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Hypnotherapy Supervision: Providing Hypnotherapy Supervision and Psychotherapy Supervision face to face or via SKYPE. Since 2001. Evidenced based practice. 

Supervision is an essential part of therapeutic practice. Shaun co-wrote the first nationally accredited course in hypnotherapy supervision to further solidify the importance of clinical supervision in hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy supervision and supervision for psychotherapists in accordance with the regulations of the UKCP, NSHP, NCH, HA, GHR, and HS. I conduct hypnotherapy supervision on an individual one to one basis or groups of 3-5. I also employ Skype and telephone supervision for those who cannot see me at either my Manchester or London practices. I follow the following code of ethics and practice for my hypnotherapy supervision practise. I have been a recognised and practising clinical supervisor since 2002, I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision from the University of Derby and co-wrote the first nationally accredited hypnotherapy supervision. Most if not all professional societies in the hypnotherapy and psychotherapy fields expect practitioners to undertake clinical supervision for their professional hypnotherapy and/or psychotherapy practices.  Below you will find some information regarding the model of hypnotherapy supervision which I created known as the APT Model of Supervision.

Hypnotherapy Supervision in Manchester

Hypnotherapy Supervision Models which I employ

In order to understand my supervisionary model, I have taken its base components from established models of supervision: Solution Focused, Bernard’s Discrimination Model, and Integrative Models. Obviously, it would not be appropriate to utilise all of the elements for each model as this would make my supervisionary model too complex to manage. At this stage, I would like to briefly outline the elements I use and those I do not use within my supervisionary practice and show my methodology in the choices I have made:

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Supervision

This model is based on the works of Milton Erickson, William O’Hanlon and Steve de Shazer. One of the key philosophical positions of this model is that the supervisee has all the necessary resources that he/she needs in order to assist their clients to reach some kind of therapeutic resolution (Fowler et al 2007 pg30). The key elements that I employ in my supervision from this model are:

This is a particularly effective way for supervisees to recognise that the answer to most issues relating to their clinical practice is already within themselves and not provided externally by the supervisor (O’Hanlon & Weiner-Davis 1989 pg40)

“What will be a small sign, something you might notice this week, that will tell you that things are looking up for you in this area?”(Kowalski & Durrant 1990 October 1990)

The effectiveness of questions like this allows supervisees to begin to focus on solutions for their challenges rather than examples of how things are still difficult for them.

There are a couple of techniques which are used in solution focused supervision, which I either do not use or incorporate into one of the above listed. These are:

Bernard’s Discrimination Model:

This is considered an “a-theoretical” model of clinical supervision (Bernard & Goodyear 1992 pg23). I find this a useful position to adopt within my clinical supervision work, primarily because I supervise different therapists from various modalities. By being a-theoretical, I am able to utilise my skills as a supervisor from a neutral position so that I am able to work with the variety of modality specific psychotherapists I work with. There are two key components of this model that I incorporate into my model:

I choose not to employ the following within my model:

Counselling function: This is where a supervisor acts in a counselling role with supervisees in assisting their awareness with their own blind spots as well as when there is some kind of unconscious attachment to the client’s issue (Leddick 2001). The primary reason that I do not employ this function is that I believe that there must be clear boundaries in supervision and that there are three distinct roles I have: therapist, supervisor, and teacher. These roles must be kept separate and distinct lest there be issues with professional boundaries which can cause difficulties for both myself as a supervisor and my supervisees (Inskipp & Proctor 2001 pg 7)

Integrated Developmental Model:

The Integrated Developmental Model of supervision holds that the supervisee is in a continual state of growth (Worthington, 1987 pg 188). This state of growth is often described in two types of metaphor: Organismic and Mechanical. My preferred method of explanation is using the organismic metaphor, in that all organisms have a beginning, middle and end. The same is true for therapeutic and supervisionary relationships. There are three overriding structures identified in this model of supervision which I utilise in their totality (Stoltenberg & McNeill 1997 pg185):

The APT Model of Hypnotherapy Supervision (Clinical Supervision) (Attitude, Process and Tools)

I have synthesised the above components into my model of hypnotherapy supervision which I call the APT Model of Supervision. APT stands for Attitudes, Processes and Tools. The model breaks down as follows:




Within this model of hypnotherapy supervision, some or all of these components are used in order to assist the supervisees work through the issues that he/she brings to each session. In addition to APT, an essential element to the model is the foundation or grounding of both myself and my supervisee. Within the diagram these are represented by the islands. Additionally, the core conditions are represented by the sea, which form the basis of my clinical and supervisionary work.

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Berg, I. K.& Miller, S. (1992) Working with the Problem Drinker: A Solution Focused Approach. New York: Norton.

Bernard, J. M., Goodyear, R. K. (1992). Fundamentals of clinical supervision. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Biddle, F. & Brookhouse, S. (2006). Hypnotic Coaching. Loughborough. UK: UK Academy Press.

Biddle, F. & Brookhouse, S. (2005). Motivational Hypnotism. Loughborough. UK: UK Academy Press.

de Shazer, S. (1988). Clues: Investigating Solutions in Brief Therapy. New York: Norton

Dryden, W. (1992). Individual Therapy: A Handbook. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

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Inskipp, F. & Proctor B. (2001). The Art, Craft and Tasks of Counselling Supervision Part 2. Twikenham: Cascade

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Kowalski, K & Durrant, M (1990, October) Exceptions, externalising and self perception: A clinical map, Presentation made to AAMFT, Washington DC

Leddick, G.R. (2001) CYC Online: Supervision Models, Issue 24, January 2001 ERIC Digest [Online]. Available at: (Accessed: 5 February 2010).

Milne, D (2009) Evidenced-Based Clinical Supervision: Principles and Practice, Chichester: BPS Blackwell

O’Hanlon, W. and Weiner-Davis, M. In Search of Solutions: A New Direction in Psychotherapy. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.: New York 1989

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Stolenberg, C.D & McNeill, B.W (1997) Clinical supervision from a developmental perspective: Research and practice In Watkins, C.E.(Ed) Handbook of psychotherapy supervision, New York: Wiley

Thomas, F.N. (1990, October) Solution Focused Supervision, Presentation made to AAMFT, Washington DC

Thomas, F.N in Miller, S.D et al (Eds) (1996) Handbook of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, San Francisco: Jersey Bass

Worthington, E. L. (1987). Changes in supervision as counselors and supervisors gain experience: A review. Professional Psychology, Issue 18, pp. 189-208.

Brookhouse Hypnotherapy Manchester has been helping people just like you to make significant improvements 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:

 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