This book is aimed at helping both newly trained and experienced mental health professionals become comfortable and adept in using hypnosis in their clinical practice. Despite dramatic evidence of the effectiveness of hypnosis and its growing acceptance, only a small percentage of psychotherapists employ their hypnotherapy training in their practices. This under-use of hypnosis is due to exaggerated misconceptions about its power and the resultant performance anxiety therapists experience after their training. This text is designed to address therapist performance anxiety surrounding the use of hypnosis by exploring the myths surrounding its power and therapeutic potential. The integration of a straightforward systematic hypnotic approach into therapeutic practice has value both in assessment and treatment. Using clinical anecdotes and personal experience, the authors of Hypnosis in Clinical Practice explain induction style and trance work in a way that is fundamental and highly accessible.
Acknowledgements. Preface: A Book for Psychotherapists. Introduction: The Myth of Magic. Thinking About Hypnosis. The Hypnotic Relationship. Assessment and Diagnostics: What Our Clients Teach Us About Themselves. Hypnotic Phenomena and Unconscious Process. Treatment Planning: Accessing Natural Trance. Treatment Planning: Managing Resistance. Treatment Planning: Basic Steps. Looking Ahead to Looking Back. Bibliography. Appendix A: Professional Organizations. Appendix B: Hypnosis Treatment Planning Worksheet. Appendix C: Informed Consent Form. Appendix D: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Code of Conduct. Index.