Although it’s growing in popularity, many are still hesitant when it comes to choosing hypnotherapy as a career. Some questions that come up are:
- Is there a difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
- Do I need qualifications to become a hypnotherapist?
- How much do hypnotherapists make?
- How long does it take to become a hypnotist?
If you are considering hypnotherapy as a career but don’t know where to start your journey, you are in the right place. We will explain how to become a certified hypnotherapist and help people transform their lives while making a solid living out of it.
Let’s start with the basics, and find out what it means to be a hypnotherapist, what the nature of this work entails and what are the main educational requirements to enter the profession.
What’s The Difference Between Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy?
If you want to learn how to become a hypnotist, the first thing you’ll need to understand is the basics of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
While these terms are often used interchangeably, it’s important to note that they have their own distinct meanings.
Hypnosis is the tool used to guide someone into a state of trance.
Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is the process that uses hypnosis for therapeutical purposes.
What Does A Hypnotherapist Do?
A hypnotherapist is a trained individual who specializes in using psychotherapy techniques to address issues that patients are struggling with, while they are in a state of trance – experiencing a deep state of focus and increased suggestibility.
Hypnotherapists help people who are suffering from phobias, anxiety, stress, grief, eating disorders, substance abuse problems, undesirable behaviors, and bad habits.
They use hypnosis to help their patients improve their sleep, communication skills, and relationships, as well as combat learning disorders.
When it comes to their work, a lot of hypnotherapists nowadays decide to run their practice from home. Many also set up their practice in a private clinic, or open up their own.
What’s great about all of these options is that they give hypnotherapists the freedom to set their own hours, rates and working conditions, so they can do what they do best at their own pace.
How Much Does A Hypnotherapist Make?
Hypnotherapist’s salary vary a lot depending on experience, location, type of session and so on. In general, a hypnotherapist’s average session lasts between 45min to 2 hours and the fees range from $45 to $600 per session in the US, and £65 and £500 in the UK.
Many approach hypnotherapy as an additional income stream and see just a few clients a week, while others see it as their full-time profession. If it’s the latter, certified hypnotherapists in the US can earn $75,000+ annually.
Who Can Learn Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapists work to treat both physical and mental issues, which is why having prior knowledge and experience in psychology and therapy is a plus.
However, if you do not have a background in therapy and psychology and don’t want to spend years on studies, there are alternative ways for you to learn how to become a world-class therapist and coach.
What you need to know for now is that basically, anyone who is willing to learn the skill and is committed to helping others can become a hypnotherapist.
There is a lot to learn, but with the right mindset and effort you will be able to do it, without taking ages. Marisa Peer recorded an amazing training around “Discovering The Five BREAKTHROUGH Tips To Help You Become A World-Class Therapist” – cick here if you are interested (it’s free).
Is Hypnotherapy Right For Me?
What is it that draws people to hypnotherapy, and is hypnotherapy for everyone?
Although hypnotherapy has been growing in popularity over the last couple of decades as a therapeutic method, and more and more people are starting to practice it, it’s not meant for everyone.
Hypnotherapy will most likely suit you if:
- You want to incorporate it into your everyday life.
If you’ve already read a few books on the subject and you’re curious to find out more about the practice to use it in your everyday life, pursuing a certification in hypnotherapy might be the right choice for you.
- You want to help others.
If you have a calling to help others and give back to your community, you might want to get training in hypnotherapy. It can help you build a new business from scratch while following your calling to help people.
- You are a practicing therapist.
Hypnotherapy training may be a good choice for you if you’re already a practicing psychologist or therapist and you wish to expand your toolkit by incorporating hypnosis in your practice. This type of training can be very useful in increasing your demand thanks to the new services that you’ll be offering.
- You work in a helping profession or personal transformation industry.
Are you already working in the field of personal transformation? These are professions such as yoga and meditation instructors, life and business coaches or massage therapists. Learning hypnosis will not only improve your knowledge but increase your credibility and earning capacity as well!
How to Become a Hypnotherapist
First things first, in order to become a professional hypnotherapist who is able to detect patients’ issues and choose the right tools and techniques to support them, you’ll need to go through training.
Once you finish your training and get your certificate, you can either start using the skills you learned by working with patients, or you can also pursue a hypnotherapy license as well.
