Judith E. Pearson, PhD, author of The Weight, Hypnotherapy and YOU Weight Reduction Programme, Why Do I Keep Doing This!!? and Improve Your Writing with NLP
Roy Hunter is well-known in hypnotherapy circles. He is a widely read author and sought-after speaker who diligently continues the work and teaching of the late Charles Tebbetts, considered by many to be a grand master of hypnotherapy. Hunter is also a practising hypnotherapist who, since 1987, has taught Diversified Client-Centered Hypnosis at Tacoma Community College in Washington. His books are required reading at schools of hypnosis around the world. He was inducted into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame in 2000 and has received honors from national and international hypnotherapy organizations. With Crown House Publishing, he has recently released new editions of The Art of Hypnosis, The Art of Hypnotherapy, and Mastering the Power of Self-Hypnosis. Together, these three volumes form a comprehensive home-study course on hypnosis for both professional hypnotherapists and lay readers.

The Art of Hypnotherapy (Fourth Ed.) is a training manual on advanced methods. At the beginning of the book, Hunter wades into the controversy regarding the credentialing of hypnotherapists, taking the position that training is more important than academic degrees. 

Hunter defines hypnotherapy as the art of facilitating another's self-hypnosis. He explains the four objectives of the pre-induction interview: establish rapport, allay fears, build expectancy, and gather information. He aptly describes listening skills, confidentiality, and tests of suggestibility. He skillfully guides readers through the four cornerstones of successful hypnotherapy: 1) suggestion and guided imagery, 2) discovering subconscious resistance, 3) release of symptoms through regression and parts therapy, and 4) subconscious relearning.

Readers learn how to assess the client's motivation, as well as how to bring about rapid behavioral change through imagery, metaphor, desensitization, past life therapy, and suggestion. The book covers specific applications such as smoking cessation, weight loss, anxiety, grief, phobias, pain management, and peak performance. Scripts provide examples of what to say and how to say it. This book addresses some finer points sometimes missing from books on hypnotherapy, such as ethical considerations and hypnotic voice.
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