To alleviate stress and calm nerves, student nurses at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen have been offered hypnotherapy lessons from the UK’s first ever visiting professor in clinical hypnosis.
Professor Ursula James, an expert in her field, currently teaches clinical hypnosis at 11 medical schools and has authored a number of textbooks. She is working with the university to develop support strategies for students struggling to cope with course pressures.
The hypnotherapy techniques will be incorporated into the induction process all nursing school students undergo when they start their course. Dr James is also currently developing full and part-time MSc courses in clinical hypnotherapy, specialising in smoking cessation, childbirth and weight loss.
Professor James said she was looking forward to “working with students and staff on a number of exciting projects designed to reduce stress, improve personal abilities and enhance skills”.
She also has her own channel 5 programme, ‘Sex, Lies and Hypnosis’, which looks into hypnotherapy for relationship issues. It is hoped Professor James will help bring clinical hypnosis into the spotlight so people give it the attention it deserves.
Hypnotherapy incorporates visualisation, suggestions, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to help transform negative thoughts in positive behavioural patterns. To find out more about hypnotherapy for exam stress, please visit our Exam Nerves page.
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