Harold Van Colle

BORN LON­DON, FE­BRU­ARY 17, 1915. DIED LON­DON, JULY 16, 2007, AGED 92.

The Jewish Chronicle - - OBITUARIES -

ASELF-TAUGHT FOUNDER of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Psy­chother­a­pists and a ther­a­pist for 35 years, Harold Van Colle stressed per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence over con­ven­tional science, writes Stephen Games.

Hie treated Bri­tish and for­eign roy­alty and tabloid celebri­ties at his sub­ur­ban house in Wem­b­ley, Mid­dle­sex, help­ing them give up smok­ing and drink­ing and deal­ing with pho­bias.

He came to ther­apy in his 50, af­ter be­ing shown how to use wa­ter-di­vin­ing rods. This gave him the idea of a link be­tween think­ing about an ob­ject and the ob­ject it­self. Af­ter short cour­ses in hyp­nother­apy and psy­chother­apy, he started to prac­tise, even­tu­ally drop­ping hyp­nother­apy.

Born in Stam­ford Hill, he went to Gro­cers Com­pany School, Hack­ney. In his early 20s he trav­elled to Brazil and or­gan­ised wrestling bouts in Lon­don. Urged by his fa­ther, he stud­ied phar­macy and chi­ropody at the North­ern Polytech­nic, Lon­don, open­ing a phar­macy in Wem­b­ley in the mid-1930s.

Af­ter the war he set up as a busi­ness­man, work­ing from home. He in­vented de­vices, ex­ported his own medica­ments and built up a fine col­lec­tion of coins, stamps and post­marks.

He lived off his col­lec­tions for three years while re­search­ing ex­tra-sen­sory per­cep­tion. He made sig­nif­i­cant arche­o­log­i­cal finds, har­ness­ing his dis­cov­er­ies to psy­chother­apy and writ­ing three books. He loved mu­sic, which he com­posed and im­pro­vised, and ac­com­pa­nied shows at Wem­b­ley shul.

His wife, Miriam, died in 1995. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Susan.

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