Research evidence and further reading

Essential reading for any health practitioners, emergency services personnel, or anyone who is likely to need to intervene in an emergency: The Worst is Over by Judith Acosta and Judith Simon Prager.

It describes how what we say to someone in distress can make an enormous difference to the outcome of the emergency and can even be life-saving.


For clinicians: a brief search of Google Scholar, Pub Med, or the Cochrane Library will reveal hundreds (or thousands, if a less narrow search is conducted) of scholarly articles on the efficacy of clinical hypnosis.

For the general public, a humerous and very well-written book of general interest on hypnosis is Monsters and Magical Sticks, There’s No Such Thing as Hypnosis written by Heller and Steele.

Some of these books may be of interest:

Dave Elman Hypnotherapy

Judith Acosta and Judith Simon Prager The Worst is Over, What to Say when Every Moment Counts. Revised edition.

Roy Hunter The Art of Hypnotherapy, Mastering Client-centred Hypnotherapy

Freddy Jacquin Hypnotherapy: Methods, Techniques and Philosophies

Anthony Jacquin Reality is Plastic

Marie Mongan HypnoBirthing Fourth Edition

Alexia Leachman Fear Free Childbirth

Gordon Emerson Ego State Therapy

Melissa Tiers and Kelly T. Woods Integrative hypnosis for Kids and Teens

Melissa Tiers Anti-Anxiety Toolkit

Melissa Tiers Integrative Hypnosis: a Comprehensive Course in Change

Shawn Carson and Melissa Tiers Keeping the Brain in Mind: Practical neuroscience for coaches, therapists and hypnosis practitioners

Bradford Keeney and Betty Alice Erickson Milton H. Erickson, MD: An American Healer

Igor Ledochowski The Deep Trance Training Manual Hypnotic Skills Volume 1 Second Edition

Ernest Rossi The Collected Works of Milton H. Erickson

Milton H. Erickson, Ernest L. Rossi and Sheila I. Rossi Hypnotic Realities The Induction of Clinical Hypnosis and Forms of Indirect Suggestion

Roy Hunter Hypnosis for Inner Conflict Resolution, Introducing Parts Therapy

Richard Hill and Ernest Rossi The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands

John Court   Hypnosis, Healing and the Christian

Corydon Hammond   Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors

Mark P. Jensen Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Workbook

Mary Lee LaBay Hypnotherapy: a Client-Centered Approach

Richard K. Nongard Medical Hypnotherapy: Techniques, Scripts and Processes for Effective Hypnosis and Healing

Richard K. Nongard Speak Ericksonian: Mastering the Hypnotic Methods of Milton Erickson

Julie Griffin Facilitating Wellness: Inside the Miracle of Hypnosis

Les Brann et al (editors) The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis Theory and Practice

Trevor Silvester Word-Weaving: The Science of Suggestion

Sidney Rosen (editor) My Voice Will Go With You: THE TEACHING TALES OF MILTON H. ERICKSON, M.D.  

Steven Heller Monsters and Magical Sticks: There’s no Such Thing as Hypnosis.

 Milton H. Erikson et al The Practical Application of Medical and Dental Hypnosis

Milton H. Erikson and Ernest Rossi Hypnotherapy an Exploratory Casebook

Michael D. Yapko   Trancework: an Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis

Michael D. Yapko The Discriminating Therapist : Asking How Questions, making Distinctions and Finding Direction in Therapy

Bill O’Hanlon A Guide to Tranceland

Garner Thomson Magic in Practice