Hypnotherapy Book Review
Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution….Introducing Parts Therapy.
By Roy Hunter MS FAPHP Published by Crown House Publishing Ltd.
Purchased through the Anglo-American Book Company…..price £25.00
Parts therapy, which is closely allied to ego states therapy and voice dialogue, was evolved into its modern form by the famous American hypnotherapist Charles Tebbetts .
Roy Hunter was a disciple and friend of Tebbetts and refined his original work into a therapy where the original concepts have been retained, but refinements have been made along the way, in the light of experience.
This therapy is based on the concept that our sub conscious is made up of various parts and each part has what it perceives as a positive role to play in ones personality. Sometimes though these parts are in conflict, as we know when we see a client who, for example, wants to give up smoking or lose weight, and says……… ‘It’s as though part of me really wants to stop (whatever), but another part of me just forces me to continue.
Also, we already use the analogy of wearing different hats for different situations and it may be, for example, that we wear our sensible business hat on during the day and put on the childlike silly hat at home in the evening.
Roy Hunter does not follow Parts Therapy blindly and forsake all other forms of hypnotherapy but follows a system that after induction and deepening he sets up ideomotor finger responses and then asks a series of seven set questions.
If necessary, these seven questions are followed by further exploration, in order to decide the best way forward for the client.
It may be that an answer to a question reveals that a past event is the initial cause to a problem and so regression is more appropriate; whereas a ‘yes’ response to a question on innerconflict would indicate Parts Therapy as a way forward.
The actual process of the parts therapy is explained in great detail in the book and sample scripts are given to aid the reader, who is informed that the actual Parts Therapy process revolves around eleven important steps.
These eleven steps are used to ….call out…identify….gain rapport and question all relevant parts and then to mediate, (not arbitrate), to reach agreement and integration with the various parts concerned.
I personally found this book useful even though I was taught a very much simpler version of parts therapy many years ago and have used this simpler version in practice to good effect.
OK, so this book which is just under 200 pages long could probably have been written in around ten pages of A4 …but that is no different to most books of this nature and at least this is a very comprehensive manual of …
How to do it……
and is not like some books that expect you to purchase further CD’s etc. in order to be fully informed.
A one day workshop would also be a good way to learn this process ….but you would then have to find one and probably spend around £150 plus expenses.
So, overall, I think that the £25 purchase price of this book represents a fair value when compared to other books on hypnotherapy subjects.
Chris Harrison BA hons, hypnotherapist