Hypnotherapy for children can be extremely effective at helping them overcome challenges such as anxiety, phobias, poor sleep and many other problems. Hypnosis is a state of relaxation, it can be very deep much like the state you experience just before you fall asleep at night time or lighter. During hypnosis, it is much easier for the brain to listen to and process information it is given because the conscious mind is less active.
Hypnotherapy is safe for children because it is a relaxed state that they already utilize when learning, watching television or doing something creative.
Your child will never be out of control, switch off or in a coma type state. There conscious mind will always be there in the background so that if anything is said which is out of alignment, or if for instance the fire alarm went off, they would be fully aware of it and wake up. The only real side effect is that your child may fall asleep! They will then wake up when they are ready to or can be gently woken by a familiar face.
When I use hypnotherapy with children or teenagers under 16 years, I will always ask for your written permission to do so beforehand and will fully explain how hypnosis works and why I think it would be useful for your child. Some children will be able to experience a deep, eyes closed relaxing trance. Others will be more suited to an awakened trance in which I might use metaphors or stories with hidden suggestions for change and improvement that their unconscious will understand whilst their conscious mind is entertained by the story. Sometimes an awakened trance can be created whilst doing games, coloring or other activities.
I am trained to notice the subtle shifts in your child’s levels of awareness so that they can begin to implant suggestions for change or improvement as soon as they see that an awakened trance is achieved.
Typically, I work with children aged over 7 years. Hypnotherapy works best with children that have developed concentration skills and those over 11 years tend to be better recipients.