Are you wondering ‘can hypnotherapy work for children?’ Well, the answer is yes.
In comparison to adults, children are often more attuned to hypnotherapy. For example, they are naturally imaginative and regularly daydream. Daydreaming is a similar state to that when under hypnosis. But, as we get older, we hear from different sources to not ‘waste time’ daydreaming. And so we stop, and quickly forget how.
Children are able to create imaginary worlds and characters when playing. They even see and hear imaginary friends. This is also not encouraged for adults…
So, children are generally a more ‘natural’ hypnotherapy subject than an adult.
The differences between hypnotherapy for children and adults
It’s important for a hypnotherapist to always think about the language they use during a session. This is for both adults and children. However, for a child, we need to adapt the language to suit their age and vocabulary. Firstly, the child must understand what is being said. And secondly, they need to know what the ‘purpose’ is. Without a clear purpose, the session will struggle to be effective.
Also, child sessions are generally shorter. This is so the child doesn’t lose interest or become bored.
Working with children is very rewarding!
Can a parent or guardian come into the session?
Yes, parents and guardians are very welcome. The child must feel comfortable, safe and secure. And, therapy continues to work after and/or between sessions. So, the parent may be able to support the child better if they have been present.
However, if a child objects to a parent or guardian being with them, it’s important to respect their wishes.
What can hypnotherapy be used for?
Can hypnotherapy work for children in terms of confidence building? Yes! Hypnotherapy is great for confidence and ego-strengthening.
Unfortunately, low self-confidence is becoming more common for young people. So is low self-esteem and ego. Some say this is a result of our fast-changing world. Others, the impact of events across the world. Or perhaps academic demands. Even social media. There are obviously factors such as family break-ups, loss, bullying.
Whatever the cause, analysis therapy can help to move forward.
Hypnotherapy can also help children with the following:
- local anaesthesia (such as during dental work, injections, minor procedures)
- being frightened of the dark
- childhood allergies
- pain management
- pulling out hair
- nail biting
- bed-wetting (enuresis)
- bad/troublesome dreams or nightmares
According to Anxiety UK, 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some stage in their life. It’s a common issue, but it can be beaten. Make contact today to start taking control back…