Hypnotherapy for children and teenagers
What sort of problems are typical for children?
These problems are very common and, depending on the cause, usually respond very well to hypnotherapy:
bedwetting, soilng, general anxiety, fainting, separation anxiety, Various fears and phobias with fear of dogs being the most common, eating issues, study and exam related stress, school bullying, thumb sucking, nail biting, hair pulling and various compulsive habits, childhood tics, selective eating, anger/bullying problems, lack of confidence and poor self-esteem, pain management etc.
When choosing your therapist, you should always choose a hypnotherapist who has had Paediatric Clinical Hypnotherapy training, who has also had experience in working with children and belongs to a well-respected professional association. Nicola has a Diploma in Paediatric Clinical Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, is a Deputy Headteacher and a Specialist Leader in Education. Nicola also has the Enhanced DBS.
How does hypnotherapy work with children?
With teenagers, the process is fairly similar to that used with adults. With children and very young children the process is much more about active engagement of the mind. It can be described as a highly focused, daydream-like state which is sometimes relaxing but it is also very common that eyes are open with plenty of wriggling around!
I use lots of imaginative activities, metaphors and stories. All of these need to be age-appropriate of course and also matched to a particular child’s interests, attention span and personality.
Is there any on-going support between sessions?
I am highly passionate about supporting your child inbetween sessions. After the session, I will record a tailor-made audio (CDs or MP3s) for on-going support at home for no extra fee. I record the positive suggestions and guided visualisation element of the session to reinforce the effect. The more your child listens to this recording, usually at bedtime, the more effective the result. Regular listening helps them drift off to sleep calmly and peacefully and can also reduce the number of face-to-face visits required.