|Born||Paul William McKenna
8 November 1963
Hackney, East London, England
|Occupation||Hypnotist, writer, television & radio presenter|
McKenna has written and produced books and multimedia products, hosted self-improvement television shows and presents seminars in hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, weight loss, motivation and the Zen meditation Big Mind and Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy (ADT) otherwise known as Havening Techniques.
He became interested in hypnotism as a result of a guest who appeared on his show. His interest stemmed initially for reasons of self-development, although entertainment was later to play a big part. Whilst still working at Capital Radio, McKenna began experimenting with small hypnotic shows, first for the amusement of friends, then for audiences in pubs and clubs. From there he starred in a regular Sunday night show at the Duke of York's Theatre, which was owned at the time by Capital Radio. The success of those shows led to his playing other theatres across the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, the US, Australia and Hong Kong.
After a brief spell at Radio 1 in the early 1990s, McKenna decided to quit radio. In 1993, ITV broadcast The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna, which featured audience members volunteering to be hypnotised to act in comedic ways, the show subsequently being broadcast in 42 countries. During this time, he continued to study hypnosis, and neuro-linguistic programming with Richard Bandler, the co-creator of NLP.
McKenna hypnotised the Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond on series 4, episode 2 of the motor show in 2004. In October 2009 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.
McKenna is a non-fiction author, with self-help titles including 'I Can Make You Thin', 'Stop Smoking Without Gaining Weight', 'I Can Make You Happy' and 'Hypnotic Gastric Band'.
McKenna hypnotised The One Show presenter Matt Baker to believe that he was Pablo Picasso during which time he created several impressionist pieces of art, which were shown on air while the footage was played back during McKenna's appearance on 9 January 2013.
McKenna has also presented several live events including Get The Life You Want with Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler and Get Thin.
From February 2014 to September 2015, McKenna hosted a talk show called 'McKenna' that was broadcast on Hulu featuring "non-journalistic" interviews with Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest, Roger Moore, Rachael Ray, Tony Robbins and Richard Dawkins.
Recently McKenna has been involved in the research and development of the Psychosensory therapy of Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy (ADT), otherwise known as Havening  with Ronald Ruden and Stephen Ruden, presenting seminars to health care professionals in the UK and USA. He specialises in working with PTSD, severe trauma, pain control and emotional overwhelm.
Controversy with former manager
Paul fired his former manager and once fiancee Claire Staples in 2013.
Staples subsequently initiated a legal action to sue McKenna for part of his £65 million fortune. She claimed McKenna had severe hallucinations in which he believed he heard Jesus Christ and other imaginary voices, and was addicted to drugs, alcohol, porn, prostitutes and prescription pills.
Paul vehemently denied the allegations, dismissed Staples as 'a greedy woman', and filed a counter-claim in London.
A spokesman for McKenna said the allegations were absurd, stating "Staples threatened to make these spurious claims against McKenna if he did not give her half of everything he has ever earned or will earn"  adding "If Mr McKenna is unable to function because he is an alcoholic, drug addict and has psychotic episodes, he would hardly have been able to, in the last decade, to treat many war veterans for PTSD, write 16 bestselling books, do hundreds of seminars, appear on radio and TV all over the world, run a global company and speak at the United Nations.’ 
In the legal discovery process that followed, documents and transcripts were found that showed Claire Staples was never Paul's business partner, as she had claimed, and was only a business manager who worked for Paul. The investigation also uncovered that Claire had an undeclared income from selling confidential information to tabloid newspapers about AA members and celebrities such as Elle McPherson and Courtney Love. Further documents were found in Claire's handwriting wherein she described sleeping with numerous A-List celebrities. The presentation of this information led to a series of pleas by her lawyers for mediation in which she abandoned her partnership claim. Claire came out of the mediation with significant losses and legal costs.
In a Mail on Sunday article, Staples stated: ‘It is truly sad that just three weeks after agreeing to a substantial out-of-court settlement, Paul would give an interview filled with lies.‘Paul settled our case before trial because he owed me a substantial amount of money and feared the truth coming out. I stand by every allegation in my complaint, which was supported by a mountain of evidence.‘If any part of what Paul is now saying were true, he would have jumped at the opportunity to defend himself in a public forum. He didn’t – which speaks volumes. This is just a desperate attempt by Paul to revive his career without facing any of his real issues.’ 
