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The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis - Theory and Practice

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About the Editors xi About the Contributors xiii Foreword xvii Preface xix Part One Hypnosis: The Fundamentals 1 1. Hypnosis: The Theory behind the Therapy 3 Dr Peter Naish 2. Hypnotic Phenomena and Hypnotisability 19 Dr Ann Williamson 3. History of Hypnosis 31 Dr Ann Williamson 4. Imagery and Visualisation 41 Mrs Jacky Owens 5. Use of Language and Metaphor 51 Dr Ann Williamson 6. Safety 77 Mrs Jacky Owens Part Two The Stages of Therapy 87 Dr Les Brann with contributions from Dr Geoff Ibbotson, Mrs Jacky Owens and Dr Ann Williamson 7. Initial Steps 89 8. Explanation of Hypnosis: The Working Model 97 9. Induction and Deepening 107 10. Establishing the Problem 123 11. Resolving the Problem 131 12. Ego Strengthening, Anchoring and Re-alerting 141 13. Self Hypnosis and Other Homework 151 Part Three Specific Disorders 155 14. Self Esteem and Self Confidence 157 Dr Ann Williamson 15. Anxiety and Panic Disorder 169 Dr Ann Williamson 16. Depression 195 Dr Alastair Dobbin 17. Phobias 211 Dr Les Brann 18. Medically Unexplained Symptoms 229 Dr Michael E.Y. Capek 19. Specific Psychosomatic Disorders 247 Dr Les Brann 20. Dermatology 281 Dr Mhairi McKenna 21. Pain 293 Dr Les Brann 22. Anaesthesia, Surgery and Invasive Procedures 315 Dr David Rogerson, Mrs Jacky Owens and Dr Les Brann 23. Oncology 333 Mrs Jacky Owens and Dr Leslie Walker 24. Cancer Care 351 Mrs Phyllis Alden and Mrs Jacky Owens 25. Death, Dying and Loss 375 Dr K K Aravind, Mrs Jacky Owens and Dr Ann Williamson 26. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 389 Dr Geoff Ibbotson 27. Adjustment Disorders 413 Peter J Hawkins 28. Eating Disorders 425 Dr David Kraft and Dr Peter J Hawkins 29. Habit Disorder and Addiction 441 Dr David Medd and Dr Ann Williamson 30. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 457 Mrs Phyllis Alden and Dr Ann Williamson 31. Obstetrics 463 Mrs Diana Tibble and Dr Les Brann 32. Infertility 483 Dr Les Brann 33. Psychosexual Problems 493 Dr Peter J Hawkins and Dr Les Brann 34. Children 507 Dr David Byron and Dr Sobharani R Sungum-Paliwal 35. Learning Disability and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 525 Mr Cliff Robins 36. Sleep Disorders 537 Dr Les Brann 37. Performance Enhancement 547 Dr Barry Cripps 38. Informal Hypnotic Techniques 567 Dr Caron Moores, Dr Grahame Smith and Mr Martin Wall 39. Working Transculturally 575 Dr Geoff Ibbotson 40. Commissioning, Providing and Auditing a Hypnotherapy Service 583 Dr Les Brann Appendix 1: Life History Inventory 591 Appendix 2: What goes in must come out 593 Glossary 595 Author Index 599 Subject Index 621

About the Author

Les Brann is President of the British Society for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), and Clinical Lead for Chelmford NHS Medical Hypnosis Unit, UK. He is the author of Just Close Your Eyes and Relax (1988). Jacky Owens is a Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine's Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine. She worked for more than thirty years in the NHS before becoming independent practitioner running a company providing holistic services and support for cancer sufferers. Jacky retired from active practice in 2014 but remains on the Council for Royal Society of Medicine's Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine. Ann Williamson has used hypnosis for more than 15 years to tackle stress and anxiety. An accredited member of BSCAH, she is the author of several books including Brief Psychological Interventions (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).


Coming from the capable hands of editors Brann, Owens and Williamson, this book will be a valuable source of information for those interested in hypnosis as a serious and effective tool in clinical settings. Claudia Nielsen, Psychotherapist and Vice-President of the Scientific and Medical Network, UK The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis highlighted for me what is often lacking in most hypnosis works: a truly integrative effort to enable the clinician to appreciate the theoretical and experimental underpinnings of the clinical techniques. Beginning with an outstanding introduction and continuing with an excellent series of chapters elucidating the different areas and techniques of hypnosis, the various authors share their approaches in a succinct yet comprehensive manner. I am delighted to recommend this contribution to the hypnosis literature." Shaul Livnay PhD, Chairperson, The Committee for Educational Programs in Europe, European Society of Hypnosis, Israeli Society of Hypnosis

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