Look Ma, no fear
I have a plan for you…
Remove the cause
Create a new behaviour
Make new behaviour automatic
Children can change rapidly with paediatric hypnotherapy. They are used to using their imagination to play out ideas and outcomes, which make them ideal subjects for paediatric hypnotherapy. This means that most problems can be resolved in just a few sessions.
What do we miss?
Life for a child is full of new adventures and discovery. However, that also means that there are surprises and situations that can be stressful.
As adults, we often forget this. After all, we are busy looking after children, ensuring that we are able to provide for them and making sure the whole family is safe.
The stress that a child may be experiencing can be overlooked until, of course, the child has a behaviour that is at odds with our vision of how things should be, and then we tend to notice the change.
Paediatric hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatments available to help children overcome obstacles in their lives. The transformation can seem miraculous, especially when the change occurs through what appears to be simple stories, visualisations, using their imagination and, oh, a bit of hypnosis.
I use paediatric hypnotherapy with children to help with the following problems:-
- Anger management
- Getting on with siblings
- Problems with new partners
- Exam nerves
- Eating issues
- Bedwetting (Enuresis)
- Nail biting
- Concentration issues
- Sleep disorders
- Speech difficulties
- Suicidal thoughts
- Uncontrollable anger
- Weight issues
- Memory problems
- Nervousness and nervous habits
- Nightmares and sleepwalking
- Performance anxiety
- School problems
- Difficulty making friends
- Grief and loss
- Insecurity and lack of confidence
- Learning problems
- Low self-esteem
- Athletic ability
- Compulsive behaviour
- Creativity enhancement
- Physical coordination
- Fear of medical people
Working with children
I don’t have to explain how paediatric hypnotherapy works with children because, unlike adults, they don’t focus on the process just the change. This makes the change occur far quicker because they are not analysing what happens to them. If only adults did the same.
If they ask “What’s going to happen?” Simply say that they will just relax and be calm and then I will help them to use the power of their own imaginations to learn how to respond differently to the problem they have. It is important that the child wants to change the problem behaviour or issue in the first place.
Whilst treating a particular childhood problem, I will often introduce positive affirmations to the child. i.e. that they will be more relaxed, have more energy, feel more confident, happier, like themselves more, etc.
Children are very suggestible and respond well to hypnotherapy. During each sessions I would always have a parent (or guardian) present at all times.
Children make good use of their imaginations and I take full advantage of that. Whilst they are in hypnosis I will use stories, past adventures, meeting a hero or even character from a favourite TV programme who advises you what to do.
These are all ideas are readily accepted by young children. Surprisingly, even older children are often open to using their imagination, but because their thinking is more developed that approach has to be modified but the principle remains the same.
During the process the participation of the parent is critical. As a parent’s concern about their behaviour can often add further stress to the situation.
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