1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. That equates to about 3 children in every class.
— Young Minds

Children learn and are shaped by the environment which surrounds them, school, TV, social media, family, friends etc. and however hard you try these factors will not always be positive.

Most children process these negative thoughts and experiences quite well, in other children however these concerns can build and manifest themselves as unwanted or concerning habits or behaviours. Common effects include bedwetting, thumb sucking, nail biting, lack of confidence, eating issues, phobias, anxiety, anger, self-harm, trichlomania (hair pulling), stuttering, body image, stress, blushing, separation anxiety, and many more.

It is interesting to know that the brains Critical Filter (kind of truth detector) does not develop until the age of 5 or 6, so up until that age a child will pretty much believe what they are told. This is why they can believe in Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy! But it also means that they can fully believe if told they are a ‘naughty boy’ or ‘a clever girl’ or ‘shy’ or ‘a silly billy’ etc. These ideas form part of their core belief and can shape a child for the rest of their lives.

Added to this, exam pressures, change in family circumstance, bereavement, or bullying etc., we can easily see how these deep rooted negative beliefs can begin to damage a child’s confidence and self-esteem.

hypnotherapy can help…

Hypnotherapy works by firstly removing focus from the ‘issue’ and building confidence and self esteem in areas they (the child) have more control over. I work in close partnership with parents to reinforce this positive approach at home. This, together with relaxation techniques and improved sleep patterns allow the child a safe space and confidence in their ability to begin making positive change.