapy from the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • excellent verbal communication 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
  • customer service skills
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • setting up meetings with clients
  • discussing your clients’ medical and social history
  • suggesting courses of treatment
  • putting your client into a hypnotic trance
  • making positive suggestions and statements
  • taking notes and writing reports on progress

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic, from home or at a health spa.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into teaching.

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