22nd March 2019



BHRTI offers a 3-day CPD certification course on treating social phobia with Ericksonian-based approaches.

It is a hands-on training giving you the knowledge, understanding and experience you need to treat social phobias in your work.

By the end of the course you will be able to treat people who suffer from lack confidence, have an intense fear of being criticised or judged, have a fear of public speaking or performance in social, business or entertainment settings.


Social Phobia

People with a social phobia are afraid they will look weak, crazy, stupid, boring or even ugly in the eyes of others. They anxiously anticipate social situations and endure the actual experience with great fear possibly with panic attacks.

People with a social phobia can have symptoms like blushing, sweating, trembling or stuttering and are often caught in a vicious cycle of fearing their symptoms and thereby causing them to happen.

They usually end up avoiding situations, people, or activities that trigger their fears, thereby limiting their lives both professionally and personally. Resolving a social phobia not only removes an intense fear; it allows the person to live according to his or her goals, dreams and life purpose.


Course content

This course has a unique concept of multi-level learning; acquiring principles, concepts and structures at the conscious level while developing intuitions, experiences, and creative strategies at the unconscious level. The 3 days will include:

  • An overview of theoretical aspects of social phobias

  • Live demonstrations in front of the group

  • Video excerpts of hypnotherapy pioneer Stephen Brooks breaking down his techniques and skills

  • Short and playful exercises to practice specific skills

  • Structured exercises to practice specific therapeutic techniques

  • Integrative exercises to practice a full phobia treatment session


Comparison with standard treatment

Often social phobia clients are treated with anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication, which involve a risk of side effects and dependency and don’t resolve the underlying problem.

In the realm of psychotherapy, CBT is often used which gives people insight and tools at a conscious level. Often however, social anxiety and its causes operate at the unconscious level and conscious steps are not sufficient.

Therefore, BHRT offers this 3-day training course teaching you how to treat social phobias at the conscious and unconscious level.


Topic covered on this course:

This course offers a powerful synthesis of approaches for sort-term and effective treatment of social phobias. These approaches include:

  • Natural trance induction
  • Indirect suggestions for change
  • Interruption of unconscious patterns
  • Ideomotor signalling
  • Metamodel to specifify the nature and cause of the phobia
  • Activating and anchoring resources
  • Submodality change to reduce fear
  • Internal representation of others
  • Internal representation of self
  • Internal representation of groups (audiences)
  • Miracle question
  • Exceptions
  • Scaling

This course is based on the original teaching of the world renowned expert in the field of Ericksonian hypnotherapy Stephen Brooks as modelled by Jos van Boxtel and has been created due to an increasing demand by therapists wanting to become more competent and confident in treating clients in a more effective way.

In this course social phobias will be distinguished from specific phobias such as fear of insects, dogs, flying etc which will be the subject of a separate course.


Your Trainer

Your trainer on this course is Jos van Boxtel, an internationally recognised hypnotherapist and trainer of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP. Jos has an established practice and training institute in the Netherlands, integrating hypnotherapy with approaches like EMDR, NLP, Solution Focused Therapy and Neurosemantics. He specialises in treating phobias.

Jos has studied NLP in the US and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy in Germany and the UK.  Jos has modelled the work of Stephen Brooks, the founder of BHRT, in considerable depth and is a leading authority on his approach to hypnotherapy. He is also author of the first of a series of Ericksonian Guides to be published in 2018. The first specialising in phobias.


Qualification and CPD Credits

This course awards participants with a Master Class Certificate in the Treatment of Social Phobia and is recognised by the General Hypnotherapy Register for CPD Credits.


Who Should Attend

This course is especially designed for people working in healthcare professions who have clients with a social phobia, including psychotherapists, psychologists, hypnotherapists, coaches or counsellors. It will also be of interest to those who live with someone with social phobia, be it personally or professionally, to develop a better understanding and interaction with them.


Location etc

Location: St George’s Hospital University of London, Blackshaw Rd, Tooting, London. SW17 0QT

Dates: Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March 2019 (9.30am – 5.30pm).

Accommodation: People from abroad or outside of the London area can choose from a list of hotels or AirBnB in the area.


Course fee and enrollment

The course fee is £695. Please secure your place with a £195 deposit below. We will invoice you for the balance 3 weeks before the course starts. If you have any questions please email us here.

  • Price: £ 195.00
    A three day Master Class Training based on the teaching of Stephen Brooks With Jos van Boxtel
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