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You can't judge a book by its cover and that's the reason we need Judy Pearson's book reviews.

Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor, free-lance writer, hypnotherapist, and NLP Trainer/Practitioner with a private practice in Springfield, Virginia. She is an adjunct faculty member with Webster University and Executive Director for the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists. Her web site is:

Book reviews are listed alphabetically. The list is updated on a regular basis.

7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence

Patrick E. Merlevede, M. Sc. Denis Bridoux, and Rudy Vandamme In 1995, Daniel Goldman’s bestseller introduced the term “Emotional Intelligence” to the public. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) now stands alongside cognitive intelligence (IQ) as a measure of individual effectiveness and a predictor of success. More...

Advanced Skills and Interventions in Therapeutic Counseling

Gordon Emmerson, Ph.D. As a sequel to Ego State Therapy (Crown House, 2003), Dr. Gordon Emmerson has recently published Advanced Skills and Interventions in Therapeutic Counseling to give readers additional guidance and training in working with personality "parts" in therapeutic settings. More...

Communication Excellence

McLaren Communication Excellence is for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively in business. This book is particularly useful for supervisors, managers, business developers, marketers, trainers, sales personnel, writers, public relations specialists, those in human resources, and writers/editors. More...

Consult Yourself: The NLP Guide to Being a Management Consultant

Harris Consult Yourself, by Carol Harris, has everything you need to get started and polish your skills as a management consultant. If you are an NLP practitioner working in management consulting, or if you are considering a career in management consulting, this book is for you. More...

Effective NLP Skills

Richard Youell and Christina Youell “NLP is a collection of frameworks, models, methodologies, and techniques that can help you better understand yourself and other people. The purpose…is to have more effective communication, better motivation for yourself and others, and a more positive frame of mind.” (p. 3) More...

Ego States

Gordon Emmerson, PhD. Ego State Therapy is based on the premise that personality is composed of separate parts…These parts are called ego states. The state that is conscious and overt at any time is referred to as the executive state. Some non-executive ego states will be consciously aware of what is happening, while others may be unconscious and unaware More...

Emotionally Intelligent Living

Geetu Orme “As we move into a future that is increasingly uncertain, difficult and potentially stressful, our emotional intelligence will determine who succeeds and who doesn’t, who lives a life of pain and who copes, who is happy and who is miserable, who has long-term relationships and who lives in solitude.” (p. vii) More...

Expectation: The Very Brief Therapy Book

Rubin Battino, M.S. Can change occur in a single session of therapy? Rubin Battino says, yes, it can, if both the therapist and client expect it. That’s why Battino always conducts every therapy session “as if each session is the last one” in which he will see the client. In his latest book, Expectation, he writes that the crucial ingredient in the success of brief therapy is the expectation, on the part of both the therapist and the client that rapid, meaningful change is possible and will occur, even in just one session. More...

Games Great Lovers Play

Michael Hall PhD. Romance, affection, intimacy, sharing and caring-these are the subjects in Dr. L. Michael Hall's new book, Games Great Lovers Play. Hall takes readers through all the steps in the "dance of romance," describing the methods that create lasting, happy relationships, and those that heal troubled relationships. More...

Golf: Lower Your Score with Mental Training

By Tom Saunders, M. D. Golfers at all levels of expertise and sports psychology practitioners will surely want to buy Golf: Lower Your Score with Mental Training by Tom Saunders, M.D. This book offers "scientifically tested ways to perform better at golf while actually enjoying it more." More...

Harry the Hypno-potamus: Metaphorical Tales for the Treatment of Children

by Linda Thomson, PhD., M.S.N., C.P.N.P. Hypnosis is about learning what you didn't know you knew and control what you didn't know you could…using your mind…daydreaming on purpose…thinking to help yourself…learning how to work to control your mind…Linda Thomson, Ph.D.


