You worked hard to earn your license as a mental health therapist. First, you went through four years of college. Then you survived your master’s degree, endured your post-degree requirements, and passed your state’s licensure test.
Now you can finally practice!
Not so fast. Yes, you can absolutely hang up your shingle now and strike out on your own as a therapist. All signs point to it being a growing field with a perpetual market of clients seeking solutions to their mental health challenges.
But if you can hang on for another six days of training (which, in the grand scheme of what you’ve already accomplished, isn’t all that much), you can enter the world of private practice uniquely suited to help a wide range of clients achieve long-lasting results. You can undertake hypnotherapy training.
In this article, we’ll explore three reasons why hypnotherapy training is worth it for both the budding and established professional therapist.
(If you have more questions about hypnotherapy, you’ll find your answers in our hypnotherapy FAQ.)
The secret to a thriving therapy practice — really, a thriving business of any kind — is finding your niche. In the therapy market, that means offering something beyond general mental health counseling. It means targeting a specific group of clients, specific mental health issues, or offering a specific form of therapy.
For a number of reasons, hypnotherapy training will slot your practice into a ready-made niche. For starters, hypnotherapy is underutilized.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are 260,200 substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors working in the country today.
How many of them practice hypnotherapy? There are no hard statistics available, but it appears to be a tiny percentage. Many experts say hypnotherapy is an overlooked but effective treatment option for a wide range of mental and physical difficulties.
Use our “Find a Provider” tool to locate a trained hypnotherapist in your area. Chances are, there aren’t many. If you choose to pursue hypnotherapy training, you’ll quickly find yourself as the go-to expert in your region for hypnotherapy, attracting clients and gaining referrals that will help you grow your practice.
In our recent report on the market for hypnotherapy (spoiler alert: the demand is high), we found that, while there is a growing need for psychotherapy in general in the United States, clients expect quick results. Many clients lack the patience for undergoing months and years of talk therapy with little to show for it.
Hypnotherapy responds to this very modern need with a well-established methodology. Talk therapy can be beneficial in certain circumstances, but it tends to hover along the surface of a client’s mind. Hypnotherapy dives deep into the subconscious, where the roots of our most persistent mental health challenge take hold.
It’s merely a matter of percentages. The subconscious accounts for 90 percent of the mind’s non-reflexive functioning. If you’re only treating the conscious 10 percent, you’re working with a severely limited toolbox. No wonder talk therapy takes so long!
By targeting the subconscious and the deep-seated roots of their issues, you can help your clients find quick, effective, and long-lasting resolution to a host of difficult mental and physical health challenges.
Looking for specifics? Here are a few articles about some of the many different challenges you can treat with hypnotherapy:
To become a professional therapist is to embark on a lifetime of learning. Of course, you learn plenty through your experience working with clients and growing your practice, but there is also the required learning you get through your continuing education hours.
Organizations like the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) require that their members continually hone their skills and keep their certifications up to date with continuing education.
Even if you’re just starting out as a therapist, sooner or later, you’re going to have to head back into the classroom. Hypnotherapy training is one of the best ways to make the most of your continuing education requirements:
If you’re interested in hypnotherapy training to unlock your clients’ subconscious minds, differentiate your practice, and earn continuing education hours, the good news is you can become certified in only six days.