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Hypnotherapy is amongst the oldest phenomena known to man.


Over 4000 years ago in ancient Greece and Egypt, people visited sleep temples for healing through prayer and various forms of suggestions. More recently, the origins of modern hypnosis were founded in the 18th century, when James Braid (1795-1860), a doctor practising in Manchester, promoted and developed the process of ‘hypnotism’. Many years later saw Milton Erickson (1901-1980), a now world-renowned, hugely creative and innovative hypnotherapist, publish many papers and books in support of the therapeutic use of hypnosis, still used today. 


Erikson and others before him found that it’s during this relaxed state of hypnosis that the mind is most open and receptive to learning new ways, new possibilities, change, transformation and seeing a different perspective. The individual remains in total control and could stop the session at any time.


All hypnosis, therefore, is effectively self-hypnosis and the hypnotherapist facilitates and guides the client’s thoughts in the direction that they wish them to go, to enable their transformation to take place.


Significant Dates in Hypnotherapy History


  • 1892: The British Medical Association (BMA) approved hypnosis as a genuine therapeutic agent “frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments.”

  • 1925-1947: The use of hypnosis in dentistry was developed in the U.S.

  • 1955: The British Medical Association again issued a statement supporting the usefulness of hypnosis as a form of therapy.

  • 1958:

    • The Catholic Church accepted hypnosis as legitimate therapy.

    • The American Medical Association issued statements supporting the usefulness of hypnosis as a form of therapy.

    • The American Psychological Association (APA) approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals.

    • British Hypnotherapy was founded.

  • 1962: A brain operation was performed under hypnosis in Indianapolis.

  • 1968: The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis was founded, exclusively for medical doctors and dentists.

  • 1996: A National Institutes of Health panel recommended the use of hypnosis for a variety of issues.

  • 2010 October - GP and Practice Team Bulletin, the Department of Health circulated the following information:


    ‘GPs are asked to recommend patients who are seeking complementary therapies to consult with practitioners who are registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), where it registers the professional discipline concerned...’


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