Clinical hypnosis has been proven through decades of rigorous research and practice to be an effective intervention in a wide range of mental, behavioral, and physical health issues. This highly practical text demystifies clinical hypnosis by providing step-by-step guidance for using its techniques to enhance the repertoire of practitioners in other psychotherapeutic modalities. It offers mental health providers with no formal training in hypnosis the requisite guidance and information they need to learn and confidently apply strategies to help their clients initiate constructive, health-oriented change in their lives. Chapters progress from initial assessment through the development of treatment plans and actual hypnotic techniques with clients. The author shows how to apply hypnosis to such clinical issues as anxiety, stress, somatic disorders, pain, and unwanted habits. In addition, the author shows clinicians how they can broaden their practice beyond mental or physical health parameters of treatment by applying hypnosis in areas of personal growth and wellness (motivation, athletic performance, conflict resolution). The text also covers ethical and professional issues related to clinical hypnosis, which does not require special licensure when it is integrated into a psychotherapeutic practice.
David B. Reid, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist and Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the James Madison University, Harrisburg, VA. He is also the Founder and President of In The Zone Consulting, Inc., a business consulting firm in Central Virginia specializing in leadership training, conflict resolution, and promotion of healthy workplace habits. In 2005, Dr. Reid was selected and appointed by Governor Mark Warner of Virginia to serve on the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund Advisory Board, a governor-appointed body that administers the funding of ground-breaking medical research and innovative community-based rehabilitation programs in the field of acquired neurotrauma. Dr. Reid has appeared as a guest on radio and television news programs and served as an expert behavioral health consultant to WHSV, an ABC affiliate in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He has also written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines on various health and clinical psychology related topics, and maintained a monthly question and answer column for More Magazine, a monthly publication for seniors residing in and around Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Reid has produced a series of guided imagery recordings for individuals looking to enhance their lives, whether by managing anxiety attacks, smoking cessation, facilitating sleep, enhancing weight loss, managing pain, or maximizing athletic performance and confidence.