The British Hypnosis Research and Training School was originally established as British Hypnosis Research (BHR) in 1979 at Cambridge University by Stephen Brooks who wanted to study the innovative hypnosis techniques of American psychiatrist Dr Milton Erickson.

Milton Erickson’s work was unknown in the UK at that time so Stephen created an Ericksonian hypnotherapy training course, the first of its kind in Europe, and BHR started running courses for members of the caring professions in over 20 hospitals and universities.

In 2005 BHR changed its name to the British Hypnosis Research and Training School (BHRTS).