The Pre-Congress Workshop is a separate paid event prior the Congress and is not included with Congress registration.

Pre-Congress Workshop 4

Phyllis Klaus, "Hypnosis and Psychotherapy to Alleviate Pregnancy Complications"

Check-in: 07:45am - Please be seated by 08:00am

Workshop: 08:00am- 5:00pm

8-Hour Certificate Training–Level One
Open to professionals and families

Available CE Credits
ACOG   [medical]  
CES      [mental / behavioral health]
ICEA     [childbirth educator / doula]   
NBCMB [massage therapy / bodywork]
IMUSA   [infant massage]

Brief Bio: Phylllis Klaus, LMFT, LMSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. Formerly on the faculty of the Department of Family Practice, Michigan State University and the Milton H. Erickson Institute, Santa Rosa, CA., she currently teaches and practices in Albany and Palo Alto, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, children, couples, families and groups. She has been working with the concerns of families in the perinatal period for the past 37 years.

Phyllis is an EMDR Institute Certified Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer. As an EMDR InstituteTrainer, she did the first EMDR Trainings in Europe in Switzerland and Italy. She is also an Instructor of hypnosis, grief counseling, and several therapies such as somatic and energy therapies. She is a Founder of DONA International and Pattch (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). She has extensive experience in treating trauma-related disorders, such as PTSD, dissociative disorders, and survivors of abuse. She also incorporates Hypnosis, EMDR, Ego-State Therapy, EFT along with other psychotherapies in the treatment of somatic and medical disorders, family of origin and attachment disorders, and complicated grief.  She consults, does research, presents workshops nationally and internationally and is co-author of several articles as well as Mothering the Mother, the Doula Book; Bonding; Your Amazing Newborn;  a video, The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. Contact: Tel: 510-559-8000

Title of Presentation: Hypnosis and Psycotherapy to Alleviate Pregnancy Complications"

Brief Description of Presentation: Conditions of pregnancy i.e. hyperemesis gravidarum and premature contractions have proven responsive to hypnosis and brief psychotherapy.  Participants will learn appropriate methods to alleviate these conditions, helping women have more trust in body and baby.


  1. Introduction

  2. Recognition of how current and past stressors affect the pregnant woman and her partner

  3. Use of techniques to uncover these concerns and resolve them; (i.e. hypnosis, age regression, inner mind exploration, communicating with the symptom, EFT, and EMDR)

  4. Specific case examples: A. Hyperemesis gravidarum; B.Hypertension; C. Premature labor/irritable uterus; D.Breech; E.Failure to grow                                    

  5. Meaning of these symptoms/ Methods to Heal

  6. Discussion

  7. Summary


At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe how hypnosis and psychotherapy can be used to treat some complications of pregnancy.

  2. Understand how the fetus or the pregnancy may be symbolic representations of the mother’s current or early life experiences.

  3. Begin to develop an awareness of how the mind affects the body.

  4. Understand how unresolved or stressful incidents in the woman’s life can inhibit or alter early attachment

Selected Bibliography:

  1. Klaus, Phyllis. Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Midwifery Today.

  2. Rossi, Ernest L. and David B. Cheek.  Mind-Body Therapy: Methods of Ideodynamic Healing in Hypnosis, WW Norton & Co. NY, 1988.

  3. Cheek, David B. and Leslie M. LeCron.  Clinical Hypnotherapy,  Greene & Stratton, 1968.

  4. Alman, Brian M. and Peter Lambrow.  Self-hypnosis, 2nd edition, Brunner-Mazel, 1992.

  5. Cheek, David B.  Hypnosis: The Application of Ideomotor Techniques, Allyn & Bacon, 1994.

  6. Klaus, M., Kennell, J., and Klaus, P.  Bonding: Building the Foundations for Secure Attachment and Independence, Addison-Wesley, 1995.

  7. Lieberman, Adrienne. Easing Labor Pain: The Complete Guide to Achieving A more Comfortable and Rewarding Birth, Second Edition. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday and Co.Inc., 1992.

  8. Klaus, Marshall, Kennell, John., Klaus, Phyllis. The Doula Book. Third Edition Perseus Books, Cambridge MA. 2012

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