The public’s understanding of hypnosis and clinical applications of hypnosis is typically full of misinformation and myths. A lot of these are perpetuated in the media and many are also rehashed in poor standard hypnosis training. Adam initially sought to take this event over as a means of raising training standards, an outlet to disseminate research and promote the evidence-base of hypnosis and ultimately seek to raise training standards and enhance the public image of hypnosis.
Therefore, one of the main goals of the convention is to give hypnosis professionals access to a curated range of lectures and training sessions within a safe environment of acceptance of new ideas, tolerance of differing positions and where critical thinking is championed.
We promote diversity and inclusivity as much as possible, whereby we welcome stage performers as well as academics, researchers and clinicians. We aim to balance theory, practical skills, pioneering techniques and experimental approaches while avoiding unsubstantiated claims and anything that could bring the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy into disrepute.
Rather than seeking to discredit specific approaches, we encourage change by exposure to and promotion of our ethos.
Adam Eason - Organiser
Clinician, College Principal, University Lecturer, Author and Researcher. The ‘face’ of the convention who comperes the event. Adam was the keynote speaker at the inaugural UK Hypnosis Convention and fell in love with the event. He took over the reins from founder Nick Ebdon following the 2018 convention.
Adam is the Principal of the Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis and a guest lecturer in the Psychology Department at Bournemouth University on their MSC in hypnosis programme. He has lectured for the Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine, including presenting at the prestigious Waxman memorial lecture.
He is the author of the books the Science of Self-Hypnosis: The Evidence-Based Way to Hypnotise Yourself and Hypnosis For Running as well as the author of the first and only meta-analysis on the clinical applications of self-hypnosis published in a peer-reviewed journal (The APAs Psychology of Consciousness Journal). He runs the UK Hypnosis Convention and has dedicated his entire adult life to the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Adam’s research continues to explore self-hypnosis and cognitive performance.
Steve Baxter - Organiser
Hypnotherapist specialising in Performer Anxiety. IT background so looks after all IT and technology aspects of the convention and its website.
Steve is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist who specialises in working with top-level stage performers. He is especially well known in classical music circles and has worked with clients from many of the UK’s top orchestras and music colleges. Occasionally tempted out of his cosy therapy room, he has spoken at a variety of establishments and residential courses, most recently for the London Symphony Orchestra. Steve Baxter is also a director of the UK Hypnosis Council.
Sarah Mortimer - Organiser
Sarah is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs a busy online practice, as well as working in the NHS as a Social Prescriber. She is a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) and is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention (ASIST). In addition to seeing clients, she is also a classroom assistant on the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma run by The Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis in Bournemouth, and Director for the UK Hypnotherapy Council, organisers of the UK Hypnosis Convention.
The Event Team
Claire Brooks - Event Team Member
Claire is a workforce transformation specialist with a passion for magic of the mind! She supports businesses and individuals through personal and professional change, and trained as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2015.
Samantha Chater - Event Team Member
Samantha Chater is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mindfulness Practitioner who also volunteers for Cruse Bereavement and is an educator/group facilitator for a menopause support group. Based in Altrincham, Cheshire and works online.
Penny Finnegan - Event Team Member
Penny is a practising hypnotherapist and mind coach, helping clients to overcome challenges and make positive changes in their lives by learning new skills and developing their psychological flexibility.
Jenny Hall - Event Team Member
Former dental professional, specialising in dental anxiety and phobia.
Claire Lucas - Event Team Member
Claire Lucas is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindscape Facilitator, Graphologist and Intuitive Coach based in Cheshire.
Jen Robinson - Event Team Member
Jen Robinson has a particular interest in helping people to generate and adapt to change, both in their professional and personal life.
Mark Williams - Event Team Member
Mark is a passionate full blown Hypnotherapist, always learning and always helping. Taught by the best.