Here is list of the 2023 UKHC speakers and presentations in alphabetic order.
The schedule for the 3 days of the convention giving the timing and location of each presentation can be found here.
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As with all convention events, there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend based on the theatre/room safe maximum occupancy set by the venue. All seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The convention venue is the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel. All presentations, workshops and other convention events such as the Gala Dinner are held here. We will have an obvious welcome, registration and information area with some vendor tables. This is close to our presentation and workshop rooms: The Waterloo Suite, The Windsor Room and The Richmond Room.
Tickets for the convention days and the additional individually bookable pre and post-convention workshops must be purchased in advance via this website. We do not issue physical or e-tickets but you will be given a lanyard pass on your arrival which must be worn at all times to gain entry to the convention rooms.
Lies Hypnotists Tell
Sean Michael Andrews
Hypnotists lie to their clients. They lie to other hypnotists and they even lie to themselves. Why do we do this? Is there a difference between a good lie and a bad lie? Are some lies justifiable? Join Sean Michael Andrews for a light-hearted presentation full of fun demonstrations as he discusses the most common lies hypnotists tell and explores their origins, while pondering—should we still say these things?
Sean Michael Andrews, a graduate of Regents College, is a Master Practitioner of NLP and a Certified Hypnosis Instructor with NGH and IMDHA. Sean is the Supervising Instructor for the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute. He was named Hypnotist of the Year in 2018 (IACT) and 2013 (MAHC). Sean, who holds a black belt in Taijutsu Karate, has taught hypnosis in 19 countries. Many consider him to be the World's Fastest Hypnotist.
Unravelling the Mysteries of Hypnotic Ability: A Componential Approach
Professor Amanda Barnier
In hypnosis, mere words can have a remarkable effect on some people. Research suggests that, once developed in childhood or adolescence, hypnotisability is a lifelong ability that helps to predict therapeutic benefits for both hypnotic and nonhypnotic treatments. But despite over two centuries of scientific and clinical investigation and practice, we still do not fully understand the nature and source of hypnotic capacity. Why do some people experience the full effects of hypnosis whereas others do not? Drawing on over three decades of work in the field, I describe a “componential approach” that has helped researchers to better understand another important cognitive ability – the ability to read – as well as helped practitioners to successfully treat reading disorders. I discuss how and why this componential approach to reading might be usefully applied to hypnosis. And I finish with a call to action for a modern day, citizen science version of the 19th century pioneering work in our field. Together we might at last solve the mysteries of hypnotic ability.
Amanda is a cognitive psychologist and a Professor of Cognitive Science. She began her career at Macquarie University, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Psychology. She then went on to complete a PhD in Psychology (1996) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Following postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, Amanda returned to UNSW as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellow and later as an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow. In 2007 she moved to the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science at Macquarie University as an ARC Australian Research Fellow. In 2013 she became an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie and from 2011-2018 she was a Chief Investigator of Macquarie’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. In 2017, Amanda moved into a University-level research strategy role as Associate Dean Research for Macquarie’s Faculty of Human Sciences and in 2020 joined Macquarie’s leadership team as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance and Development).
Amanda’s research focuses on memory, hypnosis, and memory and hypnosis. She has won over AUS$4 million in competitive funding for her research teams and work; her work also was supported as part of the AU$21 million ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. In current research, she is working with long married couples to explore when and how remembering with a long-term partner helps memory, especially as we age. She is particularly interested in the impact of hearing difficulties on the ability of older adults to remember together in light of recently identified links between hearing loss and risk of dementia. Amanda also maintains a strong interest and experimental research program in hypnosis: how it works and how it can be used to understand every day and clinical distortions of perception, memory, action and belief. She has supervised over 70 Honours, Masters and PhD students in psychology, cognitive science and related disciplines, including students in experimental, clinical, forensic and neuropsychology programs.
Amanda has received many university, national and international awards for her work on hypnosis (and memory) including distinguished career awards from the American Psychological Association (Division 30, Psychological Hypnosis) and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). Her 2009 edited book with Michael Nash, “The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis” received the SCEH’s Arthur Shapiro Award for the Best Book in Hypnosis (2009) and was cited as “a landmark contribution, a tremendous resource for scholars and clinicians alike”. In 2016 she was made a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Finally, Amanda has put special effort into communicating the results of her research and of psychology, memory and hypnosis in general to the broader community. She has taught professional development courses on hypnosis (and memory) in Australia, New Zealand, the US and UK. She has participated in educational programs for primary and secondary students, and contributed frequently across many years to science communication programs on television, radio, in print, online and via guest lectures. She also has acted as an expert witness on hypnosis and/or memory in NSW court cases and redress matters.
This event enables teams to explore their own and others’ hypnosis and hypnotherapy views, knowledge and skills. You may start as strangers, and end as friends with the hypno-games. the range of fun and interesting hypnosis and creative activities are specially designed to enable all levels to participate, from a complete newbie to a 30+ year veteran. These activities build the energy up to a final, fabulous (and possibly hilarious) relay race between teams.
Dr Kate Beaven-Marks is an enthusiastic, experienced clinical hypnotist, trainer, presenter and author. Her far-reaching knowledge, extensive studies, and research are applied in professional settings and a busy hypnotherapy practice. She is passionate about the hypnotherapy profession and raising education standards. Founder of both HypnoTC and Hypnosis-Courses, as well as teaching EMDR and hypnotherapy, she is a sought-after clinical supervisor and has an active role on the Profession Specific Board for Hypnotherapy with the CNHC.
Optimising Online Sessions with Rapid Hypnotherapy Approaches
Dr Kate Beaven-Marks
More hypnotists and hypnotherapists than ever before are starting to consider how they can best start working with clients online, or enhance how they are already working online with clients using popular methods.
This interactive and practical session will explore how to adapt rapid hypnosis approaches and rapid hypnotherapy techniques to optimise your online therapy sessions.
Dr Kate Beaven-Marks is an enthusiastic, experienced clinical hypnotist, trainer, presenter and author. Her far-reaching knowledge, extensive studies, and research are applied in professional settings and a busy hypnotherapy practice. She is passionate about the hypnotherapy profession and raising education standards. Founder of both HypnoTC and Hypnosis-Courses, as well as teaching EMDR and hypnotherapy, she is a sought-after clinical supervisor and has an active role on the Profession Specific Board for Hypnotherapy with the CNHC.
At last year’s UKHC I intended to finish my presentation by showing you my IMduction; an induction that you definitely haven’t seen before. I then ran out of time. In this year’s presentation, I will demonstrate and fully break down this super simple induction.
You’ll learn how to create fast hypnotic phenomena that gets the client to effectively hypnotise themselves and how to then utilise that process to simplify your changework and empower your client.
Tim is a Remedial Hypnotist, author, public speaker and creator of the CONTROL System, a method for change that utilises hypnotic techniques and phenomena whilst removing the need for any formal trance or induction process. He has spent the last decade running a full time therapeutic practice in the UK and training others in his method. Tim has now trained more than 100 CONTROL Practitioners throughout the globe.
1 hour presentation Sunday 10:30 - 11.30 Waterloo
Play is a vital part of our development in childhood. What many forget is that it is also essential in adulthood too!
Play is not just about what we do, but also about how we think, feel and process. Play is the mindset that allows us to see the world through the eyes of possibility, not defined by our experiences and limited beliefs. It is the space where dreams are explored, the impossible imagined, and our ‘map’ of reality expanded.
Mental health matters and change work should be taken seriously, but not so solemnly that we are unable to see beyond. By cultivating playful spaces and mindsets we are able to help our clients step out of their fear based thinking and into a world of positive playful curiosity.
Join me for an hour of fun, interactive, playful exploration as we reengage with childlike creativity, curious exploration and joy.
James Brown has been performing for over 20 years and is widely regarded as one of the leading close up magicians in the South - achieving the prestigious title of Close Up Magician of the Year by the world-famous Magic Circle. Over the past 2 decades, James has been in demand to consult on several high profile TV shows as well as lecturing worldwide on performance skills, confidence and hypnosis.
Derren began his UK television career in December 2000 with a series of specials called Mind Control. In the UK his name is now pretty much synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation. Amongst a varied and notorious TV career, Derren has played Russian Roulette live, convinced middle-managers to commit armed robbery, led the nation in a séance, stuck viewers at home to their sofas, successfully predicted the National Lottery, motivated a shy man to land a packed passenger plane at 30,000 feet, hypnotised a man to assassinate Stephen Fry, and created a zombie apocalypse for an unsuspecting participant after seemingly ending the world.
A number of Derren's shows and TV specials have involved hypnosis and many people who have found interest in the hypnosis field had their journeys started and that interest sparked by Derren Brown.
