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Thinking Therapeutically

Thinking Therapeutically affords a rare look into the minds of two seasoned hypnotherapists as they discuss sessions with actual clients. This book is especially ideal for beginning hypnotherapists. After describing how they each became a therapist, Barber and Westland alternately author chapters, each with a thorough case study, session transcript, commentary, the other author’s evaluation, and a session follow-up.

The authors adroitly describe interventions that are a hypnotherapist’s stock-in-trade: anchoring, swish pattern, parts work, guided imagery, dream analysis, regression, and hypnoanalysis. They explain how to treat a range of typical, yet often challenging issues such as agoraphobia, internal conflict, irritable bowel syndrome, and eating disorders. The text is reminiscent of the conversation between Erickson and Rossi in The February Man. With stark and touching honesty, the authors share perceptions, feelings, and even uncertainties.

Reading between therapy sessions with my own clients, I mentally conversed with the authors and reflected more closely on my own internal process. The book reminded me of two things: First, how much therapists need one another as sounding boards; Second, how psychotherapy differs from most other occupations in that we bring to our work not only our skills, but elements of ourselves – our histories and emotions. It always amazes me how we softly tread between professional objectivity and the ability to engage fully with clients expressing their most private emotions and thoughts. Barber and Westland describe that process with remarkable precision. Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D., Book Review Panel