Children’s hypnotherapy – What it’s not!

Children’s hypnotherapy…on my kids-matters.co.uk website you’ll find loads of information about the benefits of using hypnotherapy to help children with a range of issues, but I just briefly want to look at some of the MISinformation which is out there.
1. Using mind control with your kids is bad – Children’s hypnotherapy has absolutely nothing to do with mind control. You cannot make your child do something they don’t want to do. I’ve even seen this belief put out there by one hypnotherapist who claims she can ‘maker her husband and kids do what I want’. Hypnosis is not about mind control – it’s about helping children to access their own inner resources and skills to do lead the best life they can.
2. Hypnosis for kids is unethical – being a child is tough. And when you are put in certain situations as a child which teach you that you are not good enough, or that every day things are scary, you carry these beliefs into adulthood. When I work with a child I make sure they are absolutely on board with their treatment. This isn’t about myself and the parent deciding what is good for the child – the child has to want to work on certain aspects of their life and be happy for hypnotherapy to be a part of their development. If there is a tool which can help a child before they develop unhelpful beliefs about themselves and the world around them which they take into adulthood, I’m delighted to be a part of that process.
3. Hypnotherapy won’t work with children – Actually, children are highly receptive to hypnotherapy. Children slip in and out of imaginary, creative states on a very regular basis. Hypnosis is simply a creative, focused, receptive state – very similar to the state children enter during imaginative play. Using hypnosis with children is actually both easier, and often more effective, than when working with adults. A kid’s hypnotherapy session is fun, quick and effective as it taps into a world which is very familiar to them.
There is a huge and growing market for children’s hypnotherapy. Working with children is quite different to working with adults. My KidsMatters training programme will provide you with comprehensive training, resources and all the support you need to work safely, ethically and effectively with children. Please visit kids-matters.co.uk for further kids hypnotherapy course details.