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 September 2017

Overqualified or Over Stated? A tongue in cheek look at our profession by Michael O’Sullivan
The plethora of qualifications and designatory letters after many a hypnotherapists name can be a cause of some confusion to members of the public and indeed, other healthcare professionals.

Hypnotherapy: Technique or Profession
by Shaun Brookhouse, MA(Ed), DCH, PhD, PGDHP, FRSH, FNCH and Fiona Biddle, BSc(Hons), DipCAH, DipCouns, FNCH
This paper is derived from what seems to be the age old question as to whether hypnotherapy is technique or profession. This controversy affects the acceptance of hypnotherapy conducted by those without a formal qualification in another discipline, be it medicine, psychology, counselling or psychotherapy.

Manage Stress with the Waterfall Technique by Tracey Burchard
Stress is a powerful influence on how we feel, emotionally, mentally and physically. This powerful technique can be used anywhere to help you relieve stress and relax. All you need is two minutes and a quiet place where you can close your eyes.

Mind Over Menopause by Zoilita Grant MS. CCHt
Approximately 1,600,000 women enter menopause each year. Many of these women experience a variety of different uncomfortable symptoms. Even for those who are free of troubling symptoms, this is an important transition time that requires changes in atitudes that match the changes taking place within the body.

Hypno-regression, Does Regression With Hypnosis Work? by George Dimitrov MA
When we look back to how life was almost 20 years ago, many of us were probably living different lives compared with today. Some of us were already practicing psychotherapy or hypnotherapy, others may have heard something about hypnosis, but wondered whether it was real or not.

June 2017

Hypnosis and Fertility by Sjane Hugo, BA, D.Hyp, PGD.Hyp, MBSCH GQHP
How can hypnotherapy improve the IVF experience and increase the chances of success?

Hypnosis & Healing by Marilyn Gordon, BCH, CI
Hypnosis and the Great Work of Transformation

Hypnosis Relieves Symptoms of IBS by Paul Gustafson RN BSN CH
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastro-intestinal (GI) condition with no known cause or cure. Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, cramping, gas, pain or bloating. Symptoms run in cycles lasting for days, months or years.
Hypnosis has been researched for over 20 years and stands alone as the most effective option for long-term IBS relief. Its success rate is consistently 70-95% and relief usually lasts at least two years. (Olafur S. Palsson)

Marketing - Feast or Famine? by Stephen A. Harold
Being a successful hypnotherapist, particularly in private practice, requires a good helping of marketing skills. It is no good being the most effective hypnotherapist in the world if you don”t tell the world that you exist.

Controlling the Body’s Functions with Hypnosis by George Dimitrov MA
As a professional psychologist specialising in psychotherapy and, particularly hypnotherapy, I’ve always been interested to discover how to treat all the possible varieties of unwanted psychological conditions – unrealistic fears, phobias, neuroses, insomnias, pain control, PTSD, depression, postoperative conditions and many more.

March 2017

"Moving On" by Kevin Laye - A  look at Psychotherapy and the demands of the client of the 21st century
The W.H.O. (World Health Organisation) has stated that by the year 2020 the primary global killer on the planet will be ‘stress.’ Stress however, is a ‘dirty’ word and is a real stigma in both corporate and other areas of our life.

Neuroscience gets Serious about Hypnosis by DA Oakley and PW Halligan - Debunking Hypnosis Myths
Oakley and Halligan review some of the recent research carried out by Neuroscientists to explore, model and treat medically unexplained neurological symptoms which have no apparent organic cause.

Your Client's not Talking to You by Jenny Lynn - The Benefits of Developing Your Own Self Awareness
"Do you know how to glide between technique-ing and just sitting with your client? Do you know how to learn about your own blocks and difficulties that the client presents you with? And that if you don’t learn about them, you’ll always meet a block with 'needy' clients?"

What's in a Name? by B Ghandi and DA Oakley - Does Hypnosis by any other Name Smell as Sweet?

