Section: Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine

Address: 1 Wimpole Street
, London W1G 0AE UK

Direct Line: +44 (0)207 290 3947


The Section of Hypnosis and Psychsomatic Medicine is a successful and well-attended section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) in London. Post-war, hypnosis was beginning to become more widely used by health professionals—particularly by doctors and dentists—and, as a result, a group of well-established clinicians, together with the Metropolitan Branch of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH), set up a new section devoted to the theoretical understanding and application of hypnosis. Founded by Dr David Waxman, it was originally called the Section of Medical and Dental Hypnosis and changed its name, in 1989, to the Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine under the presidency of Dr David Pederson. Importantly, for at least twenty years, particularly in the field of behaviour psychology, psychologists had been investigating hypnosis and hypnotic suggestibility using a range of statistical data and observation. Indeed, the formation of this new section coincides neatly with the formation of the new British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis (BSECH) in 1977. On Thursday 22nd of June 1978, the inaugural meeting, led by Dr David Waxman, took place at the RSM; and with a council established, the section began to organize conferences and lectures from leading health practitioners and scholars on a regular basis. Since then, the section has gone from strength to strength: there are hundreds of members who regularly attend lectures, and senior members are also involved in the teaching of hypnosis at postgraduate level. All the meetings carry CPD points and they are important to health professionals because, before, during and after the sessions, they have the opportunity to discuss the hypnosis and network with colleagues. The RSM offers whole day conferences, half day meetings and workshops with exciting, well-known and knowledgeable speakers.  Click here for more details


Joint conference with BSCAH
Hypnosis in practice and theory – towards a synthesis of academic and clinical protocols
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018
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Theory and practice of hypnosis in enhancing sports performance
Theory and practice of hypnosis in enhancing sports performance
Monday 12 March 2018

The inaugural Elliotson prize and lecture
Monday 30 April 2018
We are pleased to announce the launch of a prize meeting honouring John Elliotson (1791-1868), who was responsible for introducing ‘mesmerism’ to the UK. This evening meeting will showcase presentations from the Elliotson prize and feature key note speaker Devin Terhune, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London who will present the latest research in individual responsiveness to hypnosis.

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Functional Neurological Disorders: Evidence-based treatment approaches and the role of hypnosis and suggestion
Functional Neurological disorders
Monday 17th September 2018