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clip_image002The Discovery of Hypnosis:

The Complete Writings of James Braid,

The Father of Hypnotherapy (2009)

Donald Robertson (ed.)

ISBN: 0956057004 (The National Council for Hypnotherapy)

“My first task is to congratulate its editor, Donald Robertson, on the quality of his work and in particular the fine scholarship displayed in his introductory chapters, of which I am sure all readers will be much appreciative. […] there are certain periods in the progress of any field of human enquiry when it becomes particularly apposite and instructive to revisit the works of one of the early key figures. For the serious student of hypnosis, now is the time to pay or repay a visit to the writings of James Braid.” (From the Foreword by Dr. Michael Heap)

The Discovery of Hypnosis puts together Braid's key writings and provides succinct commentary and historical context. This is an exhaustive survey and the editor has obviously mastered the material, revealing an underrated figure in the history of psychology and psychotherapy. One of Robertson's fascinating ideas is that Braid should not be considered simply the father of hypnotherapy, but the father of psychotherapy, given his early work into what is now called cognitive behavioural therapy. Robertson's clear writing style and to-the-point comments enliven the historical material, and the book itself is large and well laid-out. Any hypnotherapist serious about their subject should have this book in their library. It is also an intriguing read for the layman.” (Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of 50 Psychology Classics)

clip_image004The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy (2010)

Donald Robertson

ISBN: 1855757567 (Karnac Books)

“Many of us have felt the need for a book that covers the underlying philosophy of the cognitive-behavioural therapies in much greater depth. This book provides us with the missing link between the theory and the philosophy. It is a fascinating read and could be considered as either a prequel or a sequel to the standard textbook read by a trainee or experienced cognitive-behavioural or rational emotive practitioner who wants to understand these approaches to therapy within an historical framework.” (From the Foreword by Prof. Stephen Palmer)

“It ought to be required reading for students of Hellenistic philosophy, psychotherapists, and anyone undertaking an exploration of the human condition, or efforts to deal with challenges endemic to it, or both. […]For anyone interested in Hellenistic philosophy, Stoicism in particular, or in contemporary talk therapy and its foundations, The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an invaluable resource. Philosophers, psychologists, therapists, counselors, and all others who hope to cultivate equanimity through rational self-governance are certain to benefit from Donald Robertson’s exploration of Stoicism as a wellspring of indispensable therapeutic wisdom. Reading Robertson’s book should, itself, be considered a form of “bibliotherapy” and an effort of which the ancient Stoic masters would, no doubt, approve.” (Review in The Journal of Value Inquiry)

The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy

(due late 2011)

Donald Robertson

ISBN: 1855755300 (Karnac Books)

This comprehensive research-based clinical textbook provides an overview of the cognitive-behavioural approach to theory and practice in hypnotherapy. Due for publication in 2011/2012. Please see UKhypnosis.com for announcements.

About the author | Donald Robertson

Donald is a writer and trainer, with over twenty years’ experience. He’s a specialist in teaching evidence-based psychological skills, and known as an expert on the relationship between modern cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and and classical Greek and Roman philosophy. Donald is the original founder of The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy, setting up in 2003 under the name Hypnosynthesis. Donald developed the evidence-based hypnotherapy approach taught in the College. He also has been instrumental in the further integration of hypnosis with CBT – both via the training courses of the College and his publication: The Practice of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. He passed the College along to Mark Davis in 2013. He now lives in Canada