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Colour therapist

Colour therapists believe it’s possible to use colour to to help physical, mental or emotional problems by balancing energy.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: Variable average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. You can prepare to work in colour therapy by taking a certificate or diploma, like those awarded by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) or The Association of Natural Medicine (ANM).

You could also start by doing shorter courses, which can be useful as an introduction or for general interest. Colour therapy may sometimes be included as part of a broader complementary or holistic therapy course.

Experience or qualifications in counselling, anatomy and physiology could be useful for entry to some courses. It can also help if you've worked in a caring profession.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • good listening and communication skills
  • the ability to recognise when to refer clients to a qualified medical doctor
  • business skills, if self-employed

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • discussing your client’s medical history and colour preferences
  • using stained glass filters, crystals, lighting gels, or coloured silks to apply colour to the whole body, or a specific area of the body
  • setting up a selection of bottles of coloured essence, and applying the liquid to the skin of the client
  • using meditation and visualisation methods
  • demonstrating and teaching breathing exercises

4. Salary

Starter: Variable

You’ll usually be self-employed and charge an hourly rate, typically between £30 and £60 an hour.

Many therapists supplement their income by doing other work alongside colour therapy.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

Colour therapists are usually self-employed and run their own practice. This means you’ll choose your own working hours. You may offer evening and weekend appointments to suit your clients.

You’ll usually work from home or in private consultation rooms, or in clients' homes.

6. Career path and progression

As a self-employed therapist, your success will depend on your ability to network, build a good reputation and client base. You could move into practising other therapies or training other therapists.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016