As a qualified teacher, and having spent the last 11 years teaching, I strongly wish to continue working with children and am interested in specialising in the area of hypnotherapy for children and young people.
The symptoms associated with Children’s problems are wide and varied. Some of the most common are as follows:
The imagination of children is very keen until parents, teachers and others interfere. In many schools, the style of teaching in the classroom can tend to rule out the playful and imaginative. The doorway between the conscious and the unconscious mind is the imagination. For children, it’s relatively easy to reach at the deepest levels, in a much quicker time than required by a good many adults. Stories, adventures and visualisation work most effectively with children.
Hypnosis works well because there are less years of reinforcing imprints on one’s mind. Children are very susceptible to hypnosis. They have the drive to discover and they hunger for new experiences. They’re open to new learnings, willing to receive and respond to new ideas, as long as they are presented in an understandable way. Children are usually easily relaxed and focused. They have an ability to change and to be versatile, and, before the age of twelve, to accept most ideas uncritically. They aren’t as dominated by rational questioning and concerns that adults have formed through their life experiences. Also, they don’t have the fears and misconceptions about hypnosis that so many adults have. This makes it relatively easy to work with them.
Working with children is a wonderful speciality. The benefits of hypnosis with children are the same as for adults, as long as their problems are treated as seriously as adults. Hypnosis is a powerful tool in strengthening a child’s confidence. It helps a child to feel empowered where, before, they have been “victim.” It releases willingness to use their natural gifts. It elicits talent and creativity. It provides a wonderful foundation in their education. With a good hypnotherapist, children can experience true success in their lives in all areas. They feel happier, and have a sense of real freedom.
It seems ridiculously basic, yet, it’s important to remember that a child’s problems are as important as an adult’s. Children need to be treated with as much respect as we treat adults. They don’t need to be “talked down to.” Children may not have as many years; yet, just as with adults, imprints are planted in their minds from the time they begin life by whatever they‘ve seen and learned from parents, relatives, teachers and peers. Whatever a child has experienced, it has been as strongly received as any complicated thing that’s happened in an adult’s life. The difference is that children are still bound to whatever their parents wish for them and for themselves.
An effective session deals with the parent’s concerns for the child, while honouring the child’s desires and needs. The therapist gathers information in order to determine how best to approach the child’s problem. A sensitive hypnotherapist, will have discerned possible questions before they are asked, in order to clarify how sessions will be conducted, and to clear up any misconceptions about hypnotic processes.
Parents are of course able to attend with their child, and depending on the age of the child may wish to stay in the room for the therapy session as well. The initial consultation will take place with both the parent and child present.