Interview with Hypnotherapy Graduate
Q. What did you do prior to training and what was your motivation for wanting to become a hypnotherapist?
A. I headed up corporate communication for the finance house divisions of two major high street banks and also worked as a freelance PR consultant. After 20 years of high stress roles in the corporate world I decided I needed a change. I had always had an interest in psychology and had read quite widely in the field. I was particularly impressed with the techniques used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (which I practised on myself) and had also found self-hypnosis tapes extremely useful for my own development, so the UKCHH course combining these two disciplines was perfect.
Q. Could you briefly describe your work as a hypnotherapist?
A. I have my own practice and work from home. I see mostly clients who are suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, non-clinical depression, low self-esteem and confidence issues. The average number of sessions per client is 8.
Q. What were the easiest and most difficult aspects to setting up your practice?
A. Setting up the practice was relatively easy as I knew from the start that I wanted to work from home, so it just meant fitting out my consulting room and putting up a website. I used a company called WebHealer to help me to set up the website as I wouldn’t have had a clue how to do that otherwise. I haven’t really done any other marketing as I wanted to get some experience under my belt first, but I now feel ready to be more pro-active about marketing myself.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job as a hypnotherapist?
A. The people I see are very often in great distress when they first come to me, and it’s so rewarding to see them make real progress, usually within a few weeks. For example, I’ve recently treated a young person who was on the brink of giving up their career because of severe anxiety issues, but after 7 sessions they report being free of all their symptoms and enjoying their work again. It’s very satisfying to know I helped them to achieve that. Also, the CPD (continuing professional development) element of the profession means that the intellectual stimulus is ongoing.
Q. What advice would you give to someone considering training in hypnotherapy?
A. Hypnotherapy isn’t magic and requires dedication, patience and understanding to help people with long-standing issues. You work extremely hard (especially when you first start practising and you are still familiarising yourself with techniques and theory). You’ll find it’s an ongoing learning experience but that’s what makes it so fascinating. I love what I do now, and I don’t think I ever said that when I was in the corporate world.