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Front cover of 'Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children' by Lynda Hudson

At last, the book our profession has been waiting for, one those of us who know Lynda Hudson have been encouraging her to write for a long time. Lynda is the acknowledged expert on the use of hypnotherapy with children and her many years of experience are shared and reflected in the information, protocols, and creative and inventive scripts contained within this volume. Although aimed at the hypnotherapist, the broad spectrum of Lynda’s work found herein will be of immense value to therapists of all disciplines, providing ideas, encouragement and that often sought after source of sensible advice. Although it may seem a cliché to say, Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children really is an essential addition to any therapist’s library.

Peter Mabbutt FBSCH,
Director of Studies for the London College
of Clinical Hypnosis, co-author of Hypnotherapy for Dummies

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Scripts and Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children by Lynda Hudson


Who is it for?

It is for people who already work with children or those who wish to do so in the future. It is primarily aimed at hypnotherapists but it will also appeal to pyschotherapists, counsellors and other health practitioners, and it could also be useful for teachers

Where can I buy it?

It is available from and as well as other good bookshops

What is it about?

It offers an easy to follow solution-focused approach to treating young people and a collection of lightly hypnotic scripts for children aged five to fifteen. It also contains advice and background information, including contra-indications and possible pitfalls, on common and not-so-common childhood problems. Issues include self-esteem, confidence, bedwetting, soiling, the effects of bullying, behaviour problems, school issues such as lack of organisational skills, study skills, exam strategies using accelerated learning skills, overcoming general anxiety in relation to exams and school phobia

Since Lynda’s book ‘Scripts and Strategies in Hypnotherapy with children’ was published in Feb 2009, praise has been coming in thick and fast. Here are some extracts from the reviews:

Created from a combination of years of dedicated training and personal experience in practice, this book demonstrates the author’s excellent understanding of the uniqueness and complexity of each young client.

William Broom, Chief Executive, The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council

If you don’t have any more room on the book shelf after purchasing all the books that I and colleagues have reviewed for you in The Hypnotherapist then I suggest a trip to B&Q to purchase either some wood and brackets OR a totally new bookcase.

This book by Lynda Hudson is one of the most exciting books that I have reviewed in years and also, I feel, one of the most long awaited too. Read more...

David Slater, The Hypnotherapist Magazine

This is a thorough, creatively composed and eminently practical book. Ms Hudson has taken the principles of solution-focused therapy, oriented them skillfully towards the problems of children and adolescents and thereby produced myriad scripts and strategies that both illustrate and instruct... I will use it a lot.

Laurence I Sugarman, MD President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis, Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics & American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Co-Author/Editor 'Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents', Producer 'Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice: Imaginative Medicine in Action'

Now, hypnotherapist Lynda Hudson’s new book, Scripts and Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children, supplies the much-needed approaches and techniques for working with children... This is a book for every hypnotherapist’s library, especially those who work with children or would like to learn how to work with them.

Gil Boyne, Executive Director, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners Fellow, National Council for Hypnotherapy

Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children is a valuable resource for clinicians working hypnotically with children... delightfully imaginative; her language is permissive and she includes ego strengthening in every script to foster self-esteem and self-efficacy.

Robots, fairies, treasure hunts and space ships contained in the metaphors will all entertain the child while the carefully crafted therapeutic message is embedded in the story thus cleverly bypassing any resistance to change... Ms Hudson has provided the hypnosis world with a wonderful resource for working with children.

Linda Thomson, PhD, MSN, CPNP, Author of Harry the Hypno-potamus, Volumes 1 and 2

I have often looked for a book like this on working with children, and this is an excellent volume. Lynda’s easy to read style helps make this both an easy as well as an informative read. Read more...

Ursula James, Visiting Teaching Fellow, Oxford University Medical School Honorary Lecturer at St Georges Medical School & Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Phd researcher - London Metropolitan University, Author of the Clinical Hypnosis Textbook, You Can Be Amazing and You Can Think Yourself Thin

This book is an invaluable resource for any therapist and I highly recommend her strategies which I have used with great success in my own practise. This book will now be required reading for all our students of hypnotherapy. Read more...

Christina Mills, Founder and Director, The Isis School of Integrated Hypnotherapy

This comprehensive handbook for hypnotherapists and other professionals in the health care sector provides an extensive collection of sparkling crystal clear scripts and strategies with a problem- and age-appropriate approach for 5­15-year-old youngsters. Read more...

Eleanor May-Brenneker MA; SpLDAPC

Those who treat children regularly will find this book a valuable addition to their bookshelf. It contains a wealth of useful advice, guidance and information when dealing with children and teenagers. It is clear, well written and comes from the pen of a therapist with great experience and skill in treating young people.

John S Hempstead, Chairman, British Society of Clinical Hypnosis

The book offers a comprehensive collection of clinically informed, age appropriate hypnotherapeutic inductions and scripts which are easy to follow, individualise and implement. In addition the book contains advice on safe clinical practice and how to engage parents in treatment and provides useful references and websites. Read more...

Karmen Slaveska-Hollis MD, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (MRCPsych)

Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children is a “must-read” for anyone who does hypnotherapy with children. The book is well-written. There are chapters on just about every childhood difficulty a therapist will encounter in working with children. Each of these chapters begins with an excellent summary of the condition involved (like self-esteem or encopresis). The hypnosis scripts are a joy to read since they incorporate hypnotic language usage of the highest order. Read more...

Rubin Battino, Author of Ericksonian Approaches, Metaphoria, Coping, Expectation and Guided Imagery

Finally, a book that helps therapists with youngsters aged between 5 and 15 years old!

Lynda Hudson has produced a terrific piece of work - this book is packed with hypnotic scripts and also advises the therapist of any possible pitfalls that can occur whilst working with youngsters. Read more...

Jas Bassi, Adv Dip Hyp, GQHP, GHR, Hypnotherapist, Regression Hypnotherapist, Inner Child Therapist, Life & Corporate Coach

'Scripts and strategies in hypnotherapy with children' is a fresh, vibrant and richly involving book... Authoritative but not stuffy, irreverent but not flippant, instructive but not dogmatic, this text will be helpful for anyone looking for a book that offers practical solution focused interventions. Read more...

Andy Young RMN, LLB (Hons), LLM, PG Cert Hed, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Sheffield Hallam University

Front cover of 'Scripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children' by Lynda HudsonScripts & Strategies in Hypnotherapy with Children

Published by Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN 978-184590139-4
LCCN 2008936804


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