"Hypnosis stops being hypnotic when it's described to participants as relaxation", complementing earlier research showing the opposite effect: "relaxation labelled as 'hypnosis' can be hypnotic."

Healing Asthma with Turmeric, Hypnosis, Meditation and more by Dr. Paul Haider - Alternatives to Medication
"Modern medicine would like us to think that medications are the only thing that helps with asthma but that's not the truth."

December 2016

Hypnotherapy: hype or healing? by Rhona MacDonald
Rhoda MacDonald, Editor of the BMJ Careers on-line magazine, talks to Susannah Baron about her use of hypnotherapy, the sceptical views of the majority of the medical profession and some complementary therapists, the lack of good evidence and her own experience of and interest in the techniques.

Treating Nocturnal Enuresis in Children by Lynda Hudson FBSCH
‘Through the ages, nocturnal enuresis has been the most common chronic behavioural problem faced by the paediatrician’ (Olness 1977). Lynda Hudson discusses her process of discovery and history-taking to eliminate the possibility of organic causes, the need for a careful approach to the children and the careful co-operation of the parents that is essntial when using hypnotherapy to treat this issue.

Stress Management Tips by Peter Mabbutt LCCH CEO/Director of Studies
At particular times of year, at certain times of life, stress can build up to a high level if we don't manage it carefully. Peter Mabbutt points out that there is actually a positive form of stress - Eustress - which helps us function effectively, but also offers useful and practical stress-management techniques and coping strategies for the negative forms which can damage physical and mental health.

There’s Actually Scientific Basis Behind Hypnotism by Kelly Tatera
Kelly describes the scientific basis for the seemingly 'magical' effect of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, how the 'Stroop Effect' can be overcome, and also how the measurement of brain activity is altered during hypnosis.

Poor School Performance - Can Hypnotherapy  Help? by George Dimitrov MA
This case study from George highlights the strong, and not necessarily positive influence parental expectation can have on a child's progress.

Musical Composition and the Mind by Christopher Weston
Christopher writes: "I was recently commissioned to compose an hour long composition, a Cello Symphony. Quite a task you might think. ‘And who commissioned you? Where will this work be premiered?’ you might ask: ‘By an eminent hypnotherapist’, I would reply. ‘I won’t be there. It is to be premiered in session.’…"

The Hypnotherapist, September 2016 Issue
September 2016 
The Power of the Imaginaton
by Steve Bowkett
As we all know, one of the basic guiding principles in hypnotherapy is that the mind and body are linked: our thoughts, emotions and physiology are intimately intertwined. This is why many physical issues and problems can be resolved by working with the mind – the conscious and subconscious – of the client, using the very powerful resources of memory and imagination.

Counselling, Hypnotherapy and Your Relationship
by Susan Leigh
Over time, relationships go through various transitions, starting with the intensity of the initial attraction. Gradually passion can lessen as everyday responsibilities and stresses of work, family or friends impinge and place strain on a relationship.

Hypnosis and Pre-and Postoperative Surgery
by Peter Mabbutt, FBAMH
Even when surgery has been successful many patients will enter a period of post-surgical depression. Many factors may be responsible including a continued perception of lost health due to post-anaesthetic nausea, pain, and worry about the healing process ... Hypnosis can play an important role in cardiovascular surgery by helping to create a positive mental outlook for the surgical patient.

Hypnotherapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
By George Dimitrov MA
I have realised over my years of practice that a recurring issue at this particular time of year, in the Autumn/Winter time, is that many of my clients suffer similar symptoms: total physical weakness, negative thoughts, low self-esteem and so on, leading me to consider their cases as due to depression. I would like to share my experience and how I manage the condition.

The Hypnotherapist, June 2016 Issue

June 2016

Putting Them in the Picture
by Steve Bowkett
Steve describes an interesting case which created an opportunity for him to try a different approach, and demonstrates how the exploration of 'issues' etc are not always clear cut.

