Hypnotherapist jobs(Also known as Hypnotist, Occupational hypnotherapist, Regression hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapy practitioner)
A hypnotherapist is a welfare professional who uses subconscious hypnosis techniques to treat a variety of neurological, psychological and physiological ailments in their patients. Hypnosis is a state where the body’s nervous system shuts down, leaving the subject in a state of “suggestive passivity.” During this state, the patient is able to be conditioned to receive information, psychotherapeutic guidance or suggestive persuasion, in order to facilitate a goal or treat a pre-existing condition. The professional who administers hypnotherapy is a hypnotherapist, or hypnotherapy practitioner. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, from cessation of smoking, the removal of hypertension or anxiety, through to support with weight loss programmes and the reduction of a dependency on alcohol. Published efficacy rates vary, although certain ailments are said to benefit strongly from a course of hypnotherapy. Most practitioners are self-employed, and operate their own business from a therapy centre (clinic) or office. Patients will typically undergo either one session or a series of sessions designed to treat the particular ailment or life impediment.
SalaryAccording to Barclays Salary Survey 2009, the average wage for an experienced hypnosis therapy practitioner in England and Wales was £38,347. The survey is not clear on the level of experience required to reach this salary range, and a distinction should be made between the earnings potential for those who practice in London and those working outside the capital. First year self-employed practitioners can expect a salary of around £12,000 whilst they initially develop their business. For this reason, most begin part-time, and support themselves with another job.
- Engage with the patient and discuss aims, objectives and ambitions of treatment course.
- Agree a timescale for ongoing treatment sessions, and a relevant fee.
- Administer hypnotherapy in an attempt to resolve the specific issue.
- Provide the patient with feedback on progress and consultative recommendation.
- Handle marketing, accounting and administration for the business.
QualificationsHypnotherapy is currently unregulated in the UK, although this may change in the near future. Candidates who set up a practice without accreditation from one of the hypnotherapy organisations will be prevented from joining their professional registers, and consequentially, they will probably struggle to find new clients. People are aware (to some degree) of the dangers of hypnotherapy malpractice, and those considering using the services of a hypnotherapist will usually do some homework before employing an unknown practitioner. Examples of accreditation bodies include the National Council of Hypnotherapy, and the British Society for Clinical Hypnosis.
- A good understanding of hypnosis techniques and psychotherapy
- A good understanding of people, the need for patient confidentiality and a desire to see their circumstances improve
- Self-motivation is essential to develop and build a client roster
- Good general organisation and communication skills
- Empathy with the patient
- The greater the individual’s general life experience, the better
- The candidate must be confident and self-assured