9th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference

The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy


in association with the

The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness

National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness


Conference 2017

The 9th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference will be held on the 10th and 11th June 2017 at the Grand Hotel Leicester (Mercure), 73 Granby St, Leicester LE1 6ES.  A one day master class will be held on the Friday before the conference (9th of June 2017).

To book to attend the conference, click HERE

To book to attend the master class click HERE

The conference comprises two days of top class presentations from experts in the field of hypno-psychotherapy. The cost (to include the conference and a formal dinner on Saturday) is £200 (Early Bird Rate £180). Alumni and students of National College and members of the National Society are entitled to a discount of 10%. On Friday the 9th there will be a one day masterclass presented by Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle entitled “Innovative Inductions”.

Master Class: Innovative Inductions

Many of our students, graduates and members get very familiar and comfortable with one or two hypnotic inductions and may or may not recognise the benefits to be gained in having a range of techniques at their fingertips to improve the quality of their client work.

Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle have over 50 years of clinical experience between them and will share with you ten innovative methods for inducing hypnosis. You will get to practice them all and develop confidence in their use.

To hear Shaun and Fiona talking about the masterclass click HERE

Conference Schedule

Saturday 10 June
Time Presenter Topic
10.20-10.30 Shaun Brookhouse Welcome
10.30-11.30 David Corr The Functional Processes of Change

To hear David talking about his presentation click HERE

11.30-11.45 Coffee
11.45-12.45 Joy Reeves Why Mindfulness?

To hear Joy talking about her presentation click HERE

12.45-2 Lunch
2-3 Paul Hughes “Dammed if you do. Dammed if you don’t”. Working with Religiosity and Scrupulosity

To hear Paul talking about his presentation click HERE

3-4 Zenobia Nadirshaw  Making the Invisible Visible: Therapeutic Alliance  with Vulnerable Groups

To hear Zenobia talking about her presentation click HERE

4-4.15 Coffee
4.15-5.15 Jigsaw Delegate participation session
7 for 7.30 Formal Dinner
Sunday 11 June
9.30-10.30 Adelle Venn Tourette’s Syndrome. How can hypno-psychotherapy help?

To hear Adelle talking about her presentation click HERE

10.30-10.45 Coffee
10.45-11.45 Martin Pollecoff Unlocking the secrets of the Selves

To hear Martin talking about his presentation click  HERE

11.45-12.45 Students/graduates Research presentations
12.45-2 Lunch
2-3 Gordon Buky Webster Quick desensitisation techniques to deal with unpleasant memories and minor trauma: what’s new for the hypnotherapist

To hear Gordon talking about his presentation click HERE

3-3.15 Coffee
3.15-4.15 Shaun Brookhouse Is there still a place for regression in hypno-psychotherapy?

To hear Shaun talking about his presentation click HERE

Speaker Biographies:

Shaun Brookhouse Principal & Chair National College of Hypnosis and PsychotherapyShaun Brookhouse began his hypno-psychotherapy practice in 1989 and has been in continual full-time practice since then. He earned Graduateship Diploma (First Degree Equivalent) in Counselling and Hypnotherapy from the City and Guilds Institute of London, a Masters Degree in Education Studies (Researching the development of training in Hypnotherapy 1971-1998), Liverpool John Moores University, a PgCert in Clinical Supervision from Derby University, a CertEd from Manchester University in which the assessment was based in part on the course he designed in clinical hypnosis, an Associateship Diploma from the College of Teachers and Licenciateship in Training and Development from the City and Guilds Institute of London  Additionally, he is a NLP Master Trainer and the UK’s second recipient of the European Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis (ECCH) from the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. Shaun also holds the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) from the European Association for Psychotherapy and the World Certificate of Psychotherapy (WCPC) from the World Council for Psychotherapy. Shaun has been UK Council for Psychotherapy registered since 1996 and was a former Hypno-Psychotherapy Section delegate, Section Chair, and Ordinary Member of the UKCP governing board. In March 2008, Shaun was again elected to be Chair of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of UKCP with a seat on the Board of Trustees. Additionally, in 2012, he was elected to the position of President of the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. In 2009, Shaun retired from the Chairmanship of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of UKCP, only to again be re-elected in 2016. Finally, he is also the President of a national group of independent private practices The Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group

