Controlling Your Gut Feelings Testimonials


This program has been effective for children with functional abdominal pain. The videos are excellent!

Functional abdominal pain is the most common cause of abdominal pain and associated symptoms in children. In the information provided, the child will understand the relationship between the brain and the gut and learn skills to reduce and/or eliminate their symptoms.

—Ken Cox, MD: Professor of Pediatrics and Gastroenterology – Emeritus, Former Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Associate Chair of Pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center
—Kathleen Cox, PNP: Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Packard Children’s Health Alliance, Stanford Children’s Health – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

My favorite part of therapy sessions was the calendar of daily worrying and the Magic Dial exercise because I was able to silence the world and deal with my inner self.

I was referred to Dr. Lazarus in 2014 [because] I experienced panic episodes, vomiting, and uncontrollable breathing.

—Anonymous Kid

The online program felt like being in the office. I was skeptical, but I let go and accepted help. I think this program can help a lot of people.

—Anonymous Kid

This program will help many who suffer with anxiety and the way their bodies express that emotional pain, and empower patients to take the reins back and steer themselves toward recovery.

Dr. Lazarus’ innovative video program, Controlling Your Gut Feelings, is an impressive collection of didactic instructional segments that is both informative and relatable. The program’s organized approach outlines for patients and their parents the steps of visualizing their abdominal pain and regaining control of their bodies. He employs proven, drug-free medical techniques, all the while using easy-to-understand language and friendly animations to engage patients of all ages. Dr. Lazarus shows children with anxiety and abdominal pain how to take concepts that are overarching and difficult to articulate and boil them down to concrete and tangible entities that can be managed and manipulated.

—​Carly Wilbur, MD, FAAP: Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Lazarus offers a program that does two valuable things: he confidently and directly addresses an issue that thrives in a cycle of overreaction, while gently helping parents and children understand the mind/body connection.

Ultimately, both parents and children learn to shift unhelpful patterns and feel more capable as new skills and healthy connections are developed.
Lynn Lyons, LICSW: International Speaker and Trainer on Anxiety in Children and Families. Private Practice, Concord, New Hampshire. Author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions. Co-Author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children and Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.

Concerned parents will greatly appreciate the gains their kids make with the expert guidance of Dr. Lazarus.

With compassion and an infectious optimism, Dr. Jeffrey Lazarus has created a program that can provide young people with relief from stomach pain. Controlling Your Gut Feelings is a straightforward, clear, and sensible program offering practical advice and techniques kids can use to more skillfully manage the inevitable challenges of life and thereby free themselves of stress-related GI problems.

—Michael D. Yapko, PhD: Clinical Psychologist, Author of Keys to Unlocking Depression and the Discriminating Therapist

Controlling Your Gut Feelings is a wonderful program that provides not only great ideas and concepts, but also useful images, effective exercises, helpful techniques, and strong self-hypnosis experiences.

Dr. Lazarus did a great job sharing what he has developed and continuously improved over the last 20 years. If you apply the techniques and do the exercises and practices, improvement is guaranteed. I look forward to this program being available in other languages.

—Manfred Prior, PhD: Author of Minimax Interventions: 15 Simple Therapeutic Interventions that have Maximum Impact and one of the leading hypnotherapists in German-speaking countries.,


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