Tim Brunson DCH

Welcome to The International Hypnosis Research Institute Web site. Our intention is to support and promote the further worldwide integration of comprehensive evidence-based research and clinical hypnotherapy with mainstream mental health, medicine, and coaching. We do so by disseminating, supporting, and conducting research, providing professional level education, advocating increased level of practitioner competency, and supporting the viability and success of clinical practitioners. Although currently over 80% of our membership is comprised of mental health practitioners, we fully recognize the role, support, involvement, and needs of those in the medical and coaching fields. This site is not intended as a source of medical or psychological advice. Tim Brunson, PhD

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

I clearly remember my college psychology professors introducing me to the "nature versus nurture" dilemma. Can experience alter the essential traits of human beings? Are we doomed to the limits of our genetics (as Watson and Crick's "Central Dogma" would have us believe)? Newsweek's science editor Sharon Begley's book, Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves dares to take a look this controversy from two very interesting perspectives. Inspired by the annual Mind & Life Institute meetings between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, other senior Buddhist monks, and top Western neurologists, philosophers, and psychologists, this book's central theme is that the human mind can change. And, it postulates that once changed, the mind can change the biological organ we know as the human brain.

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Discovering the Interlife: Your Journey Between Lifetimes, Your Life Between Lives



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

While many teachers and therapists have explored the realm of past lives, rarely have I found anyone in the clinical community who has endeavored to discuss the impact of the period between death and reincarnation. This is just what you will find in Dr. Georgina Cannon's book Discovering the Interlife: Your Journey Between Lifetimes, Your Life Between Lives. Whether you refer to that in between period as purgatory, bardo or use her term "Interlife", she feels that regression back to the "in between period" could give you lessons that may lead to personal awakening and transformation.

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The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Recently I gave a two hour talk at the Louisiana Hypnotherapy Organization conference in New Orleans. Although part of the talk was about research, during the second hour I dared to venture into the mysterious arena of neuroscience and hypnosis. While there were many in the audience who seemed to be able to understand the significance of my comments, unfortunately about one out of every eight members of the audience were politely lost. Nevertheless, my contention still is that the future of hypnosis must consider the recent innovations in brain and cognitive research. I am glad to say that after my presentation I was pleasantly beset by many of my colleagues who enthusiastically wanted to know where I was going with my ideas.

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Sound Medicine: the Complete Guide to Healing with the Human Voice



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Ever since I enjoyed the multi-phonic chants of the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery, I was not aware of any Westerner equally talented in vocal complexities. That was until I had the opportunity to meet and hear the remarkable Wayne Perry. As a key note speaker and workshop leader at the 2004 American Board of Hypnotherapy convention, Mr. Perry awed the audience with his unusual presentation skills and enthralled us with his unique views concerning the use of the human voice as a tool for mental and physical healing.

Wayne Perry is an unparalleled speaker, workshop leader, and healer. Having availed myself of the opportunity of having a private session with the master and as I cross paths with him usually once or twice a year, I have learned to appreciate his many skills. For those of you who have not had this opportunity, I highly recommend that your purchase and read his latest book: Sound Medicine: The Complete Guide to Healing with the Human Voice. This comprehensive how-to-manual not only explains the intriguing world of sound healing, but gives you a great autobiographical picture of the person who is the living embodiment of this innovative theory.

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Energy Psychology Books in the News



Submitted by John Freedom, ACEP Research Committee

It's an exciting season for books on Energy Psychology. First of all, Gary Craig's THE EFT MANUAL, published by Energy Psychology Press will be available in August. Long awaited (although available as a free download on the 'emofree' website for years), The EFT Manual is a very user-friendly yet comprehensive introduction to EFT. There are chapters on EP Theory, the Basic Recipe, how to apply EFT, and numerous case histories (including Gary's work with vets at the VA), as well as a section on 'impediments' blocking EFT from working. Both well-written and well-illustrated, this book is the perfect gift to give to friends, family and colleagues whom you wish to introduce to our field. (Gary Craig and Dawson Church, the publisher, have generously donated all profits from advance sales to EP Research).

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Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now, Second Edition



A Book Review by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D.

Once in a while, I read a book on hypnosis that is to eloquent, so well-organized, so understandable, and written with such clarity and sensitivity that I wish I'd written it myself. That's how I felt about reading Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now (Second Edition) by Bruce Eimer, Ph.D. This is the quintessential book on self-hypnosis for pain management.

