Evidence Based Hypnotherapy For Depression

Here is the abstract of a paper published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis by Assen Alladin of the University of  Calgary Medical School, titled ‘Evidence based Hypnotherapy for Depression’*

“Cognitive hypnotherapy (CH) is a comprehensive evidencebased hypnotherapy for clinical depression. This article describes the major components of CH, which integrate hypnosis with cognitivebehavior therapy as the latter provides an effective host theory for the assimilation of empirically supported treatment techniques derived from various theoretical models of psychotherapy and psychopathology. CH meets criteria for an assimilative model of psychotherapy, which is considered to be an efficacious model of psychotherapy integration. The major components of CH for depression are described in sufficient detail to allow replication, verification, and validation of the
techniques delineated. CH for depression provides a template that clinicians and investigators can utilize to study the additive effects of hypnosis in the management of other psychological or medical disorders. Evidence-based hypnotherapy and research are encouraged; such a movement is necessary if clinical hypnosis is to integrate into mainstream psychotherapy.”

Increasingly hypnotherapy combined with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is being seen as a valuable and effective tool in the treatment of Clinical Depression.

You can read the full paper here.

* International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 58(2): 165–185, 2010

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