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Harry, the Hypno-potamus: Metaphorical Tales for the Treatment of Children Hardcover – May 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Pub Ltd (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904424570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904424574
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now, when parents ask clinicians how we can help their children, we have the answer-teach them to hypno-potamize! --Julie Lindenm Ph,D., President-Elect, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

A tremendous resource for cliniical hypnotherapists. This book is invaluable for anyone wishing to better understand and utilize metaphors. --Rick Voit, Ph.D., co-author of "Hypnosis in Clinical Practice"

The approach taken and the delightful stories are bound to benefit any child in need of help. --Ursula Markham, Founder, The Hypnothink Foundation

About the Author

Linda Thomson is a pediatric nurse practitioner. Certified as an approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis she incorporates hypnosis into her practice to help children help themselves with a variety of physical and emotional problems.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Benor on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely collection of stories to suggest positive attitudes and solutions to children's problems. Winsome colored illustrations of various animals who are helped by story-line doctors - who are invited to assist when the animals are in distress - add to the charm of this helpful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Meet Harry the Hypno-potamus who lives at the Ashland Zoo. Harry likes hypnosis! The zoo veterinarian, Dr. Dan, taught Harry self-hypnosis, when Harry was worried about getting an immunization. Dr. Dan told Harry how to use his imagination to keep his thoughts in his "favorite place" so that he hardly noticed the needle pinch. Harry even used hypnosis to reduce the pain from a toothache and to calm his anxiety about moving to a new home.

Harry has many friends and neighbors at the zoo, and Dr. Dan takes care of all of them. Dr. Dan teaches the animals to use their imaginations to solve emotional problems, overcome bad habits, and feel better when they are sick. Dabney the Gorilla, for example, was afraid of sleeping in the dark. So, with Dr. Dan's help, Dabney visualized walking through a mountain forest, feeling calm and happy. Then he learned deep breathing to relax, and imagined himself sleeping comfortably in his enclosure with his gorilla friends. Now Dabney is no longer afraid of the dark.

All the zoo animals enjoy hypnosis! Furthermore, you will enjoy this innovative and entertaining book by Dr. Linda Thomson. Harry the Hypno-potamus is both serious and whimsical, written for children and for child-health professionals who appreciate hypnotic and metaphoric approaches to working with children. The book addresses childhood emotional, behavioral, and health-related problems such as fear, anger, habit disorders, pain, diabetes, asthma, enuresis, and leukemia.

The book opens with a clinical section for pediatric professionals and mental health practitioners on the utility of therapeutic metaphors for children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally B. PNP on January 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pediatricians, Pedi Nurse Practitioners,Teachers, Parents:

"Harry The Hypno-potamus" is the answer when your question is:"What do I offer next to this anxious child?"
Here, either alone for the good readers,or in concert with the involved adult, the child can learn to express fears and concerns and follow with coping techniques. It is an adjunct to good medical care, good teaching, and more effective parenting.
Try it-you'll love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cindy cat on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
this is an amazing book! it has helped my son to recognize his anxieties and deal with them, all while reading a great story book about animals at a zoo. he still has a way to go but the stories have helped him a great deal. it was recommended by a psycologist and I'm very happy to have found it at Amazon.
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