Hypnotherapy Organisations

British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 15 Connaught Square W2 2HG
020 7402 90



A  selection of books on all aspects on hypnosis, hypnotherapy, self hypnosis and NLP is available at:
Waterstones, 82 Gower St, WC1
Compendium Books, 234 Camden High St NW1
Anglo American Book Company, Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, SA33 4ZZ
01267 211880

Training in Clinical Hypnosis

If you are interested in training in clinical hypnosis, or wish to do a post graduate medical course in the subject, then consider the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH). It was founded in 1984 by Michael Joseph, who, if I remember correctly had no degree or academic background - but made up for it with experience, knowledge and charisma. He originally ran the organisation with people similar to himself at the helm. I think the chief trainer was an ex. salesman who'd only just graduated in hypnothyerapy the year before! I was studying for a PhD at the time and was surprised at how unacademic the whole thing was. It didn't matter in the slightest though because in fact, so much of hypnotherapy is an art, and is as dependant on personality and bedside manner as it is brain power. Getting someone to go into hypnosis at will is as much of an art as getting someone to laugh at loud at will. I'm not saying that comedy has anything to do with hypnosis, it's just that both are verbal skills that rely to some degree on naural flair and personality rather than just reciting a dry script. No amount of academic study or training can make a clinical psychologist able to tell jokes well and the same goes for being a good hypnotist.

The LCCH now run courses all over the country. I'm not sure how good the training is these days, but back then they offered a grounding in many of the various aspects such as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), and you were also given a training in the basic art of hypnosis - lacking in certain other courses which were fashion conscious and jargonised. I found the practical approach was good. There are other large organisations so have a proper look round before making a decision. Make sure whichever course you choose has sufficient teachers with a genuine background in psychology and does not place too much emphasis on NLP or regression therapy.

Be warned that most hypnotherapy organisations give few client referals to their members - the elite of these organisations naturally keep most of them to themselves. Also be aware that the vast majority of those who train in hypnotherapy never go on to actually practice in a true professional sense. There is also a growing trend for the elite of many of these training organisations to make a considerable amount of money from ongoing professional development courses - in some cases compulsory. There is an irony here, because obviously some of those experienced hypnotherapists out there in the field are as good, if not better at the job than those who would make money out of insisting they constantly need further training.

You will find some hypnotherapeutic techniques, such as past life regressions are frankly, unscienific - and there is almost no scientific data to compare the effectiveness of one technique against another - so how can you justify making ongoing training compulsory? Unlike being say, a doctor or dentist, a hypnotherapist requires artistry, flair and natural talent as much as training and knowledge. Not only that, but there are so many diverse ways of using hypnosis in a therapy setting it makes standardisation impossible. Whereas with medicine, clinical psychology or even education - there is a considerable amount of new, scientific research constantly being carried out  - and therefore a need for professionals to be kept up to date. In contrast, hardly any meaningful, new scientific research is carried out in hypnotherapy, let alone empirical research, and most of the top up training courses don't focus on this anyway. Instead they recycle the same old stuff that has been around for years.
In 2011, I reluctantly decided to leave the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis  - after fifteen years membership - rather than face compulsory attendance of rehashed courses I'd already attended, or extremely dubious sounding new courses.

Hypnotherapy simply does not lend itself to compulsory regulation and the current attempt by some societies to do so, in the hope it will gain the profession more respectability, is a fiasco. For a start, nobody can even agree on what hynosis is, or whether it exists at all. Even those who claim to know what it is can't agree on the best ways of inducing people into hypnosis, or which way is more suitable or effecive in any given situation. It all gets ridiculously complicated - and this is even before deciding what kind of treatment should be used once the trance state has been achieved. It's all still very much in the developmental stage. There are as many styles and permutations of hypnotherapy techniques to choose from as there are say, approaches you can use in a football match. I'm not trying to compare hypnotherapy to football tactics, but imagine forcing Arsene Wenger to  attend ongoing professional development after 20 years success! On arrival, it soon becomes obvious to him that some of those lecturing have hardly played the game themselves, let alone had much success in the real world.

I never imagined when I finished my training in 1996 that I would one day be treating some of the world's most famous people. Of course there was probably an element of luck. It started when a client introduced me to several top models - all household names. After that I treated the rich and famous - pop stars and their managers, TV soap actors, TV hosts and personalities, sports people, you name it. To my surprise they usually preferred to attend my little office in Ealing rather than the one I hired in Harley Street.

