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From The CriticsReviewer: Sheila M. Dowd, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This handbook reviews the literature, theoretical background, and uses for cognitive hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a manual outlining the techniques and steps to use cognitive hypnotherapy for the treatment of depression. The introduction of a new evidence-based treatment is always useful. This book is successful in condensing the background and uses of both cognitive therapy (CT) and hypnotherapy separately and in combination.
Audience: As described in the preface, the book is aimed at practitioners working with patients suffering from depression with the hope of offering a new intervention and stimulating new research in the area. The author expresses his desire to share his 25 years of experience working with depression.
Features: The handbook provides a brief background on the theories and treatments for depression and hypnotherapy focusing on cognitive therapy. For those less familiar with these topics, this is a nice summary of the issues. As this is a relatively new treatment, the handbook spends time introducing the hypnotherapy model. The majority of the book focuses on the background, but later guides readers through assessment, treatment planning, and case formulation including some sample templates to organize patient information. The hypnotherapy procedures, which I found very interesting, are introduced later in the manual. Since the book is pocket sized, it should be easy to use in session for the hypnotherapy scripts. It is also helpful to have an outline for all of the hypnotherapy sessions.
Assessment: Cognitive hypnotherapy is an interesting approach and will likely provide practitioners with several interesting treatment options. The handbook will be a useful reference and can be readily used in a treatment session.