Foundations of clinical hypnosis

Michael R. Nash

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Foundations of clinical hypnosis

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This article is aimed at those who are unfamiliar with the technical aspects of clinical hypnosis and its procedures. In introducing the practitioner to the techniques of hypnotic induction and clinical hypnosis in general, it must be emphasized that the pre-eminent factor determining how fully patient experiences hypnosis has almost nothing to do with therapist technique or any other therapist-related factor for that matter. One becomes a better clinical hypnotist by sharpening and refining ones clinical skills in general, and applying those general clinical skills to the environment of hypnosis. There are certain parameters and techniques specific to hypnosis and suggestion that constitute a helpful body of knowledge for clinicians wishing to employ hypnosis. This article describes the pre-hypnosis interview. Apart from explaining in detail the six phases of hypnotic procedure, it also gives an example of how to instruct patients in self-hypnosis.

Keywords: clinical hypnosis; clinical hypnotist; therapist technique; pre-existing trait-like capacity; self-hypnosis

Article.  11836 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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