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From The CriticsReviewer:Christopher J. Graver, PhD(Madigan Army Medical Center)
Description:Clinical hypnosis is an approach made famous by parlor tricks at fairs and shows where individuals clucked like chickens on command. However, there is much more to hypnosis as a clinical tool in psychological treatment, which is the focus of this book.
Purpose:The aim is to provide some background on the uses of hypnosis and deliver a cogent, hands-on demonstration of its uses with a variety of disorders and problems.
Audience:This book is appropriate for clinicians involved in psychotherapy, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other therapists and counselors. The author is well known in the hypnosis realm, as well as through her media appearances and self-help books. However, readers should be aware that hypnosis is an enterprising business for her and the book contains few scientific references, many of them case studies.
Features:An introduction to hypnosis begins the book. The bias is apparent in the first paragraph where the author presents hypnosis as a side-effect-free proposition. The book then focuses on the different ways that hypnosis can be used, as well as indications and contraindications. These are general, and sometimes vague, and the sample scripts and guidance for treating different conditions are incomplete. As such, this book is really targeted at individuals who are trained and familiar with hypnosis and are looking for some additional suggestions or to expand their practice. The references are relatively paltry and not always directly connected to hypnosis.
Assessment:For individuals who are already interested in hypnosis, this will provide some information about the different ways in which it can be used, but it does not provide a step-by-step manual for conducting hypnosis. The second edition doesn't offer much more than the original.