Activate your child's inner cheerleader
"Childhood is the best of all the seasons of life, and the longer it lasts with happy memories, the stronger the emotional stability in adulthood."
Children growing up in today’s world face a lot of challenges when it comes to relationship and friendship changes, hormonal fluctuations, pressure in terms of school work, and at times, having to cope with parental conflict.
We often recognize stress in ourselves but children and young people often demonstrate it in different ways, including physical symptoms which seemingly have no cause, behavioral difficulties, and self-harming behavior.
As an RTT practitioner, using hypnosis, I know there is great scope within the work with children.
Hypnotherapy is a great way of helping children to deal with life in an age-appropriate, sensitive manner with sustainable outcomes for their future.
Their imagination is still very dominant and therefore a great gateway into their subconscious mind.
In fact, up until the age of about 10, children have little distinction between reality and fantasy and can often create wonderful and fantastical scenarios.
Think about a 6 year old who accepts that a kiss will make their poorly knee better or a small child who believes without question in the existence of Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, despite a complete absence of any evidence.
In my work with children, I consider three steps:
- Find out what the problem is – This isn’t always as obvious as it looks: an issue with weight may mask another issue, such as anxiety or low self-esteem. Perhaps the child is comfort eating to cope with other emotional problems. It’s important to be clear about what we are actually treating to recognise the causes and the symptoms.
- Establish new patterns of behaviour.
- Ensure that those new behaviour patterns are repeated so that they become automatic.
RTT is an excellent way to help children who are experiencing difficulties.