Book Reviews

Being hit by a Mac Truck 30 years ago

Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2011

I was hit by a Mac Truck 30 years and sometimes the pain feels like it was just yesterday. This book (Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!) has given me wonderful pointers and numerous hypnotic scripts that have lessen the pain dramatically. It has quick fixes for relaxing the pain before it is out of control. Is very well written, maybe a little complicated at times (hard to understand for a laymen), but overall pretty easy to read. Every page you are learning something to help relieve pain.

The CD is worth the money alone, I listen to it daily for pain relief.

Thank you Doctor for making life more tolerable.

Rich Blazakis

5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for pain management…

Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2010

I am a clinical psychotherapist. Dr. Eimer’s book (Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!) is invaluable in helping patients of serious personal injury manage their own pain. Dr. Eimer is the victim of chronic pain himself. The CD included with his book provides the patient with the ability to successfully initiate their own hypnotic inductions anytime, day or night. Along with my clinical treatment, I provide a copy of Dr. Eimer’s book for any of my patients who are serious about self-managing their own pain. I strongly endorse Anthony Scratchley’s philosophy written in Addiction Today Magazine that “…to tame pain, we must use our brain.”

David Morgan

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful.

I particularly like the hypnosis cd that comes with this book (Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!) that I can use for relaxation or techniques to take away the pain – I’ve recommended it to lots of friends with back pain etc.

Yoga Sally

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Practical Book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2011

I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist and regularly use this book (Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now!) as a part of my clients’ ‘homework’. Every client who experiences pain is unique, and the breadth of exercises in this book give nearly everybody something that works for them.

Alan Wick

5.0 out of 5 stars BEST of its kind

Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2012

I’m an emergency physician who took a hypnosis course 40 years ago, and I use hypnosis (“suggestion”, creating self-fulfilling prophecies, analgesia and calming) on a daily basis. Pain has steadily increased as a top complaint in the ER (And in all of medicine) and I’ve been reading everything available to try to learn more, both to help my patients and to help manage my own pains. This book is absolutely the best I’ve found for the professional who wants an update — or even an introduction, although I’d strongly recommend taking a course from the ASCH or similar first. And to my surprise it would be very useful for a well-educated and highly motivated patient! I think it should be the basis for a required course in the fourth year for every medical student. Worth the money!


5.0 out of 5 stars Break through dissociation

Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017

This book (The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy) is clearly written and offers many options. I have broken through dissociative memories immediately in resourcing this text.

Herb Cohen

4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point, to get you going 🙂

Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017

The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy is a good read, nothing I didn’t know already, but if you are new to this type of working with hypnosis, this is a good place, to gain some insight into it. It’s written really well and flows nicely. The use of regression, to get to the bottom of a person’s problems, is a great tool to have, in your hypnotherapy arsenal! Buy read, absorb and enjoy.

Helen E

5.0 out of 5 stars The master of safe regression

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2020

A good book (The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy) for the professional therapist. Stresses the importance of safety and the pitfalls of leading the Client to dangerous conclusions and assumptions. Highly recommend.


5.0 out of 5 stars For Hypnotherapists: An approach for unresponsive clients

Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2012

Two of hypnotherapy’s stellar practitioners, Roy Hunter and Bruce Eimer, have pooled their expertise to produce a book (The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy) on regression hypnotherapy so comprehensive, it is the only guide to regression hypnosis a hypnotherapist will ever need. The authors have drawn from their mentors, David Cheek, Charles Tebbetts, and Dabney Ewin, as well as other hypnotherapists whose work established major milestones in hypnotherapy practice

The authors address the philosophical foundations of regression hypnotherapy, as well as the current controversies over the uses of abreaction, the ethics of past life regression, and false memories. They give practical advice, guidelines, and examples for achieving the five phases of regression hypnosis: client preparation, regression techniques, abreaction and release, subconscious learning, and concluding the session. The objectives for the practitioner are to skillfully employ suggestion and imagery, discover the root cause of the client’s difficulties, assist the client to release emotional attachments to the causal event, and assist subconscious learning.

Hunter and Eimer make the case that while regression hypnotherapy is not useful with every client, it is indicated for clients who are well motivated but not responsive to other hypnotic methods. The authors discuss procedural issues such as the initial interview, various inductions, depth of trance, and the differences between initial sensitizing events and activating events that give rise to symptoms.

The authors provide a particularly good discussion of the seven psychodynamics of a symptom (i.e., most emotional problems fit into one or more of these categories) and how to elicit them through interview questions and, during trance, through ideomotor signals: The seven psychodynamics are:

* Authority imprint
* Unresolved issues (often showing up as habits or physical symptoms)
* Secondary gain
* Identification with another person
* Internal conflict
* Painful past experience
* Self-punishment

A number of standard regression and past life techniques are presented. The authors devote a chapter to abreaction and release. They take the position that abreaction is often beneficial in helping clients work through and release attachments to highly emotional past events. They give several examples of things to say to facilitate release. Subconscious relearning takes place when the hypnotherapist helps the client reframe his or her thinking about the symptom or unwanted behavior, while imagining a symptom-free life.

Hunter and Eimer discuss variations on regression for specific applications such as unresolved past grief and post-traumatic stress, and provide case examples of treatment for chronic pain, phobias, smoking cessation, and low self-esteem.

This well-written, well-documented book will make a welcome addition to any hypnotherapist’s library. It’s a perfect companion to Ewin and Eimer’s Ideomotor Signals for Rapid Hypnoanalysis, which I also recommend.

Judith Pearson, Ph.D.

5.0 out of 5 stars terrific

Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2013

I have both the book (Brief Cognitive Hypnosis) and kindle edition. even though I am a medical provider and not a therapist I found benefit in this. I am also a clinical hypnotist and use much of the one session stop smoking data to help my patients. If you’re curious about hypnosis or a clinical provider this is an excellent addition to your library.

David Caulfield

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding

Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2013

Great book (Brief Cognitive Hypnosis). Easy to understand. Thorough and well thought out. I do hypnotherapy and found it an excellent resource and guide. Would recommend it to all my colleagues.

J.C. Harley