Alternative therapies

Career outlook for hypnotherapist

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would use hypnosis to help people make positive changes to their thinking and behaviour.

Hypnotherapy is a complementary medicine. During treatments you would help someone go into a deeply relaxed state, or altered consciousness, and make suggestions to their subconscious mind.

People will trust you to help them overcome a wide range of psychological and physical conditions.

These could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of confidence
  • Stress-related physical conditions
  • Unwanted habits such as smoking or overeating

Hypnotherapy can also be used as a way to manage pain and help with childbirth.

You would:

  • Have an initial consultation with your client
  • Ask about the person’s medical and social history
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Induce a hypnotic trance
  • Make positive suggestions and statements
  • Take notes and write reports on progress

Some people may need several sessions for the treatment to be successful. You might also choose to combine hypnotherapy with other types of psychotherapy and counselling techniques.

Working conditions


Most hypnotherapists are self-employed and run their own practice. This means that you will choose your own working hours. You may offer evening and weekend appointments to suit your clients.


You could work from your own home, or from rooms in a shared practice, private hospital or clinic. You may also practise hypnotherapy in some NHS hospitals.

UK employment status





Self employed


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There are no set entry requirements however you will require a qualification recognised by one of the hypnotherapy professional bodies: 

  • National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
  • General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
  • Hypnotherapy Society

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Music
  • Sciences
  • Care
  • Philosophy
  • Social subjects such as psychology

Helpful to have

You would need experience and qualifications that help you understand a person's physical and mental well being. These could include training or qualifications in areas like health, psychology and alternative or complementary therapies.