Conference 2013

The 5th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference will be held on the 8th and 9th June 2013 at the Mercure Hotel (Grand Hotel), Granby St, in Leicester LE1 6ES.  A one day seminar on innovative psychotherapeutic interventions will be held on the Friday before the conference. To book, click HERE

For mini-interviews with presenters, click on their names in the schedule below!


5th Annual International Hypno-Psychotherapy Conference

"The Summit"

8-9 June 2013,

the Mercure (Grand Hotel), Granby St Leicester LE1 6ES

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. Alumni and students of National College are entitled to a discount of 10%.

On Friday the 7th there will be a one day masterclass on innovative psychotherapeutic interventions presented by Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle 


Why Leicester?

Leicester is easily accessible from most places. It takes only one hour and nine minutes from St Pancras International in London, and train fares are from £11 each way. So from central London it takes almost the same time as it would take to get to Heathrow!

Leicester train station connects to many other major cities directly too, such as Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Sheffield, Leeds, York, Peterborough, Cambridge and Norwich

Road access is simple via the M1 or the M69 and both East Midlands and Birmingham airports are easily accessible with good public transport links. The Grand Hotel has a car park and is just 500m from the train station.

Why not bring your partner or family?

Leicester has a lot to offer including the National Space Museum, many other museums, the brand new Highcross shopping centre and fantastic food: especially from the Indian sub-continent. You can also get a train to Alton Towers! More information is available here.

Book your place at the conference online by following this link.

Watch Alan Patching (Principal of National College (Australia)), discuss Conference 2013 HERE

Timetable (subject to change) CLICK NAME FOR PRESENTER INTERVIEW

Friday 7 June


Masterclass with Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle: Ten Innovative Psychotherapeutic Interventions.

Saturday 8 June    
Time Presenter Topic      
10.20-10.30 Shaun Brookhouse  Welcome
10.30-11.30 Lisa Wake  En-Trancing Attachment – the Potential of Attachment Repair Through the Unconscious Relationship    


11.30-11.45 Coffee      
11.45-12.45 Jane Flint Working with Victims of Domestic Abuse    


12.45-2 Lunch      
2-3 Alan Patching How to Ethically and Effectively Gain Corporate Clients



3-4 Kay Barwick Sexuality    


4-4.15 Coffee       
4.15-5.15 Student/Graduate Presentations    


7 for 7.30 Formal Dinner      

Sunday 9 June


9.30-10.30 Geoff Ibbotson Medical Issues and Psychotherapy      
10.30-10.45 Coffee      
10.45-11.45 Pamela Gawler Wright Advanced Deconstruction of "The Trauma Resolution" protocol    


11.45-12.45 MJ Maher The Power of Therapeutic Storytelling and Metaphor      
12.45-2 Lunch      
2-3 Peter Stratton How Research Can Be an Easy Way to Make Your Therapy More Effective      
3.15-4.15 Shaun Brookhouse Motivational Hypnotism: An innovation in hypno-psychotherapy      

Speaker Biographies:

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  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 2010, he was elected to the position of Chair of the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. In 2009, Shaun retired from the Chairmanship of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section of UKCP, but is still active within the Section.

Lisa Wake, After starting her career in NHS clinical practice as a nurse, Lisa moved into NHS management in 1992, until she left to commence her own shared business in 1997. Using NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) as a launch pad, Lisa has developed extensive experience as a Coach, Facilitator, Change Agent, Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor. Now a Master Trainer of NLP, Lisa is also accredited by the UKCP as a neurolinguistic psychotherapist and has an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice focusing on the applied psychology of NLP. Lisa is currently studying towards a PhD in Psychology at Surrey University. Lisa is a former Chair of UKCP as well as a published author of Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy – A Postmodern Perspective, Routledge; The Role of Brief Therapy in Attachment Disorders, Karnac; NLP: Principles in Practice, Ecademy; the Clinical Effectiveness of Neurolinguistic Programming: A Critical Appraisal, Routledge (in press)

Jane Flint. has17 years counselling experience in short and long term therapy in private practice, the NHS and voluntary sector. She has an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy and MA in Integrative Counselling and is also a qualified counselling supervisor. In addition to psychotherapy and counselling, she works as a trainer, group facilitator and a management consultant.  She has special interest and professional experience in the areas of domestic abuse and gender variance.

Kay Barwick is a well qualified and accredited therapist and coach, living in West London. she has more than 25 years experience in helping people change their lives for the better. Her career experience in both the Arts and in Business, together with my extensive professional training enables her to work with clients in an integrated way. She gets results by drawing on her skills in the fields of coaching, counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, thought pattern management (TPMTM) and neuro linguistic programming (NLP).

