Clinical Hypnotherapy Books

hypnotherapy reading list


Following is a list of books that I highly recommend to people involved in Hypnotherapy whether they are involved as practitioners or clients. Each of these books will enrich the hypnotherapy process and help you get the most from your special inner journey.

Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman

This is a practical and very comprehensive guide for the practitioner of hypnoanalysis. The author is probably the most influential practitioner and teacher in the history of modern hypnotherapy.The book is useful for people undergoing hypnotherapy because it gives a good understanding of what hypnosis is and what they can expect in therapy. It contains numerous case studies so the process can be explored as it is applied to a wide range of conditions.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman

Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin D Yalom

This book explains psychotherapy in a way that makes the process accessible to anyone. This is a book that grips you from the first pages. The book contains a series of case histories and Yalom allows the reader to travel with him on his journey with his clients.  We know what he is thinking, what is happening, what he wants to happen and on the rare occasion where it went wrong.  This wonderful book tells us it is ok to care!

Link to buy on Amazon UK: Love’s Executioner by Irvin D Yalom

Shift Happens by Robert Holden

Written in a clear and easy to read style this book is inspirational! It is full of wisdom and ways to unlock negativity and fears and open the door to happiness, joy and success. Robert Holden draws on real life stories, allowing you to read how others changed their lives and created a new happier, more joyful new reality. This book is a joy, in itself, to read!

Link to buy book on Amazon UK: Shift Happens by Robert Holden

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

This classical self help book written over a hundred years ago is as relevant today as ever it was. Many of the modern self help books are based on the teachings of James Allen. The book teaches the power of thought and how we use it to create our reality.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

The Power by Rhonda Byrne

This is a life changing book that explains the power of love. Each one of us has the choice to think what we want but we seldom exercise this choice. We spend most of the day on auto pilot reacting in the same way to people and events that occur oblivious to the fact that we are creating our feelings and our circumstances. Our thoughts affect how we feel and when we feel bad we tend to think more bad thoughts and create even more bad feeling and this situation continues until we think good thoughts to lift our mood. Our feelings attract into our lives people and circumstances that reflect how we feel and that is why it is in our interests to exercise the power of choice to create happiness and always be connected to universal power of love.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: The Power by Rhonda Byrne

The Power (Audio Book) by Rhonda Byrne

The audio book version read by the author is quite a moving experience because the background music helps the reader feel the messages being given.

 You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

Louise Hay cured herself of cancer using the principles she outlines in this inspirational book. She very simply explains the relationship between mind and body and how the mindset has the power to create illness or health. The book also gives a list of illnesses with their corresponding root causes. Louise also provides affirmations to counteract each illness or disease she lists.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

 The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Prominent scientists, authors and philosophers reveal the universal law of attraction to create what you want in your life.The Secret is based on the principles outlined in books like As A Man thinketh by James Allen and though this knowledge has always been available to us few people actually use it in their lives and that is the reason for much of the conflict , pain and suffering we see in the world today.This book has brought these age old principles back into the world’s awareness once more and at a time in our planet’s history when we need it most.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Cutting the Ties that Bind by Phyllis Krystal

We are all bound by invisible chains and ties that bind us and block us from being who we really are. The ties were created in childhood, from family, environment, culture, fears or reactions to events that took place a long time ago. Phyllis Krystal is a psychotherapist who has taught people all over Europe practical visualisation techniques that untangle our deepest bonds to everyone and anything that holds us back from reconnecting with our higher consciousness and  attaining our freedom.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: Cutting the Ties that Bind by Phyllis Krystal

Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open by Forbes Robbins Blair

This book shows you step-by-step exactly how to enter the state of hypnosis as your read. It teaches you how to give yourself suggestions and make them work. The book also shows you how to create a program for self-improvement and how to use your inner source of wisdom during your normal waking life. The author’s writing style is very inviting and makes you feel very comfortable. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional or a beginner, this book is for everyone. And yes, you can hypnotize yourself for success, happiness and all good things with its guidance. And with your eyes open there are several advantages. First of all, it is easy to stay focused. You are reading and imagining at the same time, so your mind does not wander around as much as with traditional creative visualization. Also, the author is a professional hypnotist and has carefully designed the techniques, for maximum effectiveness.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open by Forbes Robbins Blair

 Awareness by Anthony deMello

This best-selling book by one of the most gifted spiritual guides of the twentieth century is now established as a modern spiritual classic. Its anecdotes, stories, practical guidelines and exercises use humour, compassion and insight to  the importance of awareness in truly understanding ourselves and the world we live in. The book addresses issues that are relevant to everyone today and these issues include change, happiness, suffering, loss and direction is also given on coping with anger and fear.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: Awareness by Anthony deMello

Milton H Erickson MD

I also highly recommend any of the books by Milton Erickson or any of the books written about him and his work. An if you are looking for a definitive comprehensive manual on hypnosis then “Ericksonian Approaches” by Rubin Battino and Thomas L South has got to be one of the best.

Link to buy on Amazon UK: Ericksonian Approaches by Rubin Battino and Thomas L South


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