Clinical Hypnotherapists assess and manage children, adolescents and adults who are affected with a variety of medical conditions that may or may not be complicated by coexisting mental health issues.
There are many myths about hypnosis. In fact, hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of consciousness that can be used with great therapeutic benefit. During hypnosis, the mind is more open to suggestion than usual. A trained therapist using hypnosis can assist the child to access inner resources which include helping the child feel more confident, calmer and more able to deal with fears. During therapy suggestions are made by a trained therapist, unique to the child’s problems, which can be taken up by the unconscious mind to assist with symptoms that the child may be having. In general children respond extremely well to hypnotherapy and find it very enjoyable as well as beneficial.
Like all medical consultations a detailed history will be taken and a management plan tailored to the child will be outlined. Hypnotherapy will typically occur at the second session tailored specifically to the unique needs of the child and their problem. A recording of the session will be provided for practice at home between sessions.
There are very few side effects of this therapy and most children and young people find it an enjoyable and natural experience. Being cared for by a trained hypnotherapist ensures that if issues were to arise during the session they will be dealt with promptly.
Typically 4 to 6 sessions (each session lasts about 50-60 minutes) are required but it may be more or less depending on the condition being treated. All patients will return to their referring practitioner for ongoing management of the child or adolescent after completion of hypnotherapy sessions unless deemed medically necessary to see another doctor.