Harry the Hypno-potamus deserves all the praise it can get as the most imaginative and inspiring of works designed to provide an abundance of material for the hypnotherapist who helps children with a myriad of difficulties.
This work constitutes a truly uplifting and stimulating read which can be of benefit not only to practitioners but also to parents who will never again be stumped for beautifully illustrated bedtime reading.
Linda Thomson, as a highly experienced and dedicated paediatric nurse, takes the reader on an enlightening journey of tales for children which introduces endearing characters, such as Marlene Worry Warthog who jettisons her generalized anxiety, Molly Macaw who overcomes her unwanted feather-pulling habit and Shy Sheryll Turtle who emerges triumphant from her shell.
A most comprehensive array of presenting symptoms typical of children are addressed under the umbrella of anxiety, the mind-body connection, irrational phobias, habit disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, pain management, health problems and family difficulties. This is, therefore, a veritable repertoire of goodies for the script-hungry hypnotherapy practitioner who wishes to help the younger client.
Harry the Hypno-potamus also provides an in-depth introduction to the topic of disorders which commonly afflict infants, children and adolescents and the way in which such maladies may be treated via paediatric hypnosis. The power of the metaphor, furthermore, is explained in order to leave the reader in no doubt whatsoever about the efficacy of this therapeutic approach for treating anxiety, habit disorders and physiological symptomology. The subtlety of the metaphor as a positive-benefit therapeutic technique is adumbrated as having great value in terms of symbolic language and a non-threatening approach which can overcome the client's skepticism and unconscious resistance.
I shall certainly be singing the praises of this book in my teaching and recommending it to my trainees.