Clinical Hypnotherapy Job Options and Education Requirements

Clinical hypnotherapy is generally offered to licensed health care and counseling professionals as a stand-alone certificate program. Continue reading for an overview of the training, as well as career and salary info for some career options for graduates.

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Hypnotherapy is an alternative medicine practice in which a therapist uses hypnotic suggestion to treat patients for psychological or physical ailments. Job options with hypnotherapy include marriage and family therapists, psychologists and physicians. For each of these professions, licensure is required and you'll need at least a master's degree or doctorate.

Essential Information

Hypnotherapy is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners use relaxation, imagination, direct hypnotic suggestion and post-hypnotic suggestion techniques to treat patients suffering from psychological or physical illnesses. Aspiring clinical hypnotherapists must have the education and training needed to work in their primary profession. Clinical hypnotherapists work mostly in social work or health care as therapists, counselors, psychologists, and physicians. These professionals can begin to practice clinical hypnotherapy once they are recognized by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. This career might appeal to those interested in alternative approaches to treating patients' illnesses.

Career Marriage and Family Therapist Psychologist Physician (General Practitioner)
Required Education Master's degree Master's degree or doctorate Medical school and residency
Licensure Required Required Required
Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)* 15% 19% 10%
Median Salary (2015)* $48,600 annually $70,580 annually for clinical, counseling and school psychologists $184,390 annually for family and general practitioners

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Options

Aspiring clinical hypnotherapists must first complete the education and training needed to sit for licensing exams in the primary profession they want to practice. There are many primary careers that aspiring clinical hypnotherapists can pursue, including those in healthcare, counseling, or social services. Minimum educational requirements vary for each primary profession.

Marriage and Family Therapist

Marriage and family therapists help clients experiencing difficulty in a marriage or a family. From helping clients develop coping mechanisms to encouraging patients to express their feelings, they help clients make decisions about their futures. They also use psychotherapeutic techniques to diagnose and treat mental disorders. A master's degree in psychology, social work, or a related mental health field qualifies a individual to become a marriage and family therapist. However, in most cases marriage and family therapists must be licensed in order to practice.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected employment growth for marriage and family therapists is 15% from 2014-2024, which is higher than average. As of May 2015, the median annual salary for marriage and family therapists is $48,600

Psychologist

Psychologists diagnose and treat mental disorders and disabilities, using different types of therapies, including group, individual, and family. Aspiring clinical, counseling, and research psychologists typically earn a doctorate, complete a one-year internship and acquire up to two years of experience before sitting for their state licensing exam. However, graduates with master's degrees can work at industrial-organized programs.

According to the BLS, as of May 2015, the median annual salary for clinical, counseling and school psychologists is $70,580 and the projected job growth is 19% from 2014-2024.

Physician (General Practitioner)

Physicians undergo the most rigorous training requirements, which include a 4-year medical degree program and a residency lasting three to eight years in length. Most medical students enter medical school with at least a bachelor's degree. During residency, physicians focus on a specialty area, like general care, where they diagnose and treat diseases that affect the general population. Physicians must be licensed to practice.

According to the BLS, as of May 2015, the median annual salary for family and general practitioners is $184,390 and the projected job growth is 10% from 2014-2024, which is higher than average.

Hypnotherapy Training

In some cases, clinical hypnotherapy courses are offered as part of these graduate degree programs. However, students who want to learn hypnosis techniques may find that most training options are available through schools and professional organizations as stand-alone clinical hypnotherapy certificate programs, workshops and courses, some of which can be used to meet continuing education requirements for renewing a license.

Certification Info

Licensed or nationally certified health care and counseling professionals, as well as members of public service organizations, who have at least a master's degree and 50 hours of instruction in clinical hypnosis can apply for recognition from the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. Licensed professionals with up to two years of clinical hypnosis experience and membership in a professional organization can also qualify for certification from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).

Hypnotherapy is a practice used in multiple mental health fields, such as family therapy, psychology or general practice. The required education for each of these fields varies, with a minimum of a master's or doctorate degree. Hypnotherapists must go through specialized training, sometimes leading to certification or licensure.

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