Hypnosis aided fixed role therapy for social phobia: a case report

Am J Clin Hypn. 2014 Apr;56(4):405-12. doi: 10.1080/00029157.2013.808166.


This case study details how hypnosis aided fixed role therapy (HAFRT) was employed in the successful treatment of a case of social phobia with a history of refractory outcomes to previous therapy trials. The treatment consisted of 10 office sessions, scheduled every two weeks, of HAFRT along with twice a day self-hypnotic sessions where the patient performed multiple visualization rehearsals of the vignettes that were successfully mastered in hypnosis during office visits. The results indicated that this patient was able to engage in social and professional affairs that were impossible prior to treatment. The patient retained the therapy gains at follow up 6 months later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Finger Joint
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Male
  • Panic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Panic Disorder / psychology
  • Panic Disorder / therapy
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy*
  • Role Playing*
  • Self Concept
  • Suggestion