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- ASCH Certification
- ASCH Approved Consultant
- Information available from American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- ASCH - website provides a list member referral list by state. Also provides a list of certified professionals for advanced training.
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Update: Hypnosis and Breast Cancer Surgery
Recent research has shown that women who have surgery for breast cancer may benefit from a single session of hypnosis before having surgery. A study conducted by Dr. Guy Montgomery and his colleagues at Mount Sinai medical center in New York followed 200 women who were about to have surgery in the form of a lumpectomy or breast biopsy. Half the women were assigned to a control group that had a chance to talk with a psychologist for 15 minutes; and the other half had a 15-minute session that included hypnosis. The hypnosis session included relaxation, pleasant imagery, and self-soothing techniques. The women who were given the single session of hypnosis experienced less pain, nausea, fatigue, and emotional distress following the surgery. Interestingly, they also needed less anesthesia during the surgical procedure. This is a worthwhile article, and is paired with a thought provoking editorial about hypnosis and surgery by Dr. David Spiegel at Stanford University.
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- Spiegel D. (2007) Editorial: The Mind Prepared: Hypnosis in Surgery. J Natl Cancer Inst, 99, 1280-1281.
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