Prof Alan Patching The Principal of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (Aust.) Alan Patching, is somewhat typical of NCHP-UK graduates in that he moved from a different career path into hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. His previous career was in project management of major projects, and even during this phase of his life he passionately pursued his interest in the science of human behaviour.Alan's clinical practice is on the Gold Coast, and he is a Professional clinical member of the Australian Hypnotherapists' Association. His practise covers a wide range of client issues with an emphasis on two areas - factors (anxieties, phobias etc.) affecting performance in business and sport, and women's issues. In the latter arena he has developed his own hypnotherapy for birthing programme called Hypno Birth Rite, and has recently been appointed the Australian Regional Director of the world wide Hypno Fertility Foundation. He is an adjunct professor at Bond University Australia

Pamela Gawler Wright is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist who has taught on UKCP Accredited trainings since 1994. As Director of Training, Pam created the Contemporary Psychotherapy qualifying training as a much needed qualifying path for today’s psychotherapist who wishes to align with the best contemporary approaches to psychotherapy within a pluralist framework for a diverse society. Qualified by UKCP in two different modalities herself, Pam is a champion of integration of the combined wisdoms of different psychotherapy traditions into a 21st Century paradigm. Pam is also External Moderator for the Institute for Transactional Analysis and a long serving member of the UKCP Ethics Committee. She is a guest trainer for several other institutes, has presented at numerous conferences and events for organisations such as UKCP, BACP and ITA. Pam is particularly known for her exposition of Ericksonian Psychotherapeutic principles and is a celebrated story teller with two published CDs of therapeutic storytelling. She is a frequent and sought after writer who is published in many trade and other publications. Her training is renowned for being creative, fun, challenging and within a safe environment, bringing together tremendously diverse groups into harmonious and uplifting shared experience. Pam runs a busy East End of London psychotherapy practice and continues to push the boundaries of current psychotherapeutic understanding to serve more clients better.

Geoff Ibbotson is a Registered Medical Practitioner – and commenced work as a General Medical Practitioner in Rochdale in 1973.  During his time working in General Practice in Rochdale he  developed a particular interest in management of psychological problems and asthma management, becoming deeply involved in these pursuits over the last 15 years in general practice. This involved lecturing extensively on asthma management and clinical outcome audit. The use of hypnosis in his Rochdale practice from 1990 enabled him  to help individual patients and run group sessions, developing techniques in order to use hypnosis and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) in a group setting. These groups involved a very successful mix of behavioural and hypnotic approaches in order to help people to lose weight, stop smoking, manage stress and a wide range of other problems.

In 1995 he left his General Practice career in order to develop his interests in the applications of hypnosis, chest medicine and medico-legal work working for fourteen years as a Psychological Therapist  in the Primary Care Unit of the Mental Health Trust at Fairfield Hospital, Bury, as well as doing hypno-psychotherapy on a private basis at his Littleborough consulting room. He has  co-written a book on smoking cessation “Smoke Free & No Buts” ISBN number 1-899836-20-9 (Crown House Publishing).More recently He has contributed a section in a book “Hypnosis, Dissociation & Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Marcia Degun-Mather ISBN 0-470-01945-X.

M.J Maher 

MJ Maher was born in Zimbabwe. She trained as a teacher and taught at Chitsere Government School in Harare. She also worked as a manuscript evaluator and as a school radio lesson script writer. Later she became an editor for Zimbabwe Publishing House. In 1988 MJ came to the United Kingdom to train as a psychiatric nurse, subsequently training as a group analyst. She worked for NHS for twenty-three years as a psychiatric nurse and a group psychotherapist facilitating therapy groups and staff groups. MJ has extensive experience of working with residents with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder and of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Currently she is building a private practice offering individual, couple and group psychotherapy in London Bridge, Croydon and Bletchingley. MJ teaches and facilitates experiential groups for trainee counsellors and students from two training institutions.

MJ wrote a book published by Karnac titled ‘Racism and Cultural Diversity: Cultivating Racial Harmony through Counselling, Group Analysis and Psychotherapy,’ (2012). Sir Richard Bowlby Bt described it as ‘an outstanding contribution which clearly reflects the insights of my father….’ and Professor Ian Parker from Manchester Metropolitan University describes it as an impressive book and ‘a serious attempt to change the psychoanalytic world.’ MJ will read some of the metaphors from this book.

Prof. Peter Stratton is Professor of Family Therapy at Leeds University (the first person in Britain to hold such a post) He is the Chair of the Research Faculty of UKCP and the Research and Development Officer of the Association for Family Therapy. 

Suggestions for accommodation:

Suggestions for accommodation (the conference hotel):

NB: some of the hotels below will be significantly cheaper! (.68 miles) (.25 miles) (.49 miles) (.2 miles)

Room finding sites which may be CHEAPER than booking direct


By train from London,, 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.