Hope and Resiliency: Understanding the Psychotherapeutic Strategies of Milton H. Erickson

By Dan Short, Ph.D., Betty Alice Erickson, M.S., L.P.C. and Roxanne Erickson Klein, R.N., Ph.D. Followers of Dr. Milton H. Erickson are sure to find pleasure and education in Hope and Resiliency, a new analysis of his philosophy and work. Dr. Dan Short has teamed up with two of Erickson's daughters to write this book that is based on case histories, Erickson's own writings, and personal anecdotes from Betty Alice Erickson and Roxanne Erickson Klein. The book begins with a biographical history of Erickson's life and then explains six therapeutic strategies that the authors consider to be the basic cornerstones of his professional success with clients for whom he was often a "last resort." More...

Hypnocounseling: An Eclectic Bridge Between Milton Erickson and Carl Rogers

By Hugh Gunnison When I first saw the title of Hugh Gunnison's Hypnocounseling, I was intrigued by the concept of blending the legacy of two men who made some of the most significant contributions to the practice of humanistic psychotherapy in the twentieth century. Like most counselors and psychotherapists, I studied Carl Rogers in graduate school and was quite enthralled with his book, On Becoming a Person (1961). Beginning a career as a hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner a few years later, I, like so many other before me, became immersed in anything I could learn about Milton H. Erickson. What a delight to find a book that integrates and pays tribute to the work of these two geniuses! More...

Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution

Introducing Parts Therapy By Roy Hunter, M.S., F.A.P.H.P. Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution: Introducing Parts Therapy

By Roy Hunter, M.S., F.A.P.H.P.

Crown House Publishing Limited, Copyright 2005

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution: Introducing Parts Therapy

By Roy Hunter, M.S., F.A.P.H.P. Inner conflict is a common human affliction. Consider the smoker who knows cigarettes are a health hazard, but who, nevertheless, cannot kick the habit. Consider the person who wants to lose weight, yet can't resist fattening foods. It's not only the bad habits and addictions that plague us. There are illogical fears and compulsions, and the ethical and moral dilemmas that harangue the conscience and keep us awake at night. These are the troubles that clients often bring to psychotherapy. More...

Mastering Blocking and Stuttering

Bob G. Bpdemja,er, D.Min For over 14 years Bob Bodenhamer has worked with hundreds of people who stutter, helping them recover from speech dysfluency. His successes and articles on the subject have attracted the attention of people who stutter from around the world. With the publication of Mastering Blocking and Stuttering, Bodenhamer is now one of the leading experts in the field and a pioneer in the treatment of stuttering, stammering, and verbal blocking. More...

Me, Myself, My Team

How to Become an Effective Team Player Using NLP McLeod Me, Myself, My Team: How to Become an Effective Team Player Using NLP

by Angus McLeod, Ph.D.

Crown House Publishing, Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, Wales

Copyright: 2000

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Profiting from Multiple Intelligences in the Workplace

By Joyce Martin Profiting from Multiple Intelligence in the Workplace, by Joyce Martin, is about changing our concepts of what constitutes intelligence. It is a book for human resource specialists, managers, training staff, and consultants who want to increase organization productivity, service, profitability, and staff satisfaction. The book draws upon and expands the work of Dr. Howard Garner of Harvard University who first developed the concept of multiple intelligences for the classroom. Garner takes a multidimensional view of human intelligence as number of inter-related attributes. More...

Resolve: A New Model of Therapy

Bolstad RESOLVE: A New Model of Therapy

By Dr Richard Bolstad

Crown House Publishing Ltd.

Wales, UK

Copyright 2002

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Scripts and Strategies in Hypnotherapy: The Complete Works

Roger P. Allen, Dp., Hyp., PsyV. Hypnotherapists and NLP practitioners working in clinical settings will find something of value in Roger Allen’s Scripts and Strategies in Hypnotherapy. More...

Shame and Anger: The Criticism Connection

Brock Hansen, L.C.S.W. Shame and anger are powerful, basic emotions that often haunt and torture us. Brock Hanson expertly explores these two emotions in this poignant and highly-readable book. Hansen, a psychotherapist and NLP practitioner who works with "shame-based disorders," writes that shame and anger are responses to criticism and that sensitivity to criticism is ubiquitous in our culture. His book teaches us how to understand these two emotions and how to improve our ability to give and receive criticism. More...

