Children have stress and anxiety just like adults do. The most noticeable difference is the way they communicate their discomfort. Limited vocabulary and experience in expressing themselves may prevent a child from explaining the issues in his or her active mind. Crying, poor behavior, sleep disruptions, and unexplained stomachaches are just some of the ways a child may demonstrate anxiety, stress or fear. As a parent, teacher, or caregiver, it can be very frustrating to deal with a child who appears to be acting out for no apparent reason. When we take a closer look and attempt to communicate more effectively, the discovery of a specific fear or anxiety can be the root of inappropriate behaviors.
Hypnosis can be used with children as young as 8 years old. I have experience working with children and will spend the necessary time with you and your child to gather information, explain the process, and establish a trusting rapport with your child. The process works best when it is personalized, so details concerning the challenges the child is experiencing is important. When all questions are adequately answered and information has been gathered, parents will be asked to relax in a separate waiting area.
All that is required is that the child sits fairly still for 20 to 30 minutes while the hypnotist uses a soothing voice to gently guide him or her into the "alpha stage." The alpha stage is technically the stage before sleep. Being in the quiet and comfortable alpha stage during a hypnosis session isn't sleep at all, but a highly focused stage that allows a person to absorb suggestions made to the subconscious mind.
I often uses storytelling techniques and visual imagery to help a child reprogram and reframe thinking to support goals and solve problems. It's an easy and highly effective process that feels good. Many children can begin to feel the positive changes after just one session. There is no performance required on the part of the child, other than a willingness to participate. Depending on the issue being addressed, multiple sessions may be required to get the full benefits.
Hypnosis is a safe, natural, and highly-effective holistic modality. Children are perfect candidates for hypnosis and can benefit greatly from this relaxing approach. They enjoy the feeling of empowerment when they realize they can create changes in their own behaviors through the use of their subconscious minds.