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The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body



Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

When Les Fehmi, Ph.D., BCIA-EEG, writes a book for general audiences, he does so with the authority of over forty years of experience in the areas of psychology, biofeedback, and neurofeedback. Dr. Fehmi and his co-author, Jim Robins, the award-winning journalist who has written several books found in my rather large library, have produced one of the best contributions that I've seen for a while. This rather short (192 page) work titled The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body (together with a brilliant, included CD) provides the reader with a concise and well explained explanation on how changing one's focus can positively affect multiple aspects of life.

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The Inner Mind Revisited: Researching the Soul



Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

The Inner Mind Revisited: Researching the Soul by the well-known and respected California hypnotist, A. L. Ward, is essentially a second , expanded version of his earlier book The Inner Mind, which was published almost four decades earlier. His tone and approach reminds me so much of classic hypnotists such as Estabrooks, Bernheim, and Elman. This book is a thought provoking volume that winds through a series of anecdotal case studies to include a continuation of one first discussed in his earlier work.

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Perfect Enough: Achieving Happiness & Balance with The Discover Process



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

There are numerous self-help models that claim that they will most definitely turn your life around. Perfect Enough: Achieving Happiness & Balance with The Discover Process by Laura King, a certified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner, and Life Coach, is another in the constellation of interesting transformational publications. As a fellow hypnotherapist and a NLP trainer, I immediately resonate with books based on my core skills.

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Release Your Brillance



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

How big do you want to be? Are you holding yourself back? Why are you hiding your brilliance? These are questions posed by Simon T. Bailey in his absolutely wonderful book Release Your Brilliance: The 4 Steps to Transforming Your Life and Revealing Your Genius to the World.

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The Wise Mind: The Brilliant Key to Life Transformation



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Transformation is different than change, says Marilyn Gordon, BCH, CI, in The Wise Mind: The Brilliant Key to Life Transformation. She claims that true transformation is a matter of dynamically altering perspectives. After reading this quite enjoyable and inspirational book, I couldn't help being impressed with its immense wisdom and clarity.

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Unstuff Yourself: Finding Joy on the Road to Wellness



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Unstuff Yourself: Finding Joy on the Road to Wellness is a brilliant, from-the-heart book by a clinician who can give frank, common sense advice based upon her own personal journey. Suffering from the ravages of muscular dystrophy for 44 years, Dr. Nancie Barwick gives a concise view of how someone can seek freedom from the ravages of any physical malady.

The core concept of here book is found in her discussion about "stuff." She says that each of us may have unresolved mental issues that are manifested in either "Replay", "Critical Mass", or "Free Floating" stuff. This stuff, in turn, can be released by several Western/Allopathic medical techniques or by a plethora of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) techniques. She provides an objective discussion of each of the major conventional and CAM modalities.

One of the particular pluses of this book is her discussion of primary and secondary gains. Add to this her sound advice on how to deal with difficulties of living a joyful life once achieves a true healing. Of course, the loss of any gains is an issue. However, I have never seen such a clear coverage of the problems that family members and other care givers go through.

Dr. Nancie Barwick writes speaks directly to those who are seeking help and words of encouragement. She more than adequately bridges the gap between being an accomplished clinician and giving a personal testimony. Her credibility is unquestionable. I would highly recommend this book for either professionals who truly want to understand physical suffering as well as individuals who are looking for answers.

Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Manual



a book review by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D.

Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner's Manual

Whether you are a newly-trained hypnotherapist, or a seasoned practitioner who has conducted smoking cessation programs for years, Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation, by David Botsford, has something for you. This book is the comprehensive manual for practitioners who want to become expert at helping people stop smoking and remain smoke-free.

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The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles and Belief



Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

by Gregg Braden

When I read The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles and Belief by Gregg Braden for the second time, I still had not come to the conclusion if he was merely connecting the dots of the scientific discoveries of the past 70 years or if this book actually had any merit as a contribution. In many ways I saw the similarities between this book and Lynne McTaggart's The Field. Both authors seem to quote much of the same research and come to the same conclusions, while using somewhat different terminology (e.g., the Matrix versus the Zero Point Field).

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Thinking Thin: D.E.P.T.H. of Behavior



A book review by Tim Brunson DCH

Thinking Thin: D.E.P.T.H. of Behavior is a cute and enjoyable-to-read small book by one of hypnosis' master marketers, Tom Nicoli. He spends a large portion of the book eloquently expressing his opinion about the current obesity epidemic facing the Western world. Then he presents a well-communicated explanation about how self-hypnosis can be easily performed by the reader.

