Hypnotherapy for Childhood Mental Health

Children and adolescent mental health services are under increased strain and with long waiting lists and the lack of correct signposting parents are often left frustrated and confused in the search for getting help for their child, often unaware about different therapy options that are available.  It is now becoming more common for children under the age of 18 to be prescribed anti-depressants and referred to mental health apps with numbers soaring after COVID-19.

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

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 agree with the NHS that “early interventions are crucial for ensuring the best possible outcome for children.”

By the use of hypnotherapy, children and adolescents can change habits, gain focus and attention as well as improving physical symptoms.  By creating new pathways and learning new skills hypnotherapy is a scientifically proven therapy helping your child’s brain to rewire and start to figure out how to achieve their goal.   Hypnosis provides a 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.

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 often benefits can be seen in a relatively short time frame.  By listening to the child and engaging their imagination in a supported safe environment they are able to make long term change.

Founder of Mynd Hypnotherapy Karen holds an enhanced DBS and is fully insured to work with both adults and children.

  • 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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