An Introduction to Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
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In this introduction to the subject, experienced hypnotherapist and trainer Damian Hamill takes the reader on an exploration of the exciting fields of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Assuming no previous knowledge, Damian helps the reader to:
- Learn an empowering and respectful philosophy for helping people change with hypnosis
- Explore the fascinating History of Hypnosis and meet many of the pioneers going back centuries
- Find out why Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung both turned their backs on hypnosis (or thought they had!) and why they were wrong
- Discover what people actually experience when they access hypnosis and how these natural phenomena can be used for therapeutic ends
- Find out about natural hypnoidal states and how hypnosis surrounds us on a daily basis
- Investigate what factors influence individual hypnotic susceptibility and find out why what happens in a research laboratory is not necessarily the best guide to what happens in real life
- Examine a number of classic theories and 'explanations' for hypnosis
- Discover different styles for inducing hypnosis, deepening it and communicating with your client in trance
- Learn how to handle the unexpected and how to engage with clients in a supportive and respectful way
- Be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches for utilising hypnosis for therapeutic change.
Written in a friendly and accessible style the reader will find the subject clearly explained and de-mystified and will be left with a thirst to find out more.
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About the author

Damian Hamill is a therapist, coach, consultant and trainer in the fields of hypnotherapy, NLP, personal development and Life/Executive Coaching. He is certified at an advanced level as a hypnotherapist and is a Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). Damian has also trained in Time Line Therapy (TM) and Symbolic Modelling. He is a certified NLP Coach Practitioner. Â Prior to establishing Hypnotic Outcomes, Damian was a Senior Lecturer on the clinical hypnosis programme at a respected London University and Course Director for another UK hypnotherapy training body. He also designed and taught the Certificate and Diploma courses in Hypnotherapy for a well-known college of adult education in London.

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Nov 30, 2012
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Psychology / Hypnotism
Psychology / Psychotherapy / General
Self-Help / Self-Hypnosis
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ìLike others trying to incorporate hypnotherapy into their practice, I found myself struggling with the question, ìWhere do I begin?î This book provides that answerÖ [It]offers the first complete presentation of [the] fundamentals [of hypnotic relaxation therapy] in a manner that is not only supported by empirical research, but is consistent with the authorís 30 years of experience as a clinical practitioner. In contrast to a ìone-size-fits-all approach,î this book provides specific, easy-to-follow guidelines for developing hypnotic suggestions in a flexible manner that will enable the clinician to effectively address individual patientsí unique needsÖ
Practitioners, students, and clinicians will want to have a copy of this comprehensive book, not only to use as a training manual, but to have as a ìgo to guideî to troubleshoot typical problems.î

-Cassie Kendrick, PsyD
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Health Psychology
Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory
Baylor University

This book introduces a new, evidence-based model of hypnotherapy called ìhypnotic relaxation therapyî (HRT). Easily integrated with other therapeutic models or used alone, HRT has been proven effective in a wide variety of applications including pain management, anxiety reduction, smoking cessation, insomnia treatment, and treatment of post-menopausal symptoms. This new model advances the field of hypnotherapy by making relaxation an explicit part of hypnotherapy and measuring individual differences in hypnotizabillity with the introduction of a new measurement instrument, the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale (EHS). Additionally, it is the first book to integrate Cognitive-Experiential Self Theory with HRT.

Dr. Elkins is a highly esteemed leader in clinical hypnosis. He has served as President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, President of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, Vice-Chair of the Council of Representatives of the International Society of Hypnosis, and Chair of the Fellows Committee of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis of the APA. His book provides clinicians with the guiding principles of HRT as well as the empirical research underlying it. Dr. Elkins offers a session-by-session approach to HRT that covers the process for structuring sessions, treatment planning, and dealing with resistance, and explicates detailed applications of HRT. Guidelines for formulating hypnotic suggestions are described, as is HRT as a proven effective source of intervention for hot flashes in menopausal women. The book explains how to integrate HRT with other modalities and discusses the ethical considerations of HRT. Additionally, the book introduces the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale for clinical assessment of hypnotizability that is currently being used in NIH-funded research at Baylor University and the Mayo Clinic. Case examples and sample transcripts are incorporated throughout the book, which also includes a sample brochure for patients.

Key Features:

Introduces a new, evidence-based conceptualization of hypnotherapyPresents a new, well-validated, easy-to-use scale for measuring hynotizabilityIncludes plentiful case examples and sample transcripts of hypnotic relaxation interventionsExplains how to integrate HRT with other modalitiesWritten by a renowned leader in the field of hypnosis

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