Breaking Barriers: How Women are Shaping the Future of Hypnotherapy

Today the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) – a global day that commemorates the achievements of women in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. The significance of this day goes beyond just celebration, as it also marks a call to action for the acceleration of women’s equality.

The theme for IWD 2023 is “Embrace Equity,” which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of equity, beyond just equal opportunities. Inclusion and belonging require equitable action, recognising that people come from different places and face different challenges. We can all actively support and embrace equity within our sphere of influence by challenging gender stereotypes, calling out discrimination, addressing bias, and seeking out inclusion.

True change happens through collective activism, from grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, and everyone everywhere can play a part in forging gender equity. Allies are crucial for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women, and their support is vital.

Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that has gained popularity in recent years. It involves using hypnosis to help individuals overcome a range of issues such as anxiety, phobias, and addiction. While hypnotherapy has been traditionally associated with male practitioners, it has increasingly become a female-dominated profession. In fact, according to recent statistics, roughly 65% of all hypnotherapists are female.

The reasons for this trend are complex, but there are several factors that may have contributed to it. First, hypnotherapy is a caring profession that involves helping people to overcome their personal challenges. Women have traditionally been seen as natural caregivers and nurturers, and this may have attracted them to the profession. Additionally, hypnotherapy is a flexible and self-employed profession that allows practitioners to set their own hours and fees, which may be particularly appealing to women who are seeking work-life balance and financial independence.

It is important to celebrate the fact that hypnotherapy has become a female-dominated profession on International Women’s Day, as we actively work to improve equity. Women have historically faced significant barriers to entry and advancement in the workplace, and hypnotherapy is a prime example of a profession that has broken down those barriers. Women who choose to pursue careers in hypnotherapy are taking control of their own lives and careers, and they are paving the way for future generations of women to do the same.

Furthermore, the fact that hypnotherapy is a female-dominated profession can have positive implications for the profession as a whole. Women may bring a different perspective and approach to hypnotherapy that can enhance the quality of care provided to clients. Additionally, a more diverse and inclusive profession can attract a wider range of clients who may feel more comfortable seeking care from a practitioner who shares their background or life experiences.

If you’ve always been curious about training for a career in hypnotherapy, you can find out more about the National Council for Hypnotherapy’s accredited schools by clicking the link.  The National Council for Hypnotherapy prides itself on supporting women achieving careers that support their lives and promote true equity.


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