Existential philosophy provides a useful theoretical foundation for sucessful hynotherapy because it stresses the importance of the client's experience over any preconceived notions or diagnoses. By using the client's reality as the basis of clinical work, the therapist can help the client break self-destructive habits and maintain healthy patterns of behavior without relying solely on behavioral techniques. Presenting an innovative approach to psychotherapy that is firmly rooted in philosophy, Existential Hypnotherapy bridges the gap between technique and theory.
Addressing theoretical themes, the book's initial chapters discuss significant issues for psychotherapy in general, and hypnotherapy in particular, with special attention paid to the nature of diagnosis and concepts of addiction. Chapters introduce the reader to the work of various existential philosophers, including Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Sartre. Bound to stir controversy, the authors persuasively argue that hypnosis should not be considered a "state" or "altered consciousness," and that there is no such thing as self-hypnosis. Instead, they demonstrate that all clinical hypnosis belongs to the therapist-patient dialogue.
The book then focuses on specific hypnotherapy techniques that may be linked to desired therapeutic outcomes. These strategies include ways to help patients manage anxiety, and empower them to make needed life changes; methods for illuminating the existential meaning of symptoms to help patients break bad habits; and the utilizization of patients' metaphors in treatment. Also discussed is the inadequacy of measurement scales that are supposed to determine a patient's ability to be hypnotized.
Unique and thought-provoking, Existential Hypnotherapy is an important guide for any practitioner in the mental health field who uses clinical hynosis as a tool, regardless of his or her training or orientation. Providing an accessible review of the basic principles of existential thought, it is also useful for instructors and students using philosophy to ground their psychological work.
"Vivid case studies illustrate clinical techniques and make this most inviting reading." --J. Solis, Ph.D., Acapulco "King and Citrenbaum may well be the Siskel and Ebert of the traditional pathology centered approach...Critical and controversial! However, King and Citrenbaum may just be right!" --Cardwell C. Nuckols, Ph.D.
"Once again, the team of Citrenbaum and King has made an invaluable contribution to the professional literature in hypnotherapy, adding to their earlier works Irresistible Communication; 20 Modern Clinical Hypnosis for Habit Control. Their knowledge of the subject is immense, bolstered by many years of experience as psychologists who utilize hypnotherapy in their practices. The writing style is crisp, and the book is filled with illustrative case vignettes. They have managed to meld the topics of existentialism and hypnosis into a highly readable and interesting treatise, which should appeal to both students and practitioners of modern psychological hypnosis." --Lewis B. Morgan, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University
"The existential framework of King and Citrenbaum's latest book illuminates their dynamic approach to clinical hypnosis. This cogent elucidation of Milton Erickson's pioneering work, rich with case examples, will be welcomed by their hundreds of satisfied workshop participants. I was particularly impressed with their provocative critique of addictions theory which questions some of the basic 'truths' and points the clinician toward new treatment strategies." --William M. Cohen, M.D., Acting Director, Child Development Unit, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
"As the Ericksonian field matures, it naturally encounters its ancestors. In this book, the world of hypnotherapy meets that of existentialism, emerging with a therapy that challenges long held assumptions while celebrating and deepening the power of personal choice." --Hillel Zeitlin, LCSW-C, Director, Maryland Institute for Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy .,."EXISTENTIAL HYPNOTHERAPY sums up many powerful techniques and new concepts based on the combined experience of these well respected clinicians while describing many refreshing and new approaches. [The authors'] writing style is clear and entertaining and for anyone involved in therapy the book would be a useful addition to their library." --"European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis"
"Although specializing in hypnosis, King and Citrenbaum are first of all superior clinicians. They "know "psychotherapy....The authors' principal concern is with the "what" of therapy. I agree with them when they say that in most instances in the book the word "psychotherapy" may be submitted for "hypnotherapy," The book is unique for its combination of existential principles and hypnotherapy. Certainly one does not have to practice hypnosis or be an existential therapist to learn from this book. That it is relatively brief is another plus for busy therapists." --"Psychotherapy in Private Practice"
"A practical guide to hypnotic techniques such as imagery, embedded suggestions, anchors, metaphors, and refraining. Case vignettes illustrate their use for different presenting problems, and sample hypnotic sessions are given in detail....Psychotherapists in training should find the book interesting and instructive." --"Readings"
Series: Guilford Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Series
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 3rd September 1993
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.4