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?
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.
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