“Laurence Sugarman is a talented presenter and teacher in the field of behavioral pediatrics. His gift is the ability to create witty and subtle new insigthts on old concepts that allow us to see in new ways that we may have forgotten, overlooked or have never seen. He looks at the world through the child's and adolescent's eyes, reminding us how the young person experiences and perceives his or her problems and the possible solutions. Then he brilliantly leads the same youngsters to discover new solutions encouraging and stimulating autonomy, self-confidence and competence along the way. It is this same process that he brings to teaching adults. His teaching leaves one feeling enriched, brighter and more zestful integrating the new with the old.”

Julie H. Linden, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Philadelphia, PA
President-elect, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 2006-07




“Dr. Laurence Sugarman has been a leader in advocating for hypnotherapy with children for more than a decade. He routinely employs hypnosis techniques within his pediatric practice, and thus serves as an invaluable role model for pediatricians. Dr. Sugarman is a gifted teacher. He has shared his enthusiasm and vision for use of hypnosis with hundreds of practitioners in many conferences. His videotape about pediatric hypnosis is a wonderful resource.”

Ran D. Anbar, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Director, Pediatric Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis Center
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York
“Dr. Sugarman creatively blends and integrates hypnotic technique into daily pediatric care in practical, seamless, and therapeutically innovative and powerful ways. His experience as a frontline, general pediatrician validates the practicality of helping families discover, create, and maintain mind-body health. His videodocumentary, Imaginative Medicine: hypnosis in pediatric practice movingly illustrates his ability to teach his patients and their families and professionals alike. His reputation as a stimulating, entertaining, and thoughtfully evocative clinical teacher in professional hypnosis workshops around the country is richly deserved.”

Daniel P. Kohen,M.D.
Director, Behavioral Pediatrics Program
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and
Family Practice & Community Health
University of Minnesota
Past President, American Board of Medical Hypnosis


“Laurence Sugarman brings a broad and deep understanding of how to engage his patients’ inner resources on behalf of their healing and well-being. Although his practice of pediatric medicine is firmly rooted in science, he also knows that the meaning his young patients make of their symptoms and experience are equally important in their healing. Even while delivering the “science” part of the medicine, the manner of his interactions help his patients to discover better stories and make new meaning out of their experiences in a way that supports their health and well-being.”

John Teleska, M.Ed.

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy