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Hypnotherapy as a career: 15 reasons to train to become a hypnotherapist

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Many people may have an idea of what hypnotherapy is, and some will be aware of what a hypnotherapist does, yet few but are aware of the numerous advantages of becoming a hypnotherapist.

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If you are in two minds about taking up hypnotherapy as a career, read this blog, which gives you 15 clear reasons why becoming a hypnotherapist is a beneficial and lucrative career move.

1. High career satisfaction

According to Career Explorer, hypnotherapists are ranked in the top 15% of professionals when it comes to career satisfaction. The primary reason is that an overwhelming majority of hypnotherapists find their work meaningful.

In fact, being a hypnotherapist helps you effectively address a wealth of issues that may have been bothering people for a significant period of time, such as long-term trauma, and if that’s not satisfying, we don’t know what else is. Who doesn’t like the client saying, “You have changed my life for the better”? As a hypnotherapist, you will get to hear that, and similar positive feedback, a lot if you treat your clients right.

Not only that, but if you have good training and become a professional hypnotherapist, you will have the knowledge and skills to work with people who have new and unique problems, which means you will develop from working with each new challenge and get a chance to hone your skills and further enhance your change work abilities.

Besides that, a hypnotherapist has plenty of opportunities for career development, proper work-life balance, and decent job security. All these factors contribute to high job satisfaction. With such high career satisfaction, why look for any other career option?


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2. A career where it is easy to be self-employed

According to the National Careers Service (NCS), the majority of hypnotherapists are self-employed. That hypnotherapy is recognised by the NCS indicates that it is an acceptable business mode.

Being a self-employed professional certainly brings with it many perks like:


  • You are in charge of how much you want to charge your clients
  • You decide when to work, so you have more flexibility in working hours
  • If you want to work as a part-time hypnotherapist, or term-time only, or alongside another job, it’s possible
  • You can also set up your practice in whichever city or town you prefer; that certainly reduces the need to relocate and the resultant expenses.


Very few other career options provide you with so much freedom.


3. A career with superior earnings

By now, you might think, all that is great, but what about the money?

Let us tell you the average hourly rate of a hypnotherapist is higher than that of a data scientist and machine learning engineer (both of these skills are in great demand). As per Payscale, the average hourly pay for a hypnotherapist in the UK is £60.68. The base rate is usually £50. Yet if you work in a city, the fee may be significantly higher. For example, hypnotherapists in London, UK commonly charge £90 – £250 per hour.

Hypnotherapy is a brief, strategic therapy. As such, treatment often lasts for 6-12 sessions, depending on the client’s issues and their goals. Therefore, the average earning per client is significant, which makes this career even more lucrative.

Also, since most hypnotherapists are self-employed, you will be responsible for setting the session rates. That’s why, after gaining some experience, hypnotherapists often reflect their abilities in their rates, which allows you to make an above-average income even with a limited set of clients.

So, becoming a hypnotherapist also helps you make good money.


4. A career with flexibility within your working hours

The job of a hypnotherapist is cognitively demanding. Rather than just listen whilst someone complains about their life for an hour, you are actively engaging with the client to explore and generate change. That’s why you benefit from scheduling the sessions when you are most attentive. Being self employed, you can decide on when you will be seeing clients, the duration and location of the sessions, and when you will be engaged in your office tasks, such as marketing and website work.

According to The Institute of Applied Psychology, a good hypnotherapist conducts sessions only for 20 hours weekly. Sure enough, you need to consistently develop your business in the remaining time and even market your service, but attending to clients is a percentage of your overall time.

As for the associated tasks like marketing, you can always outsource them if you prefer. With the career not being demanding in terms of time, it’s easy to have a proper work-life balance.



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5. A career with a work-from-home option available

As a hypnotherapist, you can work from the venue of your choice. The 3 options you mostly like have are:

Therapy setting (e.g. clinic) – Working from a clinic or talking therapy centre is, of course, the most obvious one. However, that means you might have to spend money to lease a room. Saying that, some places allow you to book by the hour.
Work from home – Working from home is another great option. That way, you can save time because you won’t have to commute. Similarly, you will save money on room hire. Although, you will either be dedicating the sole use of a room at home, or find a way to make a room dual purpose (e.g., living room / client room).
Online – Did you know you can conduct hypnotherapy sessions online as well? This means that you can travel anywhere in the world and  as long as there is an internet connection, you are still able to work with your clients.


Ultimately, as a professional hypnotherapist, you will have complete freedom over the venue and medium you want to provide the sessions. Almost no other profession provides you with such freedom. Freedom to work from anywhere is another reason to become a hypnotherapist.


6. A career which gives you the ability to help vast array of clients

When someone hears the word hypnotherapy they often associate it with smoking cessation, weight management, relieving trauma,or with past life regression therapy. However, a hypnotherapist works with a wide array of people, such as:

  • Athletes
  • Business people
  • Children
  • Groups
  • Housewives/ husbands
  • Parents / grandparents
  • and so on.


The reason is a hypnotherapist can help with changes to the mind and the body, thus both psychological issues, and physiological issues. It means anyone who has a fear of public speaking, stuttering, low self-esteem, and so on will benefit from going to a hypnotherapist.

It’s hard to find another career option whose application is so broad.


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7. A career without monotony

The job of a hypnotherapist is a challenging one. As highlighted above, as a professional hypnotherapist, you can help client with a slew of problems. Even if you usually get clients experiencing  similar problems, such as, for example, anxiety, the cause of that anxiety, and the contributory factors can be different each time.

As a hypnotherapist, you have to first find out about the client’s problem, how it affects them and also what they want to achieve. Thereafter, together with the client you will decide on the most effective course of treatment. You may have 10 clients with anxiety, but each will have different causes, contributory factors and goals.

The point we are making is, as a hypnotherapist, no two clients are the same. That certainly makes the job more challenging.

Unlike some other career options, your skills are challenged every day to provide the best possible solution to your clients. That certainly eliminates monotony.


8. A career with endless opportunities

To understand the slew of opportunities, it’s important to understand the growth of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine market first. According to a market analysis report, this segment is expected to grow at 25.1% from 2023 to 2030 in the USA. Similar growth is expected globally.

Apart from that, studies are being conducted globally which highlight the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in tackling various significant health issues affecting groups of society.  For example, a recent study concluded that hypnotherapy is a promising way to help obese people lose weight.

In another example, many sports teams, like the Swiss ski team and the US White Sox baseball team, have hired a full-time hypnotherapist to help athletes extract their full potential.

Similarly, Kate Middleton used Hypnobirthing.

It means the applications of hypnotherapy are increasing swiftly. That certainly indicates the rise in opportunities. The greater the number of uses of hypnotherapy, the wider your client base becomes.


9. A career which meets a high demand

According to data collected by Find Courses, the salary of a hypnotherapist has been on an upward trend for the last five years. Such an earnings trend can only be sustained if there is a high demand for hypnotherapists.

In case you are wondering about the numbers, the average salary of a hypnotherapist has gone up from GBP 32,753 to 38,105. Not only that, the gender pay gap is almost non-existent among hypnotherapists. That means, irrespective of your gender, you can make a decent amount of money.

So, when you become a professional hypnotherapist, you are learning a skill in high demand, which is likely to provide year-on-year growth.


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10. A career that can be complimentary to your primary occupation

Most other careers that pay so well require you to devote all of your available time or work full time. However, you won’t face this problem with hypnotherapy. There are numerous reasons why hypnotherapy can be a good complementary career:

  • Since most hypnotherapists are self-employed, choosing your working hours is easy. That means your primary occupation isn’t at risk.
  • Moreover, it requires only 10 to 15 weeks to become a hypnotherapist. With flexible learning options, one can easily complete the courses part-time.
  • After becoming a hypnotherapist, one can also teach others, which is an even less demanding job.


It means there are numerous reasons why hypnotherapy is a suitable second career.


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11. A hypnotherapy career: Where you can offer fast treatment

For a rapid solution to a tension headache, many people will reach for a tablet. The same for many other conditions. Yet pills can stop you addressing the cause, and can enable you to suppress many emotions and symptoms. On the other hand, hypnotherapy can help you explore the root causes.

When comparing the effectiveness and speed of hypnotherapy, compare it with other talking therapies rather than medicine. When you do that, you will realize that hypnotherapy requires fewer sessions as compared to talking therapies.

You might be thinking, why so? Talking therapies communicate with your conscious mind. Hypnotherapy, in most cases, communicates with the entire person, including their conscious and subconscious mind. Sometimes a client may struggle with their ability to understand and analyse the world from their perspective. Yet if their perceptions are distorted, they will find it difficult to relate to certain situations and may also not be able to alter unhelpful patterns or thoughts. Hypnotherapy enables people to more easily and effectively identify obstacles to change, and find solutions.

So, what better way to help people than opting for a faster form of therapy?


12. A career with the freedom to be creative

Most people who aren’t familiar with hypnotherapy think that there is only 1 technique in it. That involves putting the patient in a hypnotic trance and telling them what to do.

That’s wrong!

Hypnotherapy is much more than that. Different techniques that a hypnotherapist can use include:

  • Anaesthesia and analgesia techniques – for pain management
  • Analytical approaches to gain insight
  • Behavioural approaches to identify and change habits and responses
  • Cognitive approaches to identify and change distorted and rigid beliefs and thoughts
  • Ego strengthening – to boost self-esteem and increase resilience
  • Mental rehearsal and future pacing – to explore potential responses and practice chosen actions
  • Metaphors – to enable the client to choose their own responses
  • Regression approaches to revisit the past to optimise resources and gain new perspectives
  • Suggestions – direct (tell) and indirect (invite) suggestions, bespoke to the specific needs of the client
  • Time distortion – to alter the perception of time passing


A hypnotherapist can use one or multiple techniques to achieve the desired results for a client. Since each case is different, it’s up to the hypnotherapist to decide which methods to use and agree the treatment approach with the client. Thus, a hypnotherapist has complete freedom to practice his/her craft.


13. A career with consistent learning

Many careers might seem exciting at the start, but once you practice the career for a couple of years, you realize nothing new is involved. Soon enough, the career seems like a burden. With hypnotherapy, you won’t suffer from this problem.

Wondering why so? Because the field of hypnotherapy is evolving consistently. Not only are the applications increasing, but also the techniques that can be used.

Moreover, according to the National Council for Hypnotherapy , professional hypnotherapists must complete 15 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) learning each year to remain registered. As a hypnotherapist, you will consistently evolve your skills, and therefore, there will never be a dull moment.


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14. A career with options to specialize

Want to earn more as a hypnotherapist? Opting for a specialisation! It helps you stand out from the competition, charge more, and optimise niche opportunities. Wondering which are the specialization opportunities? Some options include:

  • Anxiety
  • Assertiveness
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Conception and childhood (bed-wetting, childhood anxiety disorders, pregnancy, psychogenic infertility)
  • Confidence
  • Dental hypnosis
  • IBS
  • Insomnia
  • Memory enhancement
  • Pain management
  • Performance anxiety
  • Phobias and phobic disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Snoring
  • Sport hypnosis
  • Stress management
  • Weight management (weight loss and weight gain)


With so many opportunities available, a clear career progression path is available.


15. A career with the ability to do something for the society

If you are looking for a higher purpose to become a hypnotherapist, you can always give away your services for free or help raise money for a charity of your choice. Since hypnotherapists are in great demand, it’s not that difficult to give back to society.

Not only that, you can provide them in remote areas over the phone or online or even by visiting those places, which allows you to do something for people who are in dire need of your services but don’t have the resources to travel to larger cities.

We have given you some of the many reasons as to why it is a good career move to train to become a hypnotherapist. Whether you judge this career from an economic, skill, or future point of view, it certainly scores well on all parameters.

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– written by Dr Kate Beaven-Marks and the HypnoTC team
(HypnoTC Director)

Dr Kate Beaven-Marks HypnoTC the Hypnotherapy Training Company



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