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Hypnosis as a
Psychotherapy Tool

SUSIE ROTCH  Psychologist

An Administrator's Guide for the Self Help Cinema Series.

This publication offers an overview of the principles employed in the Living Skills Library series of self help programs. It is intended as a resource to any helping professional who wishes to administer the HypnoBook series. However many of the topics covered in this book have a relevance to anyone studying the therapeutic use of hypnosis. It is a founding principle of the Living Skills Library to explain in clear language any theories or practices that are woven into this application of psychotherapeutic hypnosis.

The contents of Hypnosis as a Psychotherapy Tool include the following:

Hypnosis as Psychotherapy book
  1. Hypnosis, a convenient mystery
    A history of hypnosis
    Hypnosis - a working model
    Thinking styles and hypnosis
    Unconscious biological cues in hypnosis
    The uses of enchantment - storytelling and metaphors
    Language for trance formation and transformation
    Concentrating attention
    Confusion to our enemies, and our friends!
    Techniques specifically excluded
  2. Cognitive and behavioral restructuring
    Right thinking
    Goal setting
    Enacting goals
  3. Techniques from neurolinguistic programming
  4. Celebrating
  5. Program structure
  6. Hints for HypnoBook Administrators
    Program structure
    Program administration
  7. References
  8. Evaluation
  9. Some comments on evaluation
  10. Administrators’ evaluation sheet
  11. HypnoBook users' evaluation sheet

ISBN 1 876687 10 X

$24.95 + P&H

Published: 2004


The HypnoBooks use a potent set of techniques including NeuroLinguistic Programming, guided imagery, cognitive restructuring (as developed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and the teaching of self-hypnosis. These self-administered resources will to help your patients or clients to learn to take control of their own lives and to overcome their difficulties in programs that give them control of the pace of their own learning.

They also include a revolutionary new development. The known ability of moving images on a screen to focus attention is harnessed for therapeutic ends to increase peoples’ ability to learn and use self-hypnosis. Each program includes a DVD / video which both focuses attention in a most powerful fashion to help create and enhance a trance state in the viewer and which also includes a series of hypnotic instructions to enhance desired changes in a systematic fashion. A dynamic new element has been added to make it easier for your patients and clients to learn some profoundly useful self-management skills.

The programs are designed to teach people with difficulties to recognize, extend and actually enjoy applying skills they already have. They help in the learning of new skills and how to enjoy applying these. With this learning your patients or clients can have a sense of mastery over the management of their problems and of their lives.

Well applied, the principles taught in any one program can be applied to any problem that may crop up in peoples’ lives. The principles taught can be extended to be used and re-used in new situations. The user is taught how to do this in each program.

Program structure

Each of the programs in this series has a common format. Firstly there is a visual and auditory presentation (on DVD or videotape) which encourages motivation and change through the use of Ericksonian hypnotic techniques. These are explained in the section entitled ‘Hypnosis’ in this book for professionals administering the programs to their patients/clients.

Secondly there is a self-administered journal which the person who is undertaking the program completes him/herself, at his/her own pace. This uses techniques of goal setting and enactment, cognitive restructuring and imaging that are explained under the headings “Imaging” and “Goal Setting and Enactment” in this manual.

Each program stands alone but can also be bought as part of a package to be offered by helping professionals to their clients and patients.

This handbook is the third part of the program. This administration resource supplements the programs which may be obtained by helping professionals & institutions, corporate buyers & educational institutions for their patients, clients and students. This handbook briefs you on the principles that underlay all the programs, their structure and administration and other helpful hints for helping professionals.

Program administration

If you are giving one of the programs to your clients, employees students or patients then you will want to make sure that each person who undertakes it should purchase the appropriate program. The price has been kept reasonable to make it accessible to people on all income levels.

Compared to more traditional forms of therapy the cost involved is minimal. I estimate that the benefits from doing one program are equivalent to those gained from ten or twelve individual sessions with a highly qualified therapist. The gains that the person undertaking the program can make in terms not only of symptom reduction but also in terms of gains in independence, self management and self-esteem are very considerable indeed.

It is very important that you ensure that the user commits to watch and experience the hypnosis induction component at least five or six times, but preferably seven, over a period of days. They must also commit to filling in and stepping through the journal.

Footprints in ink of a journey that has started

The use of the HypnoBook Manual /Journal is critical to the success of this program. It has the function of being the ‘witness’ to record the changes in the users’ attitudes and goal achievements. The Journal will display evidence that change has happened and therefore can continue to happen.

You will probably want to explain the principles on which the program works yourself to the person you are giving it to. These are outlined as part of each manual and in this book also. (See sections on ‘Hypnosis, a Convenient Mystery’ ‘Cognitive/Behavioral Restructuring’ and ‘Techniques from Neuro Linguistic Programming’ ).

You can read over them together and answer any questions at that time or you can just leave it to people to undertake themselves once you have established that there is a need and a willingness to undertake a self-help program. Often the biggest barrier you will face is to convince your service’s users to give the programs a try. Once they do they will be enthused by this new way to empower themselves.

It might be worth your while to run yourself through one of the programs as if you were a client or patient doing it. This is the best and quickest way that I know to familiarize yourself with the way that it works. And hopefully you might find what it has to teach enjoyable and useful too.

I’ve certainly tried to set it up so it targets people at every level of competence in their personal functioning, from those struggling with activities of daily life to the very highest functioners in our society. So try one program at least and have some fun with it!

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