Date of Award

Fall 2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Lennis Echterling

Abstract

The abundance of diagnosable anxiety disorders that are present in our culture today provides a convenient rationale for further investigating the types of treatments, especially non-pharmaceutical, that clinicians have to offer. Hypnosis and mindfulness are two noninvasive techniques that share some important structural and practical similarities. With the recent increase of interest in mindfulness in psychotherapy it is important to acknowledge what these traits are and how these methods complement one another in both theory and practice. It can be concluded as a result of the following literature reviews that both hypnosis and mindfulness as separate techniques have received some empirical validation, yet there are limitations in research design and an inadequate volume (especially in the mindfulness literature) of reliable clinical studies as opposed to case studies. Despite these limitations, there is reason to believe these methods could be even more powerful if used in conjunction. A rationale and suggested model for integrating hypnosis and mindfulness for treating anxiety disorders is included.

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