Neil French is semi-retired. His book called 'Successful Hypnotherapy' is also published in Spanish as "Hypnoterapia Eficaz".

He has taught the concept of Hypno-analysis as he created it in the late nineteen seventies to thousands of his students throughout Europe and the world.

Neil French was influenced strongly by the writings of Sigmund Freud but became convinced that Freud had missed the very 'Alchemist's Stone' he was searching for by abandoning his use of hypnosis. According to Neil; "Freud had never truly appreciated that a person in hypnosis can converse quite freely with the hypnotist".  Freud himself, "doubted his own efficacy as a hypnotist". 

The version of Hypno-analysis that Neil French produced has stood the test of time and has been instrumental in helping many multi-thousands of people achieve psychological growth and relief from distressing symptoms.  Follow the link TRAINING COURSE for details.

This interpretation of hypno-analysis that Neil French created nearly four decades ago, was and still is, unique. It is fair to say that his discovery that 'free association' within the 'state' of hypnosis would lead the person to a cathartic release from 'repressed' or concealed trauma was totally revolutionary. Nobody before him had realised this. There are those who assert that "false memory syndrome" can occur and Neil's response is "Critics by their very words reveal the extent to which either, they have not read my works or, having read them, have not understood one written word"  He makes no apology for a direct quote from Freud.  Many academics do not believe in the concept of "repression".  Neil responds; "I do not need to believe ....... I know." and makes no apology for quoting  Carl Gustav Jung.

The vast majority of the renowned practitioners; Emil Coue, Franz Anton Mesmer or, more recently, Milton H Erickson, Dave Elman, Gil Boyne, Paul McKenna, et al. had been and in many cases still are, relying on directed regression; if indeed they used, or use,  regression techniques at all. The vast majority being content with the use of Hypnotic Suggestion or NLP techniques. 

Neil French discovered, possibly/probably even invented  the concept of hypno-analysis. Certainly created the concept of free association within hypnosis. He asserts that the vast majority of 'instant' hypnosis therapies offering relief from symptoms in just one session are really only 'suggestion therapy couched in analytical terms'. Further investigation of such therapies reveal the results to be short lived.

His belief in the doctrine of "cause and effect" is absolute. Find and investigate the original cause and the effect will be resolved.

The subject of 'past life regression' was glossed over in the original   Successful   Hypnotherapy  Course as Neil wished to keep the course as black and white as possible. In fact, he has researched the subject quite extensively, see page within this site.

Neil French at one time served in the British Armed Forces in the Royal Military Police and then Neil joined the civil Police where he served for seven years,  three/four  of which were as a Detective Officer on the Wirral and Merseyside. He attended a University Course on "Forensic Criminology" where, again to quote Neil, he 'learnt very little' except for the fact that the professor teaching the Course was 'ape' on the subject of Hypnosis. He convinced most police students, especially Neil French, that witness interviewing under hypnosis would yield far more detailed results.

A few years later and it all gelled together, as Neil undertook a local authority course  in psychology. Then further training with the National Council of Psychotherapists. Add to that a mountain of reading on the subject and a Hypnotherapist was born in circa 1974.

One memory he retained from his army service in Kenya of a tribal initiation ceremony, where adolescent males are introduced to manhood, led him to later create "the blow-away technique" for the treatment of juveniles. From his later Training Neil French realised that the chanting, the smoking, the dancing within the ceremony had all created 'hypnosis'. He saw it was not necessary in a juvenile approaching puberty to verbalise in order to release "devils of the mind". Merely to bring the repressed emotion to mind and then to "expel" on the suggestion of the therapist would suffice.

Neil French had the awesome experience of meeting some twenty years later at the University of Leicester, where he was guest lecturing the very first person he had used the technique upon. Only to find that his onetime subject, (now a SRN nurse trainer) was also lecturing on ...... you guessed it !   the Blow-away technique for adolescents. To learn more about this amazing technique just follow the link.

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