A Career in Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of ailments. Healing by trance state (or an altered state of awareness) is among the oldest phenomena known to man and is found, in one form or another, in virtually every culture throughout the world. It could also be legitimately described as the original psychological therapy and somewhat more contentiously, as the basis for many of the more recent styles of psychological intervention.
Although such altered states have been known for thousands of years, the term “hypnosis” (from the Greek “hypnos”, meaning “sleep”) was only coined circa 1840 by Dr James Braid, a Scottish physician and remains a somewhat less than accurate description of the experience, as the hypnotic state is, in most respects, entirely dissimilar to sleep.
At our current level of knowledge, the phenomenon of hypnosis cannot be conclusively defined but perhaps a reasonable interim definition might be that: Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by (although not exclusively) mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind. It may be better to define “hypnosis” by what it does rather than what it is and in this regard, it is widely accepted as a most excellent method by which we may access our inner potential. The state of mind referred to may be brought about either by oneself, unaided (self-hypnosis) or with the help of another person. If this other person is a trained professional, who utilises the resultant state of mind to encourage beneficial change to occur, the process is referred to as “Hypnotherapy”.
Psychological Therapy and Counselling
Psychological therapy and counselling (sometimes referred to as the “talking cure”) is the treatment of emotional and psychological disorders, unwanted habits and undesirable feelings, using psychological techniques alone.
The aim of all such therapy is to assist people (usually referred to as clients) in finding meaningful alternatives to their present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. Therapy also tends to help clients become more accepting both of themselves and others and can be most useful in promoting personal development and unlocking inner potential.
Hypnotherapy is known as the talking cure and can be one-to-one or in groupsThere are many forms of psychological therapy but Hypnotherapy is distinctive in that it attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial change. Analytical techniques may also be employed in an attempt to uncover problems deemed to lie in a client’s past (referred to as the “there and then”) or therapy may concentrate more on a client’s current life and presenting problems (referred to as the “here and now”). It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated to change (rather than relying solely on the therapist’s efforts) although a belief in the possibility of beneficial change may be a sufficient starting point.
Regardless of the techniques employed, perhaps the most important thing is that a client should expect to feel comfortable and at ease with their therapist. This is of particular importance in Hypnotherapy, in which the value of the treatment is greatly enhanced when there is confidence in the practitioner. For this reason it is recommended that a single session only is initially booked, leaving the client subsequently free to decide if they wish to proceed with more.
Unlike many other psychological therapies, Hypnotherapy is generally considered to be a fairly short-term approach in which beneficial change, if it is to occur, should become apparent within a relatively few sessions.
N.B. In actual practice, most Hypnotherapists will combine hypnotic procedures with other appropriate counselling and therapeutic techniques. Should there be any doubt about the combination of skills utilised in individual cases, the therapist should be asked directly for a further explanation of their preferred methodology
Only recently has it been realised that it can have therapeutic applications and the profession of Hypnotherapy was born. Hypnotherapy combines the two disciplines of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy to produce an effective widespread therapy that can be used by trained professionals to facilitate the treatment of a variety of ailments.
The success of this type of therapy has improved its reputation over the last few years with the widespread use of the anti smoking treatments and more recently, the Hypno Gastric Band.
Why Become A Hypnotherapist?
Is it a rewarding career?
Absolutely! You can make a genuine difference to people’s lives. It is results orientated therapy that allows you to see the positive results your work brings and in many cases solves problems that have existed in people’s lives for many years, transforming their well-being. This makes it highly satisfying.
What are the hours?
You can work hours to suit yourself whether you want to make a full time career change, to add to your practice or simply to earn some extra income. Some hypnotherapists begin work while still doing another job until their hypnotherapy business is up and running.
You may wish to consider some ‘out of hours’ provision for full time workers who cannot attend a session during normal working hours. You have the freedom to make your own choice.
What accommodation do I need?
You can set up your business to run from a room in your own house or you can rent business premises. Again, the choice is yours. By taking space at a business centre or similar, it will increase your exposure and could bring additional work.
Who can be a hypnotherapist?
Anyone. There is no age limit although sometimes being a bit older will help clients feel that you have lived a little and have life experience. A good therapist is someone who has empathy and cares about people. It is important to be able to empathise with your client to help them feel at ease and build up that trust which makes the therapy effective. You will need to be confident and caring about your client and be able to be flexible in your choice of techniques to match your client’s needs.
You do not need to have extensive knowledge of therapeutic techniques, but it is useful to have an understanding of what makes up Human Nature. You should realise that for a therapy to be effective you need to ensure that your language and your therapy is client based. Your client needs to be able to understand what you are saying to them so you need to use a language that they understand and metaphors that they can relate too.
What can I earn?
It depends on how hard you want to work. Hypnotherapists charge by the hour and this varies depending on which part of the country you come from. Hourly rates range from £40 to £150 depending upon location, experience and course of treatment.
Running your own Hypnotherapy Practice
Professional Standards & Legislation
Hypnotherapists are self-regulated and the largest professional governing body in the UK for hypnotherapists are the General Hypnotherapist Standards Council (GHSC). There are currently no laws governing hypnotherapists, except that you must have insurance.
The GHSC’s primary purpose is to set agreed standards within the profession and bring about voluntary self-regulation. You can have a look visit the GHSC online at www. ghsc.co.uk.
We would strongly advise anyone consider training as a hypnotherapist to ensure that the school and course selected is accredited and validated by the GHSC. To receive accreditation, courses must fulfil the criteria and training standards set out by the GHSC. The Hampshire School of Hypnotherapy is accredited by GHSC.
The great advantages of being self regulated are that in our opinion we are artist we create. If we were regulated, we would all be Clinical Hypnotherapist reading the same scripts as everyone else. Imagine the world if we regulated artists and only allowed them to use certain paints and limited their use of colour. That is what would happen to hypnotherapists if we were regulated.
As the law stands now you will have the freedom to create. Every person is unique and not all techniques fit all you will find that you will create your best work when you work with your client. This is how hypnotherapy grows you come with an idea and if it works you will use it again.
Proper training is vital. Here are a few questions you should ask your training school:
- What size are the classes? It is important that you will receive individual attention.
- Will the course be enough for me to set up private practice?
- Will I have enough techniques to be client centred and treat a range of problems? If so ask for examples.
- What support is there when I have qualified?
- Do I have to use your school for CPD (Continual Professional Development) or am I free to choose where I do my CPD?
- Which professional organisations or registers can I join?
- Am I free to join other organisations?
Hampshire School of Hypnotherapy
HSH is a company devoted to provide a high quality training programme to ensure that we produce top class hypnotherapists ready to deal with clients when they leave. Our mission is to help people to achieve their own personal and professional fulfilment and to do this we provide a formula that you can follow and a tool bag with different techniques to enable you to be the best you can. Above all we are contactable and approachable. We pride ourselves on the support that we offer.
The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and The General Hypnotherapy Register
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