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BSc MSc MSc PhD C.Psychol

CHARTERED CLINICAL FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGIST

EXPERT WITNESS

My email address is mailto:m.heap@sheffield.ac.uk.
My blog is at http://mheap.blogspot.co.uk/.
I am also on Twitter.

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PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS AND SPECIALITIES

I am a clinical and a forensic psychologist. I started out in clinical psychology in 1974. Before then, I worked (from 1970) as a research psychologist in a hospital for patients with brain damage. I have also held part-time teaching and lecturing posts at universities. In 2001 I qualified in forensic psychology and worked over 9 years in a medium secure hospital. I now work exclusively in private practice.

In my professional work I have developed the following areas of knowledge and expertise:

  • Assessment and therapy for people with mental health and other psychological problems.

  • Hypnosis (theory, research, clinical practice and forensic and legal issues). I have published many papers on this subject over the past 35 years and several books. For details of these books click here.

  • The preparation of expert witness reports on defendants (pre-trial and pre-sentence) for the criminal courts.

  • The preparation of expert witness reports for the civil courts. I have considerable experience in the psychological effects of road traffic accidents.

  • The assessment and treatment of people who have psychological problems and disorders and who are compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act. I have now retired from the Health Service and am no longer actively involved in this work.

LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON HYPNOSIS?

Most information about hypnosis that you read in books and on the internet and that is portrayed in the media is unreliable and misleading. I would not even recommend the entries in Wikipedia, which are of indifferent quality. I have penned an account of hypnosis on this website in which I have tried to summarise what scientific enquiry into the subject is now telling us. I also recommend the following website that is being constantly updated: Hypnosis and Suggestion.

INTEREST IN SCEPTICISM

I am the Chairman/Secretary and, in 1997, a founder member of ASKE, the Association for Skeptical Enquiry. This is a society for people from all walks of life who wish to promote rational thinking and enquiry, particularly concerning unusual phenomena, and who are opposed to the proliferation and misuse of irrational and unscientific ideas and practices. I am editor of ASKE’s quarterly magazine The Skeptical Intelligencer. For many years I have had a column in the UK Skeptic magazine I also assisted in establishing Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub.
 
I enjoy giving talks to schools and other institutions and groups on my work and on scepticism (e.g. 'Science and the Paranormal').

To find out more about ASKE, visit our webiste at http://www.aske-skeptics.org.uk/. If you share our ideas and concerns why not join for just £10 a year?

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UNIVERSAL AWARENESS: A THEORY OF THE SOUL

by Michael Heap


Why was I born the person I am? If I had not been born the person I am now, would I have been born as someone else? Have I lived before? What happens to me when I die? This book attempts to answer these and other profound questions. Click on the button above for further details.

 

FULL LIST OF ARTICLES ON THIS WEBSITE

Click on the button for a full list of papers accessible on this website, including papers on hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, scepticism, and clinical psychology. Below are papers that appear to have attracted particular interest.

‘THE REPLICATED BRAIN’ THOUGHT EXPERIMENT

PLACEBO THERAPY: HOW TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE AND ETHICAL QUACK TREATMENT
'An outstanding contribution to Alternative and Complementary Medicine.'

SOME STORIES ABOUT HYPNOSIS

THEY TOLD ME I'M UNSUITABLE: THE LANGUAGE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

HYPNOSIS: THE MODERN SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE (revised)

LET'S WAVE GOODBYE TO THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING

UNDERSTANDING YOUR DREAMS: A SIMPLE TECHNIQUE