Hypnosis in the Treatment of Patients with Anxiety Disorders

Hypnosis plays in important part in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Applying hypnosis allows the patients to reach a lower level of anxiety symptoms. The purpose of the study is to investigate the efficiency of certain therapeutic approaches on the patients who suffer from anxiety disorders. The methods were focused on applying the cognitive-behavioural therapy and applying clinical hypnosis along with the cognitive-behavioural intervention.

Full article available for download here.

Solution-focused practice – A toolkit for working with children and young people

Here is an excellent resource provided by the NSPCC.

This toolkit was first developed by NSPCC practitioners to support themselves and their colleagues in conducting solution-focused work with children and young people aged five to 19.

The NSPCC has been using solution-focused practice with children and young people in our Face to Face service since September 2011. Through this work our practitioners have developed a wealth of knowledge in communicating different aspects of the solution-focused approach to children of varying ages, interests and needs. We have decided to develop and publish this toolkit so that others using solution-focused practice with children can benefit from the collective experience and creativity of our practitioners and the children they have worked with. The toolkit presents ideas for worksheets and activities that NSPCC practitioners have found to be helpful in working with children and young people.

We do not intend this toolkit to be prescriptive or limiting in any way. Each child will have different  needs and interests; therefore, you will want to tailor your practice and any ideas in this toolkit to make them relevant and useful to the individual. Inevitably, the best ideas will come directly from the young person – many of the case examples provided show how young people have brought their own ideas into this work. However, we do hope that the ideas set out in this toolkit will provide inspiration for activities that you may wish to use, adapt or devise for the children and young people that you work with.

Get the whole PDF, for free, here.

Hypnosis and Depression

Depression is a serious and ever increasing psychological problem. It is estimated that approximately 20 million Americans are suffering from depression and this figure is on the increase. Beyond America, the rate of depression is significantly increasing worldwide as well.

A person suffering from depression can impact the lives of many others, by affecting family and friends, demonstrating how, at some point in our lives, we all
will be affected by the disorder either directly or indirectly.

The following article aims to educate the reader on the nature of depression and its treatment, and to review how clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic tool can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression and teach the skills known to reduce and even prevent depression.

Access the PDF, by Michael Yapko, here.

Why people with cancer use hypnotherapy

As with many types of complementary therapy, some people with cancer use hypnotherapy to help them relax and cope with symptoms and treatment.

Hypnotherapy might help some people feel more comfortable and in control of their situation.

People with cancer most often use hypnotherapy for sickness or pain. There is some evidence that hypnotherapy helps with these symptoms. It can also help with depression, anxiety and stress.

Access full article here.

Hypnosis Training, Northampton, 2018

We are pleased to announce the return of our popular Therapeutic Inductions Training!

“THERAPEUTIC INDUCTIONS” is a relatively new approach to hypnotherapy. This method, rooted in Ericksonian hypnosis and solution-focused therapy, uses Inductions as an essential part of therapy, not merely the gateway into hypnosis.

If you’ve ever received hypnosis, or even if you are a hypnotherapist, you’ll recognise the familiar structure of: Induction, Deepener, Therapy, Wake-up. The usual tension felt by therapists is between making sure they are “under” enough during the induction and deepening and then getting to the therapy where the real magic happens. The tension is that the therapist wants to focus on the therapy, to see people change, but ends up focusing upon the induction, because it is felt that if he/she doesn’t do that part properly then none of the rest of it will work.

It is hoped that our training will be incredibly useful for therapists, in helping them move beyond this tension and to focus on the change taking place in their clients, rather than on their own performance. Therapeutic Inductions enable a hypnotherapist to move away from the four-step process above, towards an understanding of inductions as “Therapeutic frame-setters”.


Live Training!

As a therapist, I wish I had discovered these principles years ago! They have revolutionised the way I view, practice and teach hypnosis.

So, after many requests, we are finally rolling out this training in Northampton once again, so that you and your clients can benefit from the Therapeutic Inductions approach.


What you will learn:

* A fresh approach to hypnosis

* An understanding of how and why inductions work

* Waking Hypnosis and why it still uses trance

* Progressive, Rapid, and Ericksonian inductions

* Turn the “standard” inductions into therapy tools

* How to create inductions on-the-fly

* How to tear-up your scripts and learn to read your clients

* Performing impromptu therapy

When & Where?

