If you're familiar with Hypnotherapy Training International, you've probably already seen the name Gil Boyne, credited as the inventor of Transforming Therapy. But who was he, and how did he come to have such a major impact in the world of therapeutic hypnosis?
Gil Boyne, Founder of Transforming Therapy
Born Mark Thomas Gilboyne in 1924 in Philadelphia to Irish-American Catholic parents, Gil's early schooling was religiously focused. After serving in the Navy during the Second World War, he was assigned to a therapeutic programme based on psychoanalysis, but he found it largely ineffective. This frustration, combined with his experience as a stage hypnotist, led him to develop his Transforming Therapy™ programme, one of the first to train hypnotherapists in a comprehensive, regression-based approach to hypnotherapy that drew on many areas of psychological knowledge combined with an array of rapid, powerful hypnotic techniques.
Since then, over 12,000 hypnotherapists have been trained with Transforming Therapy™. Gil himself trained hypnotherapists for over 55 years, constantly refining his techniques; and personally worked with actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton, as well as Olympic athletes and the US Green Berets. He also acted as a consultant to several films and television series.
Gil founded the Hypnotism Training Institute in Glendale, California in 1955, and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners in 1980. He also founded Westwood Publishing to publish books about hypnotherapy, of which many he wrote himself. (Westwood Publishing is now run by Dr John Butler.)
Gil was widely honoured by both industry and academia, with many achievement awards and honorary degrees. He died in London in 2010.
Hypnotherapy Training International is the only school licensed by Gil to carry on his work. He said of John Butler, “I am delighted that you are carrying on my work and doing it in a way that I totally approve. You are creating a new group of "Transformers".