Medical hypnosis is also known as:

  • • Clinical hypnosis
  • • Visualization
  • • Mental imagery
  • • Guided imagery

It is a highly focused state during which patients are taught to create an experience, in their minds, that allows them to realize that they are able to do things that they previously were not aware that they could do. There are no medications, no side effects, and it is quite empowering!

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People with open minds who are motivated and willing to use their imaginations do very well with medical hypnosis.

Dr. Lazarus works with all ages of clients, but specializes in children and adolescents, particularly ages 5 through early 20ʹs.

Patients of all ages are welcome!

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Rather than merely taking a temporary pill, learning a permanent skill is very empowering. It shows patients that they have the ability and power to gain control over their bodies and life challenges. This raises self-esteem and awareness, builds confidence, and gives a sense of mastery and hope. Plus, it's fun! And, there are no side effects!

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Jeffrey Lazarus, MD, FAAP is a board-certified, Stanford-trained pediatrician in Menlo Park, CA specializing in the use of medical hypnosis for children, adolescents, and young adults to treat issues that are not effectively managed with traditional medicine.

He is one of only 8 pediatricians and one of 52 medical doctors in the U.S. certified as an Approved Consultant by The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Dr. Lazarus combines more than 25 years of general pediatrics with specialized training and a fourteen-year medical hypnosis practice.

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More on Clinical Hypnosis Therapy

Hypnosis therapy is a widely used and greatly effective therapy technique that uses the power of the patient’s mind to treat, manage, and/or cure various conditions. The routines and associated “mind control” acts one may be familiar with outside of a medical setting, most often associated with a stage performance or TV show, poorly represent the results a certified hypnotherapist can achieve.
Read more hypnosis myths at our hypnosis FAQ page.

A clinical hypnosis session starts with identifying the patient’s specific goal. Then, the patient is led through a series of guided imagery/visualization exercises that leave him or her feeling safe, relaxed, and alert. Once this open-to-change state is reached, he or she will be encouraged to create individualized strategies and build skills to prevent or better control his or her challenges.

Dr. Lazarus begins by talking with the parents with a 30-40 minute telephone call at no charge. During this screening phone conversation, Dr. Lazarus determines if the child is motivated and if Dr. Lazarus is the right clinician for the patient.

Keeping the Bed Dry Bedwetting Video

Treatable Conditions with Clinical Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis therapy can help with many different conditions that include bedwetting, anxiety, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, tics (with and without Tourette syndrome), and more. Hypnosis for bedwetting, for example, has been researched by several different studies and proven to be one of the most effective treatments for the condition.

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Tourette Syndrome with Self-Hypnosis

This news story is based on Jeffrey Lazarus, MD’s paper, “Nonpharmacological Treatment of Tics in Tourette Syndrome Adding Videotape Training to Self-Hypnosis,” co-authored with Susan K. Klein, MD, PhD.

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Joe's story

“Joe is a 10-year-old boy who had never been dry at night. At the first meeting, he talked with Dr. Lazarus and received some "homework."When he returned the following week, he had been dry five out of seven nights!”

Jason's story

“All doubt as to if it works or not left me when I saw my son take control of something that had control of him. I was so proud of him and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Lazarus for caring enough about my son to share this gift with him.”

Max's Story

“All doubt as to if it works or not left me when I saw my son take control of something that had control of him. I was so proud of him and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Lazarus for caring enough about my son to share this gift with him” - Max's mother

Sam's story

“The self-hypnosis worked. He doesn't have migraines anymore, and it's actually helped me, too. Being in those sessions with him has helped me to relax, as well.” - Sam's mother

Michael's story

“Our son doesn't have any tics anymore. We are in the process of relocating to another city, but Dr. Lazarus is still our pediatrician regardless of where we live. That's how much he means to us.” - Father of 8-year-old Michael

Nicholas' story

“Dr. Lazarus empowered our son with a tremendous gift that he will carry with him everywhere. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the time and confidence he has given to our son.” - mother of 12-year-old Nicholas

Caroline's Story

“Dr. Lazarus empowered our son with a tremendous gift that he will carry with him everywhere. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the time and confidence he has given to our son.” - Mother of 6 1/2-year-old Caroline

Steven's Story

“What Dr. Lazarus did with our son was just amazing, and my wife and I are both very thankful. We feel like we're friends forever. We are just very happy.” - Father of 10-year-old Steven

Brooke's Story

“Most of her other tics have subsided. Instead of seeing a tic ten times a day, I see it once maybe every two weeks. It has really subsided, and she knows how to control it, and it's a great feeling.” - Mother of 6-year-old Brooke

Bob’s Story

“We are thrilled with our results from Dr. Lazarus and we highly recommend him to anyone in need. In fact, I would be happy to talk to anyone who may have any questions or concerns as we feel that it is so worth it.”

Eve's Story

“Eve, a 10-year-old girl with recalcitrant warts, had been to a dermatologist and received various treatments, all of which were unsuccessful. After having the warts for over a year, she saw Dr. Lazarus. After just two visits, her warts disappeared.”

Karen's Story

“Dr. Lazarus told Karen to go somewhere private like her bedroom to talk to her wart.  Karen went home after seeing him and did it.  Within three weeks the wart disappeared and to this day has not returned.  We were very grateful and talk about this experience quite frequently.”

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