Hypnotherapy can benefit children more than adults!
You do not need to have your child hypnotized: if your child is suffering from an emotional or mental stress that is being expressed in several Physical symptoms, then your child is already under HYPNOSIS.
Children are the BEST HYPNOTHERAPISTS in the world: think about how entranced you become when you watch your child acting a world war with his cars or how mesmerized you feel when she starts telling you about the magical world of her teddy bear or doll!! Children can paint such vivid inner worlds and they can pull us into those with them very readily because at that stage of their lives they are not yet inhibited by the critical, logical, rational part of their brain yet. They have no doubt at all that what they are saying is true thereby their brain also never question the reality of what they paint. Imagine how difficult you find it to pull them out of the world of imagination to do some homework!!
So long as they are painting constructive imagery, imagery of self-mastery where they are the Pilot of the aircraft or the Nurse, imagery of a world that is making them feel secure about their development that is all very well. The problem occurs when children are undergoing some mental/emotional stress which gets expressed in different ways some of which are:
The list can be very long but the basis is often the same( please note that we can only say this after the child has been medically examined and no physical cause of the above behaviours has been found): children have difficulty expression emotions/fears in words, they prefer acting it out;
While they are undergoing these issues they are painting a very scary inner world of images of self-defeatism, weaknesses, failures, incompetence which makes the symptoms grow worse. I have worked over the years with shyness issues, anger issues, tics/stammers, bullying and low self-esteem, OCD in children and adolescents.Usually these children/adolescents will be the first ones to tell you that they know "it does not make sense; i do not want to feel like this..." but their unconscious mind is too powerful and their imaginations keep feeding that incredible part of their brain, with the results that their uncosncious mind is always in a state of alarm and distress.
HYPNOTHERAPY can help in these cases by helping the child to replace those defeating inner stories that they are constantly replaying
(Remember that they are doing all of this on a very unconscious level; read "paradox of the unconscious mind" "homepage" to understand the unconscious mind) with more constructive and long lasting beliefs in their own competence, abilities. This especially occurs within six to ten years when children are under psychological and social pressures to prove that they are competent at something!!
Read the following for more information about the stages of development of a child:
I have found it much easier to put children under trance with their little eyes wide open as that is the way they daydream anyway most of the day when they are playing. Children's imagination makes it easier to access their unconscious mind which is more repressed in adults as children are more relaxed and receptive to their inner creative mind than adults.
My last little client last week has stopped biting his nails until blood comes out in just two sessions. His Mother said it was magic as he has been nail biting since two years old and he is now eight years. I knew it would be easier the moment I started asking him about his favourite pastimes. I was looking for how creative and imaginative he could be as these are skills needed to access the subconscious mind where the habit has settled down and from where it can be uprooted via use of his imagination.
For more information on how Hypnotherapy works and how it can benefit children and adults with much more than just stop smoking or weight loss, click on www.innerpotential.info
Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Berkshire
About the author:Amreeta Chapman specialises in helping with emotional and mental issues such as depression, anxieties, panic attacks, phobias, low self-esteem, anger and stress both in children and adults. She covers Berkshire by practising in Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Pangbourne on different days and at different times.
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