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Working with Children

Hypnotherapy with children can be very quick and effective.  Children have great imaginations & are often more open to hypnotherapy than adults because they can be quite suggestible & don't have any preconceptions & sometimes because they haven't seen any stage hypnosis.

Often 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.  

First & foremost 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.

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.

In order to ensure total focus I prefer you meet my younger clients face to face to help avoid distractions unless a parent or guardian can remain present throughout the whole meeting.  

Parents can attend each session however they are asked to remain quiet unless specifically asked by their child - it's really hard but essential for the child's progress.  If all parties are happy to do so I can work without the parent/guardian in attendance however I will ask for a signed consent form.  I am DBS checked

By using a combination of psychotherapy techniques and trance I can facilitate the process of recovery and by explaining how the brain works, why & how their symptoms are created and what we can do about it my client's are active & engaged in all the sessions.  This process allows the client to think more clearly, rationally even at a young age

Sessions:  on average 8 - 12

If you wish to book an initial consultation at a time to suit you and receive answers to any questions you may have, click on the link above.  Alternatively fill out the Enquiry Form and I can give you a call back to discuss this in more detail

What & How

Where Hypnotherapy Can Help Children & Young Adults

  • Anxiety: including health, social, family, friends, exam, separation

  • Obsessive thoughts & compulsive actions

  • Bed Wetting (nocturnal enuresis)

  • Soiling Underwear (Encopresis)

  • Anger & Managing Emotions

  • Bereavement 

  • Behavioural problems

  • Thumb sucking

  • Sleeping issues

  • Tics & Habits

Initial Consultation with a Child/Young Person

  • Prior to the IC I will have a phone call with the parent/ guardian to understand the issues.

  • I take into account their chronological age & determine maturity to ensure each session is personalised with that in mind. 

  • I obtain information about the issue from the child & find out what they want to achieve

  • An explanation of the brain is simplified & adapted to meet the requirements of each age group,  as is the explanation of hypnosis and the language patterns used.

  • The questions are a 2 way process so the client can express any concerns.

Subsequent Sessions

  • A quiet & relaxed session talking about what has been good about their week.

  • Re-visit the brain, any changes they will have seen & how that is happening.

  • Use stories (metaphors) & positive affirmations.

  • Use an age appropriate scaling system to help them measure their progress.

  • Discuss and agree the next steps along that scale

  • A calming message re-affirming hypnosis session.

Focus for Sessions

  • building a strong relationship

  • a friendly informal approach

  • games & associations

  • using age appropriate explanations of hypnosis

  • using age appropriate language patterns 

  • use the children's ideas

  • expecting the unexpected

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