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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is now in use worldwide, while hypnosis as a technique continues to attract serious interest from the professional community. Integrating the two, the field of cognitive hypnotherapy uses the natural trance states of clients to unlock unconscious thoughts and memory patterns that can generate and sustain problems. Cognitive hypnotherapists work within the client’s model of the world, so that changes are more likely to be subconsciously accepted and become permanent. This practical guide shows how cognitive hypnotherapy can be used to treat a range of emotional disorders including depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, eating disorders and PTSD.

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"This interesting book is practical, providing a step-by-step approach for integrating hypnotherapy with CBT. It demonstrates how this method is applied with common psychological disorders such as depression and PTSD. Clinicians who use hypnosis will be very pleased with this work because it gives them more techniques to use with their clients." (Doody's, April 2009)
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Cognitive hypnotherapy combines hypnotherapy with cognitive-behavior therapy in order to address various psychiatric disorders such as depression, pain, and sexual dysfunction. The author integrates theory and research with practice, giving clinicians tools to use within a step-by-step approach.
Purpose: According to the author, "this book takes a multimodal approach to understanding and treating emotional disorders. It is written to encourage evidence-based clinical practice and research in hypnotherapy. It provides directions on how to assimilate hypnosis with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in the management of various emotional disorders. It lays down a solid theoretical foundation for integrating hypnosis with CBT in the management of emotional disorders. Furthermore, cognitive hypnotherapy is conceptualized as an assimilative model of psychotherapy. The assimilative approach to psychotherapy is the latest integrative psychotherapy model described in the literature. It is considered to be the best model for integrating both theory and empirical findings to achieve maximum flexibility and effectiveness under a guiding theoretical framework."
Audience: The book is intended for hypnotherapists, cognitive behavioral therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. Dr. Alladin, a clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at the University of Calgary Medical School, has over 25 years of experience in hypnosis and is president of the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis-Alberta Society.
Features: It begins with a rationale for why integrating hypnosis with cognitive behavior therapy makes sense in terms of treatment effect and because CBT has a solid empirical foundation on which to build. The author then provides an eight-step cognitive hypnotherapy case formulation beginning with major problems and ending with strengths and assets. Later, cognitive hypnotherapy is applied to various psychiatric disorders including depression, PTSD, pain disorders, and sexual dysfunctions. It is a step-by-step approach, illustrating techniques and what should be done in each session. Five appendixes such as a CAB (emotions, facts, automatic thoughts) form, cognitive restructuring form (ABCDE), outline of a case formulation and treatment plan, a specific case application, and a relaxation protocol, which is very practical and contains many different therapeutic techniques. In the interesting concluding chapter, the author notes the reasons this book is better than another on the market: 1) it lays down a theoretical foundation for integrating hypnosis and CBT; 2) it uses a case formulation approach; 3) it provides a step-by-step guide to treating emotional disorders; and 4) it is a template for integrating other psychological theories with hypnotherapy. Dr. Alladin believes that research may ultimately show that hypnotherapy, "as an assimilative form of psychotherapy," is an effective treatment for the future. There are no obvious shortcomings of the book, though I would have liked more case examples of how cognitive hypnotherapy is applied to each emotional disorder.
Assessment: This interesting book is practical, providing a step-by-step approach for integrating hypnotherapy with CBT. It demonstrates how this method is applied with common psychological disorders such as depression and PTSD. Clinicians who use hypnosis will be very pleased with this work because it gives them more techniques to use with their clients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470032510
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/23/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Asssen Alladin is a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Foothills Medical Centre and Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Calgary Medical School. he has been practicing and teaching hypnosis and clinical psychology for over 25 years. He served as Secretary of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis for many years and currently he is the President of the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis-Alberta Society. He was Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Alladin has published many chapters and papers on clinical hypnosis and is the author of Handbook of Cognitive-Hypnotherapy for Depression: An Evidence-Based Approach (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2007) and Hypnotherapy Explained (Radcliffe Publishing, 2008). He served as guest Editor for Special Issues in Hypnotherapy for the Journal of Preventive Neurology and Psychiatry (1992), the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly (1994), and the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (April 2007 & July 2007).

He is interested in the empirical validation of clinical hypnosis and the integration of hypnosis with other forms of psychotherapy. He is the 2005 recipient of the Best Research Paper from Division 30 of the American Psychological Association.

Dr Alladin comes from the island of Mauritius and he completed all his studies in England. He was initially trained as a registered Nurse and a Social Worker before taking Psychology and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Alladin has two adult children and lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He loves teaching, and traveling with his wife of 27 years. He has presented addresses and workshops on clinical hypnosis at national and international conferences.

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Table of Contents

About the Author.



1. The Rationale for Integrating Hypnosis and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the Management of Emotional Disorders.

2. Cognitive Hypnotherapy Case Formulation.

3. Cognitive Hypnotherapy in the Management of Depression.

4. Cognitive Hypnotherapy in the Management of Migraine.

5. Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

6. Cognitive Hypnotherapy with Psychocutaneous Disorders.

7. Cognitive Hypnotherapy in the Management of Somatisation.

8. Cognitive Hypnotherapy in the Management of Chronic Primary Insomnia.

9. Cognitive Hypnotherapy in the Management of Sexual Dysfunctions.

10. Future Directions.




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