Students in Aberdeen being helped by Hypnotherapy


July 23, 2013

 Clinical Hypnosis Introduced to Support Students.

 Students at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen will soon benefit from modern hypnosis

techniques to reduce stress and improve their grades. The use of clinical hypnosis is being introduced at the university by new Visiting Professor Ursula James who is an internationally renowned expert in the field.


Professor James recently accepted the position of Visiting Professor in Clinical Hypnosis at RGU, the first appointment of its kind in the UK, and is also a visiting teaching fellow at Oxford University Medical School.


She was approached by RGU after working with Professor Tracy Humphrey to deliver a workshop on self hypnosis for childbirth at the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Care in November last year.


Staff at RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery will work with Professor James to develop new support strategies for students, including hypnotherapy, to alleviate the stress of exams and course work which will also be incorporated into the induction process.


Whilst at RGU, Professor James will continue her research into the effect of altered states on cognition and the bio-medical markers of stress. She said: “I am honoured to accept the position of Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and look forward to working with students and staff on a number of exciting projects designed to reduce stress, improve personal abilities and enhance skills.


“There is a fantastic ‘can-do’ attitude at RGU and as part of my appointment I aim to improve the

professional standards in hypnosis and develop further research in this field. RGU is the perfect place to do this.”


Experts at the university are also working with Professor James to develop an MSc in Clinical Hypnosis which will include specific modules on smoking cessation, weight loss and child birth. It will also be possible to sign up for the modules as stand-alone courses and those already trained in clinical hypnosis will be able to use their existing qualifications to access them.


“Clinical Hypnosis is an exciting area of medical practice and we are delighted Professor James has

joined our team. We look forward to working with her to develop new courses for the university as well as innovative ways of alleviating stress and improving student performance.”


Professor James currently heads a team which teaches clinical hypnosis at 11 medical schools in the UK including Oxford and Cambridge.


She is also the Patron of Anxiety UK and the National Centre for Domestic Violence and is actively

engaged in research into the applications of altered states of awareness for enhancing performance and reducing anxiety.


Contact: Linda Alexander on 0141 632 1440 and 07875 493 358, also

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