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Giuseppe De Benedittis

Last name
De Benedittis
Italian, English, French

Professional Activities

Prof. Giuseppe De Benedittis, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Milan (Italy). His specialties include Psychiatry and Anesthesiology. He is former Director of the Interdepartmental Center for the Study and Pain Therapy a the University of Milan. He is Vice-President of the Italian Society of Hypnosis (SII).
Prof. Giuseppe De Benedittis has been elected Member of the ISH Board of Directors since 2009. He is also Chair of the ISH COR , the Scientific Committee and the ISH Task Force for WHO recognition of Hypnosis.
After his medical degree at the University of Padua, he specialized in Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at the University of Milan. He founded and directed the Interdepartmental Center for the Study and Pain Therapy of the University of Milan, the first Multidisciplinary Center established in Italy.
Clinical Activity & Research Areas

His long clinical experience and experimental research studies have concerned the measurement of pain, the quality of life, the psychological aspects of chronic pain, the use of innovative techniques for pain control (pharmacological, anaesthesiological and psychophysiological) in a Multidisciplinary Approach, which takes into account all the most relevant components of chronic pain.
He is internationally recognized as one of the leading experts in Pain Therapy, in particular in the field of primary chronic headaches (e.g., migraine, tension-type headache), oro-facial pain, pain in the spine (e.g., neck pain, low back pain), neuropathic pain (e.g., shingles), fibromyalgia and cancer pain.
Professor De Benedittis has also been a pioneer in the clinical and experimental use of Hypnosis for Pain Control, contributing to elucidate the complex neurophysiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia.

He has over 200 publications and 7 monographs in the field of pain and hypnosis.

Honors & Awards

He is Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Hypnosis and received the Ernest Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence by the International society of Hypnosis in 2009.
Special Therapeutic Expertise

After retirement in 2014, Prof. De Benedittis is still active in private practice. He deals mainly with Pain Therapy and Hypnotherapy. Hypnotic approaches are mainly oriented toward treatment of acute and chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosomatic disorders, anxiety disorders, conversion disorders, neurological disorders, depressive disorders. In addition to ericksonian techniques, hypnoanalysis in selected case can be an effective and creative technique that allows unveiling and working-through of unconscious conflicts and traumatic memories, that can lead to complete and permanent healing of the underlying symptoms. Some other innovative hypnotherapeutic techniques (e.g., hypnotic dreams, synaesthetic approaches, quantum cognition methods, hypno-thermobiofeedback ) are currently used for discrete syndromes.

He is actively involved in training and supervision in hypnosis – basic/advanced training, master in Hypnosis for Pain Control , basic / specialized /advanced workshops in Hypnosis.


He has lectured and given workshops in many international hypnosis/pain congresses and was invited to give workshops and training in many hypnosis societies and psychotherapy societies, in Italy, in many European countries (i.e., France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria), Turkey, Israel, Iran, Singapore, China, South Africa and USA.


You can contact him for workshops and training in / on

  • Basic / Intermediate / Advanced Training (Ericksonian) Hypnosis
  • Hypnosis for Pain Control
  • Hypnosis for Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Hypnosis for Cancer Patients
  • Integrating Hypnosis in Psychotherapy
  • Hypnoanalysis
  • The Hypnotic Brain: Linking Neuroscience to Psychotherapy
Milano, Italy
Member of ISH


De Benedittis G. (2016): Hypnosis and Fibromyalgia, in “Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis” (Elkins G. Ed.), pp. 235-244, Springer Publishing Company, New York .

De Benedittis G. (2016): Headaches – Adults, in “Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis” (Elkins G. Ed.), pp. 245-257, Springer Publishing Company, New York.

De Benedittis G. (2016): Spasmodic Torticollis, in “Handbook of Medical and Psychological Hypnosis” (Elkins G. Ed.), pp. 419-427 , Springer Publishing Company, New York .

