Imagine Yourself Well: Better Health through Self-Hypnosis

Imagine Yourself Well: Better Health through Self-Hypnosis

Imagine Yourself Well: Better Health through Self-Hypnosis

Imagine Yourself Well: Better Health through Self-Hypnosis


Imagine Yourself Well: Better Health through Self-Hypnosis is a remarkable view of hypnotherapy as a scientifically recognized treatment art. Based upon their extensive practice and clinical research in therapeutic hypnotic techniques, the authors have constructed an effective handbook articulating the therapeutic use of hypnosis by depicting word-for-word what transpires during a session. The fascinating series of carefully worded transcripts of hypnotic exercises will enable the reader to correct specific self-destructive habits (e.g., overeating and smoking), common psychological problems (insomnia and various phobias), chronic physical conditions (arthritis, back pain, high blood pressure, and migraine headaches), and performance anxieties (athletics and public speaking). The theory underlying clinical practice, including the key point that all hypnosis involves self-hypnosis, is explained in lay terms, and each exercise is grounded in sound cognitive, behavioral, or psychodynamic principles.


In the current era of health care reform, greater emphasis has been placed on treatments which are relatively brief and focused and involve the active participation of the patient. As a result, interest in the clinical applications of hypnosis has grown tremendously. Much of the literature available on the subject, however, discusses it in remote theoretical terms or presents clinical applications of hypnosis in broad summaries.

Unlike many volumes available on the topic of hypnosis, this book emphasizes the actual use of modern techniques in hypnotherapy. the practical slant of the Kellys' material is a breath of fresh air in a field which can be stifling. the authors have drawn on a rich heritage of case material, and the difficulties presented are the ones seen in the consulting room every day. Rather than theoretical conjecture, the reader gets an extensive picture of the problem solving that is at the heart of good clinical work.

The material in this volume is grounded in psychodynamic principles effectively blended with cognitive and behavioral treatment models. While there are those who continue to debate the superiority of one approach over another, the authors have simply gone about the business of helping people change.

This book is addressed to a variety of different audiences, each with its own level of sophistication and its own reason for reading it.

Clinicians of all degrees of expertise are likely to find value in this material. For those in training, it provides "scripts" of ac-

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