Mental Imagery vs. Hypnosis

In the last thirty years both hypnosis and mental imagery, once recognized as powerful tools in the healing arts and then repudiated for centuries, have been finding their way back into the practice of health practitioners. While these two modalities share certain similarities, they are fundamentally different. They are different phenomenologically and they are different in their psychotherapeutic significance. The practitioner's skill in recognizing the uniqueness of hypnosis and mental imagery can significantly alter the therapeutic process.