1 hour presentation Sunday 16:00 - 17:00 Waterloo
How to Be an LGBT+ Affirmative Therapist (The Deep Dive Edition)
Helping you boost your knowledge and confidence in working with LGBT+ clients
This ‘deep dive’ workshop will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) clients. You will learn about terminology, identities, issues faced by LGBT+ people and how that may present in the therapy room, equality laws, barriers to accessing therapy, and how to be an LGBT+ affirmative therapist. You’ll also create your own LGBT+ affirmative therapist action plan to help you put what you learn into practice.
Daniel Browne is a leading authority on LGBT+ affirmative therapy. In private practice since 2009, Daniel specialises in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people. He is also a trainer and delivers talks, workshops and training internationally to therapists wishing to boost their knowledge and confidence in working with LGBT+ clients. He's a published author and was named by the Independent on Sunday among the most influential LGBT+ people in the UK.
Sometimes the challenges that the clients face in the present are rooted in childhood experiences.
While there are times when classical hypnosis is appropriate, other times the problem can be faster resolved by going back to the event where the current issue was born.
In order for the process to be really helpful for the client the childhood memory should be properly explored and a healing and integration process is an absolute must.
Embark on a transformative journey and enhance your therapeutic practice by learning how to help your clients overcome childhood trauma through regression therapy. This in-depth, one-hour workshop is designed for therapists and professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of the complex relationship between childhood experiences and present-day challenges. Gain valuable insights into various techniques and approaches, including classical hypnosis and other regression methods, to effectively explore, heal, and integrate childhood memories, fostering lasting change in your clients’ lives.
Preparing for a Childhood Regression Session: Learn the essential steps to create a safe and supportive environment for your clients, setting the stage for a successful regression therapy session.
Guiding vs. Leading: Master the art of skillfully guiding your clients through their memories without imposing your own interpretations, ensuring an authentic and organic exploration of their past experiences.
Exploring Embodied Memories: Discover how to help your clients access and explore their memories on a deeper, embodied level, unlocking the emotional and psychological nuances that contribute to their current challenges.
Handling Catharsis: Acquire the skills needed to effectively manage and support clients during moments of intense emotional release, fostering a sense of safety and trust throughout the process.
Dissociation Techniques: Learn when and how to utilize dissociation techniques to help your clients navigate and process their memories in a more manageable and therapeutic manner.
Healing and Integration: Dive into various methods for facilitating healing and integration following a childhood regression session, empowering your clients to embrace a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Concluding a Childhood Regression Session: Understand the crucial steps to effectively wrap up a regression therapy session, ensuring that clients leave feeling supported and validated in their journey.
Interactive Learning: Benefit from an engaging and interactive teaching approach, offering ample opportunities for participants to ask questions, share insights, and deepen their understanding of regression therapy techniques.
By attending this workshop, you’ll gain the knowledge and tools necessary to confidently guide your clients through the healing process of overcoming childhood trauma. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your professional skills and make a lasting impact on the lives of your clients.
Ruxandra Bulzan is a psychologist with a master degree in clinical psychology. She is the founder and president of the Romanian Association of Hypnosis and Regression Therapy.
Since 2015, she has been teaching hypnotherapy in Romania and England as a PLRA trainer. Since 2019 she has been recognised as certified trainer by EARTh (European Association of Regression Therapy)
She has a full-time practice in Bucharest and, over the last 10 years, she led more than 3400 private sessions with clients.
Personal development and therapy is about transformation whether you’re trying to achieve goals or you’re trying to solve problems. We often think that if we can arrange everything in our lives a certain way and surround ourselves with success and the right people, that life will be endlessly fulfilling. But we see many successful and even famous people who are miserable and despite their wealth of external resources they’re never happy. This is because our beliefs about the world around us are created based on the beliefs we have about ourselves. When you know how to elicit the structures of the beliefs about yourself, you can change them. When you change the beliefs about who you are, not only will you access your potential and live the life you’ve always wanted, reality itself will seem to change. My mentor Steve Andreas left behind the most powerful NLP model, the Self-Concept Model, which reveals how to do this. I’m the only one he ever endorsed to teach it.
Damon Cart is considered to be a natural talent by some of the best NLP trainers in the world. Damon’s focus is to show people how to transform at the identity level in order to have greater self-esteem, confidence, and overall live a more fulfilling life. Rather than chasing goals and hoping when they’re achieved that you’ll suddenly be happy and fulfilled, he shows his students how to become the person they want to be in order to create the life they want to live. The result is predictable transformations that make achieving goals a lot easier and much more rewarding and fulfilling every step of the way. Damon has completed several certifications with some of the top NLP trainers in the world and is the only person to ever be endorsed by Steve Andreas to teach his Self-Concept Model. He also has a Youtube channel with over 70,000 subscribers where he shares the techniques that have helped his clients and himself achieve goals and find greater fulfillment.
Using hypnotherapy to help domestic violence survivors co-parent effectively and safely with their abusive ex
Because you can't go no-contact with your abuser when you have children together...
I work with lone parents who are co-parenting their children with an abusive ex following domestic violence.
These clients are struggling to process their trauma while the abuse is essentially ongoing via Family Court.
Hypnotherapy is a key part of this work, and I’ll talk about how I use it in this context.
I’ll also offer signposting to resource yourself if you choose to work with these cases or to refer on if not.
I qualified in hypnotherapy in 2017 and went on to obtain qualifications in integrative counselling, OldPain2Go and EMDR, along with much CPD. I have been in private practice since 2017, working with ages 11 and up.
My previous career was in science and computer modelling, and I always enjoyed the puzzle-solving aspect of that work. Now I'm able to combine that with my fascination and curiosity about what makes people tick!
The presentation will guide participants through the process of carrying out empirical evidenced-based research into hypnosis. It will explain the different types of research approaches available and how to choose the most appropriate. The requirements of robust research will be examined. The research journey from inception to publishing will be explained using the presenter’s own experience of carrying out hypnosis research in the oncology arena as a guide.
With over 18 years' experience as a full-time hypnotherapist, Garry is one of a small number in the UK to hold an MSc in Clinical Hypnotherapy, for which he carried out research into the effects of presurgical hypnosis on the recovery quality in breast cancer operations.
Garry is contracted to a major NHS hospital for oncology-based hypnotherapeutic work, where he consults on a regular basis, in addition to practicing from within a local GP surgery.
The Most Common Yet MOST Mistreated Symptom Of Anxiety…
... AND HOW to help your clients overcome it!
40,000 VIEWS AND RISING!!!
Whilst many of the YouTube videos I make (to help people with anxiety) currently get around 300-500 views each, there is one topic that’s exploded with over 40,000+ views and over 500+ comments from anxiety sufferers saying, things along the lines of:
“Finally someone’s talking about this”…“I’ve been suffering with this for years and no one knows how to treat it”…“my doctors and therapists don’t know how to help me… thank you for finally giving me some relief!”.
What does this tell us? Simple…
There’s a hugely common issue that resonates with thousands of anxiety sufferers out there AND very few people are talking about! There is a HUGE opportunity to help them!
(In fact, I’m now running group programs and 1-on-1 sessions specifically to help people with this issue with great success AND… very little competition!)
Many sufferers have been telling me that NOT only have most change-workers NOT known how to help them effectively, but therapists (who don’t understand this issue) have ended up making them worse.
So come along and learn the truth about AIR HUNGER… (the sensation that you are not taking in enough oxygen – literally being hungry for air). In fact, apparently, up to 82% of anxiety sufferers can have some breathing dysfunction patterns that can cause this AND one of the worst things you can do is to tell people to take deep breaths!
As an ex-anxiety sufferer myself I struggled terribly with this and was sent to respiratory consultants, had lung function tests and everyone just said, “It’s anxiety” and to “take deep breaths”.
But guess what? Taking deep breaths made things worse!
I want to reveal, the true cause behind anxiety-based air hunger… AND exactly how you can treat this effectively without making it worse. Essentially, this is helping you understand how we can better aim our hypno-therapeutic toolkit at this issue and finally be able to offer people effective help.
Howard Cooper is known for helping people create RAPID shifts in their thinking and over the last 20 years he has worked with 1000s of individuals. He rejects the notion that deep & lasting change has to take a long time and, over the years he's seen some incredible transformations. He has worked on 'Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Without Fear' course, writes magazine columns, talks about change on LBC and even hosts his own podcast (Rapid Change Matters) to name a few. All this has gone into the “melting pot” that is Howard’s experience which he is now keen to share with others in the business.
1 hour presentation Friday 16:30 - 17:30 Waterloo
The BLAST Technique® – “Fast, effective, permanent treatment for PTSD and trauma”
An interactive presentation of how PTSD and trauma is stored in the brain, the neuroscience behind it and why it doesn’t respond well to talking therapies, instead, suppressing or repressing the trauma and coming out in a variety of other representations; rashes, numbness, tics, addictions etc. I will explain the research behind this and what EMDR misses and how we can treat it much more quickly, effectively and permanently.
