Treating children using hypnosis

Eric L. Scott, Ann Lagges and Linn LaClave

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Treating children using hypnosis


Hypnosis is always about momentum and change of perspective. It is through suggestion, not coercion, that hypnotist asks patients to think about, see, feel, and experience their world in a different way. When it works well, it can be one of the summit experiences in a patient's life. The use of hypnosis with children has a long and storied past. Documented work with hypnosis started with the very early clinicians, including Anton Mesmer in the 1700s. Since then, children have been included in the work of all the well-known hypnotherapists. While the child hypnosis literature is not as extensive as the adult literature, there is a rich history of creative applications of hypnosis embedded within sound therapeutic practices. This article highlights how hypnosis has been used to treat a variety of medical and psychological ailments in children, to alleviate symptoms and to aid in coping with pain and distress.

Keywords: hypnotherapists; therapeutic strategy; Anton Mesmer; psychological ailments; child hypnosis literature

Article.  12819 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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