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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848765053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848765054
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a police officer for 18 years before leaving to become a Hypnotherapist and trainer. With my wife Rebecca I launched the Quest Institute in 2000, the first school in the world training people to be Cognitive Hypnotherapists - the approach I developed. It is now the largest organisation of its type.

I was editor of the Hypnotherapy Journal for 9 years and served on the committee of the national Council for Hypnotherapy for a further five years as Director of Supervision and Ethics.

In addition to running training courses and writing I also have a private practice in Harley Street.

In my spare time I love walking with my wife and miniature Schnauzers Betty and Fred, reading and fitness training.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hall on 26 May 2012
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When I bought this book it had 20 reviews. Of these, 18 were glowing 5 stars whilst the other 2 were very negative 1 or 2 stars. Such polarisation of views always intrigues me. One of the negative reviews suggested that the 5 star reviews must have been written by the authors friends, so let me make two things clear from the start.
1. I have no connection with Trevor Sylvester, or any of his friends, family etc. I have never met or spoken to any of them and, in fact, I don't even live in the same country. This review is absolutely independent.
2. I am just reaching the end of 18 months of study with the ICHP in Ireland to become qualified as an analytical hypnotherapist, so I have more than a passing interest in the subject.
On to the book review. I found it to be absolutely brilliant and cannot praise it highly enough. The first half consists of Trevor's theory of how the human mind evolved, developed and how it works. In particular, why it doesn't work well sometimes and why mental processes appear to work against our best interests. Trevor draws on the work of many people and the latest research to make his points and as other reviewers have noted, there are many 'aha' moments. I have read Freud, Jung and many other theories about personality, but this is the first time that I have read something that really makes sense and seems to explain human behaviour in such a neat package. Everyone should read this because it explains why we do what we do.
The second half of the book concentrates on actual therapy and gives a a range of techniques to deal with the various mental problems that clients may present with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarkson Hypnotherapy on 18 Sept. 2012
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Trevor Sylvester's `Cognitive Therapy, what's that all about and how can I use it' is a bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing. At first glance the reader is presented with an apparently simple, straight-forward account of his tried and tested way of doing therapy. It is written in an undemanding and unpretentious style, punctuated with homourous asides and is relatively free from psychological jargon. Additionally there are no grand claims about the potentials of the therapy. Nor is there any self-promotional self-aggrandising of the author. Indeed the humility of the author, who is quick to play down his book as just a `style' of how to do therapy, resonates warmly from the pages. You know if you met this guy you would like him. You know if he were your therapist you would get better. He's warm, friendly, funny, clever and very modest.

But please don't underestimate a nice guy with a simple message. This book is quite remarkable. Borrowing one of Sylvester's phrases of wisdom I have a `strong opinion, weakly held' that this work is much more than just a `style' of how to do cognitive hypnotherapy. Peer under the sheepskin and see what you can see.

That's right. Let's not be fooled by Sylvester's charming bedside manner and his modest credentials. Just because Sylvester is a former police officer rather than a psychologist or psychotherapist with a doctorate or professorship; just because his writing style is not overtly over-academic or esoteric; just because he did not publish with the heavyweights such as Routledge or Wiley cannot obscure that this book offers more than a glimpse of a model-in-progress of hypnotherapy that is not only original, pragmatic and coherent but could be showing us the next progressive stage in the evolution of hypnotherapy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rubin Battino on 21 Dec. 2011
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This is a well-researched book that combines hypnosis and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) and the author's analysis of how people get stuck and how to help them go beyond that to less troubled lives. Cognitive Hypnotherapy provides a framework for both understanding ourselves and our lives and many ways for therapists to tailor treatments to their clients. It is theoretical and pragmatic. Part One is about the science of ourselves, and Part Two gives the philosophy and practice of cognitive therapy.
Silvester suggests (p. 4) "... that what we call memory is just part of a larger system that I call memoragination. It comprises our remembered past, our perceived present, and our anticipated future." He goes on to state that this is necessarily plastic, is being continuously updated, and that changing it can lead to new behaviours. Since memory is malleable it can be changed so that the "memories" which control our lives can be effectively reframed to lead to more satisfactory lives.
Two critical observations provide the basis for this. The first was Ernest Rossi's about the fact that you cannot access a memory without changing it because your present perspective influences the emotional coloring of the event in your mind. The second is Joseph LeDoux's discovery that every time you recall a memory it renders it "unstable" in the sense that it can be changed. This means that the mood you're in when you remember something can affect the way you recall it next time.
Silvester emphasizes the power of AS-IF, that is, the world that we live in becomes the one we anticipate, and we thus become the kind of person who lives in such a world. This is the essence of the effectiveness of the power to change clients via the use of the Miracle Question. Silvester summarizes this as (p.
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