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Analytical Hypnotherapy Volume 1

Jacqueline Morison

With contributions from Georges Philips

Reviewed by Pat Doohan

 

 

My first thought on opening this book was “Oh dear – a textbook”.  Never having been very good at learning from textbooks, I prefer my learning media to be light and entertaining.  However, I did as Jacqueline Morison advised and dipped into the book, starting with the section on dream interpretation. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that, far from laying down a strict formula for dealing with clients’ dreams, the different ideas of many practitioners were set out so that the reader could evaluate several techniques and adapt them to his/her own way of working. In each section, reference is made to certain related ideas which are covered in more depth in another section, giving the chapter and page number, so that, interest aroused, one is quite naturally led to another part of the book. Working in this fashion, I soon found that I’d effortlessly read the majority of the book and thoroughly enjoyed doing so!  It’s easy to see why Jacqueline and Georges are so highly thought of in NLP circles!

 

Quotations from therapists ranging from Freud, Jung and Erich Fromm rub shoulders with those from Michael Yapko, Mario Jacoby, Gerald Corey and Nicky Hayes, giving an eclectic viewpoint on the many and varied theories outlined in the book. My favourite learning tool, THE CASE STUDY, is also liberally used throughout the book, making it an extremely interesting and informative work which will be as useful to the established practitioner as to new students of Analytical Hypnotherapy.  I can truthfully echo the words of others who have reviewed this book and say that it should be on the required reading list for every new student.  Those who have been in practice for any length of time would also gain enormous benefit from reading this book – it’s so easy to lose sight of basic concepts and theories as new techniques become available and this book serves as a valuable reminder that the basics are sound and useful and, moreover, they work!

Analytical Hypnotherapy Volume 1 is available, price £35.00, from Crown House Publishing Limited, Crown House Buildings, Carmarthen, SA33 5ND. Wales. Tel: 01267 211345.   www.crownhoouse.co.uk

 


 

The Seeker

Compiled and published by Ken Alexander

 

The original ‘Seeker’ magazine was published quarterly during the latter half of the last millennium by Academic  Publications, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, owned by the late Bruce Copen, Ph.D.,D.Litt.   When Ken Alexander called his new magazine ‘The Seeker’, it was intended as a special tribute to Bruce Copen, although, as Ken says, in his opinion, it was the only possible name for it!  ‘The Seeker’ is a magazine dedicated to the search for truth and the publication of any information coming to light which carries us all that step further.

 

Volume 1, number 1, contains articles and poems by such diverse names as Mahatma Ghandi, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Cecilia Hawkins, on subjects ranging from’ God  is’ to ‘Three Dates with Eternity (An Incursion of the Psychic World)’.   The intention is to give the reader food for thought and set him/her on the search for his/her own truth and, in my opinion, it certainly helps to do this. I found the articles and the short pieces very interesting and thought provoking and I think that many of the readers of Fidelity would agree with me on this.  To that end, Ken would like to offer the first issue of ‘The Seeker’ free to any member of the NCP who sends a stamped (33p) self-addressed C5 envelope to:

 

Ken Alexander

The Seeker Publication

4 Brook Edge, Moor Lane

Brighstone

Newport

Isle of Whight

PO30 4DL

 

(See Ken’s article above ‘A classic illustration of the way the mind affects the body’ taken from Vol. 1 No 2 of the Seeker magazine, reproduced with Ken’s kind permission.)

 


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders

Concepts and Therapy

Edited by

William Yule

 

John Whiley & Sons ltd, England (Clinical Psychology series);  1999;

(ISBN 0-471-96058-6 cased)

(ISBN 0-471-97080-8 paper)

 

Reviewed by  Richard Cross

 

This text is an important and much awaited addition to the Wiley Series in clinical psychology. Professor William Yule (Ed) and his fellow contributors all of whom have worked at the world famous University of London Institute of Psychiatry’s unit for the study and treatment of PTSD,  have produced a valuable text which will be of interest to both students and practioners.

 

From the onset it is clear that this volume (315 pages/ 15 chapters) is not  only based on scientific research but also a vast amount of clinical experience, which is applied to give not  only a  critical account of PTSD but also various treatment methods. It brings to life a coherent and clear account of PTSD; and how various perspectives can be used to enlighten our understanding of the anxiety disorder (cognitive psychology and information processing, social psychology, developmental psychology, neuropsychology).

 

Individual reactions are also explored (adult, children and adolescents) before looking at how individual factors can interplay in the disorder (social, cultural, personality, psychobiology, coping elements) and thus affect the presentation of this disorder.

 

I particularly liked the chapters on treatment, ranging from a critical review of Debriefing (CISD) and crisis intervention , behavioural and cognitive behavioural interventions and  EMDR. I found the manner in which these were written brought to life an attempt to cut across the politicised boundaries of therapy, in favour of an approach which looked towards the benefit to the client; whilst maintaining the view that all therapeutic interventions must be subject to evaluation.

 

The discussions contained in the text can be seen as illustrating how much progress has been accomplished into this area over the last decade, understanding of the disorder and treatment.

 

Furthermore the text can also be seen as attempting to guide and inform future research into this area on three counts; architecture of reactions, psychosocial factors, intervention  and treatment. In conclusion, this book will be of interest to all psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and planners who have an interest in or deal with PTSD.

 

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