Saturday February 17th, 2018 at St. Luke’s Centre, Duston, Northampton.


What’s included?

* 1 day of exciting and practical hypnotherapy training

* Hands-on practice sessions

* Free refreshments

* Access to dedicated online resources

* Full course notes


Places are limited so that we can make the most of the time and location – and also to ensure plenty of hands-on practice. This unique 1 day hypnosis workshop is priced at only £79, with £20 off for early-birds. That means, book before Christmas and you get access to this exciting innovation in the world of hypnotherapy for only £59!

You can book now here: https://www.paypal.me/grahamold

If you are a therapist, you’ll wonder why you didn’t learn this earlier. If you’re a hypnotist you’ll value the ability to recognise and utilise trance and create impromptu inductions. And if you are new to hypnosis, you’ll value live training that provides everything you need to know to hypnotise friends, family and clients.

Stop Smoking

Quitting Smoking can be much easier than you’ve ever imagined!

Using Hypnotherapy to quit smoking is a powerful way to kick the smoking habit. In fact, the statistics show that it is twice as powerful as other methods methods – like nicotine gum or patches – because it tackles both the reasons for smoking and the desire for cigarettes.

With Brief Hypnosis, the method we employ to help you stop once and for all works in two simple ways to provide two main benefits:

1. Dealing with the stress and/or other “triggers” that caused you to reach for a cigarette

2. Transforming your attitudes and beliefs about smoking and yourself, reinforcing your desired for a fresh future

Hypnosis has proven again and again to be highly effective for smoking cessation. In fact, studies show that when done correctly the success rate is slightly above 66%. That’s more than double the success rate of patches and gum and 10 times more effective than trying to quit on your own!

You’ve got nothing to lose… and a whole world of smoke-free fresh air to gain!

Solution-focused brief therapy in schools

On the question of the effectiveness of solution-focused therapy in schools, there is an interesting review of outcome literature released by the University of York.

The author concludes:

Despite mixed results, solution-focused brief therapy showed promise in working with at-risk students in school settings, specifically for reducing the intensity of students’ negative feelings, managing conduct problems and externalising behavioural problems.

You can read it here.

Effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy

Here is a useful review of studies regarding the effectiveness of solution-focused therapy.

A total of 43 studies were included in the review, of which 26 were randomised. Participants in the studies were counted as individuals or as families, depending on the study. The total participants per study ranged from six children to over 300 adults.

The author’s conclude:

There was strong evidence that solution-focused brief therapy was an effective treatment, for a wide variety of behavioural and psychological outcomes. It seemed to be shorter, making it cheaper than alternative treatments.

However, there is some commentary to suggest that the authors may have been ‘overly generous.’


Are you in a long-term relationship that could use a lift? Whether it’s parent-child tension, marriage difficulties of work-place conflict, hypnotherapy can help you improve your relationships. It can even help you find success in new relationships!

Occasionally in our lives we can find that our relationships don’t always run true to course. There are many ways in which relationship problems can arise, some examples are;

* relationship issues within marriage
* overcoming problems in a long distance relationship
* friends or colleagues who have had a difference of opinion find they are unable to approach one another to make amends
* disharmony can arise in families with teenagers putting a strain on families
* people may have difficulty in forming new relationships, particularly when they are finding it hard to ‘move on’ from a previous break up
* Fears and problems associated with dating

Often it can be difficult to ask for relationship advice. Whether you are looking to deal with relationship problems or are interested in building successful new relationships, hypnotherapy can help in many ways.

Hypnosis can also help couples facing sexual difficulties. Studies in the late 1990s showed a 75% to 80% improvement rate using hypnosis as a treatment for erectile dsyfunction patients whose impotence was not linked to physical causes.If you or a loved one suffer from premature ejaculation, hypnosis, relaxation and counselling can help.

Through the use of hypnosis, perceptions can be reframed to enable healing of damaged relationships or stabilisation of basically positive and healthy relationships. Hypnosis can allow you to re-appraise key events, to look at situations from a completely different perspective and to gain an appreciation for another’s position. You can recapture lost feelings of love, friendship, romance and commitment, allowing healing to occur in the here and now.

Most importantly of all, hypnosis can help you relate to yourself in healthier and more fulfilling ways. And as you know, how you relate to yourself is the key to how successfully you relate to others.