Nick is a leading Media-Friendly International Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Body Language Expert and Trainer, who has written and been interviewed in over 300 articles for the media in the last few years. He is known affectionately as 'The PTSD Whisperer' because of his specialism in treating trauma quickly and permanently. Nick has appeared as an expert guest on ITV News, BBC CWR, Men’s Radio and been published in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Sunday Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun, The Mirror, Sunday Post, Daily Star, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Own, VT, Feel Good You, Russia Today, Take a Break, Health & Wellbeing and has appeared on the radio several times championing mental health.
Hypno-CBT® – integrating the wise, the magical, the ancient and the scientific
Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Philosophy and CBT
A presentation that provides a serious and well-considered psychotherapy model which integrates the ancient wisdom of mindfulness, Buddhist and Yogic psychology and non-dual philosophy – with the “magic” of hypnosis and the scientific approach of cognitive behavioural approaches to therapy – drawing on forgotten themes and discoveries in the history of cognitive and behavioural psychotherapies.
I'm a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, since 2007, and also the Director and Principal of the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. Since I took over the College from Donald Robertson in 2013, I have personally taught our externally verified Level 5 Diploma training programme over 40 times to over 2000 students. Prior to Covid I taught our Diploma training programme in Beijing for several years (where it is one of only six psychotherapy programmes that have been certified by the Chinese Psychological Society in partnership with the Chinese State government). I have a Dual Honours Degree in psychology and philosophy. I have a deep history of involvement in the world of yoga, non-dual philosophy and Yoga Tantra. I've been meditating for over 30 years and I'm passionate about integrating the wisdom of the East with the Science of the West.
How to have your clients change BEFORE they go into a hypnotic trance.
What if your client is afraid of hypnosis and doesn’t buy in your pretalk? What if for various reasons you cannot use formal inductions or even use the word trance or hypnosis? How to help people change outside your hypnotherapist office?
I am going to demonstrate a conversational way of solving people’s problems. Based on John Overdurf’s Meta-pattern, this simple four step formula will help you have your clients change in what looks like a normal conversation. Your clients are going to solve their problems even before you induce a hypnotic trance- or maybe you won’t have to induce hypnosis at all. As an added bonus: while working with your clients you will always know what to do next!
I am an MD, a psychiatrist, an NLP Trainer certified by Richard Bandler, Chris Hall and John Overdurf. I have been using hypnosis and NLP in my clinical practice since 1998 and teaching it since 2000. I specialize mostly in Ericksonian and Conversational Hypnosis.
Rob De Groof is an award-winning trainer and one of Europe's leading hypnotists. He is the owner of the very successful HypnosisCentre.be in Belgium where he is working together with 8 hypnotherapists in 4 different cities. As the owner and head trainer of the European Hypnosis Academy he has already trained close to thousands students in the wonderful art of direct hypnosis while teaching at his school in Belgium or while traveling the world.
As the official trainer of his mentor, the late Jeffrey Stephens, one of his goals is to keep Jeffrey's techniques and approach alive. Rob is also a trainer for Sheila Granger's Virtual Gastric Band, Bob Burns’ The Swan and the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute.
He is the author of the book 'Mentalism for Hypnotherapists' and the presenter of the online show: 'The Art of Simple Hypnosis'
He created the following hypnosis protocols: HypnoFasting (The Power Combo), Hypnosis4Golfers, Stop4Ever and Hypnotic Breast Enlargement.
In April 2022 his new book: 'Stop It!' was released.
The role of phenomenological control in constructing experience
Professor Zoltan Dienes
People have to varying degrees the capacity to alter subjective experience such that it misrepresents reality in ways consistent with goals, and such that the misrepresentation can be sustained over at least minutes despite clear contrary evidence. That is, people have a capacity for phenomenological control. No induction is needed for people to exercise this capacity; and its exercise can result in corresponding neurophysiological changes. People can use the capacity to fulfill requirements of social situations or personal needs. One prominent such situation is hypnosis. But there are others. Situations in life may also call for certain experiences, for example, encountering a spiritual world according to one’s beliefs, projecting ki in esoteric martial arts, feeling the pain of other people, or feeling tingles from ASMR youtube videos. These experiences can be constructed so that they seem to confirm the beliefs of all those involved.
Professor of Psychology, University of Sussex. I organize Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes, a final year option module; Perspectives on Psychology, a final year core module. I also teach philosophy of science in the masters module Ethics, Philosophy, and Methods, and a series of lectures on hypnosis in the first year undergraduate module Contemporary Issues in Psychology.
How to subconsciously implement the moral of the story
Milton H. Erickson was a master of storytelling. In his hypnosis practice, he used striking tales to induce trance and facilitate transderivational search, helping clients to subconsciously find effective solutions to their problems. In this interactive presentation, Tom will show you how to design powerful metaphors for your hypnosis, design nested loops to boost the impact of your stories and use figurative language to enrich your hypnosis practice.
Tom is a certified hypnosis master trainer, NLP trainer, coach and author with over 30 years of experience on both show and business stages. In his online and onsite workshops and lectures, he teaches a broad range of hypnosis and NLP skills including classic, conversational and street hypnosis as well as coaching and personal development. Tom pioneered instant street hypnosis in Germany over 10 years ago and since then did countless stage and street shows, gave regular seminars and published three books on the matter.
Building Resilience, Confidence and Emotional Well-being
This presentation explores the profound impact of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy in empowering children and teens to overcome challenges, enhance their confidence and cultivate emotional well-being. Through a combination real-life case studies and practical techniques, we delve into the ways in which CBH can be a transformative tool in children’s mental and emotional development.
With a dual degree in Clinical and Industrial Psychology I have always been passionate about developing an empowering approach across the board. Having studied at the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy under Mark Davis, I found that by combining my techniques I could effect change in my focus for children and teens. Currently I run a private practice in West Sussex working predominantly with teens and children covering anxiety, phobias, and challenging behaviours. My work also includes Coaching students through the College. I continue to work closely with youth Performance Sports teams to analyse team dynamics, increase levels of physical performance by removing mental roadblocks and resilience training to achieve their goals.
Hypnobirthing is hugely popular, it can be estimated that around 10% of people who are pregnant do hypnobirthing in some form. It’s often the first time people access hypnosis and many people who may never have considered hypnosis will try hypnobirthing. It’s often a gateway to hypnosis for both the mother and her partner. But it’s not perinatal hypnosis – meaning it’s not always applicable to other aspects of pregnancy, birth and beyond.
The popularity of hypnobirthing has opened the floodgates for people teaching who have no formal hypnotherapy training, remarkably some haven’t even been trained to teach hypnobirthing by a hypnotherapist. The word hypnobirthing has also wrongly been seen as something for a natural birth, and many of those teaching it don’t have the skills or training to apply hypnosis beyond a normal birth.
The reductive nature of hypnobirthing means we are missing out on powerful applications of hypnosis for perinatal care. Considered and appropriate hypnotic tools can make a huge impact on improving the perinatal experience and shouldn’t be reduced to pain-free birth or breathing your baby out.
In this session, I’ll explore the breadth of perinatal hypnosis, attitudes to hypnosis in the NHS maternity system, contraindications, and understanding the more complex nature of pain along with the most effective tools and techniques to use with your clients. I’ll share with you some stories of more complicated aspects of working with those who have previously experienced trauma, psychological aspects of choice and control, working with loss, post-natal anxiety, breastfeeding, and more.
Sophie Fletcher is the best selling author of Mindful Hypnobirthing, Mindful Mamma and Mindful Menopause. Her books have sold over 70,000 copies and she’s regularly in the best seller lists in the UK, Australia and the US. She’s been a practising hypnotherapist for over 15 years, and runs training in the NHS and privately for hypnobirthing and menopause. When she’s not writing she’s, reading, playing tennis or swimming.
Stimulating creative thinking through the use of trance – an EEG study
Which elements of trance activate the creativity areas of the brain?
Through watching a recording of the brain in trance, we will be able to look at how the words of trance stimulate memory centres, emotion centres and ultimately the creative thinking centres of the brain. Learn what is happening for your client as you use different elements of trance: PMR, deepeners, metaphors and hypnotic suggestions and come away with a powerful feeling of confidence in the efficacy of your work!
Dr Rachel Gillibrand is a Health Psychologist and Clinical Hypnotherapist who worked in academia for 20 years. Rachel has been conducting research into what happens in the brain during trance since becoming a hypnotherapist 8 years ago and uses EEG to measure the changes in different areas of the brain in particular associated with emotion and creativity.
