Hypnosis for Children

Hypnotherapy Can Help Your Child With:

  1. STRESS
  2. ANXIETY
  3. BED WETTING ( Nocturnal Enuresis )
  4. SELF ESTEEM
  5. CONFIDENCE
  6. FOCUS & CONCENTRATION
  7. ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

 

What Hypnosis Can Do For Children

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass

Hypnosis is considered one of the quickest and most effective tools available today for working with children. Unlike adults, children’s minds are open to new experiences, suggestions and solutions with a hunger and willingness to take in new information. This is because their critical faculty is not yet fully formed, so they tend not to question hypnotic or therapeutic interventions with the same rational questioning adults do, that can sometimes prevent them from fully accepting helpful interventions.

 

Children & Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis )

 

Primary Nocturnal Enuresis ( PNE )

Primary nocturnal enuresis (PNE) is one of the most common forms of bedwetting. PNE is considered a disorder when a child is old enough to stay dry but still wets the bed at least twice a week, cannot stay dry without being taken to the bathroom by another person. One of the causes of PNE can be due to a child sleeping so deeply that they are not aware of the pressure in the bladder or the urge to urinate. Therefore they cannot awaken or get up in time to get to the bathroom. PNE can also occur when a child’s bladder is not yet fully formed and is too small rendering them unable to hold their urine throughout the entire night.

Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis

Secondary enuresis occurs when a child has been dry for six months or more and subsequently begins to wet the bed. This can be caused when a child has suffered from a form of psychological trauma that is expressed through bed wetting or from a physical malady such as a bladder infection.

Both primary and secondary nocturnal enuresis can be dealt with successfully using hypnosis.

Hypnosis For Children With Anxiety

 

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 1 out of 8 children suffer from an anxiety disorder. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.

What is Anxiety Anxiety is the experience of feeling intense fear or distress about ordinary, everyday situations and events that is out of proportion to the situation. If your child has anxiety, he or she will excessively worry about a number of things which include; school and grades, family issues, relationships with peers, and performance in sports.

Children who suffer from an anxiety may display the following signs and symptoms:

 

Mental & Emotional

  1. Excessive or unrealistic anxiety and worry about a events or activities
  2. Significant interference in the person’s day-to-day life. Excessive worry may make it difficult for the child to perform tasks, can interfere with relationships, or get in the way of sleep.
  3. Experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, causing avoidance to certain places and activities
  4. Tend to be very hard on themselves and strive for perfection
  5. Seek constant approval or reassurance from others.
  6. Be keyed up or on edge, feeling restless and anxious
  7. Have difficulty concentrating or having the mind go blank
  8. Finds it difficult to control or “turn off” the worry
  9. Loss of self esteem, lack of confidence or uncertainty with themselves

 

Physical

  1. Irritability, Muscle tension, Stomach cramps and diarrhea, Nausea, Trembling, Fatigue, Headaches, Keyed up or on edge, feeling restless, Difficulty falling or staying asleep

 

Hypnosis Can Build Your Child’s Self Esteem & Confidence

Hypnosis is not only useful in ridding a child of fears and anxiety, but is also useful in building confidence and self esteem. Through hypnosis children will learn to handle stress in healthy and empowered ways, and be taught to believe in their own abilities to handle life’s pressures. We will also draw from their past successes and current capabilities as a means of building an even greater amount of self confidence.

 

Developing Focus & Concentration

Through using hypnosis we can teach your child how to use their mind in a very directed and intentional way to improve their focus and concentration. This can be of great benefit in areas such as athletic performance enhancement, test taking and study habits.

 

 

smiling_boy_with_sunflower“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Frederick Douglass

 

 

 

 

Jeremy’s Story

Jeremy first came to see me when he was 9 years old. His parents had brought him for hypnotherapy for a number of issues, the main one being that he was an anxious child. His anxiety was so overwhelming that it was causing problems such as an upset stomach, pain and diarrhea. It even had him urinate himself on occasion. He anxiety centered around anything that could go wrong, with his attention constantly focused on the worst case scenario. This included anxiety around school, specifically test writing, hockey and the wellbeing of his parents. His anxiety became particularly overwhelming at night before bed, which prevented him from getting a good nights sleep.

One of the first issues we worked on was the panic attacks he suffered from as a result of the constant thoughts he had that something bad would happen to his parents. Ever child at some level worries about their parents, but Jeremy’s fear was different, his thoughts were excessive and they did not allow him to relax especially when he didn’t know where his parents were at all times. When he couldn’t reach his parents, his thoughts took over, turning into complete panic and dread leading him to believe that something bad had happened to them. This was very limiting for him in that he couldn’t sleep over at other children’s houses, go on school trips where he was required to spend the night, or be away from his parent for extended periods of time – even when he was with his grandparents.

I first worked with Jeremy by breaking down the thought process that caused him to become worried and anxious. We then created a personalized strategy for him that would keep him calm whenever he began to feel anxious. Jeremy went away for a week and practiced the strategy every time he felt nervous or anxious about anything. His mother also helped him to remember his strategy and encouraged him to practice when she noticed him getting anxious. This strategy allowed him to remain calm to the point where his stomach no longer bothered him freeing him from cramps and diarrhea.

Next I worked with Jeremy to go back to the original source of his dread that something bad had happened to his parents. We worked with the traumatic event where Jeremy first learned the behaviour of fearing for his parents, and brought about a sense of resolution to the experience.

Next we tackled his urination control issue. You see Jeremy was the star captain of his hockey team and was showing great potential for a career in hockey as had been ear marked for the professional league. But he found that during the game, he became so anxious about his performance that he would urinate himself. We worked with his nervousness giving him more strategies, and within one session he no longer urinated himself.

And finally we worked with creating a calming state of mind at night before going to sleep, which allowed him to sleep better.

All in all I worked with Jeremy for 4 sessions. By the end of our sessions Jeremy no longer suffered from the knots that would tie his stomach up leading to diarrhea, and he no longer urinated himself. Jeremy is now able to endure sleep over’s and has brought his worry and anxiety into his own control.

To help your child through using hypnotherapy, Bloom Hypnosis Center is conveniently located in Toronto on Danforth Ave.