That time has come around yet again… When us hypnotherapists of Dorset and Hampshire gather for peer supervision in Bournemouth.

Each meeting we have a guest speaker, we discuss our businesses and client case load and assess our thoughts and feelings on the rationale we adopted when dealing with our clients… All in a strictly anonymous fashion in order to maintain the confidentiality of our hypnotherapy clients of course.

Tonight we welcome former stage hypnotist of 30 years, Jon Chase.

Some people might be inclined to ask me the reasons why I would bring in a former stage hypnotist to a hypnotherapist supervision group. Well let me tell you of one of my key principles in my own hypnotherapy training ethos:

As a hypnotherapist, you ought to be able to demonstrate understanding of both sides of a subject or a theme or an underlying philosophy.

For example, I recently encountered someone trained by a school that specialised in regression therapy. That person was trained very well in regression therapy. However, that person had no understanding what so ever of any counter argument about the efficacy of regression therapy, about related matters of informed consent, of potential retraumatisation, or even of the huge litigation cases in the US in the 19990s concerning false memory syndrome.

The person dug their heels in and defended their understanding to the hilt. It was admirable, but it was also ill-founded and demonstrated limited understanding of the field.

A current student of mine went to a peer supervision group in her locality recently and when she mentioned tasking her client (that is, giving a set of homework tasks to enhance and consolidate the work they had done in a hypnotherapy session, knowledge and application of which should be included in any basic accredited Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma training), another professionally qualified hypnotherapist who never was trained to offer such tasking to clients, said that this was not needed and the client should simply have the session and allow her unconscious mind to make the changes??? That was all that was needed.

The tasking was dismissed because hse had no knowledge of it. She could not argue one side of the argument, let alone two sides. She had no knowledge of it.

It is vital that a competent hypnotherapist be able to understand both for and against notions and key theories surely, isn’t it? I certainly expect nothing less from my students.

So returning to my opening here… many people expect that hypnotherapists simply demonise stage hypnotists and that we all simply read about stooges, trickery and baby-eating when it comes to stage hypnosis. Yet before we readily accept that dogma espoused by many a hypnotherapy training school, why not actually see stage hypnosis in action? Why not hear from stage hypnosists? Why not study what they do and what they know? Why not (God forbid) actually attempt to learn and develop and be better as a result of what they do?


There are many skills that I personally think are incredibly valuable to any hypnotherapist that are used regularly by stage hypnotists.

Now if you add to that the fact that Mr Chase is not only provocative, erudite, hilarious, in league with the devil, someone I have learned a great deal from over the years… Then we are going to have a fabulous evening tonight.He is someone whose personal advice has been invaluable to me, with whom I have publicly debated and argued with, someone who is incredibly valued by me.

If you are a hypnotherapist based in the Dorset or Hampshire area and want to come along to our GHR peer supervision evening this evening, we are at the Marsham Court hotel and will be starting at 7pm… There is a paltry fee to cover room cost (£3.50) and you won’t get that kind of value for money anywhere else when developing and furthering your understanding in this field.