The 15 SECRETS that Super-Successful Hypnotherapists use to Build Their Practice
Gain a Predictable, Consistent Flow of Clients and Earn a Fabulous Income whilst simultaneously helping people change and improve their lives with hypnosis!
Having built a hypnotherapy clinic with a consistent stream of 35+ clients per week, mentored hypnotherapists globally to achieve their business goals, and won the UK Business of the Year – in the middle of a pandemic! – Sheila discovered that there are just 15 SECRETS to the building of a wildly successful hypnosis practice.
Whether you work online or in person, these 15 SECRETS are unknown or ignored by most hypnotherapists!
Discover all 15 SECRETS in this fast paced presentation
It will be a 100% P-R-A-C-T-I-C-A-L session, with the opportunity for you to get your questions answered as well!
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner with years of experience, or a newly-qualified beginner taking your first steps, there is something here for you!
You’ll leave with your very own personal blueprint for your hypnosis business
A UK Clinical Hypnotherapist, Sheila's mission is to educate, motivate, help and inspire other practitioners to achieve more than they thought possible. Most known for the Virtual Gastric Band weight loss protocol that's helped thousands of hypnosis practitioners across the globe launch and grow their practices, Sheila has taken hypnosis into almost all walks of life. From working with the homeless through to hospitals, schools and businesses. She was the IMDHA Hypnotist of the year in 2019 and her own business won the national UK business of the year in 2021. A multi best selling author on Amazon Sheila constantly tests the boundaries of what is possible with hypnosis and a hypnosis business. And, has enabled others to help over 140,000 clients with hypnosis! She's ego free with a big dollop of ""can do"" attitude!
1 hour presentation Sunday 11:45 - 12:45 Waterloo
Uniting the whole.
Working with the dynamic parts of the fractured self
This presentation will look into how the self can become ‘fractured’ and/or ‘split’ and what we can do as hypnotherapists to create new communication links via parts therapy and hypnosis to create a whole new way of self, leading to enhanced internal communication. We shall look within the metaphors and how we can interpret what our client may need from us as support through suggestion.
Trained as a counsellor, coach and hypnotherapist, she has been in private practice in London for over a decade. She uses a combination of therapeutic techniques enhanced by hypnosis and NLP for instigating effective, immediate change on a subconscious level, enabling clients to alter their perspectives and approaches to life, enhancing their productivity in the world in harmony with their well being.
Tracey is Chairman of the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) as she is passionate about boundaries, ethics and the pursuit of excellence within the hypnotherapy profession.
Tracey is a no nonsense, straight talking, dynamic therapist, passionate about communication and its effect on our human condition.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been the villain for most other therapists to bash in recent times. In CBT we help clients change their negative core beliefs through cognitive and behavioural change. Trained in both CBT and Hypnosis I can see how hypnotherapy can improve the efficacy of CBT and make it more powerful and effective.
I qualified as a mental health nurse in the UK in 1996 following a psychology degree from India. I completed my Master Practitioner in Hypnosis from London in 2008 but got into CBT training through the IAPT programme. I have been working as a CBT psychotherapist in the NHS since. I am currently employed in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London as a psychotherapist
Why the initial consultation is so important, how to conduct it and the questions to ask.
The initial consultation is arguably the most important step you’ll take with your clients. A time for you to ask specific questions that will give you a true insight into your client’s problems, what they want to achieve and most importantly why they may have the problem they do and whether there is an ethical way for you to help. In this presentation, you will find out the questions to unlock your client’s deepest truths so you know exactly what you’re working with rather than finding out too late.
Hypnotherapist with a paradoxical love for all things neuroscientific and transpersonal (DHP Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy. MSc Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal psychology.)
We use metaphors far more than we realise, from stating we can’t grasp an idea, would like to gain perspective, or feel stuck in a rut.
During this presentation, I will share how I observe for clients’ metaphors, where I find additional metaphors, and how I integrate hypnosis with the metaphors to develop therapeutic stories to help clients create change from the inside out.
Dan Jones began working in mental health in 1997 before transitioning to working with families and now mainly sharing knowledge online. He became interested in hypnosis in the early 1990’s and has been a hypnotherapist since 2001 and a hypnotherapy trainer since 2004. Dan is the author of over 30 books, has almost 100k students taking his eCourses and runs a number of YouTube channels, including a therapeutic sleep stories channel which has over 100,000 subscribers.
1 hour presentation Friday 12:15 - 13:15 Waterloo
Rapid Hypnotic Techniques for Frontline Healthcare Providers
Dr Elvira Lang
While Hypnosis has been considered the purview of extensively trained experts, it is now gaining traction at the frontlines of medicine in the hands of regular staff. The presentation addresses how the natural upward trend of pain and anxiety during medical encounters can be avoided through a short intervention at the onset of the interaction, when the patient experience can be improved by slight, but reflective changes in provider behavior and use of hypnoidal language. You will learn how to build rapport with patients instantly, elicit positive behaviors and cooperation from them and, if needed, from accompanying individuals. You will be introduced to the informal approaches of procedural hypnosis with focus on the powers of word choice, how you can avoid the adverse effects of negative suggestions, reframe distressing thoughts, fears, and worries, and moderate the effect of painful stimuli (“Comfort Talk®”) Formal approaches through script and app use will also be demonstrated. Attentions will be directed towards the symbolic use of patient’s symptom description and the impact on the choice of intervention.
The Comfort Talk technique is based on 30-years of extensive clinical trials and practice. It uses non-pharmacological means of reducing patient’s anxiety and pain which conform to UK recommendations for surgical surgical/ interventional care, such as those from the Royal Colleges of Anesthetists and of Nursing. In addition, the Great Resignation has made it even more important to provide staff with a skill set that enables them enjoy their jobs again by helping their patients in a fundamental fashion.
At the end of this presentation, the attendees will leave with skills that allow them • to diffuse tensions quickly • to develop rapport with problem patients • address pain and anxiety nonpharmacological • enhance their own resilience and effectiveness
Elvira Lang, MD, PhD, is an award-winning interventional radiologist known for researching the effectiveness and cost savings of rapid hypnotic techniques in medicine and dentistry. She crystallized these techniques and founded Comfort Talk®. Her large-scale clinical trials with now >135,000 patients demonstrated that the Comfort Talk® skills, including guidance in self-hypnotic relaxation, reduce pain, anxiety, drug use, and complications on the operating table and improve patients’ satisfaction and ability to complete MRI examinations. Her recent interests examine patient/provider interactions and their impact on health outcomes, staff satisfaction and resilience, as well as overall impact on operational efficiency of healthcare systems. Her research work has been acknowledged with the Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for a Lifetime of Published Experimental Work. Through her publications and efforts as Past President of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis she has encouraged to include training in hypnosis for nurses and licensed healthcare professionals within the scope of their practice.
She (co-)authored “Patient Sedation Without Medication,” “Managing Your Medical Experience,” and >150 research papers. She received multiple awards and has been featured extensively in the press and on television.
Because each person has their own personality, hypnosis change work with clients is similar to how we fit our clothing to our bodies for greater comfort. Would you be interested in having a reliable method to be able to tweak all your hypnosis techniques in order to provide a maximum fit for the psychological characteristics of each of your clients, and in doing so, have great results and happy clients.
Degree in Engineering (Ing.), Hypnotist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (HPD), Hypnosis Trainer, Guest Appearance in TV and Radio shows, Keynote Speaker in International Hypnosis Conventions and President of the Scientific Council of the Portuguese Association of Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnoanalysis (APHCH). Also an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of www.evolutionhypnosis.com®. Trained in hypnosis by personalities like: Anthony Jacquin, Larry Elman and Cheryl Elman, Roy Hunter, Teresa Robles, Edgar Barnet, and others.
Hypnosis in Personal Perspective: Looking Backwards and a Glimpse Forward
Professor Steven Jay Lynn
Hypnosis in Personal Perspective: Looking Backwards and a Glimpse Forward In this presentation I will trace the evolution of my understanding of the fascinating topic of hypnosis over 45 years as a clinical and forensic psychologist and via research conducted in my laboratory of Consciousness, Cognition, and Psychopathology at Ohio University and Binghamton University (SUNY). I will share personal experiences and reflections that shaped my views and convey my excitement regarding hypnosis, which continues to the present day in personally rewarding collaborations. My presentation will encompass numerous topics that include fantasy-proneness, the induction of hypnosis, the experience of nonvolition during hypnosis, the determinants and modification of hypnotic responsiveness, clinical and forensic applications, and my most recent efforts to formulate a theoretical account of hypnosis. I will conclude with thoughts regarding the future of hypnosis.
