BSCAH National

Specialist webinar - Use of Hypnosis in Oncology

When: 02/11/2021 6-7.30pm


About the training:

Tuesday 2nd November 6.00pm-7.30pm

FREE to BSCAH members. There is no need to register.

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We have two contributors, experts in the field, Phyllis Alden and Beverley Longhurst, who will talk about their experiences of using hypnosis in their work with cancer patients. 
If you have any questions for our contributors regarding the use of hypnosis in the field of oncology, then please email them to

'Psychological Aspects of Cancer' by Phyllis Alden
This presentation will discuss the issues you need to consider when using hypnosis in cancer care.  These include psychological impact of a diagnosis of cancer and the importance of good communications and the areas of where hypnosis can be valuable with case examples.

'The secret diary of a breast care nurse - hypnotherapy in the breast cancer setting' by Beverley Longhurst
Beverley’s presentation will cover some common applications of hypnosis in oncology with a focus on breast cancerand she will talk through some interesting case studies and common applications for hypnotherapy that she has encountered in her work.

Phyllis Alden
Phyllis Alden is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who worked in a variety of fields including Adult Mental Health, Pain, Spinal Cord Injury before finding her real clinical love, Oncology and Palliative Care. For a number of years before ‘retiring’ from the NHS, she worked exclusively in cancer care. Since retiring from ‘regular gainful employment’ in the NHS, she has worked in private practice with a particular interest in trauma. However last year she was recruited back into the NHS to work, once more, in oncology. She has been using hypnosis in clinical practice for over 30 years and has been committed to the development of hypnotic approaches in pain, trauma and oncology. She had been involved in the teaching of hypnotic approaches for many years.


Beverley Longhurst
Beverley obtained a Bachelor of Nursing followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer. With over a decade as a breast clinical nurse specialist, following both inpatient and radiotherapy oncology care, she has had a lot of experience of working with patients, survivors and carers. She trained in hypnosis and worked for the MacMillan centre at the Harley Street Clinic between 2018-2020. She also trained in yoga and combines both approaches in her private practice.



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