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Clinical Hypnotherapy: Definition, Format, and History

  • 24 Jun 2011
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • LLU Behavioral Health Institute 1686 Barton Road, Redlands, CA 92373

Clinical Hypnotherapy: Definition, Format, and History

Marie Louise Bosin, LMFT

I would argue that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. As in Psychotherapy, we cannot break a patient out of the trance they have created for themselves without their full cooperation. We must engage a patient first and foremost. We must meet the patient in their story and understand it before we are given permission to offer other possibilities. Hypnotherapy is the art and skill of teaching a patient how to hypnotize herself. An ancient tradition, self-hypnosis was probably first used thousands of years ago by the Indian Yogis who used a process called Yoga Nidra to transcend to a higher place of wisdom and bliss. Practically, self-hypnosis also is useful in pain relief, maintaining good physical health, calming anxiety and rising up out of depression. Personality issues can also be addressed with self-hypnosis. This training will discuss the history and principles used in Hypnotherapy and will walk the participants through three different self-hypnosis experiences.

A clinical hypnotherapist is most often defined as a psychotherapist who utilizes hypnosis as a primary tool for assisting clients in achieving their goals by focusing on the role of the unconscious influences on the client's life.  Clinical hypnotherapy is most often defined as the use of hypnosis in psychotherapy.  This seminar will inform attendees regarding the use of hypnotherapy in psychotherapy including clinical assessment, developing rapport, testing suggestibility, and methods of hypnosis and Yoga Nidra.  The Yoga Nidra process has been found to reduce anxiety.


1. Explore the history of self-hypnosis

2. Explore the principles of self-hypnosis

3. Experience 3 forms of self-hypnosis

4. Translate the understanding and skills into use in the practice of Psychotherapy


Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Certified Experienced Yoga Instructor and Practitioner

Marie Louise Bosin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist working in the Inland Empire. She started her journey into the field in 1981 when she returned to Santa Clara University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a Health Psychology emphasis. She has worked in many clinical settings during the 30 year journey and has most recently opened a private practice office centrally located in the Inland Empire. Her fascination with the spiritual aspects of psychotherapy has roots in her own recovery and healing. She infuses hypnotherapy into all aspects of her practice regardless of the technique being employed. In this way, she offers solution focused psychotherapy inviting her patients to actively engage in the healing process.

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