Steven Jay Lynn (Ph.D.; ABPP, Clinical, Forensic) has studied hypnosis for more than four decades and practiced and supervised clinical hypnosis during that time. He is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY), where he served as the past Director of both the graduate Clinical Training Program and the Psychological Clinic. He is the current Director of the Laboratory of Consciousness, Cognition, and Psychopathology; he was the Founding Editor of the journal, Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice; and he currently serves on ten editorial boards. He has published more than 400 articles, books, and chapters on the topics of hypnosis, consciousness, memory, psychopathology, psychotherapy, and science vs. pseudoscience. Professor Lynn has received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Award of the State University of New York for Scholarship and Creative Activities and the Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University. His work has been featured in numerous media venues including the Academy Award nominated film documentary, “Capturing the Friedmans.” He has served as an expert on many forensic cases involving hypnosis and memory on a national and international level.
Unlocking the Power of the Gut-Brain Connection: A Key to Effective Hypnotherapy
Restorative Solutions for Anxiety, Depression and Lifting Your Mood
Discover how you can leverage and tap into the Gut-Brain powerhouse to improve your effectiveness when working with your clients. Enhance their success and discover the pieces of the puzzle you need to help them unlock their healing potential.
Discover how the Gut-Brain connection can be used to enhance your sessions
Create targeted, personalised solutions that alleviate physical symptoms and contribute to the management of stress and anxiety, improved sleep, balanced hormones, more energy and support the release of trauma and emotions held in the body
Facilitate a stronger connection between the mind and the body for improved overall well-being
Understand what is happening beneath the surface, the role the gut microbiome plays and how it impacts our performance and all aspects of our Mental Health, Emotional Health and Physical well-being and how it may impact your client’s outcomes.
A unique solution with a combination of hypnotherapy and addressing physical gut health as an add-on to your practice, whether online, in groups or in person and have a bigger impact.
Author, Speaker, Multi-Award winning Clinical Nutritionist and Hypnotherapist specialising in the connection between Gut Health, Physical and Mental Health, Trauma Release Specialist and Instructor. Kerry shares her experience and expertise in the field of Gut Health and Trauma with insights on our innate human capacity to heal and create ongoing resilience. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a career-driven professional, or simply someone with big dreams, your health is the foundation of your success. Together, Kerry will work with you to align your nutrition and mindset to propel you towards your goals and embracing the core principles of living a healthy and happy lifestyle with simple and easy techniques that work.
We all know how important it is to practice gratitude for our mental health and inner integrity. However, do we know how to practice it to actually awaken a state of gratitude instead of frustration?
During my speech, I will show you an amazing, hypnotic exercise that I have been doing by myself that I have been giving to my clients for many years to help them better manage their own well-being and take control of their emotions.
I am a hypnotist and hypnotherapist from Poland with over 10 years of experience. Founder of the Professional School of Hypnotherapy and Stage Hypnosis Masterclass. TV expert on the Polish version of 'You're Back in the Room' prime time game show. Television and radio hypnosis expert on various channels (MTV, TVN, TVN24BiS, TTV, TVP). Author of press articles (Nature & Health Magazine, Businessman Today). 5-times TEDx speaker. The main purpose of my practice is to teach people to be well-prepared hypnotherapists and stage hypnotists, and to support speakers and presenters in preparing for their keynote speeches. Privately, I am the father of a 5-year-old who shows me new areas of hypnosis worth exploring every day.
Regression is a fantastic way to address trauma, but does it have to be problem-focused? In this fun, substantive, interactive workshop Dr. Mau will demonstrate a regression process and will explore fresh solution-focused approaches to a tried-and-true hypnotic technique. Be prepared to your eyes to new ways to engage your client’s active superhero creativity and self-healing.
Dr. Fredric Mau is a US mental health counsellor with 20 years of experience as a hypnotherapist. He regularly treats trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. Well-known in his home state of South Carolina, colleagues often refer difficult cases for his care, and Dr. Mau sees more than his fair share of difficult cases, including significant trauma and functional neurological issues.
1 hour presentation Friday 11:15 - 12:15 Waterloo
Closing Keynote – The Brain Shows the Way
Dr Fredric Mau
We’ve known it works very efficiently for a long time. There is an entire language wrapped about the experience of hypnosis. The strangeness of the experience has led to stigma.
Yet hypnosis is a neurological process that engages the body directly to create epiphany changes. Genetic factors can now tell us who is more likely to benefit from the process, and neuroimaging shows not only how changes are created but also what sorts of issues are likely to be healed via our process.
It is time to rethink our story and the ways we present what we do to the public, the medical community, and even ourselves. We offer a process for healing that is empirically validated, extremely effective, very fast, and solution-focused.
*Start time will be delayed in the event of the previous session with Derren Brown overrunning
Dr. Fredric Mau is a clinical mental health counselor in the U.S. He also serves as core faculty in a medical residency program teaching hypnosis to psychiatrists. As an investigator in a clinical trial his work has been published in the British Medical Journal.
Dr. Mau encapsulates the spirit of the UK Hypnosis Convention, and we are thrilled he is wrapping up this year's fantastic conference. He is a regular and very popular presenter at our convention, understands our ethos, reflects our values, and supports our vision. This will be an engaging 30 minutes for Dr. Mau to promote the field and stamp some of his own thoughts and personality upon our closing, and for you to reflect upon the event.
1 hour presentation Sunday 17:00 - 17:30 Waterloo
Working with Vulnerable clients (eg self-harming) using Safety Plans and Hypnotherapy
How to keep your clients and yourself safe in Practice
Here, we have more responsibility. We learn how to make Safety Plans that help improve clients’ safety, and give ourselves an element of cover legally. We need to have this and other Paperwork in place, so that if/when asked by relevant authorities to provide copies, as evidence of our safe and professional practice, we can do. Similarly, if called to give evidence in Court. There will be Templates for you to take away and use.
Julie May is a Lecturer in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, teaching the HPD and post-graduate CPDs; also teaching staff from Camhs, NHS, Social Services. Julie is a Supervisor with the NCH supervising Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists. Julie also works as a Private Tutor, preparing Hypnotherapists to take the HPD with the NCH. Julie studied a degree in the Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester, is a Person-Centred Therapist and for ten years a Hypnotherapist.
Development of Hypnotic techniques through the last 300 years
Demonstration of the major steps from 1700 - 2023
A practical demonstration of the developing techniques in the field, from around 1700 to the present, with reference to what came before. Will include Cagliostro, Bernheim, Braid, Liebeault, Erickson, Le Cron, myself and others. A fascinating journey through time, with practical demonstrations and detailed instructions for those interested in incorporating the techniques themselves.
Marc is the Founder of NLP Training Ltd. He is a Master Trainer of Hypnosis, a Master Trainer of NLP, and Trainer of Time Line Therapy; and Coaching, with 26 years experience in the field. Marc is fascinated by the relationship between the structure of language and the structure of consciousness in present-moment experiencing, and the potential for this to enable access to the gateway through to new levels of consciousness. Besides certifying others, he has worked at the top of the film industry, in prisons and schools, focusing on personal evolution, harnessing the power of the Unconscious Mind, and living a more satisfying life.
Putting the clients thoughts first and helping them change using their imagination
My interest grew from street hypnosis, which is a very interactive, organic, and responsive way of working. When people asked me to help them stop smoking and to sleep better, I naturally utilised my existing experience to ‘go with the flow’ using what the client was saying to help them change often in a very imaginative way. In this presentation, I will be giving you an insight into how I run my sessions.
I have used hypnosis for the last 13 years and for 6.5 years have been a full-time hypnotist performing change work. Starting as a hobby, it developed into Street Hypnosis before moving to paid hypnosis entertainment. It was only a matter of time before I was asked to help people change their lives with hypnosis and so I started to train in that area, eventually making it my full-time career.
How to conduct a powerful first session with your sports hypnosis client.
This presentation introduces the use of a tool called the Mental Toughness Assessment for Athletes in order to show participants a way to develop rapid rapport and trust with a new client, develop themes that help the client articulate the problem more easily, and assist with a variety of successful changes during the first hypnosis session.
A case study will be presented from start to finish allowing time for discussion and questions after segments throughout. Participants will receive a code that will provide them with access to the Mental Toughness Assessment to be used with their sports hypnosis clients. The video demonstration includes conversational hypnosis as well as a formal hypnosis session.
Joni Johnston Neidigh is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and has been in private practice for over 30 years. Joni is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotist and ICBCH Trainer who specializes in athletic performance. She has mentored and hypnotized individual athletes, coaches, and teams from age-group to Olympians and professionals. She is best known for her extensive experience traveling to deliver her signature “team talks” about the power of the mind. Joni works with sports teams, corporate events, conferences and coaches’ clinics. She has hosted international coaches and teams including Spain, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Canada, and more.
