Our Team

ICCHP tutors are all practising and highly experienced therapeutic hypnosis practitioners holding a range of both hypnotherapy and academic qualifications at the highest levels. In addition, the ICCHP engages external specialist tutors to ensure that our students are being taught by the most highly qualified and experienced lecturers on the subject being presented. All ICCHP tutors are approachable and will engage with our students as much as required.

The ICCHP programme is guided by a highly qualified team of advisers with extensive knowledge and experience in their areas of expertise, ensuring that the ICCHP courses are kept up to date with the latest developments in the field of therapeutic hypnosis. Each key adviser has experience teaching medical hypnosis in UK medical schools and they have been involved in published research on stress and learning, therefore supporting evidence based learning and practice.


Tod Cury, Programme Director

BSc, PGCert (Dist), PDCHyp, PDCBHyp, GQHP, FHEA

Hypnotherapy Teacher

Tod has been a practising clinical hypnotherapist based in central London since 2003 and has overall responsibility for the ICCHP programme and its delivery. As a hypnotherapy tutor and lecturer for over 15 years (previously the Clinical Hypnosis MSc programme leader for a collaborative partner college with the University of West London), Tod currently lectures for the ICCHP and the University of London Medical Schools with Thames Medical Lectures. Tod also works with hundreds of university students every year, helping them to improve their focus, concentration and confidence. Tod is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). In addition, Tod holds a postgraduate certificate in learning & teaching and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Tod is also the UK contributing editor for the Journal of Psychosocial Genomics, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCMC), having published work in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine.


Dr Alyx Taylor, Senior Academic & Research Adviser


Hypnotherapy Teacher

Alyx is a senior lecturer in physiology at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Bournemouth, a visiting research fellow at King's College London and an honorary research associate at Imperial College London. Alyx is also an external examiner at the Bart's & London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Alyx was previously a senior lecturer in biochemistry and Director of Graduate Entry to Medicine Programme at King's College London, Faculty of Life Science and Medicine. Alyx was also the science leader for the International Science Foundatin Programme and Deputy Chair of the Research Ethics Committee for Biomedical Science, Dentistry and Medicine, as well as a member of the Division of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences. Alyx's research examines genetics, epigenetic and enviromental factors that contribute to human stress responses and mental health, which involves observational and intervention studies. Alyx is currently involved in a number of active research projects and has authored and published research in her current role, as well as in previous roles as research assistant and senior lecturer at Imperial College, Thames Valley University, Kingston University and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at Queen Charlotte's Hospital. Alyx brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ICCHP, providing academic and research advice to the programme and our students.


Professor Ursula James

External Programme Validator

Hypnotherapy Teacher

Professor Ursula James is Visiting Professor of Clinical Hypnosis at Robert Gordon University and a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Oxford University Medical School and has lectured for the past 15 years at many of the UK’s medical schools including Oxford and Cambridge. She is a Patron of Anxiety UK and the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV). She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and a member of the Editorial Board of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (Elsevier).Ursula was instrumental in the creation of the MSc clinical hypnosis at Robert Gordon University, and is the author of 5 books including Clinical Hypnosis Textbook now in its third edition. Her 25 years of experience as a clinical hypnosis practitioner, educator, researcher and author make her uniquely qualified to fulfil her role as External Programme Validator of the ICCHP Programme


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