Autogenic Therapy within the NHS

Group classes at the Royal London Hospital for Integrative Medicine (RLHIM) 

RLHIM is part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Most patients attending this hospital have chronic health problems.  Some are caught in a Symptom Stress Spiral of “Stress makes my symptoms worse – My symptoms stress me out”.

When it is clear to their doctor and to themselves that stress is having a negative impact on their coping capacity, their well-being and their quality of life, they are referred to learn Autogenic Training. 

Referrals
Referrals from all over the country are accepted.  British Autogenic Society trained therapists have been teaching cathartic Autogenic Training since 1985.  Up to 250 people a year learn AT in small groups at the hospital.   

+  Please click here to view the hospital’s Patient Leaflet on Autogenic Training.

+  Please click here for the steps for you and your doctor to follow for the Referral Process.

Waiting Times
Courses start four to five times per year so there is usually one starting within two months of any referral.

 Location
RLHIM is conveniently situated in central London.  It is close to Russell Square and Holborn underground stations and within an easy travelling distance from Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross mainline stations.

Reports and Audits
Studies of Autogenic Therapy carried out at the hospital, at Exeter University, and around the world show that Autogenic Training is a useful way of helping to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.  At the same time, AT practice increases positive emotions and a sense of personal well-being and control. Here is some of the research done about the effectiveness and experience of learning AT at the hospital.

Autogenic Training prospective cohort study, the impact of AT on insomnia: A recent audit of patients who have attended the Autogenic Training Clinic showed positive and interesting results. Click here to learn more: Bowden A, Lorenc A & Robinson N  (2012). Autogenic Training as a behavioural approach to insomnia: a prospective cohort study. Primary Health Care Research and Development, Apr;13(2):175-85.

People who learned Autogenic Training at the hospital participated in research to discover whether improved sleep could fruitfully be used as an outcome measure in health care research. Click here to learn more: Robinson N, Lorenc A & Bowden A (2010) Can improvements in sleep be used as an indicator of the wider benefits of Autogenic Training and CAM research in general? European Journal of Integrative Medicine, June;2(2):57-62.

People who learned AT at the hospital were interviewed for three doctoral research projects:

Porter, C. A., 2015. Autogenic training for people experiencing chronic pain. Canterbury, UK: Unpublished DClinPsy dissertation, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, England
Naylor, R. T., 2013. Self-balancing Sanctuarying: A grounded theory of relaxation and autogenic training. Canterbury, UK: Unpublished PhD dissertation, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, England
Yurdakul, L., 2004. Perceived psychological changes associated with autogenic training for anxiety. Canterbury, UK: Unpublished DClinPsy dissertation, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, England

Location

The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) is conveniently situated in central London close to Russell Square and Holborn Underground stations and within an easy travelling distance from Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross Mainline stations.