Hypnotherapy Training Scotland, UK Sep 2019

Hypnotherapy Course Scotland – 16th September 2019

Hypnotherapy Training Scotland

There’s much more info on the website -see HypnoPerth main Training page The key dates for the hypnotherapy training Scotland course are on the Content & Dates page and the Prospectus can be downloaded from here. Practical course 12 days starting 16/09/2019.

Course presenter – John Moonie

John brings a wealth of experience not just in hypnotherapy (in professional practice for 16 years), but also from senior management in a world-wide IT company. He was closely involved in implementing top-rated international quality systems to commercial developments. He brings this to bear in the high-quality excellence of this course. You’d expect to have the confidence to go out and help clients from all walks of life deal with problems and performance improvements, which is exactly what this course was designed for.  John believes in keeping the cost of getting this skill and experience to an affordable course fee level.  Course attendee numbers are kept low deliberately to give proper supervision and help. Note that for NHS staff there is a 10% discount and a prompt full-fee payment discount of 10%. Full fee £1700 (£200 booking deposit + £1500 balance 2 weeks prior to start).

Hypnotherapy Training focus

  • Learning at an appropriate ratekeeping it straightforward and building confidence
  • Training in the various methods of hypnosis from simple suggestion to indirect (Ericksonian) methods
  • Then once you master how to hypnotise – how to apply this powerful therapy to many problems or things people want to improve
  • Do case studies beyond the 2-week practical course to consolidate your knowledge and expertise – with proper supervision
  • How to get and retain clients – another skillset you have to know
  • Keeping each stage a fun experience too – new skills can go with good humour!

Students from all parts of the UK

Scottish students who have obtained the diploma have mainly been from

  • Aberdeenshire
  • Argyll
  • Ayrshire
  • Borders
  • Dundee & Angus
  • Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Fife
  • Glasgow area
  • Perthshire and Kinross
  • Stirling and Central Scotland

Some are from London (1 with a practice in Harley Street), Manchester and south of Spain, so all are welcome, not just those from Scotland.

Decide and do it now – book now while there are places!

You may have thought about doing a hypnotherapy course but for various reasons and excuses just put it off. You can do it, but you do have to do it! Maybe it’s a change of career or just to acquire a valuable skill. There is a limited intake of students to this course for reasons of proper supervision both on the practical course and after when case studies are taken on.

You can book this course on the main website at Book Now!

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Sleep and Brain Wave Entrainment

A different look at levels of (un)consciousness

We’re aware of 2 basic modes of consciousness –

  • conscious – aware of surroundings, aware of thought and action to greater or lesser extent

  • unconscious or subconscious – to varying degrees not aware or unaware of these things – subconscious can vary from not lightly unaware of something e.g. not being conscious of your left foot until I mention it or not aware at all such as deep sleep or “out of it” by drink or drugs or trauma (knocked-out).


So looking at these different levels from a hypnotic viewpoint we tend to look at things from a fairly simple conscous/subconscious viewpoint. This is normally fine in a hypnosis sense but sleep demands more categories. This is where things get a little bit more complicated and defined in terms of “brain waves” – if you were to use an eeg machine (electro-encephelogram) this would show different frequencies which the brain operates at for different states of consciousness.

Sleep Cycles

There are between 4-6 sleep cycles per night each lasting around 90 mins or so – more details information is here https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/between-you-and-me/201307/your-sleep-cycle-revealed

Gets complicated but who said analysing your brain was easy?! There are 5 “stages” in each cycle, the first 4 of which are non-REM (NREM) or Non Rapid Eye Movement sleep and the 5th is REM sleep which is the stage in which we dream. The link above gives more detail about what these stages are.


A key factor is the frequency at which your brain operates in each stage and biefly these can be summarised as (where Hz – Hertz is a measurement of brain eletrical cycles / second)

  • Beta 12- 38 Hz – wide awake state
  • Alpha 8-12 Hz – awake/relaxed e.g. just before sleep and just after awaking
  • Theta 4-8 Hz – light sleep/deep relaxation
  • Delta 0.2 – 4 Hz – deep, dreamless sleep, healing and resetting, not conscious; can have an effect of migraines, fibromyagia, chronic pain and blood pressure.

Brain Wave Entrainment (BWE)

This is where sound can influence the frequencies you can see above. If a recording starts at Beta level and gradually goes on to Alpha and so to Theta then Delta, the brain follows or is “entrained” by the sound. so someone listening to a recording which goes through these stages should find their brain automatically following the frequencies and if played when resting ready for sleep will most likely find themselves fast asleep without realising it and at the deep healing level. 

Working in conjunction with hypnosis to find the source of the insomnia and alleviating that the BWE recording quickly helps to re-establish a good sleeping pattern. Insomnia tends to be the mind/brain’s way of alerting someone to something they haven’t dealt with but is important to them. That can range from PTSD at a serious level to some niggling relationship or work problem which they have tried to ignore but the subconscious mind and brain processes are rarely fooled for long! 

A case of M.E. (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

The client in this case has had ME for a considerable period of time and nothing she has tried so far has lasted. I sent her an MP3 recording with a BWE track to get more delta sleep which has proved useful in the past. “I am definitely better with mp3. It rocks”. She is able to monitor the amount of deep sleep she achieves on a nightly basis and that has gone from 2-3 minutes to 80-90 minutes hence her enthusiasm. So clearly the effect on her autonomic nervous system has been useful. The range of problem delta sleep may help with is probably greater than the above list. This trial is still in progress but seems so far to be reducing unwanted symptoms.

Other cases have been to improve sleeping patterns and stubborn cases of insomnia and again the reported results have been encouraging.

