A one-day meeting with Katalin Varga, Dipl. Psych. PhD.


Beyond the Words: Communication and Suggestion in Medical Practice 

When: Saturday 22 February 2014, 10am - 4pm.

Where: Exeter Golf and Country Club, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 7AE.

Early bird ticket price (save £10 if booked before 20 January 2014): Members £50; Non-members £55; Discount £35 (for GPs, GDPs and psychology and psychotherapy trainees).

Ticket price after 20 January: Members £60; Non-members £65; Discount £45.

Dr. Varga demonstrated specific exercises used in training medical professionals. The participants had the opportunity to take part in these exercises focusing on the importance of rapport, communicating in situations of emotional involvement, use of suggestive techniques in critical situations, applying simple metaphors etc. The approach is based on the observation that the patients in medical settings are in a state very close to the hypnotic, so any comment may function as a powerful hypnotic suggestion.


Katalin Varga is an associate professor at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), the head of the Department of Affective Psychology, President of Hungarian Association of Hypnosis. Her research topic was the investigation of the subjective experiences connected to hypnosis and the role of suggestions in critical states. She got her degree of “Doctor of University” (ELTE) in 1991, and her PhD degree in 1997 on comparing the subjective and behavioural effects of hypnosis. As a member of the “Budapest hypnosis research laboratory” she is investigating hypnosis in an interactional framework, in the multilevel approach she is focusing on the phenomenological data.