“Kids in Hypnosis Mini-Series – Part 1: Kids and Trance”
by Kelley Woods, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
It’s probably not a surprise to most people who are acquainted with children that kids are actually in a form of trance most of the time! This makes them ideal candidates for working in hypnosis; a child’s creative imagination is the ideal realm for making discoveries and creating solutions to their problems.
Formal inductions are not even necessary when working with a child in hypnosis, but what is important is that the child is willing to participate. If parents or other caregivers are pressuring a child to attend a hypnosis session, results can be less than ideal.
Fortunately, many kids are intrigued by the mystery and magic that is surrounds the idea of hypnosis and are usually eager to experience it. The most successful approaches are ones which incorporate empowering children to use their innate creativity and also include a sense of play.
Some of the issues that hypnosis is particularly effective in helping children with include:
• Stress and Anxiety
• Fears and Phobias
• Sleep Problems
• Eating Issues – picky eating, poor eating habits
• Loss and Grief
• Pain Control
• Habit Control – nail biting, thumb sucking
• Enuresis (bed wetting) and Encopresis (loss of bowel control)
• Study Skills and Text Anxiety
• Sports Performance
When selecting a professional hypnotist to assist you and your child, find one who has experience in working with children and can also work as part of an integrative team with your child’s medical caregivers, if appropriate.