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Gary Coles

Conference Topic 

Hypnotic Interventions for the Cancer Journey: Hypno-Oncology

1 in 2 people born since 1960 in the western world, will experience cancer at some time in their lives and 40% of those will seek out complementary or alternative treatments. This presentation will give delegates a better understanding of the patient’s cancer journey and how they can assist with that journey with the use of hypnotic interventions. It will give an overview of what cancer is along with an insight into the patient’s journey. It will look at the legal and ethical implications of working in this area and give ideas on what to work with and how!  It will look at the evidence base and will give you the tools, knowledge and confidence to allow you to improve your offering to cancer patients. Case histories, examples and tips will be given.  It is an introduction to cancer and the patient’s cancer journey and show how you can get involved as a hypnotherapist. It will show what you can work with ethically and how. Giving you a background to their journey and interventions you can use. It will also introduce the exciting possible implications that Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) could have on your future approaches. Case histories will be given as examples.

My Story

Referred to in the industry as 'The Hypnotherapist's Hypnotherapist' due to the number of hypnotherapists Garry offers treatment, training and mentoring for, Garry also counts numerous Doctors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors amongst his patients (and has taught many of them hypnotherapy) and is seen as the 'Go To' hypnotherapist for the more challenging cases from all over the UK (and abroad).


Practising as a full-time therapist for many years, Garry has busy private practices in five locations in the South East; Farnham and Guildford in Surrey, Odiham and Fleet in Hampshire and Harley Street in central London. Garry is also one of the few hypnotherapists contracted to the NHS for hypnotherapeutic work, he consults on a regular basis at a major hospital specialising in oncology-based hypnotherapy work.


He also practises from within a local GP surgery, with the GP's referring many of the patients directly. In addition, he receives hospital referrals and referrals from many other local GPs and health care professionals.


Garry has over seventeen years of hypnotherapy experience in an oncological setting where he is the resident hypnotherapist in a major hospital offering hypnotherapy treatment for a myriad of cancer related issues. He has received specialist cancer hospital training. He also spent over a year imbedded in the hospital’s Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Team attending weekly meetings with the surgeons and oncology team to discuss cases and treatments. Whilst there, Garry carried out the first ground breaking UK clinical research project into the effects of pre-surgical hypnotherapy on the recovery quality in breast cancer biopsies. The results were acclaimed and are awaiting publication.


Garry was recently elected, for the second time, (by his peers in the industry) to the Hypnotherapy Profession Specific Board (PSB) for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which was set up as a voluntary regulator by the Department of Health, where he advises the CNHC on all aspects of hypnotherapy governance and training. He was also part of the team of three who formulated the basic UK curriculum for hypnotherapy training.


In 2016 the UK Hypnosis Convention claimed Garry to be amongst the top 30 hypnotherapists in the world! Garry is in demand as a regular presenter at conferences and conventions all over the world, in addition to presenting his own highly acclaimed masterclasses.


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