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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (January 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589800524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589800526
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

"Serving the neophyte therapist as well as the seasoned professional, this book leaves few areas untouched. I wish I had written it!" --Terence Watts Fellow of the Hypnotherapy Research Society (UK) Since its popularization by Anton Mesmer in the late eighteenth century, hypnosis has been an effective, though sometimes poorly understood, healing tool. Now, hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and related holistic practices are enjoying an unprecedented period of acceptance and popularity. As evidence of their effectiveness against a variety of physical and emotional ailments grows, these processes are attracting more and more practitioners. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive text, certified instructor Mary Lee LaBay has written Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach. This book contains valuable insights and instructions for both the beginner and the veteran therapist. Ms. LaBay covers the nuts and bolts of running a successful practice in a nurturing environment, from appropriate office décor to the current legal climate. Through case studies and exercises, she demonstrates various therapeutic techniques, including regression, personality part retrieval, and secondary gains, and includes instructions on how to combine them for maximum effectiveness. While Ms. LaBay's focus is on how to best treat every individual client, she also recognizes the toll that sessions can take on the therapist and offers tips for maintaining the correct energy and balance. In Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach, Mary Lee LaBay has condensed her vast scholarship and experience into one resource to benefit therapists at any stage of their careers. Mary Lee LaBay, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, and certified instructor of hypnotherapy, has a private clinical hypnotherapy practice in Bellevue, Washington. She is the founding president of the Lake Washington chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists and has presented at the conventions of several national and international organizations. Ms. LaBay has written numerous books and articles, including Through the Open Door: Secrets of Self-Hypnosis (with Kevin Hogan), also available from Pelican.

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"I would like to commend the book Hypnotherapy unreservedly. Mary Lee LaBay has managed to do what few others have--write an authoritative work on hypnotherapy that is an enjoyable and easy read. Mary Lee has disseminated very complicated concepts in a pragmatic way that will be of use to both student and experienced hypnotherapist alike. As an instructor of hypnotherapy, I will be placing this work at the top of our recommended reading list." --Shaun Brookhouse, M.A. (Ed), D.C.H., Ph.D., F.N.C.H. chairman, National Council for Hypnotherapy Professional hypnotherapy is a rapidly expanding field. As more and more people discover the relief that hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming can bring to an array of physical and emotional problems, there is a growing need for qualified, client-centered therapists. This comprehensive study is a virtual textbook for practitioners, covering everything from establishing an appropriate office atmosphere to various therapeutic techniques and case studies. Written by an experienced, certified therapist and instructor, Hypnotherapy offers up-to-date information and field-tested insights for translating theory into effective therapy.

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I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the wonderful and natural tool of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Jackie Foskett
The book itself is written in a clear and logical format with the different techniques explained in detail and then through analogy and case studies.
Susan Kolesar
I was impressed by the wide range of approaches and techniques she covers, and the detail she provides for the use of each method.
Loretta Rippee

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kolesar on October 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I first studied for my hypnotherapists license several years ago the field was very practitioner driven - you took the client where you wanted them to go. Ms. LaBay's book turns this process around 180 degrees and instructs the reader how to create a client-driven session. This produces remarkable results because the client takes themselves to precisely where they need to go to deal with their issue.
The book itself is written in a clear and logical format with the different techniques explained in detail and then through analogy and case studies. Very helpful depending on your learning style - and guess what? NO SCRIPTS!
After reading Ms. LaBay's book I was so intrigued that I took her certification class in Seattle a week ago and am already applying her techniques in my practice with great results!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Escolas on April 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is comprehensive, logically organized and, best of all, well-written. As a new hypnotherapist I've waded through dozens of books on the subject and this book is the best I've encountered so far. It will be my first resource. Ms. LaBay uses a client centered approach and provides many strategies in part 2 that allow the hypnotherapist to tailor the session to the unique needs of the client.

Using the information in this book, in particular parts therapy, I've significantly improved my success with helping smokers quit.

Hypnosis is an evolving art and I applaud Ms. LaBay for her contribution to its evolution.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Foskett on April 1, 2007
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As a professional hypnotherapist, I hold Mary Lee's information in this book in great esteem. She has done a marvelous job in presenting information that the novice to the professional can use at any time. It's a wonderful reference book that I continue to use in my practice. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the wonderful and natural tool of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Jackie Foskett
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is THE handbook for learning the fundamentals of Hypnotherapy, setting up a practice, and keeping your sessions completely client centered. This book is clear, concise, easy and interesting to read. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning or expanding their skills as a hypnotherapist.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Tribolini on September 1, 2003
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This book is one of the most readable books on Hypnotherapy that I have ever read. It is well organized, and accessible and I would recommend it to practitioners as well as to anyone interested to discover more about hypnotherapy.
Mary Lee's client-centered approach makes the practice of Hypnotherapy easy and effective. I never do a hypnotherapy session without this book by my side!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loretta Rippee on October 4, 2008
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I highly recommend Mary Lee LaBay's book for any practicing hypnotist. I was impressed by the wide range of approaches and techniques she covers, and the detail she provides for the use of each method. The book includes step-by-step instructions that make the techniques easy to implement, even for the beginner. Dr. LaBay discusses each method in a way that helps practitioners at every level of experience choose the right tool for a particular client need. Case studies put the methods in context and provide a framework for understanding her overall client-centered approach. I will be referring to it often in my practice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sher Emerick on December 11, 2007
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Mary Lee LaBay's writing style is so elegant and accessible, she enabled even this intrepid explorer to grasp the most complicated philosophical concepts. The focus of this book on the Client is a refreshing change from the more common focus on the Therapist's agenda. Could leading someone into trance using these methods really be that easy? In my experience, with a relaxed tone of voice and safe environment, the answer is YES. This is one book that will remain front-and-center on my bookshelf!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2008
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This is a highly informative book without being overly technical just for the sake of it. It is written in an easily accessible way and clearly explains different techniques within each chapter. This would be useful for anyone working in the field of hypnotherapy.
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