Cognitive Hypnotherapy: What’s That About and How Can I Use

Written by Trevor Silvester, the Editor of Hypnotherapy Journal for 9 years and Director of the Quest institute, this new book defines an exciting new approach to the field of therapy and counselling. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a model that can be used to create a unique treatment plan for each client, using techniques drawn from any school of thought, integrated into a single model that uses the clients own mind to solve their own problems. The book describes a theory of mind that explains why we do the things that limit our lives, and why we can take control and change ourselves. It then explains how by weaving a comprehensive selection of interventions into a creative model that assists therapists in making the most appropriate choices, all of which make it essential reading for anyone working in this field. The key readership is likely to be practising hypnotherapists, counsellors and psychotherapists, although anybody interested in the field will find this a fascinating read.

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3 comments for “Cognitive Hypnotherapy: What’s That About and How Can I Use

  1. R. Woodgate
    December 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Page after page of value, both as a therapist as well as personally Having thoroughly enjoyed Trevor Silvester’s WordWeaving series of books, I was keen to get my grubby hands on his latest offering, ‘Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ – especially as it’s been 4 years in the making.Thankfully, one of the perks of being Editor of the NCH Hypnotherapy Journal means that I’m sometimes lucky enough to get a sneaky peak before everyone else, and so it was that I found myself immersed in the typesetter’s copy of the manuscript one sunny afternoon in September, some 3 months before publication. A rare treat indeed!There is no doubt that this is an ambitious book – ‘Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ sets out a comprehensive framework for understanding ourselves and our lives, and a way for therapists of all backgrounds to better tailor their treatments to their clients.It has, at its core, a simple premise – that people are either engaged in ‘growth’, which empowers and enriches life, or in ‘protection’, which shuts down our creative abilities and choices in favour of survival.As I read the book, which draws on a vast array of sources – from Bruce Lipton to Bruce Lee – I started to get a sense of why it has been so long in the making. This is no compendium of techniques, it’s a fully thought out philosophy of therapy which embraces ‘what works’ from many disciplines and seeks to understand it within the Cognitive Hypnotherapy framework.As the author notes, “[Cognitive Hypnotherapy] is not a ‘style’ of therapy, more a style of thinking to guide therapy”.In many respects, Cognitive Hypnotherapy is like an evolution of NLP – NLP models excellence to create interventions that work, and Cognitive Hypnotherapy takes interventions that work and seeks to understand the principles of mind which underpin their efficacy so the therapist is better equipped to respond fluidly to the needs of the client.Reading this book was a real pleasure and I felt a genuine excitement – as if my subconscious mind were recognising some lost ancient wisdom in the message – and I found page after page of value, both as a therapist as well as personally.Trevor’s passion and knowledge shine through every page of this marvellous book, and whether you are a therapist or someone looking to help yourself, the message will touch your life profoundly.

  2. Nicholas Jenkins
    December 29, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Why people need therapy – and how to help them Too many therapies these days seem to be “closed shops” – pay a lot of money to train with us, and then do things our way or not at all. What is impressive about this book is that Trevor Silvester happily admits that Cognitive Hypnotherapy is open to new approaches. What is even more impressive is that, even though Silvester runs a training school of his own, in this book he actually “gives away” many of his techniques.The second half of this book teaches techniques that can be used by professional therapists or by anyone who just wants to give them a try. There they all are: spelled out in such a way that they can be used even by anyone who has not been expensively trained.Having said that, there is much in here for the professional therapist too – not least the first half of the book, which convincingly explains a lot about why people develop the sort of problems that take them to therapists in the first place. Add to that, the techniques in the second half of the book that tell you how to deal with those problems, and this is an extremely handy and practical book, whether for new or experienced therapists. It certainly strips away much of the mystique: although the book is called Cognitive Hypnotherapy, there is little in it about what is traditionally thought of as hypnotherapy. Silvester even admits he “doesn’t believe in hypnosis”.So if you are interested in personal growth – your own or someone else’s – this is a fascinating and useful book, easy to read, well signposted, and full of humour. Highly recommended.

  3. Mrs S Shahmoon
    December 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Launching cognitive hypnotherapy into the 21st century One of the most fascinating books on therapy that I’ve come across. In his book Silvester forms new exciting theories and insightful methods for looking at issues raised in the therapy room.His fascinating journey into the individual’s memoragination gives plenty of food for thought. Are we just an idea created by our brains perception of our past in collaboration with it’s expectation of the future? A hard concept to imagine at first but so beautifully illustrated I now find it hard to debunk!He brings facts and theories from so many different areas of awareness, from neuroscience to evolutionary psychology to NLP, allowing for a more all encompassing style of therapy. He refines old techniques with creative flair leaving our understanding of classic hypnotherapy as an antiquated approach and launches cognitive hypnotherapy well into the 21st century as an art available and accessible to most.I must admit I loved the physical experience of reading such a beautifully presented book as well as the intellectual experience. It’s rare for so much thought to go into the presentation of a book of this genre.Easy to read and understand. Well thought out and humorous this book is a definite must for all therapists and members of the public seeking new understandings of themselves and others.

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