Offers examples of using hypnosis with children to address physical and mental challenges. Changing Children’s Lives with Hypnosis is a timely collection of patients’ healing experiences, the story of how these events changed one physician’s approach to medicine, and the takeaway information parents and practitioners should consider as they deal with medical and psychological challenges in their children’s and patients’ lives. Every year millions of pediatric patients could benefit from hypnosis therapy to deal with and alleviate physical and psychological symptoms big and small. The benefits of hypnosis-facilitated therapy range from complete cures to small improvements. They extend beyond the physical and into the psychological and spiritual, building confidence, positivity and resilience. They include the empowerment of children with chronic health issues to feel more in control of their own minds, bodies and circumstances. They sometimes lead to the reduction or even elimination of medications. Hypnosis is painless, non-invasive, and cost-effective. It doesn’t preclude any other treatment, and drawbacks are virtually nonexistent. In a world where the doctor’s primary role has become more and more one of a technician—pinpoint a problem, prescribe a solution, and move to the next patient—hypnosis brings connection and art back into the process. It relies on a relationship between practitioner and patient, encourages creativity and expression, and allows patients to take ownership of their experience with the support and encouragement of their doctors. Children deserve the opportunity to receive gentle, thoughtful, empowering, and effective treatment in whatever form it’s available. Hypnosis therapy offers all of those things, and it’s time for patients, parents, and medical practitioners to embrace it—even to demand it. Through meaningful stories and expert explanation, this book takes readers through the process of hypnosis for children and its myriad benefits for overall wellness.
Ran D. Anbar, MD, FAAP, is board certified in both pediatric pulmonology and general pediatrics and offers hypnosis and counseling services at Center Point Medicine in La Jolla, California, and Syracuse, New York. Dr. Anbar is a fellow, approved consultant, and past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Anbar is a leader in the field of clinical hypnosis, and his over twenty years of experience have allowed him to successfully treat over 7,000 children. He also served as a professor of pediatrics and medicine and the director of pediatric pulmonology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, for 21 years. Dr. Anbar has been a guest editor and advisory editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. His experience has offered him the opportunity to direct and co-direct more than 20 clinical workshops on the subject of pediatric hypnosis. He has trained more than a thousand healthcare providers in the use of hypnosis and lectured all over the world. In addition to his teaching and lecturing experiences, Dr. Anbar has been the principal investigator in 10 published case studies of pediatric hypnosis and has been involved in research trials of children with cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary disorders. He is a published author of more than 50 articles, abstracts, and book chapters on pediatric functional disorders and pediatric hypnosis. Dr. Anbar founded Center Point Medicine in 2015, and CPM Franchise Group in 2017.
Acknowledgements Introduction PART ONE: THE POWER OF HYPNOSIS Chapter 1: The Deep, Clear Lake Chapter 2: The Mystery and History Chapter 3: Teddy Goes to Mars Chapter 4: Kayla’s Cross-Country Trek PART TWO: THE POWER OF WORDS Chapter 5: Faith Healing? Chapter 6: Weak and Strong, Heavy and Light Chapter 7: The Red Headache Chapter 8: Bruce, the Boy with Seizures Chapter 9: What Would the Coach Say? Chapter 10: Emily’s Emergency Response PART THREE: THE POWER OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS Chapter 11: The Tip of the Iceberg Chapter 12: A Cough Named Bob Chapter 13: The Poet and Dave Matthews Chapter 14: Dreams of Wolves, Dying, and a Protective Universe Chapter 15: The Lies We Tell Ourselves Chapter 16: The World According to John, Amy and Elise PART FOUR: THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT Chapter 17: This Life of Mine Chapter 18: Peace with the Past Chapter 19: The Grieving Child Chapter 20: Finding Spirituality Within Chapter 21: Ripples from the Center PART FIVE: HYPNOSIS PRINCIPLES IN ACTION Chapter 22: Putting It All Together Chapter 23: Coping in Crisis Epilogue A Final Note about Hypnosis Bibliography Notes Index About the Author