CHOOSING A CAREER / AUG. 16, 2014
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How to Become a Colour Therapist

If you have a passion for alternative medicine and believe that our lives are directly affected by the colours we choose to surround ourselves with, you may be perfect for a fulfilling career in colour therapy.

What does a colour therapist do?

A colour therapist uses colour to treat patients suffering from both emotional and physical ailments, including depression, weakened immune systems, menstrual problems, high blood pressure, eczema, etc. Tasks may include:

  • Taking a client’s medical history
  • Assessing a client’s color preferences and discussing the results
  • Demonstrating breathing, meditation, and visualization techniques
  • Developing and administering colour therapies, which may include:

o   Applying colours to the patient’s body or parts of the patient’s body using things like stained glass,            crystals, lighting gels, etc.

o   Setting up a display of coloured essence and applying the oils to the patient’s skin

o   Giving advice on the use of color in diet, home decorating, and fashion.

Where and when do color therapists work?

  • Most color therapists are self-employed. Because of that, they get to choose their own hours, but the most successful ones make themselves available when their clients need them. That may well include evenings and weekends.
  • Some work from their own homes, some travel to client’s homes, and other’s rent clinic space.

What do color therapists earn?

 

Low end

High end

Hourly rate

£30

£60

Keep in mind that colour therapists are only paid when they have clients. Even if you set your rates at the high end, you still may not generate a sustainable income if you don’t have enough clients. Some color therapists pursue the profession as a side job, at least until they’ve built up a sizable client base.

What skills do colour therapists need?

  • A desire to help people
  • Good listening skills
  • Open-mindedness and non-judgmental attitude
  • Ability to empathize with clients and their concerns
  • A passion or alternative medicine
  • Business skills (since you’ll be self-employeed)

What are the qualifications and entry requirements?

In the UK, colour therapy is a non-regulated field in alternative medicine. While that does mean there are no qualifications required by law, you may have trouble building a client base without some training. Common ways to enter colour therapy include:

  • A certificate or diploma from The Association of Natural Medicine (ANM) or the Vocational Training Charitable Trust
  • Individual short courses related to colour therapy
  • A qualification in counseling, anatomy, or physiology
  • Prior work experience in a caring profession
  • Membership in the Association of Natural Medicine or the British Registry for Complementary Practitioners
  • Courses in related fields that could increase your customer base, like reflexology, aromatherapy, or crystal therapy

What are the job prospects for a colour therapist?

National Careers Service projects that an additional 35,000 colour therapists will be working in the UK by 2020.

If you love helping people and have a passion for exploring the possibilities inherent in alternative medicine, a career as a colour therapist could be just what you’re looking for.

photo credit: flickr

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