In order to be a truly effecive hypnotherapist, and have the genuine ability to hypnotise people at will, I advise you to also learn the art of stage hypnotism. Hypnotherapy organisations would do better to teach their students how professionals on stage get their subjects to go quickly and deeply into hypnosis - but most of them have an unwarranted suspicion of, and prejudice against individuals like Paul McKenna. Consequently, many hypnotherapy trainers have neither the skills nor training to take people deeply into hypnosis - and nor do their graduates.

    Selected Hypnosis Sites (Inclusion here does not necessarily imply endorsement)
    Advanced Hypnotherapy in London - Steven Harold's informative web site for hypnotherapy, healing hypnosis, NLP, EFT and much more.
    Avanti Hypnotherapy clinic based in London -
    Brookside Center
    Calm Clinic - - Quality information about anxiety and panic from Ryan Rivera
    Cambridge Hypnotherapy - Using Hypnosis with advanced levels of NLP & Time Line Therapy.
    Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Anxiety with Inspired Hypnosis - - Mark Davis treating smoking, anxiety, phobias, low confidence, IBS and much more. Trained in Hypno-CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy combined with Hypnotherapy).
    Andrew Cunningham Clinical Hypnotherapist The Lewis Clinic Harley St london W1 Stop smoking and achieve your goals at Harley Street's top hypnotherapy clinic -
    Custom Made Hypnotherapy CDs and Tapes
    Divinti Publishing Ltd UK - hypnosis tapes and CDs
    Paul G. Durbin, Chaplain, Ph.D. Many articles on hypnotherapy
    Gil Boyne - 'a true master' in the USA -
    Grant Boddington's World of Hypnosis
    Healthy Hypnosis - Weight Loss Hypnosis - Stop Smoking Hypnosis - Boston, MA - offers weight loss hypnosis sessions, helps you stop smoking through hypnosis, manage stress, improve public speaking, exercise, motivation and more from Boston, MA.
 - Possibly the world's largest site of FREE information on hypnotherapy . Originator practises in Leeds, UK.
    Hypnosis Depot - Your storehouse for all things hypnotic

Hypnosis Online - Hypnosis Online - Everything about Hypnosis Online.

    Hypnosis MP3s and CDs - - Hypnosis MP3s and CDs for anxiety, insomnia, blood pressure, weight loss, interview mastery and much more. Free mp3 downloads available
 Powerful, Effective Hypnosis for Today's World
We offer hypnosis books, hypnosis MP3's, and hypnosis music. FREE samples!
    Hypnotherapy 2 Empower - Hypnotherapist in Cambridge
    Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy - by Victoria Gallagher of - Hypnosis CDs and hypnosis Mp3s by Victoria Gallagher, C.M.Ht. (formerly Victoria Wizell) of 100 hypnosis topics, including stress, weightloss, sex, money, and attraction. 
 - Hypnotherapy and hypnosis training courses in the UK (London, Exeter, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds) and Scotland (Glasgow) from the LCCH . Hypnotherapy and hypnosis training courses up to Practitioner Diploma / CPPD / PGDip / MSc level in the UK (London, Exeter, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds) and Scotland (Glasgow), Malaysia and Singapore delivered by the LCCH, providers of professional hypnotherapy training
    Hypnotherapy in Liverpool, using advanced levels of Hypnosis, NLP and Time Line Therapy (tm). -
    Information on hypnotherapy - Seek help via hypnosis or hypnotherapy. Get treatment for stress, anxiety, or maybe to stop smoking. Find all the information you need on this site. 
    Marx Howell - Forensic Hypnosis. Police use of hypnosis
    Masters Centre
    Potential Technology
    Quit Smoking Clinic UK (London)
    Robert Matthews Hypnosis CDs and Downloads
    Roy Hunter's Website
    Stop Smoking with the help of experienced London hypnotherapist Steven Harold, in just one, 90 minute session.Stop Smoking
    The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy
    Wendi Friesen CCHT - - Sacramento, California. The place to go when it's time to change your mind New BODY MASTERY hypnosis program
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    ENcourage Connection - info and ideas re anxiety, panic and agoraphobia
    Enhanced Healing Through Music - Relaxation music, positive affirmations and online counseling for reducing stress and anxiety, promoting health, wellness and healing and improving self-esteem
    Hand Actuated Mental Conditioning - how to rewire your own brain
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    The Online Self Improvement and Self Help Encyclopedia
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    Health and Hypnosis Directories

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 - The Alternative Guide to Health and Healing in London and the South of England including local 'What's On'
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