Often times, parents will notice that children are having a challenging time with something in their life. Just because they are little, do not overlook the issue. Are they acting out or acting different? Unable to excel in their sport or experiencing a lack of confidence? Experiencing a change in behavior? Doing poorly in school all of a sudden?
Children can have stress and anxiety just like adults. The most noticeable difference is the way they communicate their discomfort. Limited vocabulary and inexperience in expressing themselves may prevent a child from explaining the issues in his or her active mind. Crying, poor behavior, sleep disruptions, and unexplained stomachaches are just some of the ways a child may demonstrate anxiety, stress or fear. As a parent, teacher, or caregiver, it can be very frustrating to deal with a child who appears to be acting out for no apparent reason. When we take a closer look and attempt to communicate more effectively, the discovery of a specific fear or anxiety can be the root of inappropriate behaviors.
Hypnosis for Changes
Hypnosis can be used with children as young as 8 years old. I have experience working with children and will spend the necessary time with you and your child to gather information, explain the process, and establish a trusting rapport with your child. The process works best when it is personalized, so details concerning the challenges the child is experiencing is important. When all questions are adequately answered and information has been gathered, parents will be asked to relax in a separate waiting area where they can listen and see the child.
All that is required is that the child sits fairly still for about 20 minutes while the hypnotist uses a soothing voice to gently guide him or her into the “alpha stage.” The alpha stage is technically the stage before sleep. Being in the quiet and comfortable alpha stage during a hypnosis session isn’t sleep at all, but a highly focused stage that allows a person to absorb suggestions made to the subconscious mind.
I often uses storytelling techniques (for younger children) and visual imagery to help a child reprogram and re-frame thinking to support goals and solve problems. It’s an easy and highly effective process that feels good. Many children can begin to feel the positive changes after just one session. There is no performance required on the part of the child, other than a willingness to participate. Depending on the issue being addressed, multiple sessions may be required to get the full benefits.
Hypnosis is a safe, natural, and highly-effective holistic modality. Children are perfect candidates for hypnosis and can benefit greatly from this relaxing approach. They enjoy the feeling of empowerment when they realize they can create changes in their own behaviors through the use of their subconscious minds.
We give them a recording to reinforce the good habits and/or changes we discussed during our session and ask them to listen for one consecutive month.
What types of issues is hypnosis used for?
- Confidence & self-esteem
- Bed wetting
- Nail Biting
- Hair Pulling
- Thumb sucking
- Anxiety about school
- Anxiety about the dentist
- Fussy eating
Additional Support Methods
While hypnosis may be good for an issue or creating new, positive habits, your children may often benefit from some additional methods of dealing with stress or life in general. At particular times, children may have roadblocks to their personal success and we want them to develop solutions. Listed below are some longer-term solutions to foster their new life skills. Therefore, we also:
- Teach them to use EFT/Tapping for stress and anxiety
- Coach children with regard to individual issues
- Athletic performance guided imagery, visualization and mental rehearsal
- Learning to use visualization for their benefit
- Goal Setting
- Learning and Memory
- Focus and Concentration
- Coach frustrated parents