Hypnotherapy for children and teenagers
Children and teens can struggle with a wide range of issues. arising from school, exams or family, stress, bedwetting, anxiety, low confidence or self esteem, even (on occasion) smoking or weight control.
Although it was not widely used until the 1970s, hypnosis of children was first described in 1779 by Anton Mesmer, who claimed to have used hypnotherapy to treat a child with visual problems. Most children are good hypnotic subjects because their they use their imaginations so powerfully on a daily basis. If a child is playing with an imaginary friend, for example, they see that friend and respond to them as if they were real.
Hypnotherapy aims to help your child use these same imaginative skills to find and put in place new ways of coping with problem situations such as bedwetting, stress, anxiety, phobias etc.
It can be used to teach your child relaxation to help them through the more stressful times in their lives.
Hypnotherapy to help young people
Exactly like any other client, your child has to be an active participant in order for their hypnotherapy to work. The fact that you see a problem or want them to do things differently is not enough. But if your child is genuinely open to the idea of change, then hypnotherapy may be what you are both looking for.
There are some specific considerations when working with young people, especially around safety and confidentiality. Because of this, I would always book a free information session as a first step.
Booking an information session does not commit you to going ahead with hypnotherapy. It does offer a chance for your family to find out more about hypnosis, and for us decide if I am likely to be able to help.
If you do decide to go ahead with therapy, the number of sessions required varies depending on the nature and history of the problem, the age of the child, and many other factors. But it's usually around four to six.
If you or your child has concerns about hypnotherapy you are welcome to contact me. Or you could use a use a CD first, to allow your child to experience relaxation techniques in the security of their own home.
Age limits for hypnotherapy
If it's possible that your child's problems are connected with a medical condition, it's wise to get that ruled out before seeing a therapist of any kind. Otherwise, or afterwards, please contact me for more information
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