Joni is an award-winning hypnotherapist and psychotherapist and an international best-selling author and has written several books including her AIM Gold Medal Mental Toughness Success Guides, Anger and Violence Intervention Program Guide, Empowered Women in Business, and Gold Medal Sports Hypnosis Certification Practitioner’s Guide. She shares her passion with other hypnotists and clinicians through her Gold Medal Mental Toughness Sports Hypnosis Certification training program which is offered on-line and live at selected conferences. Joni teaches an inner coaching model that involves working with athletes over sessions, seasons, and sometimes careers.
In addition to sports Joni is certified by the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Domestic Violence Counselor. She pioneered the Anger and Violence Intervention Program which has been a successful group program for over 30 years. Recently, she has structured this program so that hypnotists and hypnotherapists can successfully use the program and guide. Joni believes in creating a meaningful, personalized approach for all clients, athletes, teams and corporations to help them reach their specific goals.
1 hour presentation Friday 09:00 - 10:00 Waterloo
A Subversive’s View of Hypnosis and Therapy
The talk will be split into 4 parts, plus some time for questions at the end.
Understanding the culture of stage hypnosis/problems encountered in stage hypnosis / practical remedies:
As a stage hypnotist, why do I hate stage hypnosis?
When stage hypnosis goes wrong – illustrated with some film.
Why the 1952 Hypnotism Act is no longer fit for purpose and why the licensing system needs changing,
How to deal with people who have been adversely affected by taking part in a stage show.
My vision of therapy:
How I used my experience as a stage hypnotist to communicate better with hypnotherapy clients
‘Your client is not your friend…’ but a less formal approach seems to work best and be more effective…
Why it’s ok to share some humour with your client,
Keep it simple: “Big words don’t help the client!!!
Why my ideas do not necessarily align with the traditional way of doing things, but I get results,
Why my sessions can last three hours or more,
Why I am a great fan of Dr. Irving Kirsch’s work on NLP
Why I believe that Hypnosis beats all other ‘mind therapies’ hands down (although EFT can be useful.)
Working online with clients:
Advantages of working online,
Embraced technology to maintain progress with clients: ‘the therapist in your pocket’ – the ideal solution to ‘top-ups’
Advantages of using platforms such as Zoom to form support groups.
Managing small groups for Weight Loss
Q & A
Andrew Newton attended the Xaverian College in Manchester where he developed a keen interest in music, literature, classics and history. He was rubbish at maths physics and chemistry, refused to learn German on the grounds that we won the War, and excelled at remaining invisible. He played percussion in amateur orchestras and at the age of 18 became the conductor of the Manchester Concert Orchestra. Leaving school, he worked in the music library of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra (now the BBC Philharmonic) spending most of the day watching some of the world's greatest conductors and musicians. He remains a passionate fan of classical music.
1975: Studied percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music and worked with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. By "mainly by being in the right place at the right time" he got the percussion job with the Max Jaffa Orchestra in Scarborough, giving two different concerts a day, seven days a week, and Sunday evening live Radio 2 broadcasts without any rehearsal! "Over the four month season, you basically sight-read your way through the whole classical repertoire."
1981: Discovered a natural ability for hypnosis and hired the 1,500 seat Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool, performing there more than 400 times. This success was repeated in most of Britain's top regional theatres. He had no manager or agent, and accomplished everything by following his own instinct and a ready, acerbic wit. In the 1980’s, he was virtually alone in the business, but his success inspired others.
1986: Andrew gained his pilot's licence and acquired his own aircraft, and just so he could say he'd done it, flew it into Heathrow!
1987: Sold out a three month season at the Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, appearing on the stage previously occupied by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ginger Rogers, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr, Liberace, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley! Andrew hated Las Vegas and everything it stood for, and at the end of he run, left the last night party early and swore never to go there again.
1987: After negotiating with Westminster City Council, he became the first hypnotist to be allowed to appear in London since 1948, at Wyndham’s Theatre in the heart of the West End. Radio DJ Paul McKenna attended his London shows, and often turned up at other venues around the country. As well as annual tours of the UK, there have been 39 tours of New Zealand, nine tours of Australia and 13 of South Africa, selling out major venues in all those countries. He has also appeared in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Andrew is a household name in New Zealand and was mentioned in the New Zealand Parliament by former Prime Minister David Lange, who asked the House if “perhaps Andrew Newton would be able to hypnotise the opposition!”
1992: Took six months off to fly his aeroplane from Manchester to Nairobi, Kenya. It took ten days to get to Nairobi, stopping in Nice, Naples, Corfu, Crete, Cairo, following the Nile to Luxor, then hopping over the Red Sea to Jeddah (to refuel), before flying to Addis Ababa and finally over northern Kenya to Nairobi. In Kenya, he flew around the Masai Mara and parts of the country that would normally be inaccessible to tourists, once spending the night in a Masai village. He flew via Lake Victoria to Rwanda and Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) where he visited Gorillas in the Ruwenzori Mountains and to Tanzania where he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
1992: First hypnotist to appear on British television; The 22 part SKY TV series The Andrew Newton Hypnotic Experience shown in territories as far afield as Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. “For me, it was a mistake and despite being paid £100k for two week's work, I regretted doing it.”
1998: Invited to perform in Beijing, China... "When I arrived in China, I was the only hypnotist ever to appear in China... Six weeks later, I was one of two hundred hypnotists appearing in China!"
2000: Deciding enough was enough, Andrew settled in Cape Town, where he is still based and where his son was born. In Cape Town he focussed on Hypnotherapy, but continued to do short annual tours of South Africa and New Zealand. He joined the South African Police as a volunteer and is a member of the International Police Association.
2008: Began speaking at Student Psychology Conferences and in 2008 was engaged as principal trainer in Hypnosis at Hypnoseakademiet in Oslo, Norway, Europe's premier Hypnosis and EFT training school.
2014: Invited by the City of Melbourne to make four groundbreaking films, The Land of In-Between, using hypnosis to change Melbourne's residents' perception of their city.
2015: Invitation to lecture in India at universities in Delhi, Jodphur, Rajasthan, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Gujarat, and Bits Pilani University, Goa. Thousands of psychology students attended these lectures.
2017: Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.
PRESENT: Over 1million people have seen Andrew perform live; he has hypnotised over 60,000 people worldwide and has more than 6,000 performances under his belt. He is also one of stage hypnosis' fiercest critics and would like to see radical changes to the 1952 Hypnotism Act. He has written 30 books on Hypnosis, Psychology, Drug Addiction, Technology Addiction and Stage Hypnosis. Now semi-retired, he continues seeing clients online. In his spare time he plays timpani & percussion with the local amateur orchestra and is the conductor of an occasional semi-professional chamber orchestra.
1 hour presentation Sunday 13:45 - 14:45 Waterloo
Using Hypnosis to Relieve Migraines.
Dr Sue Peacock
1 in 7 people in the UK experience migraines, which equates to 190,000 attacks per day.
43 million workdays are lost and 71% report that their mental health is affected.
People with migraines are often shuffled between doctors with few positive outcomes. So the market for hypnotherapy is huge. This presentation will discuss stages of migraine, and triggers and offer some case studies of hypnotherapy techniques used to manage migraine successfully and more!
Dr Sue Peacock is an award-winning Consultant Health Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council. She is an Associate Fellow and Registered Supervisor with The British Psychological Society and a Registered Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist. She has an extensive track record of supporting clients presenting with chronic pain, sleep disorders, physical health problems, dental and medical phobias, burnout, anxiety and depression for over 20 years. Sue is also a published author, featured in academia and the media.
An effective script has to be directly based on the client’s well-defined problem while incorporating his or her expectations and desired outcome. Although many standard scripts are available for a wide range of issues, these should be adapted to fit the client’s personality, state of mind and particular nuances in their situation, environment, beliefs, The starting point of all good and effective scripts is to identify and clarify exactly what the client’s problem is and what change they want to achieve behaviour, etc. It should also encompass their life goals and values to build motivation and a willingness to exert effort.”
Jimmy Petruzzi MSc is University lecturer, a world-renowned high-performance coach, hypnotherapist and NLP trainer, award-winning coach, bestselling author, award-winning speaker, developer of cognitive reprocessing, radio broadcaster, musician, committee member communications officer and Co Chair elect for the North West England BPS British Psychological Society, editor for BPS British Psychological Society North of England Bulletin Jimmy Petruzzi was a candidate for The British Psychological Society President Elect role 2022. He also works as a coach for Barnsley Women's Football Club, Australasian Soccer Academy and Bacup Borough Football Club.
A lifelong learner, Jimmy has studied several different modalities over the past 20 years, ranging from NLP, CBT, hypnotherapy, including studying the intensives and masterclasses at The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Phoenix, AZ. Including completing teacher training, including several coaching courses in sport and business and continues to expand his knowledge by incorporating several modalities, principles from the arts, martial arts, sport and business into his delivery.
A Nominated candidate for the British Psychological Society President-Elect role 2023-24.
