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The Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group

I’m very happy to announce that, from the beginning of November 2017, I have joined the Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group, a national group of practices founded by Shaun Brookhouse in 2003. I will be covering the London South East area for the group, as a hypnotherapist and hypo-psychotherapist.

I will soon be adding the group’s latest booklet to the web site, but in the meantime, here is a short extract from it, explaining a little bit about the group and its members:

"All members of the Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group are dedicated to helping their clients to:

Resolve problems as quickly as possible
Improve their well-being
Improve their mental health
Raise their self-esteem
Strive towards reaching their potential
Be fully functioning authentic, autonomous people

All practices are Evidence Based and we all start from the fundamental training in Hypnotherapy as the means by which we can achieve these aims most effectively. The additional therapies included in this booklet add to this base and may be utilised when appropriate to increase our effectiveness."


All group members are also members of The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness, which operates a comprehensive complaints process to back up its Code of Ethics. They also all undertake regular supervision, continuing professional development and are insured.

The group can be contacted directly by e-mail: info@hypnotherapy.org.uk

J.P. Noble Award

Back in June I attended the annual conference of the National Society for Hypnosis, Psychotherapy & Mindfulness, and was very surprised, and also very honoured to find a dissertation I had submitted to the National College of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy had won the J.P. Noble Award for 2017. The dissertation was titled 'Working with Mindfulness & Hypnosis in Psychotherapy; a challenge and an opportunity', and covered the ways in which mindfulness can inform, integrate with, or work as an adjunct to psychotherapy, and also the similarities, differences and tensions that exist between hypnosis and mindfulness in a psychotherapeutic setting.

A blog post on this subject is probably long overdue, especially as I am increasing finding clients become confused around the similarities of their experiences in mindfulness meditation practices and in self-hypnosis. This is not particularly surprising, as both states tend to be characterised by coming to rest, and turning our attention inwards. However, there is a fundamental difference too: Mindfulness involves an intentional awareness of our present moment experience; we turn towards our experience, however, in hypnosis, we tend to disconnect from some aspects of our present moment experience and become absorbed instead by internal images, or imagined sensations and experiences, or perhaps we visit past or future moments, rather than the present. Quite a substantial difference!

Supporting Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK

I am now an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist, providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries in my work as a hypnotherapist. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body, the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.

Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here: www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk.

Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership.

Anyone who becomes a member of Anxiety UK can gain a number of benefits, one if which is access to reduced-rate therapy services. These must initially be booked through Anxiety UK (see the membership link above).

Alternatively, non-members can access therapy through the charity’s FAST referral service, the details are here: www.anxietyuk.org.uk/our-services/fast

Of course, my services are still available to be booked directly.

Anxiety UK Approved Therapist logo

New web site, new Blog...

So, a new web site comes at a cost. Roughly $99 and a couple of days work. But it also brings the opportunity for a few changes, one of which is a new blog, which should be a lot easier than trying to transfer the old one. This is all happening as it seems a certain well-known search engine was 'punishing' my web site for not being friendly enough to mobile devices; I'll not name them in case they punish me for that too. Aren't near-monopolies great? Anyway, enough whinging, it had to be done, and so far I'm quite pleased with the results.

A few of the more useful posts from the past will probably end up here, especially anything that I know has been helpful to clients.

Back in June I gave a talk at the 2016 Conference of the National Society of Hypnosis & Psychotherapy, the subject was Hypnosis, Mindfulness and Compassion; three areas that overlap in interesting and sometimes confusing ways. Hopefully I'll be adding some posts on that subjects once I get a bit more time to write. Meanwhile, back to tweaking web pages.