Young people over the age of 5 are generally very receptive to hypnotherapy, particularly for dealing with issues such as trauma, anxiety, fear and phobias. I use a variety of techniques and approaches, tailored to the needs of each child or adolescent, with the emphasis on compassion and raising awareness of our own 'internal toolbox' which equips each and every one of us with the life skills we need.
After an initial telephone discussion with parents or carers I hold a family consultation, usually in the child's home if this is appropriate. This takes around 45 minutes and enables me to draw up a therapy plan which I present to the parents before they commit to beginning the therapy. I am usually able to suggest some practical ways in which the child can be supported by other family members at this point.
Each therapy session lasts around 45 mins and is reviewed with the parents/carers at the end of each appointment. Again, any relevant practical tips are shared with the family.
"I took my son to see Amanda to resolve school work issues. We were both quite sceptical about whether hypnosis would have any effect but we have been very happy with the results. We have never used a hypnotherapist before, but Amanda listened carefully to the problem, was able to give a clear idea of how many sessions it might take and did not put us under any pressure. It's been over a month now and my son is soooooo much happier at school. His grades have improved and his confidence has grown. Thank you Amanda - we really appreciate your work."