Experiential workshop using laughter yoga with explanations of how some exercises can be incorporated into hypnotherapy practice.
The way I work as a hypnotherapist and coach is coloured by 30+ years as a holistic practitioner offering a broad range of therapies. For many years I have enjoyed working 1-2-1 and offering workshops and presentations covering a broad range of interests including hypnosis, use of imagination, holistic health, change management, skills for the workplace, and stress management. I also incorporate the science of happiness and laughter yoga into my practice.
When Clients Don’t Change and Hypnosis Doesn’t Work
How To Troubleshoot When Working With Difficult Clients
This presentation is a “warts and all” exploration of what to do when nothing seems to work when working with clients. It goes into typical mistakes hypnotherapists make, beliefs and ways of thinking that get in the way of clients changing, and relationship factors that can get in the way of change.
I will also talk about what to do when the client does not seem to respond well to hypnosis.
The presentation is based on 26 years of running a full-time practice. Eight of those were spent running an “impossibles practice” with people who had not succeeded in traditional therapy with a no change no pay policy.
Jørgen Rasmussen has seen clients professionally for 26 years and attracts clients from all over the world. He is the author of the book Provocative Hypnosis (2008) and Provocative Suggestions (2015). He teaches The Psychological Illusion Model internationally as well as working as a mentor for hypnotherapists.
Bye-bye pain, LongCovid or other chronic problems through the use of flow
The systematic and consistent use of flow experience in combination with hypnosis to overcome chronic crises.
Claude Andre Ribaux
Clients who complain about long-term problems are often given long-term plans and checklists to help move forward step by step very slowly.
However, people who are completely blocked and disengaged from their normal lives need faster ways to get to a noticeable improvement in quality of life.
Here I show methods for the comparatively quick establishment of a distancing from the problem. The distancing from the problem happens through the buildup of neurochemical processes that immediately motivate and create feelings of flow. Flow experience, in turn, is a massive booster for the self-healing powers and renews motivation.
What makes this talk worth listening to? The workshop combines inputs on symptom management with a resource-based approach. Of course, participants have the opportunity to experience what is presented in the form of demos and small exercises on themselves.
Leading coach, consultant, researcher & speaker.
More entrepreneurship, more freedom, more innovation and creativity. These were the things I wanted to achieve when I started my own business as a coach, consultant, therapist and expert in 1998.
Prior to that, after studying social sciences and doing field research, I spent 15 years at the Red Cross as a delegate, program officer and department head responsible for staff recruitment and leadership, strategy processes, training and funding.
Later, as an expert, I advised several European companies and organizations, such as DaimlerChrysler, DHL, Swisscom, UBS AG or the German and Swiss governments.
Since 1991, I have conducted over 15,000 solution-focused sessions as a trainer, coach and therapist. For the past ten years I have been helping people at work to achieve more FLOW, i.e. maximum performance with maximum well-being.
I am also an active part of the pioneering Hypno-Science Project at the University of Zurich as well as a board member of the Swiss Professional Association for Hypnotherapy.
1 hour presentation Sunday 09:30 - 10:30 Waterloo
Recreational Erotic Hypnosis
Undine de Rivière
Have you ever dreamt of an erotic experience that you couldn’t easily put into practice? Felt limited by real-life constraints, or by your own inhibitions? If you crave novel adventures within your own mind, more intimacy with your beloved person, or if you’d like to assist your hypnosis clients with achieving sexual euphoria – this workshop is for you.
Erotic Hypnosis: what’s in it for you as a hypnotherapist, hypnosis enthusiast or sexual being
EH topics: Hands-free orgasms, role play enhancement, transformations, mind control kink and more
EH vs. hypnotherapy vs. stage and street hypnosis
Hypnokink techniques and safety
We will conclude with a group trance demo suitable for adult participants of any gender, sexual orientation and level of hypnosis experience. The format will be respectful of your privacy and consent.
Undine is a professional siren: a sex worker, hypnotist and kink educator with over 20 years of experience. She provides erotic hypnosis sessions and recordings in Hamburg, Germany and online. She also loves to spread the word about hypnokink within sex-positive communities. Undine is an expert in guiding people from thoughts into feelings, and her favourite subjects are those who think that they think too much.
1 hour presentation Friday 14:15 - 15:15 Waterloo
Hypnosis and Pop Culture!
This is by far my most popular presentation! Prepare to laugh and learn! Explore the most common misperceptions of hypnosis as shown by popular media across the globe and where they originated. Participants will be able to build better rapport with their clients by knowing what information they have been exposed to, how to respectfully correct misinformation, and build positive images of hypnotists and hypnosis.
Amye Scharlau is certified as an instructor in hypnosis by two internationally recognized organizations, as well as being an international speaker. She holds degrees in art and theater! Her presentations are lively and interactive, prepare to learn and have fun! She brings her training, experience, exceptional interpersonal skills, and the joy of healing into every presentation. Her clients are successful losing weight, stopping smoking, dealing with stress, building confidence, and navigating through life.
My Very Own Scientific Study In Phenomenological Control
Some people are great at taking hypnotic suggestions; some are not so great; and most have moderate abilities. It is often assumed that these skills are fixed and cannot be improved. During my MRes I conducted a study into increasing the capacity for phenomenological control (the ability to respond to suggestion), and in this presentation, I will describe that study and the results we obtained. I will also cover the background of ‘suggestibility’ and the modification of it, and will present useful insights that can be employed by all hypnotists to get better results.
Kev is a hacker, magician and hypnotist. He worked with Anthony Jacquin for many years as business partner, writer and producer at Head Hacking: a pioneering company that popularised street hypnosis through products and training, taught hypnosis to magicians, researched academic perspectives on the nature of suggestion, and ran the annual hypnosis conference "change | phenomena". He has been studying for a Master of Research degree in Psychological Methods which completes in autumn 2023, after which he will be starting a PhD in Phenomenological Control, supervised by Prof Zoltan Dienes.
Newly qualified or with years in practice, it can be difficult to ask for help. Especially when we’re eager to get our first clients or build a business.
Who do we ask?
My clients achieved wonderful results, often life-changing, I’ve heard heartbreaking stories, some kept me awake at night. I’ve laughed uproariously with clients & students.
I’ve thought “No! Did I say THAT!”.
I’ll tell you what I learnt and what I’d like to have known!
"Lindsay Shepherd ran a successful hypnotherapy practice for 12 years, specialising in super morbid obesity, habit reversal and paediatric hypnosis.
Alongside client work she presented hypnotherapy, business & marketing workshops & seminars and was a mental wellness advisor for several businesses.
Lindsay retired in 2021 to take the opportunity of spending more time on her hobbies of swimming and cycling and time with her family!
She remains fascinated by everything Hypnosis.
Does the thought of promoting yourself and your practice make you nervous or anxious? Do you have the personality and attitude to connect with people, secure their confidence, and ultimately their business?
Glossophobia or a fear of public speaking adversely impacts 75% of the population. Effective Public speaking is at the heart of a successful practice and many hypnotherapists find themselves lacking confidence (stunting their growth) in this area despite spending £1000s on courses & events.
This presentation is the product of Jason’s vast experience working as a practitioner, stand–up comedian, magician, and hypnotist
Jason Simmons is a stage hypnotist, comedian, magician and musician and has been performing in a variety of venues across the UK circuit for more than a decade.
He is a regular performer for Haven, Butlins, David Lloyd leisure clubs, Mecca bingo halls and many other venues across the United Kingdom.
He uses hypnosis to entertain, engage and motivate people and will demonstrate his strategies to supercharge your presentations taking your practice to the next level.
Show Up and Shine: Don’t be Bland, become a Personal Brand
4-Step Formula to Develop a Unique Personal Brand
A Personal Brand is UNIQUE to every hypnotherapist and it must evolve, just like us in our constantly evolving field.
I have developed my personal branding formula 4xW=C which I will be sharing and explaining.
I teach my ‘4-Step Personal Branding Formula’ to hypnotherapists to discover (and rediscover) a unique brand voice, be consistent with messaging, remain clear with communication and confident with delivery, online and offline.
Our personal brand will evolve and flow, just like we, as people do in life.
Dipti Tait started her career working in TV – at the BBC in London. She swapped high-heels for a high-chair while her babies (now adults) were growing up - and retrained as a hypnotherapist.
Nicknamed "The Darling of Breakfast TV" Dipti now runs a busy Hypnotherapy practice in the Cotswolds and see clients around the world on zoom.
Dipti is the Author of Good Grief and Planet Grief and can be regularly found on the Breakfast TV sofa.
Last year Martin gave a lecture on how to present hypnosis on stage, based on his thirty years as a professional entertainer. In this year’s presentation, he will revisit the ideas he introduced in 2022 by playing a video of his full stage show. As the video progresses he’ll be pausing and commenting on the action so that he can highlight the importance of certain suggestions, commands and actions.
