As any parent will know, despite what others might think, you do not have problem children but children with problems. However, solving those problems can be far from easy and straightforward for a parent. And when different options have been explored but have not worked it can appear hopeless. So what has hypnosis got to offer? I think it boils down to three things:
Firstly, children make great hypnotic subjects – they have imagination and often it can be the misuse of that imagination that is the source of a problem such as fears and phobias or not being able to get to sleep or not fitting in with other kids.
Secondly, they are less critical and more open to suggestions that the adult conscious mind – the judging, logical, rational part of the mind – would reject point blank.
Thirdly, children tend to believe in magic and that magical things can happen. The great changes brought about through hypnosis are often ‘magical” in nature.
I have helped children from the age of 8 to teenage to overcome:
- thumb sucking
- eating disorders
- painful shyness
- sleep problems
- concentration problems
- going to school and exam nerves
- lack of confidence including dealing with the emotional impact of bullying
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- anxiety and depression
- fears and phobias – spiders, clowns, balloons, dogs, flying, growing up, failure and more
I have also worked with children who wish to improve their sporting performance and not be overwhelmed by competition nerves.
A parent is present throughout a treatment session and as appropriate I also advise him or her on what he or she could do to support their child through the change process between our face to face treatment sessions. Each child and each case is different and so the starting point is to have a conversation and see if and how I can help or not as hypnotherapy may not be the right solution. There is no cost or obligation to to sign up for treatment as a parent and grandparent I am always happy to listen and understand if a parent gives ma a call.