Socialising for Success: The Practical Guide to Perfecting Your Social Skills By Clare Walker Crown House Publishing, Wales, U.K Copyright 2000 Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D.

The Practical Guide to Perfecting Your Social Skills Clare Walker How can the excruciating boredom of your company’s conference, or the toe-curling embarrassment of meeting strangers, be something which inspires excitement rather than dread? (p. 1)

Crown House Publishing, Wales, U.K

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

The Art of Therapeutic Communication

The Collected Works of Kay F. Thompson Edited by Saralee Kane, M.S.W. and Karen Olness, M.D. Kay Thompson has been called one of the great hypnotherapists of the 20th century and one of Milton H. Erickson's most gifted protégés. She was a trainer of international renown and a brilliant hypnotherapist whose artistry with language patterns amazed her pupils and colleagues. The Art of Therapeutic Communication chronicles the professional life of Kay Thompson through her papers and presentations, transcripts of her seminars, commentary on her life and work, and tributes paid to her by contemporaries. The CD that accompanies the book records ten of Thompson's "live" presentations. More...

The Customeer is Bothering Me

Charvet Book Review: The Customer is Bothering Me

by Shelle Rose Charvet

Copyright: 2009

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

The Hero's Journey

Gilligan-Dilts The Hero’s Journey

By Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts

Copyright 2009, Published by Crown House Ltd., Wales

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

The Really Good Fun Cartoon Book of NLP

Phillip Miller The Really Good Fun Cartoon Book of NLP

By Phillip Miller

Crown House Publishing Limited, Wales, UK

Copyright 2008

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

The Wisdom of Milton Erickson

Ronald A, Havens, PhD. The one thing in the use of hypnosis is this: you really ought to know more about it than your patients do. You ought to know it so thoroughly that no matter what develops in the situation, you can think of something, your can devise something, that will meet your patient's needs

---Milton H. Erickson, M.D., 1981


Thinking Therapeutically

Barber Thinking Therapeutically

Tom Barber and Sandra Westland

Crown House Publishing Ltd. More...

Transforming Negative Self Talk

Steve Andreas Book Review: Transforming Negative Self-Talk

by Steve Andreas

Copyright: 2012 W. W. Norton and Company

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Understanding Advanced Hypnotic Language Patterns: A Comprehensive Guide

By John Burton, Ed.D. According to Dr. John Burton, hypnotic language involves “structuring sentences in such a way as to invite the reader or listener into a trance state.” In Understanding Advanced Hypnotic Language Patterns, Burton’s sentences do much more than simply inducing trance. More...

Understanding NLP

Kite Understanding NLP:

Strategies for Better Workplace Communication…without the Jargon

(2nd edition)

By Neilson Kite and Frances Kay

Publisher: KoganPage

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Understanding NLP: Metaphors and Patterns of Change

Peter Young Book Review

Understanding NLP: Metaphors and Patterns of Change


Peter Young

Crown House Publishing, Limited

Copyright 2001

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Unfair Secrets of Hypnotic Selling with NLP

Franz Anton Mesmer II Book Review: Unfair Secrets of Hypnotic Selling with NLP

By Franz Anton Mesmer II

Kuchiemunga Trust, Copyright 2010

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...

Winning the Mind Game

By: John H. Edgette, Psy.D. and Tim Rowan, M.S.W. Winning the Mind Game, by John H. Edgette and Tim Rowan is a book for hypnotherapists who want to expand their practices to include sports psychology. If you are a hypnotherapist who is already familiar with sports psychology, this book may give you some good pointers for honing your skills.


Wishing, Wanting and Achieving

Charvet by Shelle Rose Charvet Copyright: 2012

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to accomplish every goal they set and why others don’t? Do you ever wonder why sometimes you feel highly motivated to work on a goal and then sometimes you get distracted and sidetracked?

o work on a goal and then sometimes you get distracted and sidetracked?

Reviewed by Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. More...