Hypnotherapy can be a useful therapeutic approach for children who are experiencing a number of issues. All sessions are tailored to the individual child and all therapeutic techniques are effective for their particular age group and/or developmental level. Here are some of the ways in which hypnotherapy can help:
- Reducing anxiety and stress: Hypnotherapy can help children to learn relaxation techniques and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. Inducing a state of relaxation can alleviate physical and emotional symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.
- Managing depression: Hypnotherapy can be used to address the negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to depression. It can help children reframe their thoughts and improve their overall mood.
- Improving self-esteem: Children with low self-esteem can benefit from hypnotherapy by enhancing their self-confidence and self-worth which leads to better mental health outcomes.
- Addressing phobias and fears: Hypnotherapy can be effective in treating specific phobias and fears by helping the child confront and overcome them through guided imagery and other techniques.
- Enhancing coping skills: Children can learn effective coping strategies and relaxation techniques through hypnotherapy, which can help them better handle stressful situations and emotional challenges.
- Managing trauma and PTSD: Hypnotherapy can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for children who have experienced trauma or who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can help them to process traumatic memories and reduce the associated distress.
- Behavioural modification: For children with behavioural issues, hypnotherapy can be used to modify problematic behaviours by suggesting alternative, more adaptive behaviours.
- Pain management: Hypnotherapy can help manage pain and discomfort and improve overall well-being.
Enhancing Focus and Concentration: Children with attention-related disorders, such as ADHD, may benefit from hypnotherapy to improve focus and concentration.
Promoting Emotional Regulation: Hypnotherapy can teach children how to regulate their emotions better, which can be particularly helpful for those with mood disorders or impulse control issues.
“My son was experiencing anxiety and OCD and I contacted Debbie because I had tried everything else to help my son – we had already tried GP and CAMHS without success.
My son Tommy wasn’t able to attend school as the anxiety and OCD were so bad he had not been attending school for quite a while. I was hoping that Debbie could help to get my son back to school full time and living a normal life not controlled by the anxiety and OCD.
Tommy was back in school by week two for an hour a day and then it progressed from that to week three, when he attended school for two hours a day, and week 4, when he was in school for three hours a day, etc., so by week eight Tommy was back in school full time. We are months on now since Tommy finished working with Debbie and he is like a different person – absolutely full of confidence.
I learned how important the relationship between the client and the therapist is – Debbie got down to Tommy’s level. She made him feel normal and didn’t appear shocked at how bad his situation was. She normalised it all and went at a pace Tommy was completely happy with.
Tommy still talks about his sessions and says they were the best form of relaxation. He commented about how it’s down to the client to want the help and also about the relationship he had with Debbie as his therapist. He talks about how they laughed about things and how at ease he felt during the sessions”.
Tommy says: “I had tried a therapist before and felt like I was getting no where, and my mum suggested that we tried something different. I had extreme anxiety in mainly social situations, but also in every other situation. I was at rock bottom, I felt stuck and I didn’t know what to do. I just wanted to see an improvement in the situation no matter how small but wow! I learnt how to control my thoughts completely to the point where I now live generally anxiety free. I also learned how to take back control when situations start to become overwhelming and how not to let my thoughts control me”.
Debbie and Tommy, West Yorkshire