Title: Integrating Hypnosis and Family Therapy into Community Healthcare: A Novel Online Platform for Treating Children with Functional Abdominal Pain
Presenters: Anna Knakkergaard
Venue: the main building of AGH University of Science and Technology - A0
A0 Akademii Górniczo-Hutniczej (al. Adama Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków) 

Room 234 / Sala 234 
Time: 20- 30 minute presentation during 2 pararell sesion-  13.06.2024 10:30-12:00
Language: EN


Functional abdominal pain (FAP) in children is a challenging condition to manage, often because of its idiopathic nature and the multifactorial influences on its manifestation. Despite its prevalence, awareness and understanding of FAP, and the potential of hypnosis in its treatment, remain limited within the general community.
This presentation introduces a pioneering online treatment platform, developed by Dr. Anna Knakkergaard, which synergizes hypnotherapy with family therapy to address FAP in children. This innovative approach not only offers a non-invasive and holistic treatment option but also overcomes geographical and logistical barriers to accessing care.
The implementation of this program within a Danish community illustrates the wider potential and relevance of such interventions. Dr. Knakkergaard will discuss the challenges faced in introducing hypnotherapy to a population largely unfamiliar with both the treatment modality and the condition it aims to ameliorate. Through a comprehensive strategy encompassing community education, engagement with healthcare professionals, and leveraging digital platforms for broad reach, the program seeks to demystify hypnosis and establish it as a viable treatment option. Preliminary outcomes, patient and family feedback, and lessons learned during the platform's rollout will be shared, highlighting the potential for hypnotherapy and family therapy to transform the landscape of pediatric pain management.
This presentation aims not only to share insights from the Danish implementation but also to inspire other healthcare communities to consider innovative, integrated treatment approaches for complex conditions like FAP. By fostering a deeper understanding of hypnotherapy's potential and navigating the intricacies of community engagement, we can pave the way for more inclusive and effective healthcare solutions.


Anna Knakkergaard is a medical doctor and clinical hypnotherapist and has specialized in the treatment of children and young people and their families. Annas experience with the increasing need of people seeking therapy has driven her into developing and trying out other kinds of hypnotherapy to be able to help more. She has incorporated hypnotherapeutic techniques into children