Gordon Webster
Gordon Webster gained an MSc in Psychology from Leicester University and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was latterly trained in management consultancy and rose to Partner with PA Consulting Group. He delivered assignments in many parts of the world including USA, Australia, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Africa, Costa Rica, Scandinavia, Switzerland and most other European countries. His book on project leadership “How to Manage Projects at Work” published by Gower, was translated into Spanish and Russian. As a volunteer, for over 10 years he worked with young offenders taking part in restorative justice initiatives. He was one of the first in the England to Chair Referral Order Panels where offenders meet their victims and families. He was also a Samaritan and helped with the training of inmate Listeners in a number of London prisons. On retiring from management consultancy in 2011 he commenced training with the National College and is now registered as a hypno-psychotherapist with UKCP. Formerly commissioned in the Royal Marines Commando service, he was awarded the Sword of Honour and Commando Medal and saw active service in Northern Ireland. He volunteers with his former Corps seeking ex-Royal Marines retired from service who need help with the after effects of combat.

A musician, Gordon sings with the London Philharmonic Choir; is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, with his wife; they have two grown up daughters.

David Corr

David Corr is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.  He took his first hypnotherapy training in 1982 and undertook numerous further training courses through the 80’s and early 90s including: Practitioner Diploma in NLP with UKTC and NLP Master Practitioner with PPD – being trained by some of the leading NLP developers (including Robert Dilts, Gene Early, David Gordon and Christina Hall).

He also trained extensively with Stephen Brooks in Ericksonian psychotherapy.  However, his most memorable and valuable trainings were with the incomparable Stephen Gilligan and Dave Dobson.

From the early 1990s to the mid 2000’s David put his practice on the back burner and founded one of the UK’s leading qualitative research agencies – specialising in public engagement and deliberative research.  He conducted many high profile projects for government and NGOs including the National Debate on GM Crops, public understanding of stem cell therapy, breaking down barriers to inclusion, and tackling racism in the workplace.  In the mid 2000’s David returned to the therapy world and finally (after much blood, sweat and tears!) achieved UKCP registration in 2011. He is also a trained EMDR therapist and specialises in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and dissociative states. His fascination with the Functional Processes of Change has been gestating since around 1984.  Whether it has been worth the wait remains to be seen!

Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes graduated from the University of Cambridge with an Honours Degree in 1993. He spent several years working as a care assistant, helping a variety of different people

Paul was trained by the NCHP and received the Jon Beilby Prize and Founder’s Award when he was a NCHP Student

He is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Professor Zenobia Nadirshaw is the Head of Psychology at Kensington & Chelsea PCT and is Professor at Thames Valley University, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences. She is a senior qualified practitioner with thirty years experience working in the National Health Service in learning disabilities, influencing service planning, service provision and service delivery issues at local, regional and national level.

Zenobia has impacted the professional education of Clinical Psychology and Nursing in Britain in terms of incorporating ‘race’ and culture issues into professional educational curriculum and developing core competencies, knowledge and skills in training, selection and recruitment of multi professional groups. With a speciality in learning disabilities, Zenobia is the national assessor for the Division of Clinical Psychology / Department of Health for Consultant Clinical Psychology posts.

She has been involved in different Committee of the British Psychological Society as well as the Division of Clinical Psychology and is Trustees of several Charity Organisations including The Mental Health Foundation. She is a Governor of the London Metropolitan University and is also a Chief Examiner at Leicester University, Department of Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Studies.

Prof Zenobia Nadirshaw has been invited to Department of Health Committees chaired by the Health Ministers to advise them on Ethnicity and Mental Health as well as Learning Disability Issues and Mental Health issues. Zenobia is an experienced public speaker researched and published widely drawing attention to ‘race’, difference and diversity and its effects in relation to social inequality and exclusion as it applies to Women`s issues, people with Learning Disabilities and people with mental health problems.

Zenobia Nadirshaw has published widely in the field of `Rae` and Culture and her name is now synonymous with the field, She won the Equality of Opportunity Award from the British Psychological Society and a seminal text that she co edited was awarded the accolade of The British Medical Association Book of the Year Award in 2001. She sits on several Editorial Boards of Professional Journals and acts as a Reviewer for Publishing Companies.

Adelle Venn

Adelle Venn is a graduate of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. She started out in her career, working with autistic children and those with acute behavioural difficulties. She also provided support for families who were affected by abuse or domestic violence. Throughout her training, Adelle continued to mentor offenders, addicts and vulnerable members of the community, whilst they participate in govt welfare programmes across Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire + Buckinghamshire


Martin Pollecoff is a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor, in private practice, as well as being the current Chair of UKCP.  He holds a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute (Middlesex University) and a Masters Degree in Change Agents Skills and Strategies from Surrey University.

