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


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.

The Fertile Body Method - A Practitioner's Manual by Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer
  • Published: October 2009
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Length: 256 pages

About the Author

Sjanie 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.

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It’s rare that I read one book on a topic and feel that I’ve got all I need to know, but this is just such a book. It includes information on every aspect of fertility, from current diagnostic procedures and available treatments, to the emotional issues couples may experience and how therapists can help them overcome these problems... or maybe come to terms with their childless state.

Sjanie lays down a step by step plan for therapists to follow when working with couples, as well as recommending techniques, scripts and tools, which are provided and explained in full. Especially interesting to me, was the ‘Stages of treatment’ section, which includes data on the factors that affect fertility, issues that may require resolution, unconscious blocks and historical factors such as previous terminations, miscarriage and stillbirth.

Educational in medical and hypnotherapeutic terms, this book remains an easy read, with case studies that really bring it to life. Sjanie Hugo is clearly an expert in this complex area of physical and emotional health and she shares her wealth of knowledge generously in this practitioner manual.
Lorraine McReight, Hypnoversity Editor

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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