How to Become a Certified Hypnotherapist: Hypnotherapy as a Career

The Wall Street Journal recently predicted that hypnotherapy will be one of the top career choices for the new millennium and it is one of the largest growing industries in the world.

Worth billions, the demand for personal and professional development has never been higher, as more people want to experience the many proven benefits.

Whilst the self-improvement trend continues to grow, and hypnotherapy is becoming one of the most popular and sought after careers, people still have questions, such as:

If you are considering hypnotherapy as a career, but don’t know where to start, you are in the right place. We will answer your most common questions and explain how to become a certified hypnotherapist to help people transform their lives, whilst making a good income.

This article will cover what it means to be a hypnotherapist, what the nature of this work entails, and what the main educational requirements to enter the profession are.

What’s The Difference Between Hypnosis And Hypnotherapy?

If you want to learn how to become a hypnotherapist, the first thing you need to understand is the basics of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

While these terms are often used interchangeably, it’s important to note that they have their own distinct meanings.

Hypnosis ‘is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration.’ (Mayo clinic)

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutical process that uses hypnosis for healing purposes.

What Does A Hypnotherapist Do?

A hypnotherapist is a trained individual who specializes in using hypnosis and psychotherapy techniques to address issues that patients are struggling with.

Hypnotherapists help people who are suffering from phobias, anxiety, stress, grief, eating disorders, smoking addiction, substance abuse problems, undesirable behaviors, bad habits amongst other things.

They use hypnosis to help their clients improve their sleep, lose weight, communication skills, and relationships, as well as combat learning disorders and more.

When it comes to their work, a lot of hypnotherapists nowadays decide to run their practice from home. Many also set up their practice in a private clinic, or open up their own clinic.

Many hypnotherapists enjoy the freedom to set their own hours, rates and working conditions, whilst enjoying a rewarding career making a positive impact in people’s lives.

How Much Does A Hypnotherapist Make?

A hypnotherapist’s salary varies a lot depending on experience, location, and type of session. In general, a hypnotherapist’s average session lasts between 45 minutes to 2 hours and the fees range from $45 to $600 per session in the US, and £65 to £500 in the UK.

Some professionals approach hypnotherapy as an additional income stream, seeing just a few clients a week, while others make very good money with it as their full-time profession. Certified hypnotherapists in the US can earn $75,000+ annually, whilst helping change people’s lives for the better.

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How Can I Learn Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapists treat physical, emotional and cognitive issues, using their knowledge of how the mind works. However, even if you do not have a background in therapy or psychology, you can still become a world-class therapist and coach.

Can anyone become a hypnotherapist? 

Anyone who is willing to learn hypnosis skills and is committed to helping others can become a hypnotherapist with the right teacher and access to world-leading techniques.

How long does it take to become a hypnotist?

The great news is that you don't need to spend years studying to transition into the new career of becoming a hypnotherapist and start helping people change their lives for the better. You can complete a hypnotherapy course and get certified in only a couple of months and start working with clients straight away.

For further insights, please watch internally acclaimed celebrity therapist, Marisa Peer, freely share her ‘Five BREAKTHROUGH Tips To Help You Become A World-Class Therapist’.

Is Hypnotherapy Right For Me?

What is it that draws people to hypnotherapy? Is hypnotherapy for everyone?

Although hypnotherapy has been growing in popularity over the last couple of decades as a therapeutic method, with more and more people realizing the proven benefits, it is not meant for everyone.

Hypnotherapy will most likely suit you if:

  • You want to learn valuable skills you can incorporate into your everyday life.

If you are curious to find out how to achieve phenomenal breakthroughs and life-changing results, which you can use in your everyday life, pursuing a certification in hypnotherapy might be the right choice for you.

  • You want to help others and make a difference.

It takes empathy and understanding to really help a client, so if you have a calling to help others, hypnotherapy might be the perfect career for you.

  • You want to work for yourself.

If you are fed up of the daily commute and working for others, it might be time to consider the alternative. Working for yourself can bring so much freedom to work around family commitments and regain the work/life balance you have been craving for so long.

  • You are a practicing therapist or want to be.

Hypnotherapy training may be a good choice for you if you are already a practicing psychologist or therapist, looking to expand your toolkit by incorporating hypnosis in your practice. This type of training can be very useful in increasing your demand, thanks to the new highly effective services you can offer.

  • You work in a helping profession or personal transformation industry.

Are you already working in the field of personal transformation? These are professions such as yoga and meditation instructors, business and life coaches or massage therapists. Learning hypnosis will not only improve your knowledge but increase your credibility and earning capacity as well.

How to Become a Hypnotherapist

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First things first, in order to become a professional hypnotherapist, who is able to detect patients’ issues and choose the right tools and techniques to support them, you will need expert training.

With the right training and tools, you can accelerate your professional knowledge and qualifications, without having to spend years gaining expensive degrees. This way you can start enjoying the rewarding career of helping people transform their lives for the better as soon as possible.

Here are the 3 steps you will need to take in order to become a certified hypnotherapist:

Step 1: Find the right hypnotherapy course

Find the right school or course that will work best for your needs, budget, and timeframe. You can either enroll in in-person for live training classes or go with an online hypnotherapy course.

Both the online and in-person hypnotherapy training courses are open to everyone who wants to learn hypnotherapy, no matter if they have any prior experience or knowledge. As long as you are committed to learning the skills and using it to help other people, you are more than welcome to enroll in classes.

One of the leading training courses available is the award-winning Rapid Transformational Therapy® (RTT®) training course by Marisa Peer, named UK’s best hypnotherapist. This training can be done in-person as well as online, plus it can be tailored to your needs with mentoring and Practice Intensifs.

RTT® not only provides cutting edge hypnotherapy training, but it also teaches you how to market yourself and opens doors to a community of certified therapists from around the world.

Step 2: Gain practical experience

As Marisa Peer says, “You don’t learn to swim by reading a book” and it is the same with hypnotherapy. You gain more knowledge and skills through safe practical training.

RTT® training is different from other approaches in that it is very hands-on. From the very beginning of your training, you will be given the tools and techniques to make a difference to people’s lives, with real-life demonstrations, ready-made scripts you can use, regular masterclasses and constant support. You also have the opportunity to use the monthly Practice Register to give and receive sessions with peers, to hone your skills and learn through your own experience.

Step 3: Continual professional development and building a busy practice

Once certified and supported to apply what you have learned in practice, your development doesn’t stop there. You can continue to expand your knowledge and expertise, keep up to date with advancements in health and wellbeing interventions, and even choose to specialize in particular areas.

Continual Professional Development (CPD) helps you become a certified clinical Hypnotherapist, achieve accreditations and join professional bodies.

Rapid Transformational Therapy® training offers all graduates a complementary course on how to ‘Build A Busy Practice’ (BABP), supporting you to set up a successful business as a hypnotherapist.

With the right teacher and the most effective tools at your disposal, you too can learn hypnosis and become a hypnotherapist, to turn your passion for helping people into a profitable and fulfilling career.

As a next step, we recommend you take Marisa Peer’s free training on how to become a world-class therapist and enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career transforming lives.

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