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Becoming Slender for Life: Self-Hypnosis Make the Difference



A book review by Tim Brunson DCH

Ironically, I met Roger Moore for the first time at a Southern California Mexican fast-food restaurant. I remember that I was having a not-so-healthy burrito, I don't remember what he had, but I'm sure that it was healthier. He was presenting the Slender for LifeTM at a nearby hotel. Since then I've come to know him as true transformational master who actually was the beneficiary of his teachings and beliefs.

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Reversing Chronic Pain: A 10-Point All-Natural Plan for Lasting Relief



Reversing Chronic Pain: A 10-Point All-Natural Plan for Lasting Relief

by Maggie Phillips, Ph.D.

A book review by Tim Brunson DCH

Dr. Maggie Phillips has done it again. Her new book, Reversing Chronic Pain is a gem. She provides patients with a comprehensive self-help manual while giving clinicians a sufficiently documented resource which can be easily integrated in their practices. As usual, her non-dogmatic, eclectic approach allows one to customize a "cocktail" of techniques that will most likely result in relief from chronic pain.

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Hypnosis: Medicine of the Mind



Hypnosis: Medicine of the Mind: A Complete Manual on Hypnosis for the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Practitioner

by Michael D. Preston, JD, Ph.D.

A book review by: Tim Brunson DCH

Dr. Preston's intent to present clinicians with a comprehensive, yet concise A through Z manual for hypnosis clinicians is clearly accomplished in his book, Hypnosis: Medicine of the Mind. Indeed, this well thought out book will benefit readers regardless of their level of expertise. He presents the reader with sufficient background to appreciate the foundations of hypnosis in historical practice and delves expertly into an attempt to link modern findings in neurology to the actual practice of hypnotherapy.

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Stress Free Surgery (An Audio CD Review)



a review by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D.

Stress Free Surgery

By Linda Thomson, Ph.D., M.S.N., C.P.N.P

Dr. Linda Thomson describes her two-CD set, Stress Free Surgery, as a "self relaxation program to help you prepare for and recover from surgery." The first CD is for listening prior to and during surgery. The second CD is for listening post-surgery. Each CD is approximately 40 minutes in length and they come packaged in an attractive, sturdy plastic case.

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Affect Regulation Toolbox



A Book Review By Tim Brunson DCH

Affect Regulation Toolbox: Practical and Effective Hypnotic Interventions for the Over-reactive Client

Generally I find that there are two types of books about hypnotherapy and the other integrative arts. The first is a book that merely repackages or documents current or historical thought and information. While there are plenty such books out there, they merely serve to provide an educational value to the clinical and lay readership. Then there are the books that actually contribute to the evolution of the field. Frankly, I find that Affect Regulation Toolbox: Practical and Effective Hypnotic Interventions for the Over-reactive Client by Carolyn Daitch, Ph.D. to be one of the latter. This book must be considered at the same level of contribution as the D. Corydon Hammond's 1990 seminal work on suggestions and metaphors.

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The Genie in your Genes: Epigenic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

When the next shift in conventional medical science occurs within just a few decades, we will recognize many intellectual giants who contributed radically new paradigms. If historians create a "Mount Rushmore" to commemorate the four pivotal thinkers who dared to postulate new ideas, they would surely include C. Norm Shealy, MD, Ph.D., Ernest Rossi, Ph.D., Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. and Dawson Church, Ph.D. While fewer people are familiar with the last character, I assure you that he is destined to become recognized when the medical and psychological sciences full embrace the proper role of energy as a healing phenomenon. Although his latest book, The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention sat on my bookshelf since he autographed it a couple of months ago, upon completing it I must attest that this is a book not to read, but to devour. Yesterday, I was glued to my seat for hours.

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Six Blind Elephants: Understanding Ourselves and Each Other (Volume I)



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Rarely do I see a book that contributes so dramatically to a field of study that truly moves thought in a significantly new direction. When I received a copy of Six Blind Elephants: Understanding Ourselves and Each Other my initial interest was sparked by the credibility of the author. Steve Andreas is one of the two true giants (the other being Robert Dilts, Ph.D.) in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). This is probably the most important contribution to the world of NLP since Bandler and Grinder coined the term.

