How I work with Children

How I work with Children – Introduction

How I work with children depends on several factors. The main ones being age, maturity and other developmental factors. The techniques are gender neutral but they can be made gender specific if it helps with the therapy.

Some techniques can be completed out of trance using conversational hypnosis. This may use metaphors or Ericksonian Language. You can read about Ericksonian work HERE.

How I work with Children age 6 – 11 years 

Young girl hypnotised How I work with children

How I work with children in hypnotherapy. It is just a daydream state and completely safe.

How I work with children – For younger children, the emphasis is on stories and metaphors that provide support, change and safety. Parents are much more involved in the process with a 6 year old than a 16 year old. Young children will need more help and support from their parents/carers. I will explain to the parent/carer present how to work with the child between sessions. More importantly, what not to do or say between sessions.

Children’s hypnotherapy for young children can be used for most problems or issues. It can re-engage your child’s, perhaps forgotten, natural happiness, unfettered imagination, playfulness and creativity.

The sessions

For younger children, the process starts with the 30 minute free consultation. You must not attend without your child. I need you and the child present so both parties can talk about problems openly and honestly. It is very useful for me to know how it affects the child, you and other family members. The child can speak about what has been happening from their perspective. This is different to the parental one.

I will explain how children’s hypnotherapy works and the principles behind it. I may give a practical demonstration of a technique. There are no deep trances used only light daydream states. All kids can daydream. All kids can come out of a daydream Nobody can get stuck in a daydream.

I do not go back and analyse problems. This is not useful to most young children. And there is evidence that in many cases it is counterproductive. I will use techniques based on modern research, metaphors and Positive Psychology. They will include visualisation and relaxation. The content of these will be chosen to fit your child’s developmental age. Also their character, personality and interests in life.

Sessions are booked for 60 minutes. There is around 30 minutes of hypnotherapy in this time. The rest is explaining what is going to happen in the hypnosis. Then afterward making sure that the child and adult understand what to do before the next session.

Most issues are resolved 2 – 3 sessions. Further sessions are available if required.

 

How I work with Children  – age 12 – 17 years

Bullied teenage girl how I work with children

Teenage Girl Being Bullied. The way I work with children can help her deal with the hurt.

How I work with children –  the process for adolescents starts with the 30 minute free consultation. You must not attend without your child. I need you and the child present so both parties can talk about problems openly and honestly. It is very useful for me to know how it affects the child, you and other family members. The child can speak about what has been happening from their perspective. This is different to the parental one.

But from the age of 12 your child has the right to ask for you to wait outside the therapy room. I do not permit this for the 30 minute free consultation. But if they feel they need to say something in private I will ask you to wait outside the door. They want you in the room for the first therapy session but not any of the others. It is critical to allow your child to make this choice. All children under 16 years must be accompanied by a suitable adult. This person must not leave the building.

For adolescents the main theme of hypnotherapy is to encourage them to find their own solutions. This form of Children’s Hypnotherapy is similar to techniques used on adults. So provides a creative and non-threatening way to deal with problems. The focus is not about digging into the cause, but about moving away from the effects of it. The techniques enable them to find their own unique personal answers. And to be more positive about themselves and life in general.

Most children and young people enjoy the relaxation techniques used in hypnosis and find the process of discovering their own creative solutions to problems empowering and confidence-boosting. This approach utilizes your child’s natural resourcefulness and gift for imagination and visualisation.

The sessions

For teens and adolescents, the process starts with the 30 minute free consultation. You must not attend without your child. I need you and the child present so both parties can talk about problems openly and honestly. It is very useful for me to know how it affects the child, you and other family members. The child can speak about what has been happening from their perspective. This is different to the parental one.

I will explain how children’s hypnotherapy works and the principles behind it. I may give a practical demonstration of a technique. There are no deep trances used only light daydream states. All kids can daydream. All kids can come out of a daydream Nobody can get stuck in a daydream.

I do not go back and analyse problems. This is not useful to most teens and adolescents. And there is evidence that in many cases it is counterproductive. I will use techniques based on modern research, metaphors and Positive Psychology. They will include visualisation and relaxation. The content of these will be chosen to fit your child’s developmental age. Also their character, personality and interests in life.

Sessions are booked for 60 minutes. There is around 30-40 minutes of hypnotherapy in this time. The rest is explaining what is going to happen in the hypnosis. Then afterward making sure that the child, (and adult), understand what to do before the next session.

Most issues are resolved 2 – 3 sessions. Further sessions are available if required.