Career as a hypnotherapist
Mark Jones is a hypnotherapist with his own practice in Brighton. He is fascinated by the way the human mind works and trained as a hypnotherapist to help people make positive changes in their lives.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses the natural process of relaxation to encourage calm throughout the mind and body. This is known as a trance state. It's a time when the unconscious mind becomes more open to accept positive suggestions which can overcome anxieties, break habits and improve many areas of life.
Who can you help?
More and more people are trying to give up smoking and many of them turn to hypnotherapists for help. I also treat phobias, such as a fear of flying or public speaking. I have some clients who use hypnotherapy to help overcome depression.
And how do you help them?
When a new client phones to make an appointment we talk about what they would like to achieve from hypnosis and how I can help. I find out more information about the problem when they arrive – this helps me to decide how I will direct the hypnosis.
During hypnosis, the client closes their eyes, sits back and listens to my voice. I use a special way of talking to help them relax and reach a trance state. Then I guide them through imagery of how good life will be when they lose their fears or habits.
How long does it take?
The first session with a new client lasts 90 minutes. Subsequent sessions last one hour. The number of sessions each client needs depends on their problem. Giving up smoking, dealing with phobias or breaking habits usually only need a couple of treatments, but clients with depression will need more sessions.
What hours do you work?
A lot of clients work during the day and so prefer evening or weekend appointments. I book appointments which are convenient for both the client and me. This means my hours are not predictable.
How did you train to become a hypnotherapist?
I did a one-year diploma in hypnotherapy. There was a lot of emphasis on how people can maintain good mental health by balancing different aspects of their lives and having social contact, goals and ambitions, and good nutrition.
What do you like about being a hypnotherapist?
The best moment is when the client looks completely calm after a session, especially if they were anxious before. Sometimes I know that I've made a big difference to someone's life and that is really satisfying.
Is there anything you dislike about your career as a hypnotherapist?
Sometimes clients fail to come for treatment without letting me know. That is a real waste of my time.
What qualities make a good hypnotherapist?
It's essential to make the client feel relaxed and encourage them to see how their lives can improve and change. You should also be able to change your style and adapt the hypnosis to each individual patient.
How do you market your practice and find new clients?
I put adverts in local papers and distribute leaflets through doors and in cafes, pubs and gyms. I have a website which is registered with search engines so people who are looking for hypnotherapy can find me.
Mark's route to his career as a hypnotherapist
- BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
- TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course.
- One-year Diploma in Hypnotherapy.
- Volunteered on a mental health help line while studying, which gave him experience of talking to people with a variety of difficult issues.
Mark's hypnotherapy career tips
- Try hypnotherapy yourself. It's a very relaxing experience and a session will help you to understand how the therapy works.
- Any work experience with people, particularly if it involves helping them to deal with problems, will be helpful.
Hypnotherapist related jobs
- Clinical psychologist
Salary of a hypnotherapist
- A new entrant could earn £12,000. This could rise to £20,000 a year with experience.
- A hypnotherapist with a large, established practise could earn £40,000.
Career as a hypnotherapist
- A number of organisations offer hypnotherapy training, but to be eligible for membership of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHR) you must have completed a course validated at practitioner level. A list of organisations offering validated courses is available on the GHR website at www.generalhypnotherapy-register.com
- There are no formal entry requirements for most courses. Some organisations offer foundation courses or introductory workshops which candidates should complete before beginning practitioner level training.
- Courses range from two weeks full-time, to one year part-time.
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