When you think of the life of a child or children challenges, what do you think of? No responsibilities, playing all day long, not a care in the world. Wrong!

Think about it – from the moment children are born they begin to learn, their perception then expands to include others around them and to understand how to exist and interact in this world.

Through the first few years they are usually absorbing information like a sponge, copying and assimilating those around them. This includes watching how people react to situations or events, and to each other. Through this limited understanding of the world they learn, sometimes incorrectly, how to experience and react to emotional states.

So, now let’s add all the global, societal, cultural stress to the mix. Children also vicariously absorb the stress that we adult are experiencing.

child, mature, growing up, walking, playing, freedom, issues, mindset, confidentFrom experience, many of the childhood complaints I’ve treated stem from unresolved emotional issues or trauma events. The symptom that is presenting may not necessarily be the cause of the problem.

Children who suffer from physical or medical factors most often have underlying anxiety – often worrying about situations beyond their control or comprehension. This leads to a distinct lack of confidence because of the elongated dependence on one or both of their parents or care-givers.

Sometimes the child will “grow out of it” but what’s more likely is that the child (and maybe even the parent) matures enough to resolve the emotional issues that triggered the problem in the first place. Various attachment styles may develop as reactive behaviours.

Many events in a child’s life can produce a stress response – traumatic events, relationships and interactions with siblings or peer groups, school, dependency on a parent and a lack of control or comprehension.

Nail biting, stuttering, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and other habits can be addressed by simple mindset coaching using modalities such as hypnosis and NLP. In the substantial majority of cases I have seen and treated, the child has achieved a satisfactory outcome.

Hypnosis is a very effective discipline that I use to help children. And children are usually outstanding hypnotic subjects. They have such magnificent imaginations that you can induce a hypnotic mindset easily and rapidly by getting them, for example, to imagine taking off in a space craft or taking part in their favourite television program or movie.

child, playing, relax, confident, fearsHypnosis is able to play a major role in guiding thought patterns in the child and can help the child to make effective changes in the child’s behaviour even when used in conjunction with previously prescribed drugs.

In a study on Dyslexia in 1975, Crasilneck and Hall showed that over 75% of dyslexic children can be helped with direct hypnosis. Following hypnotherapy that included suggestions for improving performance and pronunciation, recognition of words became automatic and more rapid. The results in this study were as good as, or slightly better than, those reported by special behaviour modifiers.

Bed wetting or Enuresis, can be particularly distressing to both child and parent and is a very common complaint. My first suggestion is to visit a GP in order to rule out any physical causes. Then address the possible psychogenic factors, these may involve loss, grief, sibling rivalry, emotional immaturity etc.

Sometimes the child may simply be rebelling against a parent – and what better way is there? A child’s wet bed is a real weapon against his parent, and before long a habit is formed. The child may have long forgotten the original cause for his hostility but the habit remains. Bed wetting is then resolved by establishing a motivation for change in the child’s life.

How about the terror of the doctor or dentist’s chair. A child’s encounter with a doctor or a dentist can be traumatic because of various factors. The child may feel ill when visiting the doctor so the child’s experience is already tainted, the doctors may have to inject the child or administer foul tasting medicine – traumatic sensitising events occur.

clown, fear, child, scared, issues, A dentist may have to extract a tooth or use what appears to be scary equipment, again a traumatic event. A few enlightened doctors and dentists, who have had an adequate training in hypnosis, can eliminate the child’s phobia of the dentist’s chair or doctor’s surgery by using hypnosis. A professional hypnotherapist can use post-hypnotic suggestions with a child before they visit a doctor or dentist.

Children can be easily regressed in hypnosis to reveal an underlying cause of a problem. After a rapport has been established, a child will often express their fears and hang-ups about parents, teachers, siblings, school etc. to a therapist who will act as a substitute for the grown up they normally will not speak to or about. The hypnotherapist is then able to reframe that which has been spoken about by the child to his or her great benefit.

Here is a list of children’s challenges that I’ve used hypnosis and NLP to help alleviate:

  • Accepting a Parent’s New Relationship
  • Anger Management
  • Appetite Increase
  • Child A.D.H.D.
  • Child Anxiety Release
  • Child Fear of Flying
  • Child IBS Relaxation
  • Child Life Changes
  • Child Meditation
  • Child Obesity
  • Child Stuttering
  • Child Teeth Grinding
  • Childhood Defiance
  • Children’s Hair Pulling
  • Children’s Nail Biting
  • Concentration
  • Confidence
  • Coping with Divorce
  • Encopresis
  • Enjoy New Food
  • Enuresis
  • Fear of Being Alone
  • Fear of Mascots
  • Fear of Needles
  • Fear of Sleepovers
  • Fear of Swimming
  • Fear of Tornadoes
  • Fear of Vomiting
  • Fear of the Dentist
  • Fitting in with your Peers
  • Flying Blanket
  • Honesty
  • Juvenile Diabetes
  • Living With Childhood Infections
  • Magic Spot Injections
  • Magic TV
  • Magical Bedtime
  • Nose Picking
  • OCD
  • Opposition Defiance Disorder
  • Perfect Parenting
  • Problem Solving
  • Safe Sleeping
  • School Phobia
  • Selective Mutism
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Sick Sibling Jealousy
  • Sleep Soundly
  • Stop Sniffing
  • Teenage Time Management
  • Thumb Sucking

If you have any issues with your children, and you’re unsure if I can help –

email me at info@mynd.works or arrange your FREE ‘Rapid Change’ Consultation