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This unique volume presents the first comprehensive guidance on how to use hypnosis and guided imagery to enhance women's health. Written by experienced clinicians and distinguished researchers, each chapter focuses on a disease, disorder, or life-stage challenge, identifying essential clinical issues and detailing appropriate hypnotic interventions. These techniques address the interrelated psychosocial and medical determinants of illness and are used to complement and enhance ongoing clinical treatments.

Areas covered include breast and gynecological cancer, cardiac disorders, body image concerns in physical illness, chronic pelvic pain, childbirth preparation and delivery, infertility and pregnancy loss, menopause, anxiety, eating disorders, and smoking. Both empowering to women and effective, these new methods will be a welcome addition to all health care practitioners wanting to harness the power of the mind to heal the body.

Table of Contents




  1. Contributions of Hypnosis to an Integrative Approach to Women's Health
    —Lynne M. Hornyak and Joseph P. Green
  2. Addressing Body Image Concerns in Physical Illness Using Hypnosis
    —Lynne M. Hornyak
  3. Hypnosis in the Treatment of Women With Anxiety Disorders
    —Nancy E. Schoenberger
  4. The Use of Hypnosis and Imagery Methods in the Treatment of Cardiac Disorders in Women
    —Valerie Perdue
  5. Treating Women Who Smoke: The Benefits of Using Hypnosis
    —Joseph P. Green
  6. Chronic Pelvic Pain and Hypnosis
    —Mark B. Weisberg
  7. Hypnotic Treatment of Women With Breast or Gynecological Cancer
    —Michael Hall and Steven Jay Lynn
  8. Hypnotic Methods for Preparing for Childbirth
    —Marc I. Oster and Carolyn P. Sauer
  9. Infertility and Pregnancy Loss: Hypnotic Interventions for Reproductive Challenges
    —Susan G. Mikesell
  10. Hypnosis for the Many Faces of Menopause: Enhancing Normal Development and Treating Trauma-Related Disruptions
    —Mary A. Halas
  11. Hypnosis in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
    —Marianne Barabasz
  12. Hypnosis and Women's Health: Clinical Themes and Research Directions
    —Lynne M. Hornyak and Joseph P. Green

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Lynne M. Hornyak, PhD, has been in full-time independent practice in Washington, DC, since 1985. Her professional interests include the use of hypnosis in women's health issues, performance enhancement, and self-development. She has taught and presented locally and nationally over the past 10 years.

Dr. Hornyak is coeditor with Ellen K. Baker of the volume Experiential Therapies for Eating Disorders (Guilford, 1989). She also has authored a book chapter on hypnosis in the treatment of anorexia nervosa and an article on treating body image.

Dr. Hornyak is a fellow of APA, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. She is a former president of the Washington Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a former secretary of APA's Division of Psychological Hypnosis (30).

Joseph P. Green, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Ohio University in 1992, after completing an internship at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse. He is currently an associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University in Lima.

Dr. Green teaches a variety of courses, including introductory psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, adolescence, introductory statistics, and psychology of women.

Dr. Green has written several book chapters illustrating the use of hypnosis for smoking cessation and weight loss. In addition, he has authored nearly 24 articles and chapters examining individual differences in hypnotic susceptibility, dissociation, and influence of context effects on autobiographical memory.

In 1997, Dr. Green received the Early Career Contributions to the Field of Psychological Hypnosis Award from APA's Division of Psychological Hypnosis (30).