Hypnotically Enhanced Treatment for Addictions by Dr. Joseph Tramontana

Dr. Joseph Tramontana has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Louisiana and Mississippi for 38 yrs. He completed a BS degree at the University of New Orleans (then UNO), MA and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi, and a clinical internship at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. He received Certification in Clinical Hypnosis from the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and is a certified counselor through the National Institute of Sports Professionals. Joe also is a longstanding member of the American, Mississippi, and Louisiana Psychological Associations.

While a mental health administrator, Joe authored and secured a number of federal grants for alcohol and drug abuse treatment. He has been in private practice for the past 31 years; after Hurricane Katrina he moved his office to Baton Rouge. Joe belongs to the Southern Pain Society and the Mississippi Pain Society. One day a week he works at a Pain Management Clinic in the New Orleans area. In addition, once a month he travels to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to see his long-standing, chronic pre-Katrina patients.

Joe has written a comprehensive book for clinicians entitled Hypnotically Enhanced Treatment of Addictions: Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Gambling, Weight Control, and Smoking Cessation, recently released by Crown House Publishing, Ltd.

The book offers treatment strategies, techniques, and scripts, and also reviews traditional methods of treating addictions in an outpatient population.

According to Bruce Eimer, author of Hypnotize Yourself out of Pain, stated: “This is the book I’ve been waiting for……It is a must read for every conscientious therapist.” Kris Kumar, a faculty member of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, described it as “a truly practitioner-oriented book . . . user friendly with plenty of metaphors, stories, scripts, and techniques.” Dabney Ewin, M.D., former President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and a highly regarded expert in the hypnosis field, stated ”It is surprising that so little has been written about hypnosis for treating addictions, since it has been so successful in treating other refractory medical and mental disorders. Dr. Tramontana uses it skillfully, and his strategy and scripts are easy to follow.”

Joe is well into writing his next book, Enhancing Peak Performance through Sports Hypnosis.

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