Dr Raj Lal Sharma

Specialist in Hypnosis & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Medical Doctor

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. ~ Molière

Dr Raj Lal Sharma works at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. He is Lead of the RLHIM Hypnosis & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Unit, and Lead of the RLHIM Irritable Bowel Syndrome Service. He is also a lead clinician in the RLHIM Fibromyalgia Service, which he helped to establish in 2010.

He qualified in medicine from Charles University, Prague in 2003. After practising medicine, he pursued his main interests in Integrative and Complementary Medicine. He was awarded an MSc in Hypnosis from the Psychology Department, University College London, and founded the first and only Medical and Clinical Hypnosis service within the National Health Service in 2007 whilst training at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. His MSc research lead to the development of a set of therapy CDs to help sufferers of Trigeminal Neuralgia, a chronic facial pain disorder also known as the “suicide disease”, to manage their pain and reduce the psychological distress associated with this debilitating condition. Following his research, he donated the therapy CDs to the charity - The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK, to enable the charity and sufferers across the UK to benefit from his work.

In 2008, he was awarded the Young Scientist Award from the European Association of Oral Medicine for his research project “Hypnosis in Burning Mouth Syndrome Patients.”

He undertook further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at Oxford, and was awarded the Oxford University Diploma in Cognitive Therapy. Following this, he established the Fibromyalgia Syndrome Group Management Programme at the RLHIM.

He currently runs the unique Hypnosis and Cognitive Therapy Unit at the RLHIM, University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he treats a wide variety of medical, dental and psychological problems e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Anxiety Based Disorders, and Interventional Procedures. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he teaches medical students, doctors and dentists on various topics associated with Medicine, Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He is registered with the General Medical Council, and is a council member of the Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is also a member of the Medical Advisor Board for Fibromyalgia Association UK, the leading UK charity for Fibromyalgia.

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