This presentation will draw heavily on last year’s lecture, but it isn’t necessary to have watched it, as Martin will give a brief recap at the beginning and will emphasise salient points from that talk as he goes along.
I became interested in hypnosis in 1979, and gave a lecture-demonstration at Imperial College in 1981. This was so successful I was invited back repeatedly. Word spread, and I have performed regularly (and, for the last 30 years, professionally) at numerous universities and schools. Eschewing the 'trance' model of stage hypnosis, I give a lecture-demo rather than a show, explaining to audiences that the effects are produced almost exclusively through suggestion, peer pressure, and obedience.
2 hour presentation Friday 19:30 - 21:30 Waterloo
I see what you do, but who are you?
In the realm of therapy, establishing rapport is so important. We’ve all experienced moments where we felt an immediate connection with someone; we felt seen and heard. That connection is the heartbeat of effective hypnotherapy.
As hypnotherapists, it’s not just about the techniques we employ; it’s also about creating a space where clients feel safe, heard and understood. By sharing a little bit of ourselves, we start to build those connections before even reaching the therapy room.
It’s almost like inviting them into your world, establishing a place of trust and understanding.
We all have a story, whether it's just a few chapters or a long novel, and I have my story too. I've been interested in spirituality and the mind-body connection for as long as I can remember, so when a challenging life event gave me an opportunity to re-examine the way I lived my life I took it and completely turned my life around. Now I have a thriving practice in North Wales as well worldwide online, and I'm passionate about helping people write their own happy endings.
Aphantasia – what is it and why should we even care?
Developing best practice in working with non-visualisers.
Dr Paulina Trevena
Aphantasia is the lack of a mind’s eye (inability to visualise voluntarily) but can affect all senses. With visualisation and sensory techniques commonly used in hypnotherapy, aphantasia can be an issue for both the client and the hypnotist.
Based on experimental research with a group of aphantasic hypnotherapists, I will explore two key questions:
How does having aphantasia impact on people’s experiences of hypnosis?
How can we best adapt hypnosis techniques for non-visualisers?
Dr Paulina Trevena is a social scientist, researcher and hypnotherapist. After years in academic research, Paulina discovered the world of hypnosis during the pandemic and was hooked! She subsequently trained as a hypnotherapist. She has now left her academic career to set up a personal development business called No Woo Woo! Paulina's ambition is to strengthen the evidence-base on hypnosis and develop best practice through her research on hypnotising people who have aphantasia (are non-visualisers).
1 hour presentation Sunday 15:00 - 16:00 Waterloo
NLP – A Critical Appraisal
Does NLP Actually Have Anything to Offer the Change Professional?
It is fair to say that NLP has had a fair impact on the world of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (in aggregate) since it started entering the wider world in the early 80’s, but it is certainly not uncontroversial.
Sure, there are plenty of true believers, but also many sceptics and debunkers!
In this presentation, James Tripp casts a critical eye across the body of work that falls under the label, as well as some of the claims made for it, along with assessing what value might be left in it.”
James Tripp is a coach, teacher and change agent known for his work in the fields of personal development and hypnosis.
Coming from a diverse background including philosophy, music, martial arts and movement culture, James is also the developer of the Hypnosis Without Trance approach to hypnotic facilitation, and is the author of the critically acclaimed book of the same title.
1 hour presentation Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Waterloo
Stripping Back the Magic
Understanding the Structures of Behaviour to be Better Therapists
Why do people behave the way they do?
How do we help them change?
Would you like to understand behaviour in detail, so you are best placed to help your clients, knowing exactly what you are doing, why, and for what effect?
Welcome to a fast-paced, fun, interactive, and practical, information-packed presentation on the structures of behaviour and behavioural change.
Behaviour may be complex, yet it is built upon simple structures. I’ll be making things simple for you, literally stripping back the magic of effective behavioural change work, to help you deliver the artful application of science.
I'm a hypnotherapist, behavioural change specialist, a former professional sportsman being a multiple times World Champion across a range of combat sports, a teacher coach and lecturer, and I'm undertaking a multidisciplinary PhD in behaviour, psychology, and cultural change. I'm outspoken and known to talk the talk, but also walk the walk, and only speak from an evidence base with appropriate rationale. I am also the curator of many bad jokes.
1 hour presentation Friday 15:30 - 16:30 Waterloo
Dream A Little Dream
Some hypnotic techniques for dream work
Hypnos, god of sleep is said to bring only good dreams, while his son, Morpheus, may bring any kind of dream: good, bad, even nightmares.
Hypnosis, a waking sleep, can help the dreamer interpret, appreciate, honor and transform dreams in a number of ways.
During this workshop participants will experience some simple techniques for working with dreams hypnotically to benefit from their messages and invitations to action.
Jane Turner is a clinical psychologist working in Paris France as a psychotherapist, coach, trainer and, supervisor. A former President of the French Society of Hypnosis (SFH) she continues to support and encourage the study, development and expansion of clinical hypnosis. She has practised, taught and written on Ericksonian Hypnosis for 40 years, regularly presenting her work at conferences. She is the author/co-author of several books on coaching, NLP and Time Line.
How to strengthen the immune system, why does the body turn against itself. I was able to feel in my own body how little conventional medicine can help here. There are approaches that say it is a reaction to viruses and environmental toxins that we consume every day. Hypnosis has an effect on our self-healing and thus on our immune system. The autonomic nervous system reacts to hypnosis. Viruses burden organs because they travel through the body with stress hormones. Reducing stress, through regular hypnosis can help your body.
My Name is Sabine, I was born in Hamburg, have a hypnosis practice in Leuneburg for over ten years. Through my hypnosis school in Dublin and Germany, I have had the honour of working as an international speaker and book author. I am also a former driving instructor and I specialise in the topic of anxiety.
Attachment trauma is often a complex form of trauma that can be difficult to work with because the attachment blueprint is imprinted in the subconscious mind and body at the pre-verbal stage of development.
So when clients show up with childhood attachment wounds we have to use a bottom-up, soma hypnosis approach because there is no cognitive memory to work with.
But that’s ok, just like a poker professional can read the thoughts of opponents through observation, we can learn to tune into this implicit body narrative and work with it just as effectively as we do with our clients’ verbal narrative or story.
By the end of Wallace’s one hour workshop, you can expect to have the following new tools in your hypnotherapy tool-kit
A metaphorical way to explain the main types of attachment to clients.
Explore how the (now defunct) Adaptive Brain Model can make it super easy for you to identify the trauma response set.
We will look at how childhood attachment survival challenges show up in our client beliefs, behaviours, verbal narrative and body narrative.
We will finish by getting out of our heads and get into our body with a short soma hypnosis session. The aim will be to identify and begin the process of clearing away some of that soma sensory amnesia that is stopping us from being the best, having the best and giving our best to our clients.
Susan Wallace is the developer of Emotion and Soma Sensory Hypnotherapy and she is on a mission to encourage hypnotherapists to step outside their comfort zone and offer slower, processed focused hypnotherapy alongside their solution focused, rapid model of hypnotherapy.
How do UK Hypnotherapists feel about working online?
Research exploring the psychological factors or delivering hypnosis via videoconferencing
This presentation will provide an interesting perspective on the development of online work in the hypnotherapy profession. As part of an MSc Psychology, a mixed-methods approach was used to explore the UK hypnotherapist’s attitudes, acceptance and use of delivering hypnotherapy via videoconferencing. This presentation will not only provide information about how hypnotherapists work in the UK, but it will also help practitioners understand the psychological factors that make us behave in this way and the future of online work for business and educational development.
Linda Witchell is a retired nurse and has been practising as a hypnotherapist for over 17 years. She claims to be a bit of a workaholic but loves working full-time in her business, seeing people change and feel better. Linda has completed an MSc in hypnosis and MSc in Psychology, as her mission is to bridge that gap between theory and practice and raise the value of the hypnotherapy profession. She is also a qualified counsellor, coach, trainer and supervisor. When taking time out Linda loves to travel, and take photos, and she is a great animal lover. She has won an award as an influential woman of the year.
Combining breathing techniques with hypnotherapy and suggestion.
Combining the use of established breathing techniques, imagination and suggestion to create wellbeing and change within clients.
I will explain the science behind the breathing techniques that I use and the changes that naturally occur in the body, and demonstrate how easy and powerful they are for you to use with your clients. You will not only learn 3 or 4 techniques that you can take away and start using, but you will also get the chance to experience first-hand just how powerful and trance inducing this method is.
After working for 10 years as a stage hypnotist my interest in hypnosis turned to therapeutic use. After training with JHA (and taking workshops with many others) I am now a practicing therapist using a combination of techniques to bring about rapid, permanent change.