Supporting children and adolescents
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Hypnotherapy for children works really well as they are generally brilliant at making changes. They spend far more time than adults in an unconsciously creative, imaginative state. This makes it easy for them to follow hypnotic strategies applied in an age-appropriate and relevant way.
In recent times, there has been growing concern about the mental health of children and adolescents. NHS services are stretched, schools are not always equipped to provide support and parents struggle to find good advice and effective solutions. by utilising hypnosis and hypnotherapy for children it can be a useful tool that will benefit their mental health.
What causes problems in children?
During their developing years, children are exposed to uncertainty, lack of control and change, all potential triggers for emotional stress which can restrict the ability to learn and thrive. As yet, we don’t have the structures or systems in place to put mental health front and centre of education so that resilience, resourcefulness and adaptability are prioritised alongside academic study.
With a bit of training and guidance, children can leapfrog developmental challenges and land on their feet ready to tackle the next hurdle and the next. Hypnotherapy for children is a wonderful preventative tool for safeguarding the young from the psychological consequences of the pressure they’re under. During those crucial years of growth and change, we develop habitual responses to the stresses of daily life which can lead to lifelong mental health issues.
Overcoming childhood phobias with hypnosis
Hidden away or repressed memories and emotions that can and often will, sooner or later, create a phobia. So the phobia continues to serve as a warning of the approach of potentially similar incidents. With hypnotherapy for children, we can find and release the emotions which originally caused or created the phobia. And with the release of those old, bottled-up emotions, the phobia itself can just disappear.
Our hypnotherapy for children programme uses specialist hypnotic techniques are effective at tackling a number of teenage problems, improving their ability to achieve their potential so they can develop into healthy, emotionally balanced and confident adults.
There are various stressors on teens in our society. Bullying, hormonal changes, educational pressures and social demands are big influences on adolescent life. For some teenagers, emotional issues can become more serious. According to research, one in ten of our children below the age of 16 experience mental health issues. Despite being commonplace, there are limited resources available to deal with these issues and teenagers will often suffer in silence rather than draw attention to their own vulnerabilities.
A timely hypnotic intervention can ‘recode’ the neurology of a developing brain to manage anxiety before it becomes hardwired to damage health and wellbeing. This can be beneficial in so many ways. Below is a list of issues that can be addressed or relieved with hypnotherapy for children:
- Nail biting
- Concentration issues
- Anger management
- Getting on with siblings
- Blended family conflict
- Exam nerves
- Eating issues
- Athletic ability
- Compulsive behaviour
- Creativity enhancement
- Physical coordination
- Grief and loss
- Nausea and emetophobia
- Insecurity and lack of confidence
- Learning problems
- Low self-esteem
- Memory problems
- Nervousness and nervous habits/tics
- Performance anxiety
- School problems
- Sleep disorders
- Social anxiety
- Speech difficulties
- Suicidal thoughts
- Weight issues
- Gaming addiction
- Social media anxiety
From what age can a child have hypnotherapy?
We accept children from the age of 7 into our hypnotherapy for children programme. In very special circumstances from the age of 4.
How do I help my anxious teenager?
During teenage years, from puberty through to young adulthood, we typically go through more changes than at any other time in our lives. Anxiety is often associated with life changes and that is why it often develops in late teens and early adulthood and, if not treated at that time, can become lifelong and debilitating. Limiting beliefs, avoidance behaviours and low self esteem can prevent the anxious teenager from exploring their potential and taking adult responsibility for themselves. Because anxiety is often regarded as a weakness or a flaw, it saps confidence and can undermine relationships, education and career development.
Hypnotherapy for adolescents provides a toolbox of techniques and strategies which can be of lifelong benefit to the anxiety sufferer. With a little practice, hypnosis is a means to access cognitive resources to manage anxiety and to use relaxation and mindfulness to gain perspective and relieve stress. Hypnotherapy enhances the development of adaptability and resilience, a vital part of the transition from childhood into adulthood. Emotional intelligence is a learned skill set which isn’t taught in schools and yet is vital to wellbeing. Mental health services are overwhelmed with children and young adults whose problems could be prevented or easily resolved with the timely intervention of professional guidance and support. The great thing about hypnotherapy is it’s not just about fixing broken people, it can help anyone be their best selves and enjoy the best life possible in the circumstances of their life.