How to become a colour therapist

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • a private training course


Colour therapy may sometimes be included as part of a broader complementary or holistic therapy course, like the Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies.

You'll find it helpful to have:

  • experience or qualifications in counselling, anatomy or physiology
  • experience of working in a caring profession

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Other Routes

You could do a short course with a private training provider that offers qualifications in colour therapy.

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Professional and industry bodies

Colour therapy is an unregulated area of complementary medicine. You can increase your career prospects by joining a professional body like The British Register of Complementary Practitioners. This is administered by the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine.

Further information

You can find out more about training as a therapist from the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • discuss your client's needs and colour preferences
  • use stained glass filters, crystals, lighting gels, or coloured silks to apply colour to the whole body, or a specific area of the body
  • set up a selection of bottles of coloured essence, and apply the liquid to the skin of the client
  • use meditation and visualisation methods
  • demonstrate and teach breathing exercises

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic or at a client's home.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

As a self-employed therapist, your success will depend on your ability to network, build a good reputation and client base.

You could move into practising other therapies or training other therapists.

Current opportunities

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