Hypnotherapy can greatly assist children from the age of four years old.
I often get asked the question ” Can children benefit from Hypnotherapy?” The answer is definitely yes. Children have great imaginations and this seems to assist with their ability to respond to this type of therapy well.
Some of the problems that I work on with children regularly are:
- Sleep Issues
- Lack of confidence
- Food Phobias
- Sporting focus
- Post operative recovery
- Fears and anxieties
- Exam recall
- Emotional distress
- Schooling issues
- Postoperative rehabilitation
- Pre- operative and treatment anxiety reduction (hospital anxiety)
- General phobias and fears
- Confidence/Self esteem
- Schooling issues/anxiety
- Returning to school (severe anxiety and separation issues)
- Obsessive compulsive behaviours
- Hair and eyelash pulling
- Nail biting
- Fear of flying
- and many more.
Sleep Program Hypnotherapy for Children
Very young children have their personal therapy recorded onto a CD accompanied with sleep enhancing music. This therapy is played to them while they are in the first stages of sleep each night.
Many children enjoy also listening to their CD during the day and again as a bed time ritual to help them go to sleep at night.
I have worked with many children, from the age of four onwards, for many childhood related issues including fear and anxiety. Children from the age of eight can find it easy to go into hypnosis, but it is not always easy to get a very young child to focus and relax deeply for any great length of time.
For this reason I use sleep hypnotherapy where they have their carefully structured therapy played to them on CD each night as they go into and for the first 30 minutes or so of sleep.
Children can often fear situations just because they are new and they lack confidence in the unknown. They can also be fearful because they have had a negative experience and have lost confidence or have heard information that has been stored as a negative belief.
Sometimes just tension lone can be a huge factor for children. Take the familiar situation with the child who cries and has anxiety about doing new or even everyday things. Anxiety can cause a huge build up of tension and then produce tears, tantrums and emotional outbursts. Parents, in particular, can find this type of behaviour stressful and often they don’t realise that this type of behaviour can actually be one of the symptoms of an anxiety attack.
An anxious child has begun to talk to themselves in a negative way without realising it. Thoughts such as “I can’t “ “ I am not good enough” “I will get hurt” ” I will be alone” have become the sound track that they are playing over and over in their head.
Anxiety and fears can be assisted with Hypnotherapy. By simply increasing confidence in general and also targeting specific issues the child can gain confidence quickly and improve their behaviour and well being.
Sometimes we speak to children in a way that is not helpful to their learning and the way their brain functions. We need to tell children what we do want them to do and NOT what we don’t want them to do as the child’s brain follows instructions whether they are phrased in the positive or the negative. A part of the consultation process will be to advise parents on the language they can use to support change in their child.
Most children really enjoy having their own personalised therapy CD. Often the suggestions around anxiety reduction and increasing confidence, naturally spills into other aspects of a child’s life with friends, social situations and school. Parents often comment that their child just seem more relaxed and often that they are sleeping better.
If your child is experiencing fear or anxiety in any aspect of their life, consider Hypnotherapy to help them to discover their untapped potential. Provided you see a qualified and experienced Hypnotherapist, it is a safe and effective way to deal with stress related problems, increase confidence and overcome fears and phobias.
If your child has a problem that is disturbing their positive sense of well being or is holding them back, then give me a call me to see if Hypnotherapy could be the answer for you and your child.
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