Hypnosis used in pain relief

Hypnosis Pain Relief

Headache pain




Hypnosis – a couple of articles here from the press submitted by a GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register) member Michael O’Sullivan relating to the current use of hypnosis in pain relief and some of my own experiences in this area.

A French hospital used hypnosis to block pain in 150 cancer surgeries

And another from the USA (Hamilton, USA not Scotland) from Dr Jeffrey Ennis who has published a book on the subject.


Also another article from the Daily Telegraph illustrating the power of hypnotherapy to achieve anaesthesia for what would normally require a local or general anaesthetic.


Historically mesmerism was a form of hypnosis used to achieve from partial to complete anaesthesia well documented by Dr James Esdaile in “Mesmerism in India – and Its Application in Surgery and Medicine” published as early as 1846 and then hypnosis itself was employed in dentistry and medicine.

I have used mesmerism with e.g. severe migraines and hypnosis for back pain- sometimes severe and on a scale of 1-10 around 9 reducing to a more bearable 2 or 3. In the field of dentistry major problem for pracititioners can be that of gagging or oversensitivity in the mouth and throat which means that treatment is effectively stopped until the problem is overcome. This can be done with a combination of suggestion therapy and self-hypnosis to desensitise the area so the dental practitioner can gain access either by insertion of fingers or instruments. This can be very severe so I have examples of patients who had not had treatment for up to 15 years. Needless to say sometimes unless great care was taken with dental hygiene this can result in multiple fillings and probably extractions. Then the problem becomes one of – does the patient accept dental pain relief by injection or can they accept it at all? Normally it can take several sessions to deal with this but makes an enormous difference to both patient and practitioner.


Fear of heights hypnosis?

Fear of heights

Fear of heights? This photo sent in by a client of mine proves that hypnotherapy can be rapid and effective. He was about to go on a skiing holiday but had difficulty walking along a mountain ridge even without snow and had experienced difficulty in dealing with the impression he might give to his kids and possibly pass on this fear. This could extend to travelling in a clear-sided lift or elevator if they were with him. On his skiing holiday recently in North America this is where he got to with his friends courtesy of a helicopter-

fear of heights overcome on snow-covered mountain ridgeYou can make out their ‘landing zone’ and the tracks of a previous skier going downhill to the right of the picture.

Email from my client


Thanks for your help. I can categorically say that it has a positive effect on my ability to function at height. I attach a picture of me on a ridge in ******* after having been dropped there by Helicopter.
The trip has proved to be more extreme than I imagined but I have been fine.
A million thank yous.


How we got there

Typically in the past this form of height phobia has taken anything from 1 to 3 sessions to get the person confident again to deal with being high up somewhere from the milder cases where the fear was of climbing up a steep hill gradient to more difficult situations like a fireman faced. In this case he took 2 sessions, the first of these being a straightforward suggestion therapy session with an MP3 recording to use at home and the second being a fairly practical session using principles and techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with Hypnosis and some ‘homework’ to test out. His own homework above shows promise!

Woman hypnotises chicken

It was just a throwaway comment on my recent Dip.AH course in analytical hypnotherapy here in Perth, but I mentioned to one of the students that chickens can be hypnotised by holding their beak to the ground and drawing a chalk line away from the beak. Result is that the chicken focuses on the line which effectively hypnotises it.

Croad Langshan henThe lady in question said, “PS It seems Croad Langshan hens are indeed hypnotisable!
She stared in a dazed way in front of her for quite a few seconds, long enough to slowly release her head.”

The Croad Langshan is an ancient and rare breed originally from Northern China and in the UK since late 19th century.

Not quite part of the curriculum but a bit of a switch on the usual fear of clients becoming chickens as in stage shows.

So we can now add to dogs and cats being susceptible!

by John Moonie


Smoking Costs Money and Health!


Intro by author Laura Chapman – “It is probably right for most experts to concentrate on the health benefits of quitting smoking. Stopping at any age can reduce the health risks associated with the habit from developing and can make people feel both healthier and happier in the long run. Yet one benefit is often overlooked and that one is financial. Consider how much you spend per week, per month or per year on tobacco and cigarettes, consider how much tax is heaped on top of that, and imagine how much could be saved. A 20 a day smoker could save £2,900 a year on average if they quit the habit. That’s definitely something to consider. ”

Find more specific hypnotherapy information about stopping smoking on Hypnoperth article – Stop Smoking, Start Living– a light/normal habit can usually be stopped with one session.

Pets relax with hypnosis

  1410l0015Never thought I’d post something with a cute cat photo but here it is! One of my client who has been doing the hypnotic gastric band therapy has reported her cat has now developed a liking for my Easier Weight Loss CD. My client listens to this as she falls asleep and the cat now jumps on to the shelf where she keeps the CD player and when the track starts playing, settles down and goes to sleep. This is further to my earlier post about a client’s restless puppy calming down as she played the Relaxation and Confidence CD! As far as the cat owner knows her pet has not lost any weight yet, even if she has.0445l2085

by John Moonie


Welcome to HypnoPerth blog


Welcome to the HypnoPerth blog, written John Moonie, hypnotherapy training director, HypnoPerth by John Moonie. As you can see from the Hypnoperth site I offer hypnotherapy along with a number of CDs and MP3 downloads.

And as a leading provider of Hypnotherapy Training in Scotland a course in diploma (practitioner level) training,

What I aim to offer in the blog is a more personal insight into various things to do with hypnosis and the problems or opportunities it can help with. Some are better known than others – e.g. smoking cessation, weight loss and so on. Less well known is its effect on things that are sometimes suprising like pain control, migraines and insomnia.

I’m always open to suggestions as any good hypnotist should be and if you have something you think I can explain better, please leave a comment.

by John Moonie