And while children can have all the same phobias as adults, they have added ones too…imaginary creatures, monsters, ghosts, darkness, separation etc.
Then, as teenagers, other social phobias may develop, blushing, public speaking, disapproval as well as a lack of self-esteem or confidence. Additional anxiety can be triggered by exams.
Is it effective?
Children and young adults (up to the age of 16) respond well to hypnotherapy. They are both imaginative and open minded. They seek guidance and are eager to learn new skills for self-improvement.
When we are young we tend not to rationally examine and do not have the fears and misconceptions about hypnosis that so many adults have so children usually enter into the process with enthusiasm and a willingness to make changes.
Parents can be confused by the options of therapies available for their children, and may struggle to diagnose problems, sometimes not realising they are merely behavioural issues and not serious mental health problems.
Ridiculously long waiting times for treatment often makes NHS help impractical. As parents we want effective solutions for our children and we want them now.