How to become a Hypnotherapist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: September 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Hypnotherapists treat clients with a range of psychological and physical conditions to help them overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obesity, drug, alcohol and smoking addiction and chronic pain. Some hypnotherapists also provide 'hypnobirthing' services for women who wish to avoid the use of pain relief drugs during childbirth.

Hypnotherapists should not be confused with hypnotists. Hypnotists use hypnosis for entertainment purposes, for example on members of the audience during comedy and stage shows, while hypnotherapists use hypnosis for therapeutic purposes.

Many hypnotherapists are qualified medical professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives or are qualified counsellors or psychologists. Hypnotherapy is not widely available via the NHS, and most clients pay for treatment privately.

Hypnotherapists typically work from a home base, but some share clinic premises with related practitioners such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapists, cognitive behavioural therapists, psychologists or doctors and dentists.

Hypnotherapy is not statutorily regulated in the UK, but the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) sets training standards for the profession. The GHSC also oversees the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), a professional association to which the majority of hypnotherapists belong. There are also two voluntary regulatory bodies for complementary practitioners such as hypnotherapists; the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is funded and supported by the Department of Health. Although registration is not mandatory, it demonstrates the therapist's qualifications, training and professional standards.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a hypnotherapist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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