Examination of published accounts suggests that, in addition to differences in hypnotic techniques, there is a great deal of variation in what therapists actually do with hypnosis in the management of depression. A review of the available documented case material indicates that there are a range of therapeutic goals either specifically stated or implied by the model of therapy associated with the use of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a tool, not a therapeutic model, and has been used to facilitate a range of different therapeutic approaches. The bulk of the published literature consists of case reports, often providing minimal detail of actual therapeutic practice and no objective documentation of outcome.
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These techniques will work for stage hypnosis or hypnotherapy, however, they are taught here for information purposes only. After reading this book you will have the knowledge and ability necessary to hypnotise people, but please do not practice hypnosis without first undergoing more intensive study.