Hypnotherapy and children

Children are generally very resilient, and what can seem a problem one minute, is often forgotten about later in the day. They can squabble with their best friend and be all smiles the next. Yet there are times when children struggle to cope with external factors that may be affecting them. Even with the most nurturing of home environments, children can find it difficult to make sense of, or talk about how they are feeling.

In younger children, emotional problems may manifest in a disinterest in playing, trouble going to the toilet, spending long periods of time crying or exhibiting more anger and shouting than usual.

Up until the age of 6, children are in a slow brain wave state called the ‘theta’ brain wave. This is akin to a hypnotic state. Effectively they are downloading all of the sensory information from around them. They may not witness two parents going through a difficult patch for example, yet they will still pick up on it energetically and be just as effected emotionally and physically.

Older children may still display similar symptoms to that of a younger child, however in older children emotional issues tend to show through in the child withdrawing from themselves, becoming more isolated, spending time alone and not wishing to discuss how they are feeling. They may display a lack of appetite and particular and stark behavioral changes.

The use of hypnotherapy for children is an excellent means of treating:

  • Trauma
  • Emotional upset as a result of divorce
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Bed wetting
  • Nightmares
  • Phobias
  • Confidence
  • Picky eating
  • Issues relating to school

Many children do find it difficult to express how they are feeling and some may not have developed the cognitive skills to express their emotions. Hypnotherapy is particularly effective because children do not have to give an account of their problems in order to over come them.

Sessions with children involve the use of story, metaphor and drawing as a way to indirectly talk about how they are feeling and are used to help their unconscious mind resolve the problem.

Children don’t come with a handbook so if your child needs a helping hand call me on 07713 184762 today for a free consultation.

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