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Paediatric hypnotherapy for children is one of the most effective therapies, transforming children’s lives through visualisation, hypnosis and other imaginative methods. Hypnosis is rewarding, fast and unique.
We use hypnotherapy for children to help a wide range of problems :-
- Bedwetting (Enuresis)
- Nail biting
- Concentration issues
- Anger management
- Getting on with siblings
- Problems with new partners
- Exam nerves
- Eating issues
- Athletic ability
- Compulsive behaviour
- Creativity enhancement
- Physical coordination
- Fear of medical people
- Grief and loss
- Insecurity and lack of confidence
- Learning problems
- Low self-esteem
- Memory problems
- Nervousness and nervous habits
- Nightmares and sleepwalking
- Performance anxiety
- School problems
- Sleep disorders
- Speech difficulties
- Suicidal thoughts
- Uncontrollable anger
- Weight issues
Using hypnotherapy for children
Whilst treating a particular childhood problem, the therapist is often able to introduce other positive affirmations to the child. For example, being more relaxed, having more energy, feeling confident, feeling happy, liking themselves better, remembering more easily or reading faster. Children are very suggestible and respond well to these types of therapy. During our hypnotherapy for children programme, a parent (or guardian) is present at all times during each consultation.
One of the reasons that hypnotherapy for children can be such a good choice is that children make good use of their imaginations. Their therapist will have little difficulty in using this ability to help your child deal with the issue that is troubling them. The treatment might include using stories, adventures, meeting a hero or even character from a favourite TV programme who advises you what to do, and these are all ideas that are easily accepted by young children. Even an older child can often be open to using their imagination, but as they are already more sophisticated in their thinking, we would format their treatment accordingly.
When we are using hypnotherapy for children we often find that participation of the parent in this therapeutic process is important. A parent’s anxiety about a particular behaviour can often make change more difficult for the child.
Our paediatric hypnotherapist is CRB cleared and has special paediatric training awarded, by the Canadian Institute of Hypnotism, which is important when using hypnotherapy for children.
Children have to deal with change, loss, bullying, violence, criticism, low self-esteem, and their own bodies as they move through rapid growth periods over short periods of time. There are many tasks they have to overcome like making new friends, handling bullies, unfamiliar school work, education, sport and all this time trying to “belong”. Sometimes the comparison to others can make feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem or even depression rise to the surface.
Children, just like adults, show their reaction to stress, change, violence, low self-esteem, grief and loss in many different ways. Their marks in school may begin to drop. The child may become forgetful, distracted, angry, irritable and even violent. They might become accident-prone or have headaches or an upset stomach.
They might start to bite nails or pull hair. Bed-wetting (enuresis) may start happening. Particular health problems like asthma and hay fever may become prevalent. Stammering may become more prominent.
A child may start to dislike school, perhaps having trouble with other pupils or teachers. They might become overly shy or worried about talking in front of the class, be unable to understand a subject or other incidences that cause them to have difficulties with their education.
Other fears that rise to the surface are a fear of the dark, the fear of going to sleep, fear of animals or insects, fear of travelling, a phobia of needles, doctors or dentists, fear of people, etc. The parents can offer support but often it doesn’t seem to change the situation.
Of course, adults have the same issues, the difference is that they have had them for a shorter period of time. Therefore, the use of hypnotherapy, which works with the use of the imagination, can be even more effective than it is in adults, as a way of changing these responses, provided that the problem is not rooted in the parents or other people who are closely related to the child’s upbringing.
How does hypnotherapy work with children?
In most children, the imagination of a child is very vivid and strong. It is only the interference of well-meaning adults that the child’s imagination soon gives way to believing only what one can see and touch.
By using the active imagination of the child during hypnotherapy, it is relatively easy to reach the subconscious levels of the mind in a child. Children respond incredibly well to stories, visualisations, imaginative games and other simple tools.
Children have a great thirst for knowledge, often driving their parents round the twist with their curiosity and incessant questioning. At every opportunity, they hunger for new learning. They enjoy responding to new ideas that are presented to them in a way that they can understand. Their openness makes them especially good subjects for hypnotherapy. During hypnotherapy, they become relaxed and focused easily, and are happy to take on ideas that will help them to deal with any problems they are facing, and thus they can make changes more easily.
The paediatric hypnotherapist at the institute, Paul White, has helped many children increase their confidence, start to do their homework, go to school, and even improve their marks at school. He has also helped them with many other problems, like thumb sucking, bed wetting, nightmares, stealing, anger, aggression, and low self-esteem, separation anxiety, bereavement, food related problems and many other issues.
It is important for the child to feel comfortable with the hypnotherapist and that the hypnotherapist specialises in children.
The first session should involve the child, parent or parents and the hypnotherapist. It is a time for establishing some trust, and for the therapist and child to identify what the problem is and how they are going to approach and deal with the problem. Just as with adults, it is important that the child wants to make the change and is prepared to work with the hypnotherapist. Parents and child should understand what hypnotherapy is and what it can do.
During the therapy, the hypnotherapist will use simple methods that might include things such as stories, visualisation, pretending, hero and media characters, and other imagination tools, often based on the child’s interests as revealed in the initial session.
After the session, the hypnotherapist will spend a few minutes with the parents to give them a brief overview of the session. During this time the hypnotherapist makes suggestions to the parent(s) which will support the work the child is doing.
