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New 5-PATH® Article in the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis

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Clinical Hypnotherapy & HypnosisThe latest edition of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis arrived while I was in Singapore, so it was pretty nice to see it sitting on my desk when I got back.

I was looking forward to receiving it because a few months ago the Editor of the journal, Lindsay J. Duncan contacted me and requested that I consider submitting an article for their upcoming edition which would focus on the application of hypnosis and hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. Of course I was honored to be asked, but at first I hesitated, because at the time I was really busy getting ready for a class I was going to teach, as well as having many other obligations. But then on second through, I decided that I really should take him up on the opportunity to speak up on behalf of 5-PATHers everywhere. I also thought that the uniqueness of our approach to handling smoking cessation would be of interest to their readers, and that the article would enable more hypnotherapists to be successful when simpler approaches, i.e., using direct suggestion along was insufficient. So, I “burned the late night oil” as they say, and managed to get it out to him in time. (Well, actually he gave me a bit of an extension on the deadline. He is a very understanding fellow.)

The article is entitled, Two Treatment Groups Hypnosis Smoking Cessation Program. The article discusses our approach to utilizing hypnosis cessation I which clients are screened and placed into one of two treatment groups. We ask our clients a number of questions which enable us to determine whether or not the client is using cigarette smoking to manage emotions, or if it is a simple habit. When we are able to determine that the clients are emotionally motivated to smoke then they receive the 5-PATH® treatment, and if they it appears that the motivation is mostly out of habit, then they are placed into a shorter program, which is a two session, shortened version of 5-PATH® consisting of only one direct suggestion session and one age regression session (in which the client is not regressed based on emotional causes, but rather to their first cigarette).

I want to thank Linday J. Duncan for his assistance with getting the article published. I enjoyed the process and hope to do more work with ASCH in the future. I believe that working with such professional organizations is a very important part of building our profession.

For more information about the article, and the journal please go to the organization’s website,

2 Reader Comments to New 5-PATH® Article in the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis

  1. Tina Shafer, CH, CPHI December 28, 2006 at 6:48 AM

    Hi Cal,

    As the New Year steadily approaches I want to respond to your Confessions of an Overweight Hypnotists article. *sigh* I too am an overweight hypnotist. I used to feel really guilty about that, (thank you 7thPath!) now I am on the path to better eating and what is working for me. In this I share:

    The first key you know, 7th Path Self Hypnosis! 7th Path has been my rock for the last 3 years, helping me to steadily work through the things that have continually held me back from being the person on the outside I knew I could be inside.

    As a 7thPath teacher I am also doing workshops and wrapping them around different behavioral changes that people want to make. Weight loss and 7thPath combined into what we call “Think Yourself Thin” has always been a popular class. I had never added a “diet” component to the course because I’ve always felt that diets were too restrictive and there are many variables in why any one person holds/gains weight.

    Like you, I gained some weight through the last year while going through the more than normal stress of building a business. When I started searching for a diet I picked up The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko. If you havent read it, its a nice read full of humor and good information. It really got me thinking about why I don’t exercise the way I should because what I thought I knew about exercise wasn’t true (do the words “I wish I knew then what I know now” ring a bell?) The next book on the recommended reading list is YOU on a Diet by Doctors Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz. Now this book is packed full of information on the way the body works, written in a way that even *I* could understand. Suddenly, it began to make sense what I was doing wrong. I recommend this book to anyway wanting to eat in a healthy way. This book will also be on the recommended reading list for January’s upcoming Think Yourself Thin Workshop.

    Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to go public Cal. I’m going to make 2007 my best year ever. See ya on the skinny side at the August 2007 NGH Convention!

    Tina Shafer CH,CPHI
    Hypnosis Success Center
    Adrian, MI

  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH December 29, 2006 at 7:51 PM

    Hello Tina,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a comment, and telling everyone about your success so far with 7th Path Self-Hypnosis®. I look forward to hearing more from you now that you are a Certified Professional Hypnotherapy Instructor (CPHI) and able to teach our certification courses.

    Thanks also for your recommended reading list. I’ll check them out next time I am at the bookstore, which for means pretty soon because I love going to the bookstore. Right now my basic eating plan is to eat in a healthy way, eating smaller portions, and drinking lots of water. But, I’m sure I’ll learn more in the process.

    Tina, keep in touch and keep up the good work. Next time we see each other we will be slimmer and healthier than ever.

    With you on the Path,
    Cal Banyan

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