Nanaimo Therapeutic Hypnosis - 250.797.2457
A better childhood for a greater adulthood
Being a child is a challenging experience
Physical growth over short periods of time, changes in their bodies, various problems at school (studies, teachers, peers), changes in their house (new baby, divorce, new partner) may trouble a child. Some fears can also paralyze the child (fear of the dark, fear of going to sleep, fear of doctors, dentists and needles...) as well as habits hard to break such as bed-wetting or thumb sucking.
A child's world is a lot smaller than ours. They are the center and everything around them affects them. A problem in the family can create guilt in their mind and they might feel responsible.
What can affect and influence them?
- School and learning: lose of a friend, boredom with school, fear of a teacher, a student, having to make new friends, falling behind on a subject, bullies...
- Society: tv, movies, magazines, news, physical acceptance, diseases, wars...
- Family: divorce, death, adult's relationships, adults misunderstanding or underestimating child's issue
- Friends at school: moving to a new school, making new friends, being teased because different (too shy, too small, too tall, having an accent, a handicap...)
In reaction to stress, children may start to steal, remain silent, become hyperactive, refuse to go to school, have nightmare and problems to fall asleep. They can start bedwetting, have low self-esteem and anxiety.
Hypnosis for your child
Children have facilities to reach hypnosis since they are more often in that altered state of conscience then adults (while daydreaming, drawing, reading a story...). Whether your child is shy or very expressive, there are many ways to help reaching hypnosis (through a guided discussion, drawing symbolic images, suggestions scripts and relaxation).
Those tools can easily be re-used at home to deeply anchor the positive thinking into the child's mind. For this reason, parents have to be aware that there might be changes they also have to apply in their own lives.
For a change to occur, the child needs to want to change and allow the connection with the hypnotist. In order to do so, I always make sure that every meeting is fun and responding to the child's imaginative world.
The first session is a bit lighter as we create a communication link adapted to the child's personality. If the child is shy, I may use story telling and drawing to initiate the contact. Once the child trusts me, then I slowly start the hypnosis inductions and suggestions.
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. The use of stories, adventures, visualization, imaginative games, role playing, magic, puppets, costumes and any other tools that one's imagination can bring forth are at the hypnotherapist's disposal, and work most effectively with children. Del Morrill, C.C.H.