Dr. Kate Beaven-Marks EdD
What do I like most about hypnosis and hypnotherapy? The list would be huge! Hypnosis is incredibly versatile and I find it fascinating how you can use it in so many applications. Its limits may truly be simply the furthest extent of our creativity and imagination; medical, therapy, sport, wellbeing, education, entertainment, corporate and professional applications, to name just a few.
My interest in all things hypnosis, started with the use of language in professional and social environments. Whilst a key component of hypnosis is the use of language, the impact of our language is far-reaching, into our everyday lives. Effective communication can significantly enhance our lives and the lives of others, yet poor communication can have the opposite effect. Whether it is an individual, a team, or an entire organisation, understanding how to communicate effectively benefits everyone.
My interest in effective use of language lead to in-depth studies, in communication, then the wide and varied uses of hypnosis, including hypnotherapy. I found it so interesting that it became the focus formal education at Masters and Doctoral level. My doctorate (EdD) enabled me to gain a vast knowledge of how hypnosis and hypnotherapy is taught, giving me many thousands of learning hours and participating in some amazing training in the UK and internationally. My doctorate supported work of earlier degrees which looked at suggestibility (MSc.Psychology) and how people retain learning (MSc.OEHSM).
Having always had teaching in my background throughout my career, I have a strong interest in how adults best learn and the most effective methods and tools in helping people learn. An experienced teacher and trainer, I have taught hypnotherapy Higher Education (University), Further Education (College) and with my own company (HypnoTC: The Hypnotherapy Training Company). I am the lead supervisor and marker for the UK’s only Clinical Hypnotherapy Masters’ degree and teach and advise on hypnotherapy and hypnosis related research methods to a wide range of researchers and therapists.
My hypnosis and hypnotherapy skills are fully employed in my therapy work, seeing UK-based and international clients locally and in London (W1). In addition, since 2011, I have been involved in the provision of hypnotherapy on the wards of a London teaching hospital and have now started to teach staff how to use these skills, for the benefit of the patients.
Keen to help to develop the hypnotherapy profession, I advise organisations and institutions, such as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) on matters relating to hypnotherapy theory, practice and professionalism and am Chair of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis and on the Professional Specific Board for Hypnotherapy, advising the CNHC on hypnotherapy within the profession. Recently I have been involved in the revisions of the Hypnotherapy Core Curriculum (July 2017). I am also involved in providing advice to organisations such as the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and understanding of hypnosis and hypnotherapy and give many talks to organisations and groups, both social and professional. In addition, also at a number of conferences each year, nationally and internationally on relevant hypnotherapy topics.
My interest in communication remains, and as well as writing numerous conference papers and training manuals, I have indulged my love of writing with books. Firstly, simply a chapter in a Wellbeing textbook, then it was a brilliant experience to write ‘Sam the Sleepy Sheep’, with my business partner (HypnotTC), Rory Z Fulcher. An experienced author, it gave me a solid understanding of what was required in the book-writing process. As a result, several books are planned. The first, on effective communication, will be published later in 2018.
Approachable, friendly and open-minded (or so I have been told), I work with people from all backgrounds to enable them to work towards positive outcomes, whether as hypnotherapy students, clinical hypnosis clients, professional organisations, or within corporate and communication consultations. As a result, I have a broad experience in using and teaching effective communication, hypnosis and hypnotherapy, in therapy, medical and professional environments.
Therapy Qualifications & Training
I have extensive clinical and medical hypnosis, hypnotherapy, cognitive behaviour, rational emotive behaviour therapy, mindfulness and NLP (Master Practitioner) qualifications to advanced levels, holding advanced standing in the UK and USA, together with specialist qualifications and training in pain, trauma (EMDR, IEMT), anxiety, nutrition, smoking cessation, conversational hypnosis, assertiveness training, working with domestic violence and working with recovered memory, together with supportive training, such as Infection Control. I have undertaken truly extensive continuing professional development courses (CPD) in a vast range of hypnosis, hypnotherapy and allied topics. In addition, I have undertaken further training in teaching mindfulness to clients and the use of voice (Associate, Trinity College London). My management, risk management and health and safety qualifications (CMIOSH), together with my training in practice development and management broadly support my teaching and professional practice, bringing an understanding of the application of psychological, psychotherapeutic and counselling concepts in the workplace and in society. Finally, I have completed a wide range of training at management level in my further and higher education employment, including courses related to: recruitment, appraisal and staff development; and equality, diversity, disability, inclusion and safeguarding.
Having had teaching as part of my role throughout my career, it was an added bonus to participate in so much hypnosis training as part of the research for my Doctorate of Education (Ed.D). My research focused on the educational aspects of hypnosis, how hypnotists and hypnotherapists are taught and how therapeutic skills and knowledge are best acquired and retained by trainees. In addition to gaining valuable research data, the added benefits included immense developments of my knowledge and skills as a hypnotherapy practitioner, and a valuable understanding of teaching hypnosis and hypnotherapy, especially what does and does not lead to effective learning!
I teach clinical and non-clinical students a broad range of hypnotherapy theory and practice. In recent years, I have designed and developed hypnotherapy curriculum to exceed the requirements of the UK National Occupational Standards and Core Curriculum. I have taught in both Higher Education (Universities) and Further Education (Colleges), on topics including hypnotherapy, psychology, research methods and study skills. My teaching practice has been formally assessed and I have received two ‘Outstanding’ ratings.
Blending my interests in teaching and research, I lead on supervising Hypnotherapy MSc. research students, as a subject specialist, during their research methods and dissertation phases.
I'm a Certified Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, teaching hypnosis and hypnotherapy all over the world. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Society for Education and Training. From a communication perspective, I have achieved Associate Trinity College London, with an Associate Diploma and Professional Certificate in Communication Skills.
An experienced and qualified hypnotherapy supervisor, I am a registered hypnotherapy Supervisor with both the General Hypnotherapy Register and the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
I have extensive experience of supervising hypnotherapy research students as a ‘subject specialist’ supervisor. Student projects supervised have been qualitative and quantitative in approach. Alongside being Chair of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis, I also hold the role of Research Officer, advising and guiding the Executive Committee and members on research-related and broader issues. I regularly speak on hypnosis and hypnotherapy research related topics at conferences in the UK and internationally.
My own related research experience is in the fields of information retention, education and hypnotic suggestibility. My MSc. OEHSM explored immediate and over-time retention rates from visual, auditory and mixed-modality focused training. My MSc. Psychology explored anxiety, mindfulness and hypnotic susceptibility. My Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) researched hypnosis and hypnotherapy teaching, learning and professionalism.
A key component of effective hypnosis and hypnotherapy is the use of language and its impact on the recipient, whether for therapy, social or workplace communication. I am currently researching and writing a book on this topic which is expected to be published in 2018.
Federation of Holistic Therapists (Fellow)
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Diplomate member)
National Guild of Hypnotists (Board Certified)
General Hypnotherapy Register (Senior Advanced Practitioner)
International Council of Holistic Therapists (Member)
Professional Association of Clinical Therapists (Member)
National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness (Member)
Academy of Hypnotic Arts (Member)
British Psychological Society (Member)
Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
Society of Education and Training (Fellow)
Member of the British Psychological Society Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (Member)
Association of Therapy Lecturers (Member)
Royal Society of Medicine (Fellow)
Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Chartered Member)
Institute of Risk Management (Fellow)
Institute of Leadership and Management (Member)
International Association for the Study of Pain (Member)
British Society of Clinical Hypnosis: Chair
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council: Profession Specific Board member (Hypnotherapy)