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Couple and family hypnotic therapy is a form of psychotherapy that includes the use of hypnosis, both directly and indirectly, on couples, families, and individuals. In this approach, the hypnotic induction is simultaneously applied to the entire family system, and the utilization of the trance state shared by different family members is considered an important part of the treatment.

Historical Context

The techniques and theoretical background of hypnosis, used within many psychotherapy techniques since the late 1800s, have had a strong influence on family therapy from the beginning. Family therapy was first popularized in the 1940s, and soon after, hypnotic techniques began to be applied by several important theorists.

Ericksonian hypnosis, first developed in the early 1960s, in particular, has a number of aspects in common with the ...

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