What Issues Can be Addressed With Pediatric Hypnosis?
Following are the most common issues that can be addressed with hypnosis in children. Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy has also been successfully applied with children with ADD/ADHD or Autism to manage or lessen certain behaviors.
- Bedwetting (Enuresis)
- Conduct at Home/School, Confidence
- Divorce, Fears, Insecurity
- Making Friends, Motivation
- Nail-biting, Reading
- Sadness, Schoolwork
- Sports, Stress
- Weight Loss
Children are in a state of hypnosis most of the time! Over the past 25 years, hypnosis has been used increasingly with children as young as five years. Studies concluded that children have a higher hypnotic responsiveness than adults. However, children like adults cannot be made to do something against their own will under hypnosis.
What if your child does not want to change? The question is, whether the child honestly does not want to change or simply has doubts of its own abilities to do better. For example, “I don’t want to do better in school” often times in reality the child is saying “I don’t think I can do better”.
What to expect
Before the hypnosis session with the child, the hypnotist and parent will have a brief pre-session phone conversation about the issue, how to explain to the child who it will be seeing, what the parent can do to support the positive changes of the child, etc. For certain issues it is recommended, if the parent has not done so, to see a medical practitioner or pediatrician to rule out potential organic problems before using hypnosis.
Sessions with children usually last for an hour. On average, children come in for 3-5 sessions, while improvement is often noticeable after the first session already.
The initial visit starts with a brief preliminary talk with the parent, followed by a preliminary talk with the child, a pre-hypnotic test and finally hypnosis. Both child and parent will have a little bit of “homework” to do in between sessions.
While it is the parent’s ultimate decision, it is recommended that the parent wait in the waiting room during the preliminary talk and hypnosis with the child. The child will be less distracted and often times shares more information without the parent being present.