Hypnotherapy for Children
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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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Very pleased with the progress I have made
|SKC on November 12, 2017 at 21:12:42|
|I cannot rate Paul Howard highly enough. After several weeks of feeling incredibly stressed, unwell and generally out of sync with life, I decided to try hypnotherapy as almost a last resort. From the minute I stepped into Surrey institute I immediately felt at ease and with each of the sessions I have begun to feel better. Paul was very reassuring about things and spoke to me in an honest and supportive way, which really helped me put things back into perspective. He gave me excellent strategies to cope with some of the issues I was having and even gave me recommendations beyond the hypnotherapy sessions, which I have been able to explore further. I am very grateful for each session and know that I will continue to draw on these long into the future. Money well spent. Thank you very much!|
Time well spent....
|BP on November 11, 2017 at 16:00:40|
|Having experienced anxiety for several years and in recent years it had taken on a new level which I wasn't comfortable with and wanted to do something about it. I came across Paul's website whilst searching for something else and decided to try hypnotherapy. During the sessions Paul gave me a different way to look at my anxiety and now I don't view it as being uncomfortable. The sessions have been time well spent.|
Thank You SICH
|Jennifer (Lopez) on November 02, 2017 at 13:17:38|
|I went to Paul White at SICH on 18 October to quit smoking. On 18 October I QUIT SMOKING. A hypnotherapy success story in three words. But there's more to it than that. I was advised by a friend with previous experience to seek help from SICH. This is why I ignored the pressure put on me to find a 'local' hypnotherapist in Dublin, pay Ryanair for the doubtful pleasure of getting myself across the Irish Sea and imposing on friends who not only putm up (and put up with me) for two nights but drive me right through London on a miserable morning to get me to SICH 50 minutes late. Paul W was unfazed by my wetly bedraggled, highly stressed state. He immediately put me at my ease (and my wet trainers on the radiator) and made me feel I'd arrived at the right place. I have nothing but the highest regard for SICH in general (easy, fast communication) and Paul W, in particular. Right now I am delighted to be in contact with him as a follow-up to my therapy. I feel I am in safe hands. Although I'm fully aware that I am responsible for myself, it's so good to know I can continue to ask Paul for help. Jennifer (Lopez)|
It's worked for me and I've saved £7300.
|Stephen Knowles on November 01, 2017 at 18:21:57|
|2 years 5 months (£7300 saved) smoke free. I'm back to see Paul to help me change my behaviour around eating. I would recommend Paul to anyone considering Hypnotherapy and have even paid for a family member to see Paul as a birthday present to stop smoking. It's a great gift because as she's now saving £3000 a year I won't need to get her a present this year!|
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy: Congratulations on the good work and thank you for your review.
|Harriet on November 01, 2017 at 03:16:34|
|Since having hypnotherapy from Paul, it has really helped decrease my anxiety enable to change my perspective on life. It has given me a new lease of life! Thank you!|
Free from cigarettes/ vaps and happy
|M McCann on October 16, 2017 at 21:34:33|
|I wanted to stop smoking and this was my last hope as I had tried everything else. Paul was very helpful arranging the session and was very professional. I have thankfully now not smoked and even though I was stressed with my upcoming wedding arrangements I did not once think about having a cigarette.
I would strongly recommend Paul to anyone who like myself really wants to give up as it really does work.
Thank you for your help.|
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy: Thank you, Harriet. I'm glad you're still doing well.
|R Watson on September 29, 2017 at 19:03:38|
|I was really surprised at my experience as I was a non believer but have had great results|
|Happy C on September 29, 2017 at 17:21:23|
|So so grateful to this institute....especially to Paul Howard. He helped me so much with my anxiety and overall stress. Such in a better place now as managed to learn how to overcome my fears, control my emotions and found ways to keep myself calm despite getting stressed from time to time. Did a few sessions and will happily go and see him again whenever I will need someone to talk to. So much better to let it go and move forward with positivity. Keep calm! :)
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy: Thank you for your kind words and keep up the good work.
No regrets at all, really helped me addressing some dark addictive issues!
|Bill on September 25, 2017 at 19:41:32|
|I came to address some bad addictive habits that had gotten out hand over the years. This was my first experience with hypnotherapy so I came with an open and intrigued mind. My therapist was Paul White who I had 3 sessions with, the first was more of a consultation, the following two I was put under hypnosis. I must say I was very impressed, particularly with the first session, which has managed to help in tapping into my subconscious mind to instruct it to stop being so reckless and I can honestly say it has helped with reducing an addictive habit I had. Paul provided a recording for my last session, I just wish there was one for my first session as that seems to be the one that has had the biggest impact. My only other request would be a bit more of a debrief around what I could expect, it was very final once the 2nd session had completed, however, if it works then I am not going to complain and I'll be better off in the pocket! Would I recommend anyone to try Hypnotherapy out? Absolutely and this comes from a self confessed sceptic!|
Thank you again
|Finn on August 30, 2017 at 19:55:53|
|I was a heavy smoker, now I'm not. Nor am I an evangelical ex smoker which makes it easier for everyone. Many, many thanks.|
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy: Thank you, Finn. Enjoy your life as a non-smoker.