Hypnotherapy Can Help You Deal with Conflict
by Susan Leigh
Emotions can run high at times of stress, leaving us feeling angry, hurt and disappointed. Susan describes how hypnotherapy can help.

Changing the Effects of Past Experiences - The Steps
by Olivia Roberts
Olivia describes methods of utilising the subconscious to deal with such issues as Post-Traumatic Stress, Pain Relief and the Effects of Past Experience.

Hypnotic Writing
by Clare Mundy
In this article Clare examines the use of self-hypnosis to unleash hidden creativity.

Does Gratitude have a Role in Business?
by Susan Leigh
Setbacks and difficulties are often the ones we learn from most. Susan explains that we should still give ourselves credit and a sense of satisfaction in our achievements.

The Hypnotherapist, March 2016 Issue
March 2016

Psychosomatic Illness & Pain Control via Self-hypnosis by George Dimitrov
This article is a follow-on from George's previous one which focusses on the use of self-hypnosis and provides an example of the use of hypnotherapy in clinical cases.

The Power of Expectation by Faith Waude
When we think we are buying a more effective medication, we often feel better for taking it. This amazing phenomenon is the focus of Faith's article in which she recalls Dave Ellman's mantra: 'want it to happen - expect it to happen - watch it happen'

A Framework for Growth by Geraldine West
'Almost without exception clients want to achieve something - to rebuild a relationship, come to terms with loss ... move on with their lives' Here Geraldine explains how hypnotherapy canplay its part.

The Power of Tapping (EFT) by Ingrid Lang
Ingrid cites two examples of using (and how to use) EFT in this article.

The Best Way to Have a Great Relationship by Susan Leigh
This article is full of useful tips and pointers for reducing pressure and improving time spent together - especially important at peak stress times such as holidays and Christmas...

Mindful Self-Compassion: A Beneficial New Approach for Therapists and Their Clients by Annette Boden
Annette describes how the application of compassion-focussed techniques such as mindfulness improves overall health and well-being.

The Hypnotherapist, December 2015 Issue
December 2015

How Can we Relieve Psychosomatic Illnesses and Control Pain with Self-hypnosis? - by George Dimitrov
What is a psychosomatic illness and why has it become so common nowadays? George asks - and answers - this question in his erudite and in-depth article. He describes the emotional as well as physical responses to stress and how these impact on our well-being.

Working with Resistant Clients - by Mark Tyrrell
3 Tried and Tested Tips on How to Transform Resistance into a Force for Change
Mark offers these very helpful strategies - quoting Milton Erickson's words on the subject of effective trance induction and, surprisingly, referring to the matial art of aikido - as a guide to overcoming resistance by utilising the client's own vital energy.

Case History: Plantar Fasciitis - by Olivia Roberts
In this article, Olivia describes various techniques - 'Restoring Cell Function', 'memory rerun', 'virtual anaesthesia' etc. to reduce and eliminate pain for one of her clients.

Too Many Hypnotherapists? by Dr Colin Barron MB ChB
Colin discusses the trends which have influenced the surge in numbers of hypnotherapists nationwide and the possible future outcome of this progression.

Menopausal Misery Alleviated with Hypnotherapy - by Stuart Downing
"Once a taboo subject, menopause is now being talked about much more openly". Stuart explains how the severity of symptoms varies greatly from woman to woman, describes a study in which clinical hypnotherapy was used effectively to successfully treat even the most severe of symptoms.

The Hypnotherapist, September 2015 Issue
September 2015

A Fear of Hospitals - by Steve Bowkett
Discovering the reasons for a client's seemingly irrational fear of hospitals, Steve helps her resolve deep-seated issues surrounding an incident from her childhood experiences that her conscious mind has no recollection of.

The Effective use of Hypnosis in Obstetrics and Gynaecology - as an alternative to obstetric anaesthesia
by George Dimitrov
In this article, George explores how attitudes to childbirth are influenced by 'scare stories based on relatives' and friends' experiences' and other influences on the stress levels associated with childbirth and how hypnotherapy can enable it to be pain-free without the need for anaesthetics.

