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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This book describes the theory behind the integration of hypnotherapy into cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and provides ample clinical applications.
Purpose: The editor states this book was one that he would have liked to have read before teaching a class on the uses of hypnotherapy in CBT. This is a relatively new integration of theories, and so it is a useful addition to both fields of study, clinical hypnotherapy and CBT, as well as an entity of its own.
Audience: This book is intended for practitioners and student practitioners who are interested in amplifying CBT with clinical hypnosis. The 11 contributors are psychologists and most have published relevant material in articles and/or books.
Features: The book provides an overview on the use of hypnotherapy in CBT, exploring important theoretical material and the importance of creating a useful case conceptualization. Later chapters provide clinical case examples with specific disorders. These are detailed and interesting. The final chapter is an interesting addition written by the editor on "Becoming a Practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnosis" which discusses finding appropriate training and the proper utilization of the techniques.
Assessment: This is a rather new integration of areas so there is little comparison that can be made to other books. This is a useful, inviting, and interesting book that will be a great resource for clinicians who are open to the many clinical uses of hypnosis.