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The role

Hypnotherapists use techniques to put clients into an altered state of consciousness, or trance, in order to access their subconscious and help treat a number of problems, such as anxiety, stress, addiction, phobias, or a lack of confidence.

When a client is in a trace, the Hypnotherapist will make suggestions to their subconscious to try and make positive changes to that person’s thinking and behaviour.

The typical tasks of a Hypnotherapist carrying out a consultation with new clients, discovering their medical and social history. They will then make decisions regarding their suggested course of treatment, and consequently induce clients into a hypnotic trance and make these positive statements or suggestions to a person’s subconscious accordingly.

Hypnotherapy as a treatment complements psychotherapy and counselling, so a candidate may choose to train in and use these other forms as well.  

How to become a Hypnotherapist

A candidate must take a course that is recognised by a hypnotherapy professional body. There are many professional bodies for this field, including the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Hypnotherapy Society, and they include details of courses on their websites.

Entry requirements for courses may vary, and it is worth checking with them with an institution.

Courses often involve self-study and weekend workshops spread over a few months.

In order to join a professional body, a candidate must have a recognised hypnotherapy qualification, and have carried out a certain amount of supervised practice.

Hypnotherapy is a self-regulated field, with the associated bodies working together to a code of practice, details of which are under the Hypnotherapy Regulatory Forum. They are also working with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) to form a single regulatory body that covers a wide range of complementary therapies. The CNHC has a register of practitioners who are deemed as safe.

Skills and knowledge required

  • Good communication and people skills
  • The ability to build up a rapport with people
  • Empathy and sensitivity
  • Honesty
  • A calm and stable mindset
  • Good organisation and commercial acumen for running your own business


Income varies due to a lot of Hypnotherapists being self-employed, however they typically charge for hourly appointments, and this can be anywhere between £40 and £100 a session.

The hours

A lot of Hypnotherapists are self-employed, and consequently choose their own hours. They may work at evenings and weekends to fit in the clients’ availability.

Useful websites - National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) - Hypnotherapy Society - Hypnotherapy Regulatory Forum - Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) - General Hypnotherapy Register

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