Jacquelyne Morison, founder of Jacquelyne Morison Hypnotherapy Training and author of Hypnotherapy Teaching, Training and Supervision
Roy Hunter has continued the valuable groundwork laid by his mentor, Charles Tebbetts, who advocated the practice of guided self-hypnosis, built on a foundation of the client-centred approach to therapeutic intervention, in order to empower the client to self-heal as the unique secret of hypnotherapeutic success. The Art of Hypnotherapy details a valuable multiple-phase hypnotic procedure which encompasses client preparation, regression, abreaction, relearning and reorientation.

The main thrust of therapeutic intervention in The Art of Hypnotherapy is built on four key cornerstone ingredients in order to ensure the client's success in goal-acquisition. These foundations embrace suggestive methodology, root-cause analysis and rehabilitation as an all-encompassing process. Firstly, suggestion and imagery can be utilised to enhance the client's progress towards the specified goal. Roy Hunter, quite rightly, advocates the softly-softly approach whereby the benefits of the client's journey can be highlighted, restrictive obstacles overcome, negative anchors replaced by peaceful imagery and hypnotic progression can allow the client to foresee a brighter future. In The Art of Hypnotherapy Roy Hunter explains that, at the outset of any therapeutic treatment, the initial exploratory session should consist of fostering empathy, spending time allaying any fears the client may hold, building their expectations and empowering them to succeed.

Next the client must unearth the underlying cause of their problem by utilising uncovering techniques, such as regression, parts therapy, affect bridging, dream interpretation and ideomotor questioning. Once a release of any pent-up emotion has occurred, the client may, finally, be encouraged to change their perception of untoward past events and any resultant ongoing situations in order to acquire unconscious relearning which will ensure a satisfactory outcome to the therapeutic journey. The author of The Art of Hypnotherapy explains the way in which parts therapy can allow the client to maintain a dialogue with their ego states, explore sub-personalities, initiate voice dialogue and undertake inner child work as a means of conflict resolution with the practitioner acting merely as a mediator during the process. An extremely useful appraisal of an eleven-step procedure for parts therapy is given to fully instruct the hypnotherapist in this indispensable practice. Roy Hunter also devotes space in his book for considering the psychodynamics of the client's symptomology which lends great strength to the work and will be both enlightening and essential for the practitioner to appreciate. The client, therefore, can traverse a path which entails dealing with their originating distressful imprinting, handling unresolved issues, examining secondary gains, eliminating any identification with wrongdoers, resolving inner conflict, altering inappropriate perceptions and removing the need for self-punishment or the blaming of others.

The Art of Hypnotherapy, in addition, scrutinises various forms of rapid change work for the client which employ imagery, desensitisation, suggestion, reframing and working with inner guidance. A comprehensive chapter also deals specifically with a succinct analysis of phobic conditions and how to treat such problems. The debate about past life therapy is, furthermore, not neglected by the author who discusses both formalised and spontaneous past life regression techniques. This impressive book concludes with guidance for the practitioner with regard to peak performance achievement and unconscious motivation mapping which can lead the client to understand themself more completely as well as provide the practitioner with a clue to the most effective direction of therapy.

The Art of Hypnotherapy provides a thorough appraisal of the client's journey and the way in which the hypnotherapist may assist this process and gain confidence and expertise in this important area. Roy Hunter has provided a contribution to the literature which should be afforded great acclaim and certainly should be an essential component of any practitioner's library.
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