Make Unwanted Symptoms Disappear by Olivia Roberts
Olivia describes the techniques she uses - a combination of hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) - to trace and influence the way we can change the way we and/or our clients feel about past experiences that affect physical and emotional responses to new  situations or events.

Using Multiple Techniques in Hypnotherapy by Dr Colin Barron MB ChB
"Hypnotherapists sometimes need a 'Symphony of Techniques' to get the best results". Clients are unique - no two will respond to the same approach in the same way. Colin suggests that several methods in combination can work better than a series of singular treatments.

The Weight of Grief? by Ingrid Lang
The link between grief and weight gain or loss - how hypnotherapy can help.

The Hypnotherapist, June 2015 Issue
June 2015

Professionalism versus Authenticity: Are they Mutually Exclusive? by Jenny Lynn
"What does 'Professionalism' Consist of?" and "What is Authenticity and How do We 'Do' it?" Jenny Lynn asks these and other questions relating to our relationship and performance with clients.

Induction by Bill Bliss
A client who consulted Bill told him she 'didn't want hypnosis - she wanted counselling'. This article describes how he successfully used other non-inductive methods to overcome this issue with not one, but two examples.

Dr Dabney Ewin's COMPISS - an Excellent Diagnostic Tool by Dr Hetty MacKinnon
Here Hetty explains the meaning and use of this 'excellent diagnostic tool' which uses non-verbal responses to access to the client's unconscious mind: C = Conflict; O = Organ language; M = Motivation; P = something from the Past; etc

The Dominant Personality Process by Helen Fogg
This simple but effective process, which was expanded and demonstrated at a recent workshop event held by the HA in London, effectively empowers the client, enabling them to resolve or ease problems with difficult relationships with family members, teachers or bosses who may be having an impact on their life in a negative way.

Medinology - Where Technology and Meditation Meet to Combat Stress by Gary Wimble
The effects of stress can be a killer - so how do we control stress levels? We can be told what and how to do things, but this may be ignored by many of us. In this article Gary describes a recently launched product to assist meditation and calm the brain.

The Hypnotherapist, March 2015 Issue
March 2015

Using EFT to Prepare Witnesses for Trial by Ted Robinson
Ted has been a Criminal Defence Trial Attorney for over 40 years. In his article he provides examples of how the use of EFT has helped calm witnesses - many of whom were the innocent defender in these cases - before intensive trial situations so that they were calm enough to give clear and honest testimony.

Make Your Goals a Positive Experience by Susan Leigh
"It's important to set our goals well or we may find ourselves distracted by other people's agendas, allowing their wishes to hijack our own" Susan writes about how to ensure our goals add value to our lives.

Grief and the Use of Hypnosis by Paola Bagnall
The grieving process is different for everyone, but shares comon factors and stages. This article explores some of the ways hypnotherapy can assist people in dealing with bereavement and loss.

Therapeutic and Investigative Hypnosis by George Dimitrov
George considers the use and legislation surrounding hypnosis and hypnotherapy in countries around the world with particular reference to their use of these valuable therapeutic tools within the criminal and judicial systems.

The Hypnotherapist, December 2014 Issue
December 2014

The Simpson Protocol by Ted Robinson & Ines Simpson
Ted examines the roots of hypnotherapy - from the Esdaile method first used in the mid-19th century by surgeon Dr James Esdaile, referencing Dave Elman's work in the 1950s then going on to explain Ines Simpson's experiments leading to her development of 'The Simpson Protocol', enabling communication with the Super-conscious mind and make lasting changes not previously possible.

Decision-Making for Ourselves and for Our Clients by Geraldine West
"'Six Thinking Hats', the model developed by Dr Edward de Bono is an effective way of enabling our clients to clarify their situation and find the best way forward..."

