Annellen & Alex Simpkins

Neuro-Hypnosis: Activating the Brain for Change

Hypnosis has long been known to be an effective and expedient way to bring about real and measurable change. With the new neural-imaging technologies, we now know that hypnosis has a therapeutic influence on the brain. Drawing from innovative studies of neurological effects, this workshop offers a new look at hypnosis as an exciting way to travel effortlessly across the bridge between human physiology and human experience to facilitate lasting mind-brain change. A neurological thread runs through the history of hypnosis with a colorful tapestry of how changes in the brain have always been part of hypnotic effectiveness. Participants will learn how hypnosis changes the brain and how these changes are therapeutic. We will clarify the important unconscious brain processes that therapists use in therapy and teach ways to activate them using hypnosis. With stories from case examples, a guided trance experience, and a clear understanding of the effects in the brain, this workshop will inform, inspire, and uplift.

Recommended reading: Neuro-Hypnosis: Using Self-Hypnosis to Activate the Brain for Change (Norton, 2010), Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice (Wiley, 2011), Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice (Wiley, 2010), The Dao of Neuroscience (Norton, 2010). Self-Hypnosis for Women with Audio CD (Radiant Dolphin Press, 2006)

Alexander Simpkins, PhD, and Annellen Simpkins, PhD, are psychologists specializing in meditation, hypnotherapy, and neuroscience. They are authors of 25 books many of them bestsellers. Their most recent books are Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2011), Neuroscience for Clinicians (Springer, 2012), Neuro-Hypnosis (Norton, 2010), Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2010), The Dao of Neuroscience (Norton, 2010), Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients (Norton 2009), and Self-Hypnosis for Women with Audio CD (Radiant Dolphin Press, 2006). Their books have many foreign editions and awards.

Drs. Simpkins have been practicing psychotherapy for more than three decades, and have taught their meditative and hypnotic methods to facilitate mind-brain change to people of all ages. They have been involved in neuroscience for more than a decade, and teach Tae Chun Do, a martial art that includes yoga mindfulness, meditation, and breathing to address mind, body, and spirit. They present seminars through out the world at professional conferences, state mental hospitals, university campuses, and to popular audiences and have appeared on numerous radio programs. They have performed psychotherapy research and have studied personally with psychotherapy masters, including Milton H. Erickson, Jerome D. Frank, Carl Rogers, Lawrence Kubie, and Ernest Rossi. Their Eastern philosophy influence along with their commitment to continual learning and therapeutic effectiveness has helped them to look at things through the crystal of a unique vision, which they bring to you with warmth and clarity in their books and teaching seminars.

The Simpkins have also worked with clients and taught for decades at conferences, state mental hospitals, and universities and have performed psychotherapy research and studied personally with Erickson and Rossi. They are reviews editors of the Erickson newsletter.