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Many people are now beginning to realise the potential power of hypnotherapy in improving one’s wellbeing and development.

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis or hypnotherapy is not masking the patient to the deep abyss of unconsciousness, but it actually awakens the mind and senses into a heightened mindfulness and concentration to achieve a successful correction of a habit, change of behavior, or healing of a certain emotional trauma.

Hypnotherapy is a valuable aid to psychotherapy and can be used for suggestion therapy or analysis.

Many decades ago, child hypnotherapy was rarely being practiced on children with many in the field maintaining the notion that they simply couldn’t be hypnotised. Not until the 1970’s when observations by experts suggested that children, in fact, could be more easily hypnotised than adults. It is perhaps because children are more suggestible and inclined to have more active, vivid imaginations allowing the hypnotherapy professional to unlock the unconsciousness much easier.

Another reason is the fact the children are less pre-conditioned than adults, without pre-conceived concepts and resistance that adults usually have. Child hypnotherapy is a great tool in correcting children’s habits and easing the trauma of pain mentally and physically.

More and more parents are imploring the aid of hypnotherapy for their kids whether it be for rehabilitation or preventive purposes.

Though there is a myriad of options that traditional clinical procedures can provide, hypnotherapy emphasises more on the cognitive and behavioural approach valuable to formation and growth.

It is safe and doesn’t require critical clinical procedures, what guarantees the full participation of children in that it encourages them to engage on visualisation activities, it enables them to play with their imagination.

The “recreational” nature of the activities also add a very friendly and non-intimidating appeal for children, presented in a way that it is playful and fun.

Here are some of the things that hypnotherapy can help your child with:

  • Focus and attention
  • Bed wetting
  • Tantrums and emotional outbursts
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Sports performance
  • Motivation
  • Mannerisms such as nail-biting and thumb sucking

Hypnotherapy is also a useful approach in dealing with physical conditions such as muscle tensions, irritability, fatigue and insomnia.

Children’s behaviour can also be corrected which will empower them to be more confident within themselves and they will be better able to develop their focus and concentration.

Have you ever considered hypnotherapy for your children? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Hypnotherapy, art therapy, psychologists, its horses for courses.

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  • I think positive thinking and education should see a lot more children ‘stress free’.

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  • This makes a lot of sense!

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  • I would definitely consider it now. I had no idea that it was available to children and for such a variety of issues. I’ve saved this article and I’m going to do a little more delving into it, and possible practitioners in my area.

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  • sorry i don’t think that i would go for this but that is just me lol

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  • Interesting article. I have a child with severe anxiety and I never would have considered something like hypnotherapy. Will be off to do some more research.

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  • your child help

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  • What a great thing that parents are greying lots of different techniques to help their children. If we ever had a issue that my son needed help with we would 100% be open to hypnotherapy

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  • Not for me but thank you.

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  • Treated with care this is an option that could help your child.

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  • No i have never considered it but my sons pshycologist has never suggested it, But she believes his behaviour and understanding of things and learning issues is connected to his neaurofibromatosis type 1. and we are working on ways that can help him deal with things without anger and outburst now before he ages so he hopfully can deal with life as he ages. He also gets speech theropy and occuoational theropy as well to help.


    • It sounds like you have a good team working in the best interests of your son

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  • wow I have never considered it, I have just started receiving imagery therapy, where they try to manipulate a scene in your head and change your association with a memory. Its close to hypnotherapy in my mind and I think that would be amazing to help kids with certain situations, but they do also need to learn to sit with their own emotions and fears.


    • Yes it is close to hypnotherapy I agree. I also agree with your comment about children sitting with their emotions, it is very important to feel and experience an emotion so that they know how to cope with emotions. I would only use hypnotherapy for an ongoing problem where there is a problem that just can’t be shifted. Thanks so much for reading, commenting and sharing your experience.

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  • What an intriguing treatment. I have an adult friend who has just started on hypnotherapy so I’m very interested to see how she finds that. I’m all for a new therapy.


    • It’s so great to be open to new therapies, especially when they are relaxing and pain free. Thanks for commenting

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  • I would be extremely reluctant to use hypnotherapy as a ‘treatment’ for our children. I am more inclined to explore the gut-mind connection and more tangible natural remedies (with a scientific basis that I can understand) when it comes to behaviour modification


    • We are passionate about the gut-mind connection and actually run courses on this subject, when we see clients we work on every level and we can only do this by focusing on the gut and mind in partnership. It’s great that you share the same passion, thanks so much for the comment.

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  • I would consider anything, within reason, that could help my child. I haven’t had any dealings with hypnotherapy, but if I thought it could help, I would do it

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