Children & Teens

Hypnotherapy for Children and Teens

Gail Marra D.Hyp MNCH (Acc) LAPHP – GHR registered and DBS certified 

Some children and teenagers have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Therapy is a type of treatment for these problems. A way to get help for your child. In therapy, kids talk and learn how to work out their problems helping them cope better, communicate better, and do better.

Younger people are generally more receptive to hypnotherapy because they are more creative and open to positive suggestion. They have vivid imaginations which makes it much easier to access the unconscious and bring about the desired change in their behaviour,  break bad habits and negative thinking and become more confident.

Hypnotherapy can be highly effective for the treatment of various issues for children and teenagers for example:

  • Building self-confidence
  • Bedwetting (enuresis)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Separation anxiety 
  • Picky eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Stool holding
  • Nailbiting
  • Hair pulling (Trichotillomania)
  • OCD
  • Tourettes
  • Tics
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD

What happens in a typical session?

With teenagers the sessions are similar to that which we use with adults, helping them to relax deeply and use visualisation to resolve their problems. With younger children sessions are focused much more around story telling, creative play and imagination which can be described as highly focused daydreaming – young children will be in a very relaxed state yet more often than not, with eyes wide open and plenty of wriggling around!

It is important that the child or teenager wants to change the problem, behaviour or issue themselves as Hypnotherapy can not make anyone do something they dont want to do!

During therapy sessions we will often introduce positive affirmations and suggestions, for example, being more relaxed, having more energy, feeling confident, trying different foods, being able to recall easily things they’ve learned at school, college or university etc.

At my clinics in London and Tunbridge Wells, I take a holistic approach to therapy blending methods such as psychotherapy, coaching, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy to ensure lasting results.

If you would like to talk in finer detail about whether hypnotherapy is an option for your child or teen, please contact me directly for a chat prior to making an appointment.

When your mind is right, everything else follows.

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