When it comes to reaping the benefits of hypnotherapy it isn’t just for the adults you know! In fact, children and young adults can get just as much from hypnotherapy sessions as adults, and are sometimes even more open and receptive to treatment due.
The use of hypnosis for children only dates back around 50 years or so, when Dr Franz Bauman published papers on the application of hypnosis on teenagers and since then countless textbooks and guides have been written in relation to hypnotherapy and children and teenagers, so it is not a new subject, or something that isn’t done frequently in the world of hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy works particularly well on children who are younger than the age of 9 years old, as at this age they have little distinction between fantasy and reality, which makes it much easier for young children to engage in hypnosis. However, between the ages of 10 and 12 years old the conscious critical faculty begins to form, making them less receptive.
This conscious critical faculty is like a filter between the rational parts of our brains and the emotional parts of our brain; the conscious and subconscious. This means that children are much more suggestible than adults, therefore they are slightly easier to hypnotise successfully.
When a child undergoes hypnotherapy, the stages are much the same as hypnotherapy for adults; the hypnotherapist will review the child’s medical history, discuss the goals and outcomes that are wanted with both the child and their guardian, and then begin by outlining exactly what happens in a hypnotherapy session and ultimately go through the steps of hypnotherapy to access the subconscious mind and work on altering its perceptions and reactions to various stimulus. Through hypnotherapy, new patterns of behaviour and thinking are created which will help the child to overcome their issues.
When it comes to selecting a hypnotherapist for a child or teenager, it is important to choose a therapist that has experience in working with the particular age group that the child is in as well as having passed the appropriate police checks to work with children. Once you have chosen a hypnotherapist, it is also key that they get on well with the child in question, so a consultation is often a good idea, before any money or time is invested in a particular hypnotherapist. The more comfortable the child feels with the hypnotherapist, the better the predicted results will be, and the happier they will be in undergoing therapy.