He started out my psychotherapy career in working in drink and drugs – sorry ‘- Alcohol and Substance’ abuse,  in a clinic in Wrexham,  a one-time mining town on the Welsh English border.  He soon realised that much of what he learned at college did not apply. The psychoanalytic coldness and distance that he offered was of little use to the people he was seeing.   The clients were mostly men and they were far more sensitive to ‘shame’ than his female clients.  Most had been sent to see him (often by their solicitors in the hope of lighter sentencing) and had little intention of actually doing the work.  And so he set out to create a therapy that people wanted to do, one where they felt valued, welcomed, so that they look forward to coming to therapy.

Joy Reeves

Joy Reeves has taught and worked within care for over 20 years, writing accredited courses,  coordinating ,  assessing and externally moderating,  the High National diploma of nursing, counselling.

She was assaulted at work 15 years ago which caused a stable health condition to deteriorate. After many tests the medical team said that there was no more that could be done. Occupational health would not allow her to work and she could not take a senior lectures position she had been offered. she lived with constant chronic pain, on morphine patches Amitriptyline and a cocktail of other drugs. Joy was invited to attend the C.B.T. Pain tool Kit course, after finishing the course she continued working with the team. 10 years ago Joy was attending, a physiotherapy conference when she was introduced to Vidyamala Burch the Founder of Breathworks and this was the start of her mindfulness journey that altered her life forever.

Through mindfulness practice she has a different philosophy on her life, although her condition is still deteriorating, she is on no medication, She has lost eight stone and her life gets better each day!  Joy speaks to and teaches both doctors and health care professionals on how a mindfulness practice can change your life. She is a qualified Breathworks trainer and has worked with them for over 8 years. She has taught the online course in over 22 countries in the world as trainer and mentor, she is an associate of Breathworks and a supervisor of mindfulness trainers, She also has her M.C.B.T. which is recognised by N.I.C.E.

Leicester Grrand

Suggestions for accommodation (the conference hotel):


NB: some of the hotels below will be significantly cheaper!

 http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3061-ibis-leicester-city/index.shtml (.68 miles)

 http://www.premierinn.com/pti/hotelInformation.do?hotelId=28718&iscsell=true (.25 miles)

 http://www.belmonthotel.co.uk/ (.49 miles)

http://www.leicestercitycentrehotel.com/ (.2 miles)

Room finding sites which may be CHEAPER than booking direct







By train from London,  http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/EMTrains, St Pancras International to Leicester is a journey of approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes (on a train that doesn’t stop in between). Make sure you book two singles; you can get good deals that way, from £20 single.

By plane: East Midlands airport

Take the skylink bus to Leicester. This takes 53 minutes and they run approx every half hour. A single costs £6.80

By plane: Birmingham airport

Take the train from Birmingham International (connected to the airport by a monorail) to Leicester, changing at Birmingham New Street. This takes about 1 hour, 20 mins and a single is (at time of writing £12.90).

Leicester train station is 500m from the hotel:

Turn right out of the train station and continue down London Road.

Go through the underpass.  Continue down Granby Street.

The Mercure Leicester hotel is 350 metres on the left hand side.

By road,from the M1 (junction 21) and the M69 junction 21 off the M1

The M69 leads into the Junction 21 roundabout.

Follow the A5460 towards Leicester.  After BP petrol station, pull into the right hand lane in readiness to turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Upperton Road.

Follow signs for the City and after about a mile you will come to a T-junction, with the Royal Infirmary on the left and the Tiger’s Rugby ground ahead.

Take the right-hand lane and follow the traffic to the left.

Follow the signs for the railway station and turn right at the next set of traffic lights.

Take the left-hand lane to turn left into Tiger’s Way, follow the sign for the railway station.

Go through three sets of traffic lights and the railway station is on your right-hand side.

At the fourth set bear left into Granby Street.

Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and left again into the Mercure Leicester hotel car park.

From A50 North (M1 Junction 22)

Follow signs for A50 Leicester (Northgate Street), which turns into Highcross Street as you approach the city centre, then turn left into Vaughan Way passing the St Margaret’s bus station on your right-hand side.

Continue in the right-hand lane and proceed over the flyover.

As you approach a roundabout, stay in the right-hand lane and take the third exit on to St George’s Way.

Continue past three sets of traffic lights (Leicester Mercury Building on the right-hand side).  At the fourth set of traffic lights turn right into Charles Street.

Take the first left into Northampton Square and at the T-Junction turn right into Granby Street.  Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and left again into the Mercure Leicester hotel.


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