Achieve What You Want in Life by Michael Dillon
Michael describes how the subconscious mind operates at a much faster speed than the conscious mind and recommends exercises which can be helpful in dealing with deeply ingrained and/or negative beliefs in order to change doubt to a 'can-do' attitude.

Ways to Manage the Stress of Christmas by Susan Leigh
Fretting over the turkey? Dreading the Day? Susan offers helpful strategies for dealing with the pressure of presents, pudding and proximity in this useful seasonal article.

The History of Hypnosis by George Dimitrov
In this article, George explores the roots of modern hypnotherapy - with some surprising insights into its origins and earliest applications. From Ancient Egyptian to Eighteenth century 'charlatans', he charts the progress from religious and ritualistic use through to it present use as a supportive therapy and the struggles to obtain scientific evidence for its acceptance by the medical profession.

The Hypnotherapist, September 2014 Issue
September 2014

The Story Behind the Problem by Steve Bowkett
"The client is the rsource within whom the potentisl for resolution exists. The therapist's role is that of facilitator, to create the opportunity for resolution to occur." Steve's article discusses everyday hypnotherapy, citing two specific cases, in which a 'robust, flexible and pragmatic approach allows the conscious and subconscious to work together.

Tired and in Need of a Good Night's Sleep? by Susan Leigh
"Many of us regularly work from morning till night, cramming every minute full of activity... it's no wonder that we then fall into bed at night exhausted, mind racing..." Susan's helpful tips enable even busy people to find ways of supporting deep, refreshing sleep.

Contraindications for Hypnotherapy by Cathy Preston
Cathy details many of the major potentially dangerous diagnoses -mental illness, schizophrenia, etc - for which hypnotherapy would be the wrong tool to use and when avoidance of this therapy for our clients would be advised.

What it's Like to be an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist by David Corr
David describes how rewarding his role as an Anxiety Uk therapist - "A significant feature is that clients tend to be very committed to their therapy which, not surprisingly, helps foster a good therapeutic alliance"

Clear the Fear by Jenny Lynn
Are unconscious fears hindering you or your clients, hindering you from developing new interests, changing that unfulfilling career, escaping that unhappy relationship - or even developing some nasty disease? Jenny's article discusses these questions and offers solutions to the dilemmas they raise.

The Hypnotherapist, June 2014 Issue
June 2014

Scripted or Spontaneous Hypnotherapy - Which is Best? by Dr Colin Barron MB ChB
In this article, Colin discusses the merits, effectiveness and drawbacks of scripted versus spontaneous hypnotherapy. He also includes references to the many other ways of inducing trance, creating ambience or mood and so on.

Pricing for Success by David Morrice
How do we build a practice and attract clients? David describes his own path to success - including hissteep learning curve and some of the pitfalls.

Eliciting a Trance State by Mark Tyrrell
You've been... building rapport, setting goals but now you're ready to 'do the hypnosis' your client to succumb to the beautiful hypnotic induction. Mark offers "Three intriguing ways to prepare your clients for hypnosis".

When I Click My Fingers - Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis by Rebecca Welch
"Hypnosis is a natural state which we can all use to help ourselves" In this article Rebecca explains and expands on this statement, demonstrating how the use of self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy are inextricably linked.

The Hypnotherapist, March 2014 Issue
March 2014

Success Reframe - 6 Steps to 6 Figures in Superman Tights by Shirley Billson
The common subconscious belief of many hypnotherapists is that you must choose between making great money and helping more people. Shirley Billson shares her insight into how to extend your own perception of what's possible for you, your business, income and life.

What is NLP...? by Hetty Mackinnon
Hetty explains the meaning and theory behind the technique of NNeuro Linguistic Programming and the importance of effective communication in addition to training and experience.

Help Your Clients with Depression by Understanding the 'Cycle of Depression' by Jill Wooton
Rates in the diagnosis of depression have been increasing across the western world. Together with a link to her web page giving a fuller explanation of this and other useful information Jill offers facts about the cycle of depression and practical tips to lift it.