The National College’s regular Course Tutors are all graduates of the National College, and thus able to empathise (and sympathise) with students under tuition. They are all experienced therapists, members of the National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness with considerable teaching experience, the majority with formal teaching qualifications. This background facilitates a pastoral and supervisory relationship with their students, in addition to the Tutorial role. They are not full-time employees of the National College, but are paid for teaching undertaken on a contractual basis. Brief biographical details of Course Tutors follow:
Shaun Brookhouse began his hypnotherapy 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 Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision from the University of Derby, 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.
Additionally, he is a NLP Master Trainer. Shaun has been UKCP registered since 1996 and was a former Hypno-Psychotherapy Section delegate, Section Chair, and Ordinary Member of the UKCP governing board. In 2008, he was re-elected to the Chair of the Hypno-Psychotherapy Section with an automatic seat on the Board of Trustees.
Shaun was one of the first two hypnotherapists to earn the externally accredited Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma . He is also the co-author of Motivational Hypnotism (ISBN 0-9544604-1-3) Building a Successful and Ethical Therapy Practice (ISBN 0-9544604-0-5) and Hypnotic Coaching (ISBN 0-9544604-1-3).
He has received the following awards for his work for the world-wide profession:
Honorary Fellow, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, (2018)
Rexford L North Memorial Trophy, The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2004)
Hartland Memorial Award, National Council for Hypnotherapy (2005)
International Visionary Award, National Guild of Hypnotists (2005)
Ormond McGill Chair, National Guild of Hypnotists (2006)
President’s Award, The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2002)
Hypnosis Journalism Award, The National Guild of Hypnotists, USA (2003)
Hypnotherapist Sealah Award, Induction into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame (2001)
Pioneer Award, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (2003)
Honorary Service Award, International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association, USA (1995)
Hypnosis Research Award, American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (1997)
Special Commendation Award, Centre Association of Psychotherapists (1998)
Alison is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and a graduate of the College. She received the J.P Nobel Award for her dissertation which examined the importance of considering and understanding clients’ physical health and symptoms in contemporary and ethical hypno-psychotherapy. In her private practice Alison has a particular interest in the mind-body connection and working with medically unexplained physical symptoms. Alison has an MA in Leadership and more than 20 years experience of working in the arts and charity sectors supporting positive change with some of the most marginalized people and communities in our society.
Stuart is a graduate of the College having received a distinction at both stages 2 and 3, in addition to the College’s Founder’s Award for Stage 2 and J.P. Noble award for Stage 3.
As a Lawyer, he was a trainer to both under and post-graduates and a mentor to trainees in the transition from student to successful practitioner for over 20 years.
He is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist through his private practice Talking-Cure.
Stuart is a firm believer in the value of ongoing education and is currently studying an MSc in Mental Health Psychology with the University of Liverpool.
Fiona holds an MSc in Medical and Health Sciences (Existential Psychotherapy) from the University of Sheffield. She is the co-author of a number of books as well as courses. Currently(2016), she is the Chair of the UKCP Education, Training and Standards Committee as well as being a highly regarded clinical practitioner and supervisor.
Fiona is the Managing Director and Director of Student Support at the National College and brings over 23 years of clinical experience to her classes.
Alan has been full time in hypno-psychotherapy, NLP training and corporate education and conflict resolution since completing his role as project director of the Sydney Olympic stadium and CEO of the public entity that owned the largest Olympic stadium ever built. When not in the clinic (where he spends 70% of his time) Alan is an in demand presenter on the professional speaking circuit, having represented Australia in international professional speaking in 1997.
David is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. He took his first hypnotherapy training in 1982 and undertook numerous further training courses through the 80’s and early 90s including: Practitioner Diploma in NLP with UKTC and NLP Master Practitioner with PPD – being trained by some of the leading NLP developers (including Robert Dilts, Gene Early, David Gordon and Christina Hall).
He also trained extensively with Stephen Brooks in Ericksonian psychotherapy. However, his most memorable and valuable trainings were with the incomparable Stephen Gilligan and Dave Dobson.
From the early 1990s to the mid 2000’s David put his practice on the back burner and founded one of the UK’s leading qualitative research agencies – specialising in public engagement and deliberative research. He conducted many high profile projects for government and NGOs including the National Debate on GM Crops, public understanding of stem cell therapy, breaking down barriers to inclusion, and tackling racism in the workplace. In the mid 2000’s David returned to the therapy world and finally (after much blood, sweat and tears!) achieved UKCP registration in 2011. He is also a trained EMDR therapist and specialises in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and dissociative states.
Geoff is a registered medical practitioner, having worked as a GP from 1973-1995 before leaving the role 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 hypnotherapy on a private basis. He is UKCP Registered and a specialist in PTSD.
Dr Daniel Nightingale (affectionately known as Dr Dan) is a leading UK Clinical Dementia Specialist now based in the US. He is also an author, writer and speaker, and a world leader in the use of hypnosis for people living with dementia. This follows his groundbreaking research with Dr. Simon Duff, which has led to the development of a training program for clinicians in this specialized therapy. Dr. Dan is founder and CEO of Dementia Doctor (UK), co-founder and CEO of Dementia Therapy Specialists (US) and Co-Founder and CEO of Dementia Care Plus (US)