Writer's Block: Hypnosis House Call

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Local psychologist Steven Gurgevich's book Hypnosis House Call: A Complete Course in Mind-Body Healing was recently published. Visit www.HealingwithHypnosis.com for more information.

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Like many psychologists, Steven Gurgevich, Ph.D. — who has been treating patients in private practice for 38 years, has trained over five thousand physicians, psychologists and other professionals, and has over 60 professional publications — works with patients dealing with myriad challenges including phobias, addictions, PTSD, anxiety, sleep disorders, and depression, as well as physical diseases.

Nancy, for instance, a fifteen-year-old, had over 200 warts on her face that left her insecure and discouraged. A painful case of shingles afflicted Jerry, who was in his 40s, and also another patient, Andrew, a retired military man. Stephanie's symptoms of ulcerative colitis left her doubled over in pain every morning after her children and husband went off to school and work. All had tried prescriptive drugs to no avail. While working with Dr. Gurgevich, all discovered a mind-body connection to their ailment and all were cured.

The method Dr. Gurgevich uses to encourage the body and mind to heal? Medical hypnosis.

In his new book, Hypnosis House Call: A Complete Course in Mind-Body Healing (Sterling Ethos, January 2011, foreword by Dr. Andrew Weil), Dr. Gurgevich explains how this scientifically researched therapy can be used to heal mind and body. He explains how images and ideas can re-pattern the mind and body; how motivation, belief and how individuals can overcome resistance to the idea of hypnosis (which almost everyone feels.) He dispels myths and misconceptions about clinical hypnosis including:

• hypnosis is not done to someone
• no one is under the control of someone else
• "strong-minded" people can experience a hypnotic trance
• everyone can come out of hypnosis
• a person in a trance will not reveal secrets or other information

Most exciting, through the book and accompanying CD, he teaches people how to use hypnosis in the comfort and privacy of their home.

In this day of high medical costs and drugs that often have unwanted side effects, medical hypnosis is an option that more people need to know about. Dr. Gurgevich is a nationally renowned expert and clinician on the subject. He is a clinical faculty member at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine's Center of Integrative Medicine (started by Dr. Andrew Weil), where he was the director of the Mind-Body Clinic from 1997-2008. He is an Approved Consultant, Fellow and faculty member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and founded Tranceformation Works in 1996 to provide hypnosis for a variety of medical applications.

Through his self-hypnosis process, readers learn to focus and control their minds; remove negative habits and increase positive feelings; and ultimately improve their quality of life by tapping into the natural inner resources of healing.

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