Shadowing a Doctor

June 17, 2014

Explore A Career As A Hypnotherapist

Getting to know the mentors at the hospital Hypnotherapy is a complementary or alternative medicine that makes use of hypnosis to help people bring about the desired changes in their lives. Hypnosis is the process of helping someone get into a deeply relaxed state, also called the state of altered consciousness.

A hypnotherapist accesses the deeper parts of a person’s mind to help them overcome various psychological and physical conditions. If you have good listening and communication skills and you want to help people, this specialty could be a good fit for you. Preparation for this job includes doing a course recognised by one of the professional bodies associated with hypnotherapy.

Job Description

Hypnotherapists help people with a variety of psychological and physical conditions, from anxiety, phobias and panic attacks, to lack of confidence, sleep problems and stress related physical problems. Hypnotherapy is also very effective in helping people get rid of unwanted habits such as smoking and overeating and is often used as a way to manage pain and help with childbirth.

Hypnotherapy consultation sessions involve putting clients into a state of deep relaxation and then making suggestions to their subconscious mind. These suggestions, which are made under hypnosis, can help change negative patterns of behaviour and thinking. Some people respond more easily to hypnotherapy whereas others may need several sessions for the treatment to be successful.

Your work would involve:

– Setting up an initial consultation during which you would obtain all of your client’s medical and social history

– Recommending a course of treatment depending on what changes your client wants to achieve

– Inducing hypnosis and making positive statements and suggestions while your client is in a hypnotic trance

– Taking notes and maintaining detailed progress reports

Depending on the circumstances, hypnotherapists sometimes choose to combine hypnotherapy with other types of psychotherapy and counselling techniques.

Qualifications & Training

To prepare for work as a hypnotherapist, you will have to first obtain a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional bodies associated with hypnotherapy, such as The National Hypnotherapy Society or The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). 

Several courses that are approved by these professional associations involve self-study and written assignments in addition to a series of practical weekend workshops spread over a few months.  

Most hypnotherapy training courses do not have any academic qualification requirements to get on to. However, it does help to have a background in healthcare or counselling.

Training And Development

Joining a recognised association is always advisable as it will help to show that you are fully trained and competent to practise as a hypnotherapist. This will make it easier for you to get clients when you set up your practice. Each association has its own rules for joining, but in general, most associations will require you to have a recognised hypnotherapy qualification in addition to a specified amount of supervised practice.