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The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy Reviews
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|Richard Gardiner on July 21, 2017 at 15:53:59|
|I was becoming increasingly inhibited with anxiety issues and not wanting to take the tablet path a friend of mine ( who had previously been successfully treated at SICH for a similar issue ) recommended I try hypnotherapy. I am after four sessions of hypnotherapy a born again anxiety free individual, with a clear mind and a positive outlook going forwards ... The process is conducted in an extremely relaxed, calming and above all professional environment .... I would therefore also recommend SICH as a very viable alternative to the regular well trodden path of GP's etc ....|
Excellent therapy by outstanding therapists
|Ms Miller on July 19, 2017 at 19:28:02|
|I have been going to hypnotherapy at SICH on and off for a few months. This was after a recommendation from a friend. One therapist, Paul Howard, specialises in anxiety, for example, and after suffering with an anxiety related tremor, I was so happy when he stopped it using hypnosis. I had seen psychotherapist's, taken medication which only helped me so far. It never cured me. But, amazingly, Paul Howard stopped the tremor and gave me back my confidence. I am now even able to go on dates without the fear of spilling my drink all over the date! Drink...mmm. that was something I became too accustomed to and reliant upon after a hard day at work. I was putting on weight and once I started drinking I found it difficult to stop. But, Paul White is a problem behaviour specialist so SICH referred me to him. I have now been sober for 2 months and 2 days and I don't even fancy a drink anymore. I goto the pub and nightclubs more than I did as a drinker and can dance as much as my friends. I even had a week in Ibiza without having a drop. Its cheaper as I only drink water and I have since lost half a stone without even watching my diet. Another problem SICH treated me for was depression. I was diagnosed 20yrs ago and have been on and off medication and in and out of counselling. I completely value counselling but the 4 hypnotherapy sessions I had at SICH got me out of my bed and back to work after 4 weeks of severe depression. I have since (with my GP guidance) stopped taking my medication. I feel as if the hypnotherapy has changed my life. It's reached parts of me that the psychologist's have taken years to help me discover. I can whole heartedly recommend it to anyone. But, I wouldn't just trust anyone and was very lucky to be recommended to SICH by a friend. Thank you to both Paul's at SICH.|
|Charlotte Earle on May 23, 2017 at 06:47:31|
|I wanted to wait a few weeks before I gave my review to make sure I gave an honest review on how I have been since I've finished my sessions with Paul Howard. I can honestly say I think he's changed my life. I was suffering with bad anxiety alongside other side affects. He has given me a new sense of freedom and I feel like my old self again if not better. Thank you for everything you do to help people become the best versions of themselves. I am no longer stuck. Thank you. Charlotte|
Hypnosis for weightloss
|Glen Sinclair on November 01, 2016 at 21:32:07|
|I came for hypnotherapy to help manage my weight. The eating plan prescribed coupled with the hypnosis has been fantastic and easy to follow. I'm am now 2.the months in and already lost 2 stone. Thank you Paul for all your help!|
Exam nerves that froze me to the point of failure
|Pauline Mccullough on October 24, 2016 at 15:47:59|
|I came for hypnotherapy to ease my fears of taking an exam...I had failed the exam twice before, so felt going down the hypnotherapy route might help. I passed my third attempt. Paul was brilliant, the session and on-going recorded session that I was able to tap into at my leisure put me in a place of control. I highly recommend this company, I would definitely go back if I was faced with a situation again I felt would warrant support from Paul.|
I Feel a New Person Now
|Mark Eastwood on October 14, 2016 at 12:05:55|
|I would like to sincerely thank Paul Howard of the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy who has helped me greatly to overcome a number of issues that I wanted to resolve. I feel a new person now. Specifically Paul is very direct, honest and out to help. I don't understand why more people do not seek out hypnotherapy - it can help improve so many areas of life quickly and permanently (in my experience).|
Easy weight loss
|Lin Mcgraw on October 12, 2016 at 10:08:32|
|So easy to follow. First time in years I have been able to loose weight.|
Can't thank you enough!!!
|Julie Wright on October 06, 2016 at 08:45:49|
|I have been to the clinic for two separate issues, one being the fear of flying the other being anxiety. On both occasions my hypnotherapy sessions helped immensely. Thank you so much Paul, I couldn't if done it without you|
|Gemma Cox on July 04, 2016 at 11:29:10|
|I have seen Paul H on and off for the past 8 years. I first experienced anxiety after the birth of my second child, Paul gave me the knowledge and tools to deal with my anxiety and eventually it disappeared. I had flare ups at different stages in my life yet never as bad as the first episode. Paul always has time and patience, I have recommended hypnotherapy to friends and family. I found it extremely helpful.|
It worked! Four sessions for anxiety and fear of flying- the sessions were worth every penny.
|Lucy Furlong on May 01, 2018 at 13:26:40|
|I went to see Paul because I was flying to the USA for a holiday, and to get married, and had been struggling with general anxiety disorder and a fear of flying for several years. Four sessions later, three focused on the anxiety, and the final one on flying, I managed to fly to New York, then Houston and then San Fransisco, and had a wonderful wedding day! Not only that but I have also experienced a significant reduction in the daily anxiety I was experiencing, which has made life a whole lot easier and more enjoyable! I am so pleased I discovered the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy - Paul was friendly and helpful and put me at ease. The sessions were worth every penny.|