clinical-hypnosis-articleSPRINGFIELD, VT  –   Clinical hypnosis has proven an effective tool for a variety of healthcare needs — having been used successfully to treat pain, anxiety, fears, phobias, asthma, migraines, bedwetting, tics, irritable bowel, habit disorders such as smoking and many other problems. Hypnosis can be used successfully with surgical patients to decrease anxiety, reduce pain and hasten healing. Many women choose to use hypnosis to help prepare for labor and delivery. Students and athletes have used hypnosis to enhance performance. Increasing one’s ability to control symptoms through hypnosis strengthens confidence and mastery. Personal success in self-hypnosis increases self-esteem. Self-hypnosis is a skill that increases with practice. The techniques can be used to meet new challenges throughout life.

Linda Thomson, PhD, APRN, ABMH, specializes in clinical hypnosis for both children and adults. Thomson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Hypnosis and of the American Board of Hypnosis in Nursing, a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She is also a past president of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Northeastern Mountain Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Most recently, she chaired ASCH’s Education and Research Foundation.

In addition to using clinical hypnosis with adults, Dr. Thomson especially enjoys working with children  “giving them skills instead of pills.  I enjoy empowering kids, increasing their self-esteem and self-mastery over anxiety, fears and phobias, and giving children and teens skills, strategies and techniques to manage pain and change habits such as tic disorders, thumb sucking and bedwetting. Clinical hypnosis is an evidence-based therapy that takes the power of belief, expectation and imagination, combines it with the relaxation response, breath-work, progressive muscle relaxation, imagery, along with rapport, the power of words, suggestions and metaphors to create a highly effective, yet underutilized modality for health and healing.”

Dr. Thomson is passionate about teaching healthcare professionals across the country and around the world how to incorporate hypnosis into their clinical practice. She has trained several licensed clinicians at Springfield Medical Care Systems, making this service available at Rockingham Medical Group in Bellows Falls, VT, Ludlow Health Center in Ludlow, VT and Springfield Health Center, Springfield, VT. To learn more about clinical hypnosis and its benefits for health and healing, to request a free brochure, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Rockingham Medical Group at 802-463-9000, Ludlow Health Center at 802-228-8867, or Springfield Health Center at 802-886-8900. Additional information is also available at .

Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) is a not-for-profit, community-based health care system that includes ten community health center locations.  Through its integrated health system, SMCS offers care that is patient-centered and emphasizes quality, access, and affordability for all, with financial assistance available based on a sliding fee scale.  Services include primary and preventative health care for people of all ages, including pediatrics, health screenings, nutrition counseling, behavioral health counseling, dental and vision care, access to discounted pharmaceuticals, diagnostic lab and radiology services, a broad array of acute hospital and specialty services.  For more information about SMCS, please visit