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The Inner Mind: Research Into the Soul



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

As hypnotherapists and other integrative care practitioners we occasionally stumble into some phenomena that make us delve into regions of the unknown and unexpected. In the mid-1960's A.L. Ward, a San Bernardino, California policeman and sometimes hypnosis instructor encountered a series of events that led him to expand his interested into the inner workings or our mind and soul. While participating in a search for abody discarded in the dessert by a would-be abortionist, Ward suggested that hypnosis could be used to regress the confessed murderer so that the body may be found. Although this was not allowed, a series of regressions with another "witness" presented him with a series of conversations with what many may regard as a channeled entity.

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Neural Path Therapy



Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Normally any book with a title like Neural Path Therapy: How to Change Your Brain's Anger, Fear, Pain & Desire would automatically grab my attention. Apparently, when I saw this book I had the sudden impulse to reach for my credit card and invest another $15 for my continuing education. I was sure that a book by Matthew McKay, Ph.D., and David Harp, MA, an experienced clinician and a seasoned corporate trainer, respectively, would fill gaps in my knowledge about the therapeutic implications of the inner workings of the brain. After reading and re-reading what I found out to be rather simplistic self-help book, I wish that I had spent just a few additional moments scanning it before make the decision to buy.

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Finding the Energy to Heal



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

Recently in the bookstore of a major psychology conference I noticed a stack of books by Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., the California psychologist who is known as an authority on pain, trauma, and energy psychology. One book in particular interested me. This was Finding the Energy to Heal: How EMDR, Hypnosis, TFT, Imagery, and Body-Focused Therapy Can Help Restore Mindbody Health. Out of curiosity, throughout the weekend I often checked this stack of books. Well, either the retailer was constantly restocking because of high demand, the majority of the attendees already owned the book, or this book must be one of the best kept secrets in the world of healers. Regardless, as I had actually purchased her book at a previous conference and just read a large portion of it on my airplane flight, my mind was obsessed digesting and integrating this stew of energy-based healing ideas. After reading this book and studying it carefully over the past few months, I would highly advise clinicians who haven't already read this book to do so immediately.

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Settle for Excellence



Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

There are very few case studies that actually depict someone who truly lives their life embodying the principles of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). However, the life of Topher Morrison, DCH, is one example of an author and presenter who is very congruent in how he lives and what he teaches.

In his new book, Settle for Excellence Morrison, a master communicator, takes the essence of NLP and hypnosis and, in a somewhat autobiographical format, shares how he has interweaved his training and the impact of various mentors into a very interesting and eventful life. He is upfront in his introduction that he did not plan to provide the readers with anything truly original. Nevertheless, his book provides a very enjoyable story that both informs and entertains the reader. He comes across as a writer that is sincere, believable, and a fellow human being with whom you can easily relate.

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The Witch in the Waiting Room



A Book Review by Tim Brunson DCH

After a recent speech on mind/body health that I gave at a major hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, I was approached by an oral surgeon that wanted to share some of his many experiences with visions, premonitions, and the like. So accurate were these "psychic abilities" that over his long career other physicians came to respect his judgment. Indeed, whenever he had a bad feeling about a case, no one argued when he demanded that the surgery be postponed.

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Self-Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness



Book Review by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D.

Self-Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness by Ronald A. Havens, Ph.D.

Cosmic consciousness is an altered, mystical state of peace, awe, enlightenment and clarity of awareness that creates new understandings, insights, and attitudes about life, self, love, truth, beauty, and spirituality. All cultures have stories of individuals who have experienced cosmic consciousness spontaneously, others who sought it, and those who could induce such a state in oneself and others. In Self Hypnosis for Cosmic Consciousness psychology professor Ronald A. Havens explores how cosmic consciousness can be achieved via Ericksonian Hypnosis. This is Haven's fourth book on hypnotherapy as practiced by the late Dr. Milton H. Erickson, and it is, by far, his best.

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The Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams



A Book Review by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D., L.P.C.

Have you ever fantasized about being someone else, or wondered who you might be, if you were living at another time and in another place? Do you ever dream that you are living a life other than your own? In The Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams psychotherapist Paul W. Schenk explores the therapeutic and spiritual implications of imagined alternative lives. Through "waking dreams" Schenk invites his clients to imagine themselves as another person, living another life, as a "dream character." The dream life provides the client's medium for working through current life issues and problems from another perspective.

Schenk hypnotically guides his clients to imagine being the main character in a fictional life---one made up entirely by the client. The client describes significant events in this imagined life and then narrates the dream character's death and after-life experiences. Schenk believes that the true power of the waking dream begins in the after-life episode, a time of philosophical reflection and spiritual exploration.

