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About me

I come from an extremely eclectic background, as do many hypnotherapists. I first qualified as a therapist in 1989 and was almost instantaneously successful - for the first time in my life, in fact, because before that I was what can be best described as a serial poor-achiever, in spite of monumental efforts.

Those efforts included: TV engineer, electronics design, tailor, carpet-layer, computer programmer, furniture shop assistant, factory hand, salesman (fire extinguishers and alarms) and part time rock 'n' roller (lead guitar)... some of those 'callings' overlapping with my life as a professional ballroom and latin-american dancer, running my own school for some thirty years.

I discovered the world of hypnotherapy by accident but took to it instantly and at 48 years old suddenly realised that I had most definitely found my niche! I had also discovered a great truth:

You'll never know how you could be if you decide to stay as you are...

First in the profession...

In October 2007 I was privileged to be the first person from any of the psychotherapy-related professions to be achieve the level of 'MCGI' - Member of the City and Guilds Institute. This is deemed to be comparable to a British Masters degree.

The MCGI was awarded for my work on the creation and implementation of a specialist hypnotherapist course in psychosexual disorders.

If you wish to read it, you can download my presented thesis as a pdf file (260kb).


Terence Watts at the MCGI Award ceremony in 2007

The International Hypnosis Hall of Fame

On May 20th 2018, I was informed, to my great delight, that I had been accorded the honour of being inducted into The International Hypnosis Hall of Fame - something that in my wildest dreams I had not imagined would ever happen, So there I am, permanently in hypnosis history, along with many of the great names in the profession! It's wonderful to have my work recognised but those who know me well will also know that it is somehow rather embarrassing!

I've created many therapy courses and concepts but my proudest and most recent is BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® a totally new style of psychotherapy with its roots firmly in the latest discoveries in Neuroscience. There's never been a more effective or efficient therapy and it's actually difficult to see how there ever could be!

Current and past memberships

I am proud to be a Freeman of the City of London as well as the following:

I am currently:

Past memberships include:

  • Emeritus Fellow: The Hypnotherapy Society
  • Emeritus Fellow: The Counselling and Psychotherapy Society
  • Member and Committee Member: The International Association of Hypnoanalysts
  • Member: The Professional Hypnotherapists Center (Harley Street, W1)
  • Member: The International Stress Managers Association
  • Member: The National Council of Psychotherapists until the sudden change of management in 2011/2012 at which time I founded the NRPC
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