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Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

SKU# 9780826199393

Principles and Applications

Author: Gary Elkins Ph.D., ABPP, ABPH


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"Like others trying to incorporate hypnotherapy into their practice, I found myself struggling with the question, "Where do I begin?" This book provides that answerÖ [It]offers the first complete presentation of [the] fundamentals [of hypnotic relaxation therapy] in a manner that is not only supported by empirical research, but is consistent with the author's 30 years of experience as a clinical practitioner. In contrast to a "one-size-fits-all approach," this book provides specific, easy-to-follow guidelines for developing hypnotic suggestions in a flexible manner that will enable the clinician to effectively address individual patients' unique needsÖ
Practitioners, students, and clinicians will want to have a copy of this comprehensive book, not only to use as a training manual, but to have as a "go to guide" to troubleshoot typical problems."

-Cassie Kendrick, PsyD
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Health Psychology
Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory
Baylor University

This book introduces a new, evidence-based model of hypnotherapy called "hypnotic relaxation therapy" (HRT). Easily integrated with other therapeutic models or used alone, HRT has been proven effective in a wide variety of applications including pain management, anxiety reduction, smoking cessation, insomnia treatment, and treatment of post-menopausal symptoms. This new model advances the field of hypnotherapy by making relaxation an explicit part of hypnotherapy and measuring individual differences in hypnotizabillity with the introduction of a new measurement instrument, the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale (EHS). Additionally, it is the first book to integrate Cognitive-Experiential Self Theory with HRT.

Dr. Elkins is a highly esteemed leader in clinical hypnosis. He has served as President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, President of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, Vice-Chair of the Council of Representatives of the International Society of Hypnosis, and Chair of the Fellows Committee of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis of the APA. His book provides clinicians with the guiding principles of HRT as well as the empirical research underlying it. Dr. Elkins offers a session-by-session approach to HRT that covers the process for structuring sessions, treatment planning, and dealing with resistance, and explicates detailed applications of HRT. Guidelines for formulating hypnotic suggestions are described, as is HRT as a proven effective source of intervention for hot flashes in menopausal women. The book explains how to integrate HRT with other modalities and discusses the ethical considerations of HRT. Additionally, the book introduces the Elkins Hypnotizability Scale for clinical assessment of hypnotizability that is currently being used in NIH-funded research at Baylor University and the Mayo Clinic. Case examples and sample transcripts are incorporated throughout the book, which also includes a sample brochure for patients.

Key Features:

  • Introduces a new, evidence-based conceptualization of hypnotherapy
  • Presents a new, well-validated, easy-to-use scale for measuring hynotizability
  • Includes plentiful case examples and sample transcripts of hypnotic relaxation interventions
  • Explains how to integrate HRT with other modalities
  • Written by a renowned leader in the field of hypnosis

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 15, 2013
  • Page Count 272
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199393
  • EISBN 9780826199416

About The Author(s) 

Gary R. Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH , is Professor and Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Baylor University, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory. His areas of research are hypnosis and mind-body interventions in behavioral medicine. His laboratory was recently awarded a $2.6 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to conduct clinical research into the use of hypnotic relaxation therapy for treatment of symptoms associated with menopause. He has served as President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, President of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, Vice-Chair of the Council of Representatives of the International Society of Hypnosis, and Chair of the Fellows Committee of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis of the APA. Dr. Elkins has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters in the area of hypnosis and psychotherapy, and is the author of the recent book Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy: Principles and Applications (Springer Publishing Company, 2013).

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Table of Contents 



Chapter 1. Historical Foundations

Chapter 2. Principles of Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

Chapter 3. Theoretical Basis for Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

Chapter 4. Hypnotic Induction and Formulation of Suggestions

Chapter 5. Case Conceptualization and Planning

Chapter 6. The First Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy Session

Chapter 7. The Second Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy Session

Chapter 8. The Third Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy Session

Chapter 9. Session Four and Beyond

Chapter 10. Assessment of Hypnotizability

Chapter 11. Dealing with Resistance

Chapter 12. Refining Hypnotic Inductions and Interventions

Chapter 13. Pain Management

Chapter 14. Smoking Cessation

Chapter 15. Post-Menopausal and Hot Flash Symptoms

Chapter 16. Anxiety Management

Chapter 17. Insomnia

Chapter 18. Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy to Facilitate Insight

Chapter 19. Ethical Considerations in the Practice of Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy

Appendix I. Brochure on Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy



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