DR DAVID LEWIS
I began my career studying medicine but later switched to psychology and gained a First Class Honours degree in psychology and later a doctorate from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex where I conducted research into ways of treating anxiety, phobias and stress within the community. I also established a national charity – Action on Phobias – to put my research findings into practice. After lecturing at the University in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology I left the academic world, in 1987, to start my own private practice.
I am a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, the International Stress Management Association and the Institute of Directors, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
My many books on child development include: The Secret Language of Your Child; You Can Teach Your Child Intelligence; Mind Skills and How to Be a Gifted Parent. Helping Your Anxious Child; Helping Your Child Through School; Your Child’s Drawings- Their Hidden Meaning. My interest in the relationship between stress and health led me to write: The Doctors’ Heart Attack Recovery Plan (with Dr John Storey); One-Minute Stress Management; The Alpha Plan (made into a BBC TV documentary); Life Unlimited; Ten Minute Time and Stress Management and Information Overload – Practical Strategies for Surviving in Today’s Workplace.
Academic Qualifications & Affiliations
- First class honours degree in psychology (BSc Hons). Department of Biological Sciences. University of Westminster 1981.
- Doctorate in Psychology (D.Phil) University of Sussex, Department of Experimental Psychology, 1986.
- Lecturer in clinical psychology and psychopathology University of Sussex. 1985 – 1988.
- Co-founder, Chairman and Director of Neuroscience at Mindlab International, an organisation – based at the University of Sussex – that brings together some of the most UK’s most innovative scientific and creative thinkers.
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
- Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
- Fellow of the International Stress Management Association.
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chartered Psychologist.
- Fellow or Associate of the following professional bodies: American Association for the Advancement of Science; The International Society for Neuronal Regulation; Association for Psychological Science (USA); American Clinical Neurophysiology Society; Association of Business Psychologists, MENSA (UK), The Society of Authors.
I have more than 20 years’ clinical experience in private practice and employed positions and have written many books on Hypnosis, Therapy and Self Help. These include the Amazon number one bestsellers Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts and Take Control of Your Life. I have also written about my personal and professional experiences of autism (both my experiences as an autistic individual and as a professional who has worked extensively with autistic children, adults and involved professionals) and author of the best selling book ‘Look Into My Eyes: Asperger’s, Hypnosis, & Me.
I have undertaken extensive hypnotherapy and psychotherapy training, including with Uncommon Knowledge at Brighton University, Brighton, and with British Hypnosis Research at Roehampton University, London. I am also trained in Clinical Supervision through the British Psychological Society, and the ‘Signs of Safety’ child protection model – a solution focused approach to child protection. I have also completed courses in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Human Givens Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Meditation and Mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique, Relaxation Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and various forms of Psychotherapeutic Practice.
I started working in the caring professions in 1997 with adults manifesting mental health, learning and developmental disabilities including schizophrenia, manic depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism. Later I worked with children and young people, in residential care homes, who were exhibiting challenging behaviour, including oppositional defiance disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and autism/Asperger’s.
I then moved into parenting and family work initially within the youth offending service, focusing on reducing youth offending and anti-social behaviour, before managing a team of family intervention project staff, and managing a team of troubled families family support workers where our role was to target and turn around the hardest to engage 1% of families in the UK. We helped in a wide variety of areas including reducing anti-social behaviour and crime that family members were involved in, as well as helping get children back into education, ensuring family members were getting mental health and other needs met, helping to get adults into work. We also supported families with problems that included dysfunctional family relationships, child/teen to parent violence and abuse, getting them back into work and children back into school.
Since 2002 I have been working with clients on personal development, performance enhancement, depression and anxiety disorders, sleep issues and addictions, as well as offering training around hypnosis, therapy, parenting and family support, breakaway and safety awareness, and conflict resolution.