Quick answer – absolutely!
Think of it this way: most kids spend huge amounts of time in some kind of hypnotic state. They are entranced by their phones, YouTube, or video games. This is hypnosis.
Nearly all kids love listening to stories. Stories themselves have the power to hypnotise us (children and adults!).
And what about a visit to the theatre or cinema? Kids become engrossed by what they are watching up on stage or on screen.
So when it comes to hypnotherapy, a skilful therapist will quickly establish rapport with the child (making him or her feel safe) and then use the child’s natural hypnotic ability to generate new ideas for the child’s subconscious mind to absorb.
Over the 20+ years as a therapist I’ve used hypnosis to help kids…
- overcome shyness
- build confidence
- deal with bullying, abuse and PTSD
- resolve panic attacks and ‘meltdowns’
- stop self-harming
- Limit screen time and improve attention deficit disorder
- break free from suicidal ideation
- conquer separation anxiety
- stop bed wetting and other habits
- have more self-belief
- overcome fears and phobias
- establish positive self-esteem
- make better friendships
- and more