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23 November 2013
9.30am - 5.00pm


an inter-disciplinary conference

This conference brings together practitioners from different therapeutic backgrounds to consider the role of hypnosis in the development of psychoanalysis and the way in which the two practices operate alongside each other today.

Lectures and discussions will explore the concept of suggestion in both disciplines, the dynamics of transference and the possible disparities between the two disciplines.

Freud’s assertion that “psychoanalysis proper began when I dispensed with the help of hypnosis” led to the replacement of hypnosis with ‘free association’ in analysis. He claimed that hypnosis could provide only temporary remission of symptoms, as it was powerless to overcome the resistance of certain subjects and would prevent successful analysis by suppressing this resistance artificially. But contemporary hypnotherapy remains as popular and efficacious as ever, whether used to quit smoking, conquer phobia or overcome physical pain.

By exploring such issues with leading figures in current hypnotherapy and psychoanalytic practice, we hope to stimulate lively debate and draw new conclusions.


Michael Halton (psychoanalyst)
Introductory Remarks

Ken Robinson (psychoanalyst)
To suggest or not suggest: the complex filiation of hypnosis and psychoanalysis

Shaun Brookhouse (hypnotherapist)
Sometimes hypnosis is just hypnosis: the contemporary use of hypno-psychotherapy in practice

David Morgan (psychoanalyst)
Do you have to be conscious to understand the unconscious?

Charles Caruana (hypnotherapist)
Suggestions: the use of suggestions in the consulting room and in everyday life

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Michael Halton was formerly a part time Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Psychotherapy in the NHS and is now in full time private practice. He is a Psychoanalyst and Senior Member of the British Psychoanalytic Association. He has published papers on Bion, Phobic Attachments, and Clinical Technique. He lectures and supervises at the BPA, BPF, and Tavistock Clinic.

Ken Robinson is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Newcastle upon Tyne, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and its Honorary Archivist. He is a training analyst for child and adolescent and adult psychotherapy in the North of England and Scotland and lectures, teaches and supervises in the UK and Europe. Before training as a a psychoanalyst he taught English Literature and the History of Ideas in University and maintains an interest in the overlap between psychoanalysis, the arts and humanities. He is especially interested in the nature of therapeutic action and the history of psychoanalysis. His latest publications include “A Portrait of the Psychoanalyst as a Bohemian: Ernest Jones and the 'Lady from Styria'” (Psychoanalysis and History), and, edited with Ferenc Eros and Judith Szekacs-Weisz, Sandor Ferenczi - Ernest Jones: Letters 1911-1933 (Karnac Books, 2013). An essay on the nature of psychoanalytic listening (Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Education) will appear soon and he has contributed the introduction to the first volume of the forthcoming collected works of Winnicott.

Shaun Brookhouse began his hypno-psychotherapy practice in 1989 and is Principal of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, lecturing on the subjects of Hypnosis and Hypno-Psychotherapy internationally. He holds the European Certificate of Psychotherapy and the World Certificate of Psychotherapy from the World Council for Psychotherapy. In 2010, he was elected to the position of Chair of the European Association for Hypno-Psychotherapy. He is co-author of Motivational Hypnotism and Hypnotic Coaching.

David Morgan is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Senior Member of the British Psychoanalytic Association, and has been Consultant Psychotherapist at the Portman Clinic for 20 years. He is a training analyst, supervisor and lecturer, and is Consultant Psychotherapist at WhistleblowersUK. He is also a Consultant Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst in private practice.

Charles Caruana is a registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, and a Fellow Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He serves on the Society’s executive committee, responsible for policy relating to overseeing the supervision of practitioners. He also holds the post of Senior Lecturer at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis and since 2000 he has maintained a private practice as a hypnotherapist.

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