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Hypnosis and the Counseling Profession
Kate C. Jiggins
Almost 50 years ago, scientist and clinical psychologist Alfred Barrios inquired
as to why hypnosis was not widely used as a clinical intervention. Today, this
question continues to be pertinent. This article explores this question in more
depth and provides a contextual overview of the evolution of hypnosis. A rationale is provided to support the use of clinical hypnosis as an effective intervention. Additionally, the integration of clinical hypnosis with cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of physical and mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome is presented. Implications and recommendations for counselors and counselor education programs are discussed.
Keywords: clinical hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, anxiety,
depression, irritable bowel syndrome