Hypnotherapy for children

Hypnosis works very well with children because they are less programmed and have less years of reinforcement in their minds. A child’s mind is very open to learning, receiving and responding to new ideas and the subconscious is highly receptive to suggestion. For this reason most children reach powerful levels of hypnosis far faster than adults and respond to therapy very quickly.

Younger children

Younger children don’t necessarily relax as much as older children, so sessions are sometimes quite short and informal. I usually tell stories with a message and they see, feel or hear the things I describe. The process is like engaging in an active imagination game, which they do very easily. Since children spend so much time in their imagination, in the consulting room I simply get them to use this in a positive, solution-focussed way, so as to overcome their problems.

Older children

In the same way as an adult, children from age 10 upwards are usually quite happy to close their eyes, relax and enjoy a guided hypnotherapy session that is full of positive suggestions.

Hypnotherapy can help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Going to school
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Getting homework done
  • Nail biting
  • Better concentration
  • Thumb sucking
  • Memory improvement
  • Lack of confidence
  • Test and exam nerves
  • Bullying
  • Performance anxiety
  • Bed wetting
  • Sports performance
  • General fearfulness
  • IBS
  • Fear of the dark
  • Asthma
  • Fear of the dentist
  • Headaches
  • Fear of needles
  • Pain
  • Fear of thunderstorms
  • Shyness
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Fussy eating

What happens during a session?

The first part of the session is a chat to find out what your child doesn’t like about the problem situation and find out how he or she would rather be thinking, feeling or behaving. The focus is on the solution rather than the problem. The second part of the session is a lightly hypnotic relaxation, with gentle yet powerful positive suggestions.

The techniques

I use relaxation, imaginative stories, visualizations, imaginative games, metaphors, role playing, etc.

Parental support

It’s very important for parents to be involved and play a supportive role in the therapy. During sessions, the parent will either relax nearby in the background or wait just outside the hypnosis room. Younger children often feel better if the parent is present in the room, especially for the first session. Older children may prefer not to be observed. During the sessions, I discuss issues directly with child, usually with a focus on how they want to be and how they want to feel.


I sometimes give the child homework. This might involve keeping a diary, listening to a CD at bedtime, drawing pictures or some other exercise. Hypnosis is about empowering the child to help him or herself. It’s therefore important to build confidence and the belief that the child has done most of the work in solving the problem.

How many sessions?

Exactly how many sessions a child will need can’t be predicted. Most little ones, but not all, begin to experience the benefits from the very first session. Many children are happily finished in 2-3 sessions. Up to 6-8 sessions (at the most) may be necessary for an older child.


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