BSMDH(Scotland) is back. We are planning an exciting programme of speakers with a mix of hybrid of face-to-face and Zoom meetings and events.

Dr Ali Esraf Muezzinoglu – Book your place now!  

Sunday 12th September on ZOOM

Please see more information here

Words from our President Alan Dewar

We appreciate that the world is in a difficult time. However, at difficult times we realise further the skills that we have learned and appreciate the tools that we can offer to our patient. We grow stronger through testing times and so we encourage all members to promote learning and sharing of experience within our society, develop and share the amazing skills we have and grow stronger together.

We do continue to attract the best speakers to our meetings and have plans for excellent future speakers.

In the meantime, keep positive and stay safe.

Some common misconceptions addressed:

Hypnosis is ‘magic’ and produce an effortless cure – Although therapy conveyed using hypnosis can be very dramatic and seem to require very little effort on the subject’s behalf, hypnosis is certainly not magical or supernatural.

Hypnosis can unlock ‘lost’ memories – Hypnosis can help to enhance memories, however once a memory is lost, it is lost forever. Care has to be taken not to elicit so called ‘false memories’.

Hypnosis requires complete immobility – It is important to know that it is OK to move during hypnosis. If you have an itch, it may cause more distraction if you do not move your hand to scratch it! Long distance runners can experience trance while running!

Hypnosis is the therapy – Hypnosis is never the therapy itself. Hypnosis is an adjunct to treatment or therapy.

Remember, each case is individually assessed. Hypnosis is certainly not suitable or preferable for everyone. You should not agree to use hypnosis unless you are fully aware of what it is and how it could benefit you. Extra care has to be taken if the subject has a history of mental illness, and in some cases hypnosis should be avoided.

Most people are hypnotisable to some degree. It is estimated that 30% of people will experience a light trance, 50% will experience a medium trance and 20% will experience a deep trance. Some people do not respond to hypnosis with one hypnotist but the chances are that another hypnotist, with whom they have a better rapport, will succeed