MAY 1997, VOLUME 25, NUMBER 1, Abstract 5

HYPNOSIS IN THE TREATMENT OF HEADACHES

Patricia Burgess, General Practitioner

This case illustrates the use of hypnosis to alleviate chronic headaches in an 8-year-old girl.  It underlines the importance of a child’s need for mastery and how hypnosis can help a child regain that sense of mastery and so make the necessary responses for change.  It also demonstrates how much therapeutic work can be achieved at an unconscious level without the therapist knowing the content.