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Manchester Hypnotherapy

History of Manchester Hypnotherapy

James Braid - Hypnotherapy Manchester

James Braid 1795 – 1860 The Father of Modern Hypnotism


Many of my clients are surprised to learn that Manchester is the spiritual home of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Scottish surgeon James Braid, coined the phrase hypnosis or neuro hypnosis whilst in practice in Manchester. In an attempt to discredit the Swiss Mesmerist Charles Lafontain, Braid determined that whilst there were physical manifestations to the Lafontain demonstration that magnetism was not present. This lead Braid to investigate the phenomena he witnessed and the study and practice of hypnotherapy was born. Braid was to lecture at  the Manchester Athenæum and write his seminal work  Neurypnology or the Rationale of Nervous Sleep a mere 2 years after his hypnotic discovery in 1843.

Braid is still considered an inspirational figure within the clinical practise of hypnotherapy. One who was inspired by Braid was the co-founder of the famed Nancy School of Hypnosis Joseph Pierre Durand de Gross. As well as the British physician and author J Milne Bramwell who wrote extensively on Braid as well as his own seminal work Hypnotism It’s History, Practice and Theory in 1903.

In honour of Dr. Braid, in 1997, a group of hypnotherapists got together to form a discussion group to discuss the various aspects of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The James Braid Society meets monthly in central London and it has been my pleasure and privilege to have lectured to this society several times since it’s founding.

Research Evidence for Hypnotherapy

There is a large body of evidence which shows the effectiveness of hypnotherapy as a therapeutic modality, I have included on this page some examples of the research currently being undertaken. This is to inform you better that hypnotherapy in Manchester is based in good quality research evidence.

Hypnotic approaches for chronic pain management: Clinical implications of recent research findings. MP Jensen, DR Patterson – American Psychologist, 2014

Hypnosis and Cognition JF Kihlstrom – Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research,  and Practice, 2014 – Hogrefe & Huber

Hypnosis and psychotherapy: From Mesmer to mindfulness.JP Green, JR Laurence, SJ Lynn – … : Psychology of Consciousness Theory, Research, and Practice, 2014

Enhancing lives: a positive psychology agenda for hypnotherapy T Guse – South African Journal of Psychology, 2012

Cognitive hypnotherapy: A new vision and strategy for research and practice A Alladin – American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 2012 – Taylor& Francis

The Effects of Encoding in Hypnosis and Post-Hypnotic Suggestion on Academic Performance Nicholas Jacobson , Sam Kramer , Amanda Tharp , Salvatore Costa and Phillip Hawley Truman State University , USA American Journal of Clinical HypnosisVolume 53, Issue 4, 2011, pages 247- 254 Published online: 03 Oct 2011

Cognitive hypnotherapy with bulimia M Barabasz – American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 2012 – Taylor & Francis

The above examples are only a very small sample of recent research studies undertaken using hypnotherapy. It is important to understand that the approaches I utilise when working with clients are evidenced based, so you can be sure that you are in safe clinical hands when working with me whatever issue you present with.

Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Manchester has been helping people just like you to make significant improvements with insomnia and sleep issues in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life. If you would like more information, please contact me at or call 0161 881 1677 for an appointment in Manchester or simply to find out more about clinical hypnosis.

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Manchester Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Services:

I have utilised hypnosis since 1989 for the treatment of a variety of psychological and emotional issues such as:

This listing is by no means exhaustive. For full details of what hypnotherapy can be effective in treating, click here for a full list of conditions treatable with hypnosis.

I am recognised by AVIVA, PruHealth, and WPA for psychotherapeutic referrals.

If you want to ensure that I am the right therapist for you, please either email me at or call me on 0161 881 1677 and I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. I offer a no obligation consultation giving you the chance to determine whether I am the right therapist for you. You may also find that reading my code of ethics, practice agreement, my about me page, and/or my CV page will help to give you a better idea of what to expect if you consult me.

Manchester Hypnotherapy:

 Manchester Hypnotherapist Shaun Brookhouse

I see clients online (remotely) or in my comfortable and discrete Victorian Consulting Rooms in Whalley Range, Greater Manchester. 3 Miles from the City Centre of Manchester (easy access from Chorlton, Stretford, Didsbury, Sale, Altrincham, Withington, Stockport, Knutsford, Salford Quays and Cheshire). There is free off street parking. Mine is the longest established Hypnotherapy Practice in South Manchester. I also provide sessions via Zoom, SKYPE WhatsApp or FaceTime if you cannot attend sessions at my practice.

Manchester Psychotherapist

 Manchester Hypnotherapist Shaun Brookhouse

Unlike most hypnotherapists, I am also a qualified Psychotherapist for over 30 years. The skills I acquired as a psychotherapist assists the hypnotherapeutic process considerably and helps my clients gain new insights into the potential causes of their issues. This is still done in a brief, solution focused manner.

Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic StStressIn recognition of the knowledge, experience, training and education in working with survivors of traumatic events and/or crisis management, Shaun was granted Diplomate Status within the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Hypnotherapy Supervision

Hypnotherapy SupervisionSince 2001 I have been providing supervision for hypnotherapists in Manchester as well as throughout the UK. Sessions can be face to face, one to one, groups or on Zoom, WhatsApp, SKYPE or FaceTime. I provide supervision in accordance with the requirements for practitioner registered with UKCP, NSTT, NCH, NCPS and HS as well as other professional bodies for hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.

Clinical Traumatology

Clinical TraumatologyI have recently completed a specialist certification programme in Clinical Traumatology in order to assist my clients with PTSD more effectively. Trauma work requires specialist training beyond a practitioner's initial training.

After Dinner Speaker

Shaun Brookhouse, International Speaker and PresenterI have presented courses, seminars, after dinner speeches and workshops in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and the Far East on various aspects of hypnosis and psychotherapy. To date, I have presented over 50 programmes at international hypnotherapy and psychotherapy conferences around the world. If you want a dynamic and entertaining after dinner speaker, get in touch.

Where to Find Us

Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Manchester

10 Mayfield Rd
Whalley Range,
Manchester, Greater Manchester M16 8FT
United Kingdom (UK)
Phone: 01618811677
Additional phone number: 07498210342

Opening Hours

Monday8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 7:00 PM