McKenna attended St Ignatius College in London and East Hertfordshire College and holds two doctorates, the validity of both of which have been called into question.
PhD from LaSalle University
In 1996, McKenna was granted a PhD from LaSalle University. This university was legally licensed by the state, but it falsely claimed to be an accredited university. After the principal of LaSalle pleaded guilty to fraud, thousands of students, including McKenna, were awarded compensation from the U.S. government. LaSalle is now discredited as a diploma mill.
In 2006, McKenna successfully sued and won his case against the Daily Mirror for libel over claims made by Mirror TV critic Victor Lewis-Smith that McKenna's degree from LaSalle was merely a purchased "bogus degree", bought with the intention of deliberately defrauding the public which was found to be totally false. Damages and verdict against The Daily Mirror were the sum of £20,000, but The Mirror's costs possibly totaled over £1 million, which were awarded to him and the judge ordered the Daily Mirror to pay interim costs of £75,000. McKenna's thesis, which later became the basis of his best selling book 'Change Your Life In 7 Days', was not the focus of the trial.
Accredited DPhil from IMCA
In 2003,[dead link] McKenna gained an accredited Doctor of Philosophy by Explication (DPhil) from the International Management Centres Association (IMCA). The title of his thesis was "The Effects of Fixed Action Patterns and Neuro-Linguistic Programming in Determining Outcomes in Human Behaviour".
Prior to 2005, IMCA were accredited by the US Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), but this accreditation was later removed by DETC in 2005, after McKenna's doctorate. The degree-awarding body for IMCA is Revans University. Their registered address is in Vanuatu, though it has also been associated with Boulder, Colorado. It has no physical campus, and all its activities take place online, like The Open University. Revans University's UK partner organization IMCA was based in Buckingham but neither Revans University nor IMCA is recognised as a UK degree-awarding body or course provider during McKenna's time according to The Times Educational Supplement. British universities do not accept qualifications accredited by Revans University. This has led to complaints from former students. The material in both McKenna's doctorates has been published.
McKenna has produced self-help books, CDs and DVDs as well as several audio books that provide the information from the books in audible form. His latest book is Hypnotic Gastric Band.
McKenna's full list of published titles include:
- Hypnotic Gastric Band Bantam Press 2013 ISBN 978-0-593-07074-1
- I Can Make You Smarter Bantam Press 2012 ISBN 978-0-593-06405-4
- I Can Make You Happy Bantam Press: 2011 ISBN 978-0-593-06404-7
- Change Your Life in Seven Days - Updated version Bantam Press: 2010 ISBN 978-0-593-06661-4
- I Can Make You Confident, Sterling Publishing: 2010. ISBN 1-4027-6922-9
- I Can Make You Sleep, Bantam Press: 2009. ISBN 1-4027-6574-6
- I Can Make You Rich, Bantam Press: 2007. ISBN 0-593-05537-3
- Quit Smoking Today Without Gaining Weight, Bantam Press: 2007. ISBN 0-593-05536-5
- Instant Confidence, Bantam Press: 2006. ISBN 0-593-05535-7
- I Can Make You Thin, Bantam Press: 2005. ISBN 0-593-05054-1
- Change Your Life in Seven Days, 2005.ISBN 0-593-05053-3
- How to Mend Your Broken Heart, (with Hugh Willbourn) Bantam Press: 2003. ISBN 0-593-05055-X
- The Power to Influence, Nightingale-Conant: 1998. ISBN 1-905453-56-6 (audiobook with Michael Breen)
- The Paranormal World of Paul McKenna, Faber and Faber: 1997. ISBN 0-571-19245-9
- Paul McKenna's Hypnotic Secrets, Boxtree: 1995. ISBN 0-7522-0192-1 (with Peter Willis and Clare Staples)
- The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna, Faber and Faber: 1994. ISBN 0-571-16802-7
McKenna has also released a number of audio recordings.
In October 2016, McKenna read Hans Christian Andersen's "It's Quite True" for the children's fairytales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF, together with Sir Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor, Dame Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, David Walliams and Charlotte Rampling.
McKenna learned NLP from Richard Bandler, co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He uses Thought Field Therapy in many of his television demonstrations and studied under Roger Callahan, the creator of TFT.
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