De Benedittis G. (2015): Neural mechanisms of hypnosis and meditation . J.Physiology (Paris), 109: 152-164, doi:

De Benedittis G. (2012): The Hypnotic Brain: Linking Neuroscience to Psychotherapy Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy, 29 (1): 103-115.

De Benedittis G. (2002): The healer within: Hypnotic pathways to remarkable recoveries. In: (B.Peter, W. Bongartz, D. Revensdorf & W.Butollo Eds.): Munich 2000. The 15th international Congress of Hypnosis. Hypnosis International Monographs, n. 6, pp. 145-155, MEG-Stiftung, Münich.

De Benedittis G. (2001): The revolving doors of pain: hypnotic synaesthesia for modulation of the pain experience. In: (C.Loriedo & B.Peter Eds.): The New Hypnosis. The utilization of personal resources. Hypnosis International Monographs, n. 5, pp. 33-48, MEG-Stiftung, Münich.

De Benedittis G. (2001): Hypnotic Synaesthesia: The Divine Banquet of Senses. Hypnos, 28(1): 15-22.

De Benedittis G. (1999): Hypnotically induced dreams: rationale and techniques. Hypnos, Journal of European Society of Hypnosis, 36(1): 42-49.

De Benedittis G. (1998):The Poisoned Gift: The Use of Hypnosis in the Treatment of Severe Chronic Headache. Am.J.Clin.Hypnosis, 41(2): 118-129.

De Benedittis G. (1996): Hypnosis and spasmodic torticollis – report of four cases.
Int. J. Clin. exp. Hypnosis, 44 (4): 292-306.

De Benedittis G. (1996): The Healing Dream: The Therapeutic Use of Dreams in Hypnosis.
In: B. Peter, B. Trenkle, F.C. Kinzel, C. Duffner and A. Iost-Peter (Eds.) : “Münich Lectures on Hypnosis and Psychotherapy”, Hypnosis International Monograph Number 2, pp. 69-77, M.E.G.-Stiftung, Münich, Germany.

De Benedittis G., Cigada M., Bianchi A., Signorini M.G. & Cerutti S. (1994): Autonomic Changes During Hypnosis: A Heart Rate Variability Power Spectrum Analysis as a marker of Sympatho-Vagal Balance. Int. J. Clin. exp. Hypnosis, 42 (2): 141-153.

De Benedittis G. (1989): Hypnosis and Biofeedback for the control of Chronic Pain.
In Recent Advances in Anaesthesia Pain Intensive Care and Emergency (G. Mocavero, A. Gullo, V.A. Paladini and E.Romano Eds.), pp. 119-131, A.P.I.C.E. Ed., Trieste, 1989.

De Benedittis G., Panerai A.E. & Villamira M.A. (1989): Effects of hypnotic analgesia and hypnotizability on experimental ischemic pain. Int. J. Clin. exp. Hypnosis, 37: 55-69.

De Benedittis G., Sironi V.A. (1988) : Arousal effects of electrical deep brain stimulation in hypnosis. Int. J. Clin. exp. Hypnosis, 36: 96-106, 1988.

De Benedittis G. (1987): The nature of trance: neurophysiological and neuropsychological mechanisms.
In Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Ipnosi e Terapia della Famiglia. Il Modello Terapeutico di Milton H. Erickson (C. Loriedo, C. Angiolari e L. Martini Eds.), pp. 146-155, L’Antologia Ed., Napoli.

De Benedittis G., Sironi V.A. (1986): Depth Cerebral Electrical Activity in Man during Hypnosis: A Brief Communication. Int. J. Clin. exp. Hypnosis, 34: 63-70.

De Benedittis G. (1985); Hypnoanalytical treatment of severe chronic headache: a long-term follow up case report. In Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine (G. GuantieriEd.), pp. 155-164, Il Segno Ed., Verona.

De Benedittis G. (1985): Neurophysiological Correlates of Hypnosis: A Deep Cerebral Structures Electrical Recording and Stimulation Study in Man. Hypnos. Swedish Journal of Hypnosis in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, 12: 212-229.