The author draws from the work of Raymond A. Moody Jr. M.D., who, in the 1970s wrote an astonishing bestseller, Life after Life, in which he documented interviews with people who recounted their near-death-experiences (NDEs). Moody found that NDEs contain common features: awareness of death, feelings of peace, a sense of bodily separation, entering a dark region, seeing or being enveloped in light, encountering spirit entities or deceased loved ones, and a return to the physical body.

Schenk tells his readers that when his clients describe the death of the dream character, they report experiences similar to those of an NDE. Schenk's tenet is that by imagining the after-life experience of an imaginary self, the client can reflect upon the deeper meanings and purposes of his or her own life. He asks, "What did you learn from this life?"

The waking dream is reminiscent of Dorothy's adventure in the Wizard of Oz. Waking dreams serve many purposes for clients:

  • Clients discover previously unrecognized faulty assumptions about a problem.
  • They can safely try out new solutions in a virtual reality.
  • They can develop abilities and relationships they lack.
  • They see their problems from another perspective.
  • They establish a cue to remind them to carry their insights forward into their real lives.
  • They develop insights into the dynamics of their current relationships.
  • They use the waking dream to address metaphysical, existential, and spiritual issues.
Schenk asks his clients to dialog with the dream character, to see parallels between the dream life and the client's real life, and to discuss the implications of dream content. He also asks his clients to identify and converse with "spirit guides" representing intuitive parts of the client's own personality.

The book contains several case examples of waking dream work, with transcripts of the client-therapist conversation (often across multiple sessions). These case examples illustrate methods of trance induction, the use of guided imagery, and hypnotic language patterns. Dr. Milton H. Erickson's influence is evident in the use of metaphor, anchoring resourceful states, ambiguity, a permissive approach, open-ended questions, reflective listening, utilization, and client-initiated discovery. Each waking dream unfolds spontaneously as a teaching tale, created by the client. Throughout, the therapist facilitates the process by asking questions, encouraging exploration and curiosity, and suggesting choices and possibilities. Clients choose their own dreamscapes, work through dilemmas in their own way, answer their own questions, find their own meanings and interpretations, and draw their own conclusions.

The case examples include presenting problems such as trauma and grief, forgiveness, belief change, life transitions, phobias, and undesirable personality traits. These examples illustrate what Schenk calls "the overlap between psychotherapy and spirituality." He also reflects on the profound effect that 20 years of this work has had on his own life, reporting that it has led him to examine his thinking on past lives and reincarnation, the existence of spirit guides, one's after-life, out-of-body experiences, and multiple personalities. Indeed, in reading the case transcripts, it is often hard to tell what, in each client's story, is imagined and what might be true "paranormal" phenomena. Or is it the case that all "paranormal" phenomena are simply figments of the imagination and a game played by a creative subconscious?

Hypnotherapists, especially those who work with metaphor and guided imagery, will likely be drawn to working with waking dreams, and will enjoy this book. Like one viewing a Rorschach test, each reader will find something uniquely intriguing about this book, depending on one's model of what constitutes the human personality and mind. Some will find in this book much evidence of the subconscious mind at play. Others will see this work as highly spiritual, giving a glimpse into the latent supernatural abilities in each individual. Some readers will see in this book evidence of various therapeutic approaches and theories of personality, such as psychodynamics, ego state theory, Rogers' client-centered approach, Gestalt Therapy, and of course, Erickson's language patterns.

In The Hypnotic Use of Waking Dreams the line between reality and fantasy becomes slightly blurred, and entices us to ask questions about the mind and soul, about life and after-life. The answers are elusive, but the questions are sheer delight!

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Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. is a licensed mental health counselor, psychotherapist and life coach practicing in Springfield, Virginia. She is Executive Director of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists at www.NatBoard.com. She has recently published The Weight, Hypnotherapy and You Weight Reduction Program: An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner Manual with Crown House. Her website is www.EngageThePower.com

Change 101 by Bill O'Hanlon



Getting back to the basics of self-improvement.

Drawing on thirty years of clinical experience, Bill O'Hanlon--one of psychotherapy's most innovative practitioners and teachers--examines this simple yet often elusive aspect of successful therapy: change. With his characteristic wit and style, O'Hanlon presents the key concepts and most powerful methods for achieving personal transformation. Readers are provided with the perspective and inspiration necessary to embrace the risk and reward of change.

Bill O'Hanlon, M.A., is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified professional counselor, and a founder of Possibility and Inclusive Therapies. He has authored and co-authored 23 books, including In Search of Solutions: A New Direction in Psychotherapy and Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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