Archive report of meeting
Thursday 24th October 2019
Past notice
Graham Gorman

It was just over a year since Graham Gorman had presented his first talk to the James Braid Society on the "unrecognised power of hypno-regression when he returned in October 2019 to deliver his second.

Both presentations were memorable occasions for several reasons, the most obvious being the breadth of knowledge and understanding he was able to bring the subjects plus the clear, informative nature of his talk.

  Graham Gorman
Graham Gorman

has been involved with hypnotherapy for more than 35 years following his retirement as an engineering scientist and technical director with Racal Electronics.
He first trained with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and was a member of the National Register of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy from 1982 until 2016 and was a member of its Governing Council for eight years.
In addition he was a member of UKCP from its inception to 2001.
He managed his own hypnotherapy practice between 1985 until 2000 during which time he also conducted extensive research.
Early results of his studies were carried by the European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis in 1997.


On his second visit Graham – who had enjoyed a successful career as an engineering scientists before launching his own hypnotherapy practice, – turned this time to the practical application of hypno-regression within general practice.

Before the meeting members were advised to note booksand sharp pencils ... and this was good advice as yet again thepresentation included a wealth of information.

Fortunately however for those who note-taking is not so keen and all of those members who were unable attend the talk, much of what Graham had to impart is now available as a PDF download linked to this webpage.

Graham outlined his view that of the many valuable techniques available to hypnotherapists, hypno-regression is the most powerful – but also the most underused in therapy.

He explained: "My original research into the reality of unconscious memory revealed that a surprisingly wide variety of presenting symptoms have a root in prenatal and perinatal trauma.

"The forces exerted by these early traumatic memories can be extremely powerful but are also based on the mistaken understandings by the naive infants.

"The resultant irrational outcomes can be resolved by bringing the infantile memories into conscious awareness for adult review."

Experience over three and a half decades has convinced him that regression can provide a more certain and long term resolution of clients’ problems while avoiding the possibility of transference to alternative symptoms.

His talk covered the general techniques of Total Trauma Release Hypnotherapy, including when and how to use it and with some representative case examples.

For more detailed summaries this presentation outlining Graham's theories please click on the PDF image belw entitled Graham Gorman's Talk.

Also available at the foot of this page is a list of the presenting problems and success rates that emerged during Graham's original research, available as a PDF file.

Meanwhile an detailed description explaining how a therapist should set about helping clients achieve trauma release can be downloaded from the James Braid Society "closed user group" Dr Braid's Waiting Room, Also available is further guidance on trauma release. These are only available through the Facebook group as Graham Gorman is concerned that these details be limited to those invoved in ethical hypnosis.

Membership of Dr Braid's Waiting Room is free but open only to those concerned with clinical and experimental hypnosis. If you are not yet a member of the closed user group simply click here Dr Braid's Waiting Room. Then apply for membership giving details of your own involvement in hypnotherapy, such as being a therapist, student or clinical researcher, who you trained with or to which professional hypnotherapy organisation you subscribe.

Presenting symptoms Graham Gorman's talk
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