We are fortunate to have Richard Whitehurst regularly join us in the presentation of our Clinical Hypnotherapy training. Practicing psychotherapist, clinical hypnotist, poet, published author and public speaker, Richard has been involved in meditation and personal growth since 1970.
Richard is the former president of the Ericksonian Hypnotherapist Association of Australia, and former vice-president of the Queensland Professional Hypnotherapists Association. He is a clinical hypnotherapist with some 25 years experience in utilizing therapeutic trance states to effect positive changes in his many clients.
Beginning in the late 1960’s he has spent over 40 years in research and practice involving a variety of meditative and contemplative modalities. He studied South Asian psychology and philosophy for over 5 years in India. Drawing from many traditions and significant professional and personal development, his therapeutic approach honours the individual and their current experience, and he places emphasis on the context within which that experience is being played out.
Having further trained in Australia in 1990 with David Kennedy in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis, Richard has been heavily influenced by Dr Milton H Erickson’s ground-breaking work in indirect suggestion, therapy and trance induction. He is further inspired by the work of Drs Ernest Rossi, David Cheek, Stephen Wolinsky, Douglas Flemons and Stephen Gilligan, particularly in their utilisation of idio-dynamic approaches to psychotherapy, meditation, and change – approaches that recognise presenting symptoms as signals for much needed non-judgemental attentiveness, as well as being expressions of dissociated trance states.
He sees that in many instances the real job of the therapist is to help free up and ‘de-hypnotise’ the client from his or her limiting frames of reference and thus break through the self-imposed limitations of state-dependent memories, learnings and behaviours. Skilled in powerful releasing protocols and a variety of transformational processes Richard works from a position where safety and rapport are primary considerations.
A gifted speaker, Richard’s lectures draw from his personal experience as a practitioner. He speaks with warmth, humour and above all, genuineness.