The earliest known healing use of Hypnotherapy was by the Ancient Egyptians, and described in hieroglyphs.
Much later, a Frenchman called Charcot who was in charge of so called ‘hysterical’ patients in a French mental institution, (actually suffering from an unusual form of epilepsy undiagnosable at that time) noticed that he could put them into a form of trance, which appeared to help them relax and even improve. He developed this over some years and Freud came to study with him for a time. Freud however, was not good at hypnotherapy and dropped it in favour of the psychoanalysis he later became famous for.
In the early 1800’s in Britain, a Scottish GP named James Braid based his work on the ‘Common Sense Psychology school’, which required a scientific, evidence based approach. He had little time for the entertainment style of Anton Mesmer’s stage hypnosis, after whom the word mesmerising was named. Dr. James Braid is now justifiably becoming well known again after many years of being overlooked, as a leader in the field, and is a heavyweight in the study and modern origins of Hypnotherapy, with several serious books to his credit.
An American named Milton Erickson is often described as one of the founders of modern hypnotherapy in the 20th century. He became a professional psychologist as an adult, after becoming fascinated by, and making close observations of his large family’s behaviour when bed-bound as a teenager with polio. His empathy with clients was renowned, and he had a gift of seeing where their problems really stemmed from, and finding effective and original solutions.
Erikson’s polio caused more problems in late middle age, after which he was confined to a wheelchair. Even this could not stop him continuing his practice however. He also, fortunately for us, wrote many books, and was only too pleased to share his considerable knowledge and abilities with others, such as Richard Bandler and John Grinder, which assisted them in formalising the language system known as Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
I, along with others such as Paul Mckenna, have been inspired by the above people. As was Richard Bandler, who co-founded Neuro-Linguistic Programming with John Grinder. They studied Virginia Satir, who pioneered family therapy work, and Milton Erickson, as they worked with their clients, sometimes for considerable periods of time. As Milton later said, they showed him what he had been doing all along without knowing he was doing it.
Carl Rogers, who instigated Person centred Counselling, maintained that trust, respect and unconditional acceptance between therapist and client, was the single most important factor in gaining a successful outcome for the client.
Aaron Beck developed what he called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, author of “Mind over Mood, changing the way you think” and many others. He Encouraged clients to change their thoughts in order to allow them to change their behaviour. Many others, including his daughter, have followed his lead. She has also written books on the subject, including the successful “Mind over Matter”.
Dr Roger Callahan developed Thought Field Therapy (TFT). This is one of the Meridian therapies, and uses the same energy principles as Acupunture, Acupressure and Shiatsu. He originally trained as a psychiatrist, but became disillusioned with the 3% recovery rate of his patients, which colleagues told him was acceptable (Placebo’s generally have a better rate than this). He decided to research until he found a more successful system, which he named Thought Field Therapy. He also trained as a hypnotherapist, and maintained an interest in this, however he preferred to use TFT as he found it faster.
Two other therapies I use, are Psy-Tap (Psychosensory Techniques and Principles), a meridian therapy, and V-Cart (Visual Coding and Repatterning Techniques. V-Cart uses modern discoveries of Neuro-science as to how the brain encodes information, in order to detach the emotion from the memory, until only the memory remains, whilst letting go of the distress attached to it. These techniques were both founded by Kevin Laye, a Harley Street Therapist, whom I trained with to become a Practitioner.
Kinetic Shift is also in my toolbag, and is based on energy work, and first developed by Karl Smith, who specialises in PTSD, having suffered from it himself. You may wonder which method will suit you? Rest assured, I will quickly find out which is the most appropriate treatment for you and your issue. No two clients are the same, no two sessions are the same, and I will very likely use a combination of skills in order to assist you to greatest effect. I will never do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, and my clients almost without exception, leave smiling and feeling better than on arrival.
All of the above techniques are useful, and may be used by myself in any combination, for the benefit of my clients. You will be taught how to continue using them for as long as you wish in order to maintain your progress.