Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people make positive changes to their health, lifestyle and behaviour.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become a Hypnotherapist

You can get into this job through:

  • a specialised course run by a professional body

Other routes

You could do a course recognised by one of the professional bodies related to hypnotherapy, including:

Courses usually involve practical workshops, plus self-study and written assignments. You may have an advantage when applying for courses if you have a background in healthcare or counselling.

Some hypnotherapy courses are aimed at qualified psychologists or healthcare professionals. You'll need a relevant degree or professional qualification for these.

More information

Career tips

Most hypnotherapists are self-employed so it will help if you have some experience of running a business.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in complementary therapies from Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to understand people‚Äôs reactions
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • setting up meetings with clients
  • discussing your clients’ medical and social history
  • suggesting courses of treatment
  • putting your client into a hypnotic trance
  • making positive suggestions and statements
  • taking notes and writing reports on progress

Working environment

You could work in a therapy clinic, from home or at a health spa.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into teaching.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Hypnotherapist right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Hypnotherapy for Phobias and Fears

  • Start date: 08 June 2019
  • Location: Dartford

NGH Practitioner certification in Hypnotherapy

  • Provider: Morley College
  • Start date: 08 January 2019
  • Location: London

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