The 11th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference will be held on the 8th and 9th June 2019 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 (7th of June 2019).
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 £220 (“First Thirty” Rate: £198). Alumni and students of National College and members of the National Society are entitled to a discount of 10%. On Friday the 7th there will be a one day masterclass presented by Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle in which they will share the secrets they have learned over their joint 56 years in practice.
In June 2019 Shaun will have been in practice for 30 years and Fiona for 26. In that time they have learned many things about what works, what doesn’t, about clients and about life in general. At this very special, and NEVER TO BE REPEATED Masterclass they will share their secrets with you. The Masterclass will not be recorded and there will be no handouts… the only way to get the information is to attend!
|Saturday 8 June|
|10.30-11.30||John Monk Steel||Integrating TA, Energy Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy working with Trauma|
|11.45-12.45||Deni Gordon Jackson||What we can learn from Systemic Psychotherapy when working with Individual Adults|
|2-3||Alan Patching||Resource Therapy|
|3-4||Nick Turner||Working with Sex Addiction|
|4.15-5.15||Denise Hutchinson||Working with Neurological Conditions|
|Sunday 10 June|
|9.30-10.30||John Lawrence||Everyday Miracles|
|10.45-11.45||Gordon Buky Webster||Image Transformation Protocol|
|2-3||Karen Cunningham||Weight Control|
|3.15-4.15||Shaun Brookhouse||ALL NEW Magical Metaphors|
Shaun 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. He also holds a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. 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. Shaun is also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Finally, he is also the President of a national group of independent private practices The Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Group
Sharon Mustard has been in full time private practice as a Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and Life Coach for 22 years. Prior to this, she gained extensive experience in the field of mental health: working within Social Services, National Health Service & voluntary sector. As part of her private practice, for the past 7 years she has also managed the counselling service for Godolphin Boarding and day school for girls in Salisbury Wiltshire. Sharon is UKCP Registered and holds the Child Marker. She is the founder and director of easibirthing®. she has been training women and their partners for over 19 years in using Hypnosis for Childbirth, Fertility & Post Natal Mental Health.
In addition to her Childbirth private courses, since 2006 she has had a contract with Salisbury District Hosptial nhs Trust maternity services whereby she is funded to teach women, partners, and teenage mums-to-be; but also midwives and health care support workers to support individuals using these methods. The easibirthing® model had been specifically designed, in consultation with midwives, to reflect birthing methods in the UK. In partnership with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, she also trains Hypnotherapy practitioners throughout the UK to specialise in all three of these areas. Details of CPD courses for Hypnotherapists can be be found at
Ludwig Esser is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist who’s main areas of work cover anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, relationship problems, depression and abuse. He also works with issues of infertility and sexual problems. He is certified in the use hypnotherapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a registered and certified hypnotic fertility practitioner. He has been working since 2006 in private practice and volunteering with a local holistic cancer charity.
He is a fully qualified hypno-psychotherapist registered with the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (NRHP).
Mark Widdowson is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. He is a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford and lives in Manchester, where he also has a small psychotherapy practice.
He is a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford. Mark provides clinical supervision for other psychotherapists and counsellors across the UK and Europe. He has taught on several M.Sc programmes in TA Counselling and Psychotherapy throughout the UK and Europe. He is a former member of the ITA’s Training Standards Committee and is also an International Expert for the Training Accreditation Council for the European Association for Psychotherapy- visiting, inspecting and advising psychotherapy training institutes throughout Europe. Mark has a Ph.D with the University of Leicester, For this he researched the process and outcome of TA psychotherapy for the treatment of depression.
Melanie Phelps is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist) & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)) offering a professional private and confidential service. For adults, couples and teens / youths.
She offers CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) integrative psychological counselling, psychotherapy, and clinical hypnotherapy, for every day issues (negative relationship patterns & problems,tragic grief & bereavement, stress & burnout, anger management, confidence, self esteem, childhood abuse, rape & assault, emotional distress, chronic fatigue, workplace and school bullying) as well as mental health issues (anxiety, panic attacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) obsessive compulsive disorder OCD, phobias, eating disorders, compulsive overeating).
Richard Nicholls is author of “15 Minutes to Happiness” which is taking Amazon by storm. He is a UKCP registered Hypno-Psychotherapist working from 3 practices in the Midlands.
As well as working as a one-to-one therapist, Richard is also known for his iTunes number one reaching podcast series “The Richard Nicholls Podcast”
He has been interviewed in many magazines and radio programmes about the psychology and behaviour behind happiness and was awarded the Hypnos award for services to the profession by The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.
Lynn Martin: Lynn Martin MSc. MA. is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Child Psychotherapist with over 25 years experience of working therapeutically with children and young people. She is also a Certified Transactional Analysis Pychotherapist, Certified Integrative Trainer and Supervisor and an Accredited member and supervisor of the National Council for Hypnotherapy.
Zayna Ratty is an NCHP trained integrative Hypno-Psychotherapist with experience in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversities (GSRD.) She runs a private practice, primarily based in Oxford. She is a trustee of an LGBTQIA+ mental health support charity called Oxford Friend and a community liaison Officer for Oxford Pride. Through her public speaking in educational establishments and conferences, she aims to raise awareness of our profession and educate people of conventionally taboo issues surrounding sexuality and gender. Following her experiences of delivering educational presentations, she has begun to formulate her own range of educational literature tailored for schools and workplaces on the use of sexuality and gender terminologies. She continues to develop psychotherapeutic interventions specifically for our ever evolving sexual landscape.
Dr Geoff Ibbotson worked as a full time General Medical Practitioner from 1973 to 1995 and then as a part time psychological therapist working for a Mental Health trust from 1996 to 2010. He has experience in working as a trainer in stress management, personal development, communications and hypnosis for organisations including a global pharmaceutical company, Mental Health trusts and Universities. He provides psychological treatment for those suffering from trauma and PTSD and a very wide range of other problems. Additionally, Geoff provides medico-legal reports both for injuries and also on psychological issues. He is UKCP and BSCAH Accredited.
Prof Sarah Niblock is the Chief Executive Officer of UKCP and has had three decades of experience as a journalist, broadcaster and has a doctorate in psychoanalytic theory. She was most recently professor and associate dean at University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design and she has published research on media, trauma and ethics.
Sarah is passionate about mental health and psychotherapy. She was born and raised in Merseyside to a single mum, and has seen the importance and effects of therapy and positive social change.
Sarah also has a strong background in regulation and ethics, having been on the quality assurance and standards committee of the National Council for the Training of Journalists for nearly a decade.
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Room finding sites which may be CHEAPER than booking direct
from London, 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.
Take the skylink bus to Leicester. This takes 53 minutes and they run approx every half hour. A single costs £6.80
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).
Turn right out of the train station and continue down London Road.
Go through the underpass.Â Continue down Granby Street.
The Mercure Leicester hotel is 350 metres on the left hand side.
The M69 leads into the Junction 21 roundabout.
Follow the A5460 towards Leicester.Â 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.
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).Â 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.Â Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and left again into the Mercure Leicester hotel.
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