The Fertile Body Method - A Practitioner's Manual by Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
The applications of hypnosis and other mind-body approaches for fertility
by Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
About the AuthorSjanie Hugo Wurlitzer is a clinical hypnotherapist specialising in fertility and related issues. She is a lecturer at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) and works both privately and as part of a holistic team at the Integrated Fertility Clinic at The Hale in London. Sjanie has developed the Fertile Body Method training for therapists, which she teaches internationally.
The Fertile Body Method combines hypnosis and other mind-body approaches to help identify and address the mental, emotional and physical factors which affect fertility and reduce the negative effects of infertility. This book is a manual for health practitioners and contains the six stages of the Fertile Body Method , which can be used to study, understand and work with all the different aspects of fertility problems.
This manual includes a structured therapeutic framework as well as a step-by-step guide for treatment. It is packed with tips, suggestions, tools and techniques which will provide practitioners with practical ways of working with each stage of treatment. The lively case history examples illustrate some of the ways that this therapeutic framework can be put into practice.
The six stages of the Fertile Body Method are:
1. Outcome: determines the desired outcome for the hypnotherapy treatment. This includes setting the goal, gathering information, and determining the best possible course for treatment.
2. Balance: addresses the client s current mental, emotional and physical state by restoring balance to internal and external factors which may be affecting overall wellbeing.
3. Resolve: addresses any unresolved issues that may be preventing the couple from becoming parents such as fears, resolving past traumas, or dealing with sexual or relationship issues.
4. Enhance: works specifically with the conscious and unconscious mind to enhancing fertility. This is predominantly achieved through visualisation, guided imagery and mental rehearsal.
5. Prepare: could be for pregnancy, birth or parenthood. It also includes mental, emotional and physical preparation for any medical treatments like IVF.
6. Support: aims to support the client and help maintain the changes that they have made. This could be working with the client if: conception does not occur, the pregnancy results in miscarriage, IVF fails or a healthy pregnancy ensues.
The book is primarily aimed at hypnotherapists and mental health practitioners who work with, or are interested in working with hypnosis and mind-body approaches for fertility. It is also valuable for other health practitioners wanting to learn more about the mind-body relationship and how we can use the mind to enhance fertility.
This book is suitable for those who are new to the field of fertility and mind-body medicine as well as the more experienced practitioner who is looking to add to their skills and knowledge. Includes a free CD of resources which contains scripts, questionnaires, self help tools, diagrams, charts and explanation leaflets for clients.
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As a clinical hypnotherapist, I have found The Fertile Body Method
indispensable when working with couples with fertility
difficulties. Everything one could want is here
step-by-step treatment protocols, illustrative case studies and
comprehensive information about reproduction and the
causes of infertility. Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer draws on
her extensive experience of working at the renowned Zita West Clinic,
plus her own wide-ranging research in this field, to
deliver the definitive reference work on the subject of
mind-body approaches to the treatment of infertility. Practitioners
in this field will undoubtedly benefit from Sjanie s
in-depth understanding of the complex issues infertile
couples have to deal with when trying to conceive.
--Lisa Jackson, clinical hypnotherapist and author
One of the most pragmatic books I have read about using hypnosis and
other mind-body approaches in practical therapy. The
topic in question is fertility and it's clear right
from the opening pages that the author brings a great deal of personal
experience to bear. The book is relatively light
(thankfully!) on the psychological theory behind these
approaches, as it is aimed at practitioners who have already covered
this during their training. This means the book lacks the
usual padding and the reader gets great value in actual
instruction and advice. The author outlines a six
stage strategy for the psychological treatment of fertility problems,
including useful scripts, questionnaires, case histories
and other resources. This book could easily be the
training manual for a course costing hundreds of pounds and I can
recommend it to any therapist looking for a coherent plan to
maximise fertility and treat psychogenic infertility.
--Thomas Connelly D.Hyp, FBSCH, Org. sec. BSCH
Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer has forged a deserved and respected reputation
for her work in the field of fertility. Based on her
own research and extensive knowledge and experience she
has developed an innovative approach to the treatment of fertility
issues that has now become a much sought after therapy.
The Fertile Body Method is unique, thoroughly
informative and practical. It is an extremely welcome addition
to the hypnotic literature and one that is destined to become a
core text for those thinking about expanding their
therapy skills into this area. Sjanies decision to
share her approach with the therapy community as a whole must be
applauded as it provides a viable and effective avenue
of hope to those struggling to conceive.
--Peter Mabbutt FBSCH, Director of Studies, London College of Clinical Hypnosis
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