Archive report of meeting
Thursday 24th October 2013
Past notice
Treating Parkinson’s disease patients

A talk by Peter Kingsford Petley

Peter Petley has a particular interest in issues of a medical nature. When an elderly uncle was diagnosed with Parkinson’s  Peter began to research online to find if hypnotherapy had been used to treat Parkinson’s. He discovered that while there has been research into how hypnotherapy can help those with neuro-degenerative conditions including Parkinson’s disease, it is still in its infancy. 

Significant research has come out of the Department of Neurology at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel and Baylor University in Waco Texas.

Pioneering work has also been undertaken by Dr. Michael Smith in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Peter and Dr. Michael Smith have since been in correspondence and freely exchange information and research. 

At the society's October 2013 meeting Peter outlined the results of this research as well as talking about the importance of understanding the connection between the mind-body connection and the placebo effect when treating Parkinson’s disease patients.


Peter Kingsford Petley
Peter Kingsford Petley
is a clinical hypnotherapist with a private practice located in Wimbledon.  He is married with four adult children .  He rettuned to London in 2012, after thirty years on the West Coast of Canada.  He studied clinical hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis at the Horizon School of Hypnotherapy in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  
He is certified with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and is registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register in the UK.  He is also a member of the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT) and the International Stress Management Association (IS