Antonio Bustillo, PhD, LMFT

Playing With Hypnosis: Hypnotherapy With Children

Playing with Hypnosis is a presentation focused on the practical uses of Ericksonian hypnotherapy with children’s problems or symptoms. The presentation will emphasize the utilization approach of Dr. Erickson within a context of systems and family dynamics. It will highlight the use of capitalizing on the advantages of children’s natural tendencies of fantasy and play (having fun) utilizing their natural resources to develop trance for new forms of coping with developmental and family demands.

In this scenario, the family members can learn to “play with hypnosis” while gaining the necessary tools and resources to solve the problems using hypnotic phenomena in creative and fun ways. The use of brief hypnotherapy from a family therapy frame can help the child/ adolescent disengage from the individualistic problematic view, increasing the possibility for better and more lasting generative changes. Special attention will be given to the role of parents as active participants in this therapeutic process.

Antonio Bustillo, PhD, LMFT. Dr. Bustillo is a Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist with 23 years of clinical experience. He has a PhD, in School and Counselling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (U.S.A.) with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) from the state of Massachusetts (USA) and a certified Brief Strategic Family Therapist (BSFT) from the University of Miami, Florida (USA). He is the founder and director of Centre for Family Therapy and Hypnosis, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Bustillo has been training extensively in Ericksonian Hypnosis since 1988, with figures like Stephen Lankton, Stephen Gilligan, Michael Yapko, Michele Ritterman and the Milton H. Erickson Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. His doctoral dissertation is the only study (so far) on the uses of hypnosis and suggestibility with Puerto Rican children and their parents. He has presented workshops on the uses of Eriksonian Hypnosis with children, families, couples, substance abuse, family violence, and students with test anxiety at the International Congress on Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (Arizona, 2004 & 2011), the Caribbean Society of Therapeutic Hypnosis (Puerto Rico, 2007) the International Society of Clinical Hypnosis (Rome, 2009) and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Boston, 2010).