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Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis

Narratives and Discourse for a New Health Care Paradigm, 1st Edition

By Laurence Sugarman, Julie Hope Linden, Lee Warner Brooks


332 pages

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This book is a scientifically current, integrative, and practical guide for understanding clinical hypnosis and its place within a new health care paradigm.

Blending four original short stories with a treatise, it alternates narrative prose with health science discourse to create a framework for embracing systemic emotional and relational elements that lie beyond diagnosis, medication, surgery and psychotherapy. Following the stories of four characters, the authors establish an empirically-grounded conceptualization of the mind, then demonstrate how practical applications of therapeutic hypnosis can help readers use individual and family resources in health and healing.

Clinicians will learn to improve their care by embracing emotional, relational, and narrative elements that powerfully affect health beyond diagnosis, medication, surgery and psychotherapy. Further, health care educators and policy makers will find inspiration that enriches professional training.


"This book should be read by anyone working and interacting with patients. It provides an excellent background and understanding of hypnosis, not only a therapeutic intervention but a window to better medical care."

Fabrizio Benedetti, MD, University of Turin Medical School

"This powerful book embraces the nexus of health care and freedom of mind. As a work of exquisite scholarship, it makes an impactful case for recognizing the transformative power of hypnosis in health and care. Its four compelling and beautifully written stories portray our struggle for growth and transformation. So, linking science and art, Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis places compassion at the core of healthcare. A must read."

Steven Hassan, author of Combating Cult Mind Control, Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, and The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control.

"Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis is a mind changer! Innovative, creative and profoundly thought-provoking. This beautifully written book delves deep, dissolving myths about hypnosis to elucidate how change happens, integrating neurobiological evidence with current knowledge of the therapeutic process. I couldn’t put it down! The authors, through cogent arguments, creatively engaged conversations and story, convincingly present 21st century hypnosis as an embodied mind-changing therapy. Enjoy how it changes your mind on the critical principles of hypnosis as therapy."

Leora Kuttner, PhD, Clinical Professor, Pediatric Department, British Columbia Children's Hospital &

University of British Columbia

This is a numinous book. Changing Minds with Clinical Hypnosis aligns gratifyingly with what Ernest learned at the feet of Milton H. Erickson, MD. Among the many alternate understandings of Erickson’s work, this book builds solidly on the scientific foundations and furthers the practical clinical approaches within his worldview. Sugarman, Linden, and Brooks have done excellent work combining the science and storytelling that are the essence of therapeutic hypnosis. This book will change your mind.

Ernest Lawrence Rossi, PhD and Kathryn Lane Rossi, PhD, "PsychoSocial Genomics Research Institute, authors of Creating New Consciousness in Everyday Life: The Psycho-Social Genomics of Self Creation, The Psychobiology of Gene Expression, A Discourse with Our Genes, and many others."

"This extraordinary book rests on a foundation of an exceptionally gentle and respectful humanism while advocating an active approach to caring for people’s wellbeing based on the newest understandings of hypnosis and the science of human relationships. The authors have created a tight and inspiring weave of ideas and methods and a respectful and empowering use of hypnosis. Their unique style of sharing case examples lends a practicality and authenticity to their writing that readers will undoubtedly find compelling. My suggestion: read this important book – and soon!"

Michael D. Yapko, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (5th ed.) and The Discriminating Therapist

"This is not your ordinary hypnosis book. It is a delightful and highly instructive compilation of the various aspects of hypnotic experience, told from different viewpoints, and through a variety of pertinent voices. In includes masterfully woven clinical stories (that make you want to read on), a thoroughly researched scientific background, and expert analysis of the evolution of the field. All of this is topped with the extensive clinical wisdom of the authors. This is an extraordinary book."

Elvira Lang, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of Comfort Talk®, former Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Table of Contents




Robinson’s Story

George with Carol

Chapter One: Prologue

Lulu’s Story:


Lulu Tries to Write

Lulu Does Gymnastics

Part One: Hypnosis and Changing Minds

Chapter Two: What Was Hypnosis? What is it Now? What is it Becoming?

Robinson’s Story:

George and Robinson

Chapter Three: How We Make Up Our Minds

Lyle’s Story:

Lyle’s Mother

Lyle and the Bad Habits

Lyle Makes a Friend

Chapter Four: Trance-Formation: How We Change Our Minds

Stevie’s Story:

Stevie Goes to Yoga Class

Chapter Five: Hypnosis: The Healer’s Art

Part Two: Developmental Imperatives

Lulu’s Story:


Lulu Goes to the Doctor

Sheila Talks

Lulu in the Desert

Chapter Six: Developmental Currents

Lyle’s Story:

Lyle in High School

Olivia Meets Lyle

Chapter Seven: The Dynamics of "Resistance" and "Acceptance"

Robinson’s Story:

Missed Exits

Chapter Eight: The Effects of Trauma and Chronic Disease

Lulu’s Story:

Bad News

Why Lulu Was Unhappy

Part Three: Attachment, Relationships, and Modeling

Chapter Nine: Trance and Attachment

Stevie’s Story:

Stevie’s Identity

Chapter Ten: The Trance of Parenting: Parsing the Paradox

Lyle’s Story:

Olivia Hears Lyle’s Music

Chapter Eleven: Evoking Resilience with Autonomy and Uncertainty

Robinson’s Story:

Sweet Dreams

Looking Beyond

Chapter Twelve: Changing Minds, Shifting Paradigms: Beyond the Biopsychosocial Model









Subject Index

Author Index

About the Authors

Laurence Irwin Sugarman, MD, is a general pediatrician, author, and research professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. He focuses on mind-body health.

Julie Hope Linden, PhD, is a psychologist and past president of the International Society of Hypnosis. She teaches globally and specializes in the treatment of trauma.

Lee Warner Brooks, MA, JD, has written in a variety of genres, including the Shakespearean sonnet. He has recently retired from teaching writing at the University of Michigan – Dearborn/Ann Arbor.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Hypnotism
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health