Hypnotherapy for Childhood Mental Health

Children and adolescent mental health services are under immense strain.  With huge waiting lists and a lack of correct information, parents are often left frustrated and confused.  They are sometimes unaware of the different therapy options that are available for their child.  Consequently, it is now becoming common for children under 18 to be prescribed anti-depressants and referred to mental health apps.

NICE guidelines state that anti-depressants should not be prescribed to children under the age of 18, unless they are under the care of a psychiatrist.   Unfortunately, this is not the case for most children and as they continue to sit on waiting lists their mental health deteriorates.

By the use of hypnotherapy, children and adolescents can change habits, gain focus, and improve physical symptoms.  By creating new pathways and learning new skills, hypnotherapy is a scientifically proven therapy that helps your child’s brain to rewire and start to figure out how to achieve their goal.   Hypnosis provides focused attention and therefore your child has the capability to respond to suggestions.  It is important to understand that during hypnosis your child will be aware of what is going on and cannot be made to do anything that they do not want to do.

Hypnotherapy is recognised by the National Health Service (NHS) and the Professional Standards Authority (the UK Parliamentary regulator for healthcare) as a treatment option to help children overcome many long-term conditions.  The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) also agrees with the NHS that “early interventions are crucial for ensuring the best possible outcome for children.”

Issues that can benefit from hypnosis are:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Nail biting
  • Bedwetting
  • Behaviour issues
  • Body image
  • Eczema and psoriasis
  • Grief and loss
  • Headaches
  • Motivation
  • Pain Management
  • School/sports performance
  • Exam related stress
  • Sleep issues
  • Social anxiety
  • OCD
  • Fear of the dark and other phobias

The number of sessions will vary from child to child.  Benefits can be seen in a relatively short period of time.  By listening to the child and engaging their imagination in a supported, safe environment they are will be able to make long-term change.

I hold an enhanced DBS and am fully insured to work with both adults and children.

Karen Melhuish at Mynd Hypnotherapy

  • Member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
  • The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH)
  • Registered with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNCH)

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