Shaun Davis

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SOULFUL LIVING

Reviewing: Soulful Living

I really struggled with this book, after 3 attempts I gave up. A very rear occurrence. Whilst the purpose and meaning from the book is genuine and worthy of writing about this text just became so repetitive saying the same things over and over, as if by repeating it, the author was trying to imprint it in our subconscious.

Living a soulful life is something we should all strive to do and the benefits will surely manifest over time, unfortunately I didn't find this book particularly helpful. There are many examples from clients, but all anecdotal and without any real basis for development by the reader.

Maybe I just didn't connect with Claus, for me something was missing, too repetitive and lacking substance.


THE ART OF HYPNOTIC REGRESSION THERAPY – C ROY HUNTER

Reviewing: The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy

There are many great reviews for this work on line, (Amazon) however I struggled to write this review as I didn’t personally get a great deal from the new work. I feel there are many good books that include this in the overall coverage and wonder if there is a need for a book solely devoted to this topic.

Regression therapy is very specific, in Hunters own words people are unique, so breaking it down to a series of steps as a process for every client in my view fails to give enough account of those differences.

That said the volume is a clear and concise model of the process and gives plenty of background to the understanding of regression therapy, warning about misuse and misunderstanding and client preparation. Indeed half the book is of this nature and if you had studied hypnosis to any degree you might find this unnecessary and want to move quicker in to the application and following the steps and guidance.

This section is clear and comprehensive and worth the wait. It covers the process in plenty of detail, offering some great resources, suggestions and case studies, so has some good value here. There are a number of further specific topics covering unresolved grief and PTSD. At the end is a full transcript of a session. I would have like one or two more of these transcripts so I could get a sense of how different it is with different clients.

Not my favourite book, but definitely worth the read if you are looking to add or improve your understanding and techniques of regression therapy.


HYPNOSIS FOR SMOKING CESSATION – An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Manual

Reviewing: Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation

Having done a few sessions of hypnosis for smoking cessation I approached this book with a degree of scepticism, did we really need a manual purely for smoking cessation?
So who is this book for? Certainly for the newly qualified or curious person who want to use hypnosis for smoking cessation, certainly for anyone who is interested in making a living specialising in smoking cessation. However it offers more, for anyone using hypnosis or NLP in other ways there is some great information and techniques on offer.
Once over my initial reluctance I started to warm to this book. It is clear and concise, with an abundance of detail and processes to deal with virtually any situation and any type of client resistance.
It is written in an easy readable style, but unlike many of this type of book works hard to avoid repetition. Well structured, it takes you through the process step by step in a personable way. There are check lists and tips for both one to one and group coaching and even for corporate events, yet despite its clinical thoroughness Botsford constantly reminds us to work at our skills and to focus on the client. Whilst he offers many useful scripts and details he stresses the need to develop them for specific clients and individual circumstances.

This book appears to be a one size fit all, but it is all about giving you the tools and understanding to deliver smoking cessation for anyone, in any situation. I personally got far more than I expected and found a number of anecdotes and lessons that I can use in other completely different ways.
I strongly recommend this book if you have a need to offer smoking cessation and if you just want to have the competent skills it offers.


Bridges to Success

Reviewing: Bridges to Success

This is a very powerful and clear book that uses Olive’s extensive understanding of NLP and experience of special learning difficulties to explore and reframe much of the existing way that education and society deals with people who simply process differently.

She writes utilising her experience of working with children with special learning difficulties to explain how we can utilise their strengths and understand the strategies they run and help to give them better life prospects and more clarity. This book outlines her work with many of parents to provide simple steps to greater understanding of their own child and family orientation related to the numerous different type of spectrum difficulties.
For the experience NLP practitioner there is plenty to utilise in your work and improve your understanding special learning difficulties in both children and adults. So many clients have low self-esteem associated with forms of dyslexia and ADHD etc.

For the lay person Olive offers clear and easy to understand direction, guidance and techniques to explore effective strategies for special learning difficulties. The many case studies provide detailed anecdotal evidence about its results, many of which are life changing for both parents and child.
The book is easy to understand, well researched and simple to follow. I found the small font used in the case studies rather annoying to read and there is some overlap between the chapters, but this is essentially reinforcing the message and not distracting.

If you are involved with special learning difficulties in any way, either professionally or personally I would recommend you read this book, absorb its insights and put the techniques to use. It will change some of your thinking and at the very least provide you with another perspective.