About this event

  • Date and time Mon 9 Mar 2020 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine

This unique event will explore the psychological impacts and potential patient interventions for those suffering from a range of skin conditions, resulting in the improved physical and mental wellbeing of this population.

Speakers will present their knowledge of the link between skin and the brain, examine the hypnotic techniques that can be used to help manage skin reactions, explore ways in which skin conditions can influence psychological wellbeing and behaviours, and give detailed explanations on the impact of life events on the skin.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Comprehension of a range of methods and approaches to help patients manage their skin
  • How to help manage underlying psychological issues in the field
  • Knowledge of psychological approaches such as CBT and hypnosis
  • Understand how skin reactions can influence individuals with the world around them
  • Knowledge of how to help explore and challenge unhelpful behaviours in which the patient might be engaging

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Key speakers

Dr Mhairi McKenna

Retired GP with a specialist interest in dermatology. 

Speaker's biography

Dr McKenna has vast experience in the application of hypnosis to range skin conditions in a busy general practice setting.

Ms Phyllis Alden

Retired Consultant Clinical psychologist.


Speaker's biography

Ms Alden has extensive knowledge and training in both hypnosis and cognitive behavioural therapy and their application to a range of chronic and acute physical health conditions.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction and welcome

Dr Deborah Mairs-Houghton, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine.

The brain and the Skin

Dr Mhairi McKenna, Semi-retired GP with specialist interest in Dermatology

Skin problems and behaviour a two way impact part 1

Mrs Phyllis Alden, semi-retired Clinical Psychologist

Skin problems and behaviour a two way impact part 2

Dr Mhairi McKenna

The application of Cognitive Behaviour therapy in dermatology

Phyllis Alden

Tea and coffee break
The application of hypnosis in dermatology

Dr Mhairi McKenna

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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