Is there a career path for clinical hypnotherapists?
Clinical hypnotherapists generally work in private practices.
Some may have their own consulting rooms whilst others will join a group practice. The biggest challenge for clinical hypnotherapist like all other private practitioners is building a practice.
LSCCH is actively working to change this situation by offering a referral system and providing networking opportunities. We are also in collaboration with a variety of organisations to create a specific career path.
Should I specialise or go into general practice?
That is entirely up to you. There is a saying in therapy that your specialisation chooses you. We recommend that you maintain an element of general practice until this happens and we are always happy to share our knowledge of the market with you.
Is there a demand for clinical hypnotherapists?
Absolutely. This is particularly true with the rise of lifestyle illness, stress and mood disorders and relationship break down.
Clinical hypnosis has a role in corporate training, employee-assisted programmes, mental health in the workplace and of course to treat with a range of psychosocial contributors that accompany illness.
There is more research supporting the role of clinical hypnosis today and wider positive media attention. All clinical hypnotherapists today are in the exciting position of being ambassadors for the profession as we reach out to people through our social media, professionalism and good work.
How do I get clients?
The most obvious is through the social media. The other is referral either you’re your professional society or satisfied patients.
LSCCH will help our graduates get started – in fact we consider we are only effective if you are out there earning a good living as a clinical hypnotherapist.
Do I need to belong to a professional body?
The simple answer to this is “yes!” Your membership of a professional body will give you and your clients many things.
Professional membership demonstrates your quality of care and training. This is important when you advertise your services to the public. Many professional societies will have a register of therapists and offer access to journals, networking opportunities and international transferability of qualifications.
We recommend the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH), which enables you to find access to affordable insurance and the ability to join the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), a government supported voluntary register of complimentary therapists in the UK.
Do I need to have professional indemnity insurance?
Professional indemnity insurance is your professional commitment of care to your patients in case something goes wrong. It is also means that you are covered for costs if any legal action is taken against you.
Thankfully this is rare which ensures that the premiums we pay remain very low.
What can I charge per session?
Most clinical hypnotherapists charge between £30 and up to £500.
It depends on a few things: your location, your qualifications and your style of practice. As a rule of thumb your fees for general practice should equate to what a clinical psychologist in your area would charge.
Therapists sometimes struggle with knowing how to value their services and how to set their fees. This is one of the topics we will discuss during your training with us so that you have the best advantage of setting up with the right fee structure for you.
What are clinical communications?
Clinical communications define the way healthcare professionals communicate with their clients. These skills and approaches are taken from a wide range of talking therapies and are important as they help professionals to communicate effectively and sensitively with the people they are working with.
Good clinical communications bring about empowered collaboration and have been shown to positively affect client outcomes in all areas of healthcare and to enhance both patient and practitioner satisfaction.
What is integrative therapy?
Integrative therapy is the name given to treatments that select the most appropriate therapeutic approach for a client from a variety of different schools of therapy such as analytical hypnotherapy, behavioural hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy etc.
It also means that the therapy ‘integrates’ into standard medical approaches and is not considered an alternative. A term that is associated with integrative therapy is ‘pluralism’. Pluralism means that both the therapist and client collaborate to find the best therapeutic approach from different approaches to therapy such as hypnotherapy, reiki, massage, nutritional therapy etc.
What is the LSCCH’s philosophical ethos?
Our philosophy is that each student and each client is a unique and valued individual. We teach our courses in a way that allows you to acquire a wide range of skills so that you engage with your clients as individual people seeking your help. This means that you will never have to rely on the “one size fits all” approach.
We respect our students and clients varied and wonderful belief systems and will teach you how these can be harnessed for the benefit the people you treat.
We represent over a century of expertise, spanning a whole spectrum of psychotherapy disciplines. We bring together some of the most experienced therapists and clinical hypnotherapy teachers in the UK and beyond who delight in sharing their knowledge and knowhow with you.