Getting licensed is not required under the law in most countries throughout the world, but many hypnotherapists choose to do it once they finish their studies or after they’ve been working with patients for some time.
Being able to tell your clients that you’re a licensed hypnotherapist gives you more credibility, which can, in turn, bring you more clients.
While some believe that becoming a professional hypnotherapist requires years, if you have the right tools at your disposal, they can help you accelerate the process drastically. This way you can start enjoying the rewarding career of helping people transform their lives for the better as soon as possible.
Here are the 5 steps you will need to take in order to become a certified hypnotherapist:
Step 1: Find out What Qualifications You’ll Need to Have
Before you get certified as a hypnotherapist, you’ll need to make sure that you have the right qualifications to work in the field.
Since you’ll be working closely with patients who are suffering from physical or mental issues, you’ll need to have the right know-how before you can start helping them.
If you have a background in traditional medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, counseling, social work, or behavioral sciences you’re already one step ahead. If not, do not let that stop you from achieving your dream of helping others.
Step 2: Find a Hypnotherapy Course
Once you know the requirements for qualification, your next step would be to find the right school or course that will work best for your needs, budget, and timeframe.
You can either enroll in in-person classes or go with an online hypnotherapy course.
Depending on the amount of time you have available and how much you are willing to spend on getting certified, you can find courses that last anywhere from a couple of months to a few years.
In-person classes include clinical training as well, but are much more expensive and more demanding, while online courses offer you the freedom to study and focus on your day job at the same time. They are much more affordable and flexible as well.
For those of you who do not have the time or money to enroll in a 2-3 year course, there are much shorter courses you can take in-person as well as online.
Both the online and in-person courses are open to everyone who wants to learn hypnotherapy, no matter if they have any prior experience or knowledge. As long as they are committed to learning the skill and using it to help other people, they are more than welcome to enroll in classes.
It not only provides all the right hypnotherapy tools but also teaches how to market yourself and opens doors to a community of certified therapists from around the world.
Step 3: Get To Work!
Now that you’ve finished your studies and completed the certification process, you can go ahead and work on either establishing your own business or become a part of an already established practice.
To get started, you can join a clinic and work with others, so that you can gain more experience and become more confident in what you do.
Once you establish your clientele and get more practice, you can work towards opening your own practice as well.
This will require you to get a business license before you start practicing hypnotherapy independently.
Step 4: (Recommended) Get Licensed
Once you finish your course and training and get your certification, you can start working as a hypnotherapist or apply to get licensed right away. In order to get licensed, you’ll need to get all the required documents ready and be able to verify that you’ve successfully completed your hypnotherapy training course.
As we mentioned before, depending on where you live and what your preferences are, you can get licensed by a few different industry-regulating organizations. Although there are a few states, such as Colorado, Connecticut, and Washington which require mandatory licensure or registration, this is not required by law in all states. However, getting licensed can give you more credibility and make you stand out as a professional and trusted hypnotherapist.
Each organization may have different requirements, so it’s important to check what kind of documents you need to provide before applying. Once you complete your application you can send it over to a board of hypnotherapists for approval. You can complete the whole process online as well.
Note that no matter what type of licensing organization you apply for, you will be required to provide proof of your clinical experience which typically includes 250 hours or more of in-person training and coursework.
Although you do not have to be licensed to work as a hypnotherapist in the UK and in the US, there are certain criteria that you’ll have to meet, and in some states, you might even need to register as a hypnotherapist before you can start working.
Step 5: Grow Your Business and Your Client Base
Once you establish your business there are a few simple steps that you’ll need to follow in order to grow your business and build your client base.
If you want to build a successful business, you’ll need to set up a website, social media accounts, and advertise and market your services to potential clients, so you can grow your client base.
For example, the Rapid Transformational Therapy training offers a whole course on how to “build a busy practice” which can prepare you for what’s to come once you become a hypnotherapist.
With the right tools at your disposal, you too can easily learn hypnosis and become a hypnotherapist. If you follow the few simple steps we laid out above, you can easily turn your passion for helping people into a profitable and fulfilling career.
We recommend to take Marisa Peer’s free training as a next step. It will walk you through tips to help you become a world-class therapist.