If you’re a healer or coach looking to enhance your skills and expand your knowledge, you know that countless resources are available to help you on your journey. One particular skill that’s captured the attention of many is hypnosis.
Hypnosis (also referred to as hypnotherapy) is a powerful tool that can help clients overcome a wide range of issues. From depression, blocks, and phobias, to anxiety, pain, and more, accessing and reprogramming the subconscious mind is tremendously helpful to clients who have struggled with debilitating conditions or addictions. By incorporating hypnosis into your practice, you can help your clients achieve profound levels of relaxation and ease, allowing them to make positive changes in their lives.
However, to do so, you need to have a solid understanding of the principles, techniques, and applications of hypnosis.
To help you along, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 books on hypnosis that every healer and coach should read. These carefully selected books are, in my professional opinion, essential readings for anyone looking to delve into the world of hypnosis.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced therapist, these books will give you valuable insights and information, practical tips and techniques, and inspiring stories to guide you deeper along the hypnotherapy path.
Let’s dive in!
1. The Silva Mind Control Method
The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva is an influential book that gave us early breakthroughs in harnessing our minds’ power for enhancing personal success and expanding human potential. It provides techniques and strategies to unlock personal achievement.
If alleviating stress, developing concentration, and increasing creativity is something you wish to do for your clients, The Silva Mind Control Method will give you the knowledge you need to accomplish it.
2. Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child
John Bradshaw’s Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child is another classic in early developments in the self-help arena. In this hypnotherapy book, John Bradshaw explores how a painful childhood can leave you disconnected from yourself and the world around you.
He outlines distinct groundwork and protocols for inner child work, learning protocols to skillfully navigate and heal early childhood experiences that continue to affect you as an adult. If your clients struggle with intimacy, parenting, imposter syndrome, or ever-present anxiety and depression, these protocols could transform the individual into a more healed version of themselves, changing how they navigate life.
3. Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within
Core Transformation: Reaching the Wellspring Within by Connirae Andreas is an eye-opening and powerful protocol to discover the true goal behind dysfunctional and unwanted behaviors, patterns, and addictions.
Connirae Andreas teaches practical advice for core transformation and finding inner peace or oneness. Use this step-by-step strategy to help your client realize their core objective and overcome self-sabotage by melting their limitations rather than fighting against them.
4. Frogs Into Princes
Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming by Richard Bandler and John Grinder provides a powerful way to navigate human experience and communication. The practices outlined in this guide allow you to make deep and lasting changes to how you show up in the world.
The principles learned in this book about hypnosis will help you to alleviate symptoms related to phobias, aid learning disabilities in both children and adults, eliminate unwanted habits, and make changes to the relationship between close couples.
5. The Ultimate Guide to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life
The Ultimate Guide to NLP: How to Build a Successful Life, written by Richard Bandler, Alessio Roberti, and Owen Fitzpatrick, demonstrate the strategies and the results of their work using NPL (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
Written as transcripts of live classes, this book peers into the structure of the magic these gentlemen have brought to the healing world. After reading this book, you’ll better understand the inner model of the world created by each individual, which contains their own experiences and helps guide their decision. This realization will enable you to understand your clients better and steer them toward a more healed version of themselves.
6. Mastering Hypnotherapy: Transformational Strategies for Healers and Coaches
Mastering Hypnotherapy: Transformational Strategies for Healers and Coaches is my sixth book and is the updated version of my last book, Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach, which has been used in hypnotherapy courses worldwide for over 20 years.
In this book, I address the essential facets of hypnotherapy and techniques ranging from NLP and Gestalt Therapy to CBT and psychology in a cohesive client-centered protocol. My last book was considered one of the best on hypnotherapy and was used extensively as a resource in hypnotherapy courses worldwide. As this is the updated version, it will replace Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach as a guide for holistic therapists and coaches going forward.
7. Past Life Regression: A Guide for Practitioners
My book on past life regression, Past Life Regression: A Guide for Practitioners, has been widely used in professional courses on past life regression. Because many issues in a client’s present life stem from trauma or experiences in previous lives, it is vital to include these skills in a well-rounded healing practice. Filled with concepts, explanations, and techniques, this is a foundational addition to your hypnotherapy library.
If you would like to help your clients move through the traumas that took place in a past life, this guide is a great tool to expand your knowledge.
8. The Body Keeps the Score
For practitioners working in the field of healing from trauma, Bessel van Der Kolk’s book, The Body Keeps the Score, explores the impact trauma has on the mind and body and presents practical techniques for recovery.
Bessel is one of the leading minds on trauma’s stress on the body and encourages a holistic approach to healing, moving away from drug therapies to alternative mind, brain, and body healing. This guide can help you navigate generational and family trauma with your clients.
9. Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles
Rounding out an education in holistic therapy, it’s essential to understand the connection between the mind and body. In The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles, Bruce Lipton offers fascinating and scientifically-demonstrated explanations that will change how you think about health, life, and our planet.
The groundbreaking experiments outlined in this book are backed by over a decade of thorough research, providing great insight into the fascinating world of epigenetics. This book is ideal for healers that want to become well-rounded experts in the holistic mind-body connection.
10. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
To understand even more about the workings of the world and foundational scientific information about what happens during healing and transformation, you’ll be fascinated by Brian Greene’s The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality.
Whether or not you have a scientific background, Brian Greene undertakes the daunting task of explaining String Theory, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and Inflationary Cosmology, unfolding layers of reality that underpin everyday life.
Final Thoughts on Hypnotherapy Books
On your journey to becoming an expert guide in the field of hypnotherapy, it’s essential to continue to learn more about your craft. These are some of the best books to learn hypnosis and help your clients reach deeper levels of healing on their journey.
There are many different styles, formulas, and concepts for healing through therapy. With all the right resources at your fingertips, you can ensure that you adapt your approach to your specific client for the best results.