Hypnotherapy for Children
Hypnotherapy for children can be quick & effective. They have great imaginations & are often more open to hypnotherapy than adults because they are more suggestible & don't have any preconceptions (like stage hypnosis).
When a young person is struggling with their mental health, they don't understand what is wrong; either way this can have a serious impact on parents and the family.
It is important that children want to attend the appointment & make a change because without their buy in the sessions are unlikely to be effective and could make certain issues worse.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a forward thinking approach that is very safe for children. I don't use regression & I give them tools to move forward enabling them to feel confident, safe & comfortable.
Average number of sessions: Is dependent on condition.
Minimum Age: 10 years old and suitability for hypnotherapy can be determined at the Initial Consultation
Using a more more fluid approach with children than with adults there is an emphasis on imagination & visualisation which they can practice every day & are therefore very comfortable with.
I don't make assumptions about how each session will go but I base all appointments against the plan I have made & with the clients goal in mind. I work with the children to help them understand how they can make a change & how they wish to feel in the future.
Some of the areas I cover with children & young adults are:
Anxiety: health, social, family, friends, exam, separation
Obsessive thoughts & compulsive actions
Bed Wetting (nocturnal enuresis)
Soiling Underwear (Encopresis)
Anger & Managing Emotions
Tics & Habits
I can also help with managing the symptoms of ADHD following an official diagnosis.
Initial Consultation with a Child/Young Person
At the IC I take into account their age & determine maturity to ensure each session is personalised. Then I obtain information about the issue from the child & find out what they want to achieve.
An explanation of the brain & hypnosis is simplified & adapted to meet their age requirements & any questions are a 2 way process so the client can express any concerns.
These are quiet & relaxed sessions talking about what's been good about their week, re-visit the brain, any changes they will have seen & how that is happening.
I use stories (metaphors) & positive affirmations & use an age appropriate scaling system to help them measure their progress. We discuss & agree the next steps along that scale & follow with a calming affirming hypnosis session.
Focus for Sessions
building a strong relationship
a friendly informal approach
games & associations
using age appropriate language patterns
use the children's ideas
expecting the unexpected
In order to ensure total focus I prefer to meet my younger clients face to face to help them focus. On-line sessions work better if a parent or guardian can remain present throughout to help avoid distractions.
Parents can attend each session however they are asked to remain quiet unless specifically asked a question by me or their child. If all parties are happy to do so I can work without the parent/guardian in attendance however I will require a signed consent form. I am DBS registered.