Hypnosis for children
If your child is having some difficulties in life that are emotional or psychological in nature, then there are some very effective hypnotherapy techniques that can be used to help children.
Every child is going to experience emotion and upset during their childhood years, but when the problem is around for a while, or gets in the way of their everyday life, and then it’s at that point that something often needs to be done.
How Does It Work?
It works by recognizing that children and teenagers are often overwhelmed with feelings and emotions that they simply don’t understand, or where they don’t have the coping mechanisms in place yet.
Because they don’t understand these emotions, and often have no idea where this strength of emotion is coming from, they can do very little about it for themselves.
The hypnotherapy techniques used on children do not involve the child having to explain themselves… it works by using their imagination to have an outlet for their emotion… allowing them to express themselves, often without having to say a word!
They feel comfortable with a non-judgmental therapist, and can often allow themselves to express feelings of embarrassment, guilt or shame for example, that they can’t ‚offload‘ anywhere else.
Hypnotherapy most often involves teaching a child how to self-hypnotize in order to control bad habits, physical symptoms, and other conditions. The child learns to use relaxation techniques and mental images—similar to a daydream or fantasy—to enter an “altered mental state” (in other words, to induce hypnosis).
Once in this altered state, the therapist makes suggestions aimed at producing the desired change in behavior, anxiety level, or symptom intensity. These may range from recalling times of feeling happy and well in a child with chronic pain, to thinking of the body as a “computer” that the child can “program” with his or her mind.
The child may also receive specific teaching about their problem as a means of helping them learn to exercise control over their body. For example, a child with nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) may be taught the basic anatomy and function of the bladder. Ultimately, the child is able to induce self-hypnosis when needed to achieve the desired changes.