Children spend a lot of time in their imagination…
Making up fantastic stories of super heroes, princesses, dragons and like. Journeying to magical places as they learn to make sense of the world around them. They have the gift of switching from reality to make believe in an instant.
Just as adults have problems, so too do children.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help common childhood issues like…
- Bed Wetting
- Sleeping Difficulties
- Self Esteem
- Picky Eating
So why is hypnosis so successful for children?
As children have yet to be conditioned by society as to what is real and what is not, their imagination has no boundaries. Being experts of this ‘pretend’ they are able to access their unconscious mind with ease. As hypnosis works on an unconscious level, this is an advantage to the hypnotherapist as adults are not as receptive.
Imagination is more important than knowledgeAlbert Einstein
How does hypnosis differ for a child ?
Hypnosis is a trance state, where the individual is so absorbed on one thing that they lose awareness of what is happening around them. Similar to child’s play
The main difference is that a child does not go into trance the same way as an adult.
They do not need to close their eyes to achieve a hypnotic state. In fact quite often they are wide awake and fidgeting.
And as you expect Children drift into this natural state many times during the day as they play, read, watch television, draw etc.
During these focused moments the conscious mind has quietened down, making it easier to access the unconscious part where all beliefs, memories, habits and behaviours are held.
A lot of child hypnotherapy is conversational to enhance the unconscious mind
The key is for the hypnotherapist is to engage the child’s imagination as the unconscious mind responds to symbols, scenarios and role plays. Change happens during this relaxed state as new ideas and suggestions help alter the child’s perspective, beliefs, habits and behaviours.