Treating children with hypnosis

When problems are encountered with teenagers or children, asking them ‘what’s wrong’ rarely results in a straightforward answer. The best you can sometimes expect is ‘I dunno’ and a shrug of the shoulders. Frequently, adolescents really don’t know what is wrong, or perhaps it’s simply that they don’t know how to express what is wrong?

There are so many reasons why a child or teenager feels unhappy; sad, lonely; upset; guilty; embarrassed; anxious or stressed, such as:

  • lack of confidence/performance anxieties
  • concerns about changes in their bodies
  • problems in school, with studies, teachers or peers
  • phobias, i.e. fear of the dark,
  • going to sleep,
  • doctors,
  • dentists,
  • needles, etc.
  • embarrassment of habits like bed-wetting or thumb sucking
  • a new baby or
  • parental relationship problems.

Signs of anxiety

Some of the signs indicating anxiety could be:

  • consistent health or food control problems
  • lying or stealing,
  • drugs or alcohol
  • trouble sleeping,
  • frequent nightmares or
  • sleep walking
  • self harm.

Do children respond well?

Children can respond particularly well to hypnosis as long as they are happy to work with me. The person who is coming for therapy needs to acknowledge that there is a problem which they would like help with. Sometimes it may be best to have a separate appointment with a guardian to begin with so we can all work together on making change. I would strongly suggest an initial consultation to discuss the issues that the child may have as it is important for their guardian/parent to understand how change comes about.

Children usually enjoy the hypnosis experience as they are always willing to learn and find it easier to relax.  Using imagination and breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety or stress and is natural and simple for a child to do.

I usually work with children aged 8 years and over. I would strongly suggest an Initial Consultation with parents first to discuss a child’s issues It is important that you understand how change comes about as well as support the child with therapy techniques learned.