This is a basic timeline and introduction to the history of hypnosis from ancient times to the present day. It provides a brief overview of some of the most influential figures in the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and a brief description of their role and importance.
Donald is a writer and trainer, with over twenty years’ experience. He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and and classical Greek and Roman philosophy.
Donald is the original founder of The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, setting up in 2003 under the name Hypnosynthesis.
Donald developed the evidence-based hypnotherapy approach taught in the College. He also has been instrumental in the further integration of hypnosis with CBT – both via the training courses of the College and his publication: The Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. He passed the College along to Mark Davis in 2013.
Previously Donald was a registered hypnotherapist (GHR) and a UKCP and EAP registered hypno-psychotherapist. He specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive-behavioural and evidence-based approaches to hypnotherapy, philosophical approaches to therapy, and the treatment of anxiety. He has over 15 years’ experience of teaching and clinical practice both as a hypnotherapist and as a schools counsellor in London. Donald has designed self-help materials as part of a clinical research project commissioned by Defra on the use of stress management techniques and hypnotherapy for noise-related stress.
Donald continues to develop his work in bringing Greek Stoic philosophy into daily application in the 21st century.
Donald’s website is here: https://donaldrobertson.name
Donald now lives in Canada.
Donald Robertson’s Publications:
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius (2019)
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness (2013), part of Hodder’s Teach Yourself series
Build your Resilience (2012), part of Hodder’s Teach Yourself series
The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Hypnosis (2012)
The Philosophy of CBT: Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010)
The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid (2008)
Donald’s Website: https://donaldrobertson.name
Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=D9kUdfAAAAAJ&hl=en
Posts by Donald Robertson:
Posts by Donald Robertson
An Announcement from Donald Robertson Most of you probably already know that my wife, Mandy, and I are emigrating to…
Link to a new article providing a simple modern (plain English) introduction to Stoic philosophical practice by Donald Robertson, that’s attracted a huge internet response on our other blog.
Brief review of scientific research on clinical hypnotherapy, excerpt from The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (2012) by D. Robertson
This article outlines some uses of Progressive Relaxation applied to worry and anxiety, based on Edmund Jacobson’s original research. It contains some example exercises for relaxing the muscles employed in speech and vision.
In 2006, Steven Jay Lynn collaborated with the Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das, and two other researchers, in an attempt to explore the possibility of combining elements of Buddhist mindfulness meditation practice, cognitive therapy, and hypnosis, drawing on recent research in cognitive psychology. This post briefly summarises and comments upon their article.
This article outlines the protocol for Applied Relaxation, based on the work of Ost and others.
This short article outlines the role of self-monitoring and self-awareness training in cognitive-behavioural approaches to relaxation training, such as Progressive Relaxation and Appliedd Relaxation.
Brief article discussing modern relaxation techniques derived from Edmund Jacobson’s Progressive Muscle Relaxation or “tension-release” approach, used in CBT.
This short article discusses the wide variation in results from hypnosis for smoking cessation and the inadequacy of scripted direct suggestion and hypnotic age regression methods compared to multi-component approaches, i.e., cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy.
Books by Donald Robertson of The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.
The Philosophy of CBT is a book by psychotherapist Donald Robertson about Stoicism and modern CBT and REBT, published in August 2010 by Karnac. This brief post links to the book online and some other relevant resources.