Hypnotic Techniques: For Standard Psychotherapy and Formal Hypnosis by George Gafner, Sonja Benson (Hardback, 2003)
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- DescriptionWritten with a minimum of jargon, this book will be of use to clinicians who practice standard psychotherapy and those who have more thoroughly integrated hypsis into their practice. Hyptic Techniques, the companion volume to the acclaimed Handbook of Hyptic Inductions, introduces the wealth of hyptic applications for dissolving resistance and moving ahead in therapy. Broad in scope and flexible with respect to theoretical bases, this new work by Gafner and Benson assists clinicians in bringing the power of hyptic techniques to bear in an extensive variety of therapeutic contexts. How do therapists establish a directive in traditional psychotherapy? In the first section of Hyptic Techniques, the authors explain how to set up a task for a client by the skillful use of hyptic language, supported by 'seeding' the intended target ahead of time and buttressing it afterward with metaphor, story, or anecdote. Story construction, embedded suggestion, metaphor development, mindfulness-based group anger treatment, ego-strengthening, and combining direct and indirect techniques are among the many topics addressed that borrow from hypsis and are widely applicable in standard psychotherapy. Therapists are encouraged to 'think hyptically'-to look for junctures in therapeutic sessions where hyptic techniques are applicable, to select the most appropriate technique, and to discern and understand the client's response to the applied technique. The aim is t to make clinicians into hyptic therapists but to show all clinicians the efficacy of specific hyptic techniques in the context of their current practice. In the second half of Hyptic Techniques, the authors address formal hypsis in depth. Beginning with an examination of the limitations of evidence-based treatments for clinical problems such as anxiety and mood disorders, relational problems, and anger, as well as for medical problems, chronic pain, and habit control, Gafner and Benson propose a collection of alternate, hyptic means. Many of these techniques can be used in isolation from standard evidence-based treatments, while others are designed to augment standard treatment. Weaving dozens of stories and therapeutic anecdotes into rich clinical vignettes, the authors demonstrate such techniques as 'short-burst' and metaphorical ego-strengthening, the uses of amnesia and other hyptic phemena, alternating stories, unconscious problem solving, and exposure-based and indirect hyptic applications in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Hypsis and hyptic techniques are strong tools for assisting clients in moving beyond their resistance to therapy. In the hurry-up world of managed care, Gafner and Benson find that hyptic techniques are particularly valuable because they require a slower pace in initial sessions when creating connections to both the conscious and unconscious minds of clients. Somewhat paradoxically, by moving slower and establishing bonds to the conscious and unconscious, resistance is more effectively overcome and both therapist and client move ahead more steadily toward the therapeutic goal.
- Author BiographySonja Benson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and works in the Employee Assistance Program at Progressive Casualty Insurance Corporation. She is certified in hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She resides in Phoenix. Gafner and Benson coauthored Handbook of Hypnotic Inductions (Norton, 2000). George Gafner, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is director of the hypnosis training program and director of the family therapy training program at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Tucson. He is the author of Clinical Applications of Hypnosis and co-author (with Sonja Benson) of Handbook of Hypnotic Inductions and Hypnotic Techniques: For Standard Psychotherapy and Formal Hypnosis.
- Author(s)George Gafner,Sonja Benson
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication08/04/2003
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Weight770 g
- Width165 mm
- Height244 mm
- Spine35 mm
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