At Bedford Hypnotherapy Clinic we treat children from 7 years of age, often for only a single session of suggestion therapy, although the actual number of sessions will depend on the problems they’re suffering, how long that’s been happening and their personality type.
Hypnotherapy is such a gentle treatment that it can be very helpful for children with problems and symptoms such as bedwetting, phobias, exam worries, eating habits and many other issues that many people suffer as they grow up. While they may grow out of their difficulties, many parents feel it would be better to cut them short if possible.
Before we see your child, it’s very important for us to gather information about the problem, the affect it has on them and your family and to find out their likes and dislikes as well as your opinions and concerns.
Particularly with younger children, we may spend 15 to 20 minutes on the phone finding out about them; this makes it easier for us to help them feel at ease early in the session, to maximise results.
The therapy session may last anything from 45 minutes to one and a half hours, depending on the age of the child and how much we are able to do during the session (younger children will often have the shortest appointments, due to limited attention spans).
Please look at this welcome message from Children’s Therapy Specialist, Sue Wilson …
It’s important that both parents come along to the first session with children under the age of 16; if this isn’t possible, then the person who the child ‘gets on with the most’ comes. Having both parents there sends a powerful message that the session is important to everyone and gives better results as there are no misunderstandings about what happened during the session to get in the way of progress later
We always explain what we do, in language children can understand. We tell them what we’d like to do and why and get their permission, before we start therapy, keeping language positive during and after the session (and ask you to do the same)
We use a wide range of hypnotherapy techniques, the two most common are The Blowaway Technique and The Fast Phobia and Trauma Cure, and the choice of therapy will be made only when we’ve met and spoken with your child, as treatment must suit their needs, which we won’t be able to assess until we’ve talked with them
This single session helps children resolve their anxiety and the symptoms this causes. By using gentle hypnosis, the problems and issues begin to resolve themselves, so that the child will grow up to live the best life they are able to.
Often this single session will be enough to move your child on, although with some issues and depending on the child, additional sessions may be necessary.
During the therapy part of the session, your child is encouraged to take a deep breath and ‘blow away’ any negative emotions, thoughts or ‘bottled up’ feelings. This helps them to let go of worry or stress, which their mind has trapped and when powerful, positive hypnotic suggestions for change are added, they can begin to change.
The child doesn’t have to explain or dwell on traumas or issues during the therapy part of the session and we work hard to keep everything as relaxed as possible. Attention is on the child rather than on the adults in the room; although adults will be asked to join in with the session, so the child feels less ‘on the spot’ (and it will help to reduce some of your anxiety too!)
This is another technique to help children overcome fears and upsets, often caused by known events, for example, those afraid of dogs may recall being bitten by a dog, or be afraid to go to school because of bullying, or feel sick every time they visit a certain place, because they were sick the last time they went.
Often all that’s needed is a single session … in fact it’s so effective many parents are amazed at how their child just seems to laugh off something that used to really bother them before the end of the session even.
While we can’t guarantee improvement for any client, but we do have very high success rates with children and young adults. Changes are often begun before they’ve left our clinic but for some there will be a few days before this process becomes obvious to family and friends.
So if your child has an emotional or behavioural problem that doesn’t seem to respond to traditional treatments or you’d like to find out more about what we can do to help, just contact us today to talk about the therapies we offer to ease their anxieties and problems and make life easier for the whole family.
So if your child has an emotional or behavioural problem that doesn’t seem to respond to traditional treatments or you’d like to find out more on how we can help just contact us today to help your child overcome their anxiety at the following:
I’ve lost 10lbs in the last 4 weeks and I’ve had no problems, I’ve listened to the CD once a day. The Relaxed Eating Programme is very easy to follow; I’ve had no cravings, and I feel great.
Since stopping smoking in September, not only have I felt better and been healthier ... BUT richer! I now do things on time not after my fag
I have now lost 1.5 stone, which I am truly delighted with! Thank you for all your help
Hi, Don't know if you remember me but on 28th January this year I came to see you for hypnosis to stop smoking. I can report that I have not had another cigarette since that morning and that for me is remarkable, I was a 30+ per day smoker for 40 years and I just want to say thank you so much - you may have saved my life!! Thanks again
Thanks Sue ... The Relaxed Childbirth Programme helped me stay calm and enjoy the birth, which I really did, and I have been very happy and have coped very well upon returning home. Everyone commented on how well I looked and I was out and about the next day doing my shopping!
Hi, I did not want to email too early but I am proud to say that both my mum and I are still non smokers. It was 60 days on Monday (26th March 2012) 2 FULL calendar months! We still cannot believe that we ever smoked and feels like we stopped 2 years ago. Many thanks for the wake up call! We feel more full of life, happier, healthier and richer as a result. I would recommend this method to anyone.
I feel more relaxed, calm, more at ease, you gave me that push. I had to take in my favourite pair of trousers by a couple of inches. I've stopped picking and am thinking about food differently.
Hi, I would just like to say many thanks for turning me into a non smoker I have just achieved my first set milestone for myself, being a non smoker for a month. With the extra money I bought myself a tablet computer. Also I would like to say that my breathing when cycling has become a lot better easier initially it was painful but to be expected as my lungs were getting fresh air. Family have been sceptical about it working but all are pleased with the progress I am making towards a smoke free future. It's also great to know that I will be smoke free for when my baby arrives. Thank you once again
I have now lost 3 stone, which is kinda unbelievable
Hi I want to let you know that I am a non smoker, I feel great and I am free from the habit that was like a ball and chain round my ankle! I can’t believe that in one session with you my life has been transformed, and it’s a long while since I have felt so well in myself. I didn’t want to contact you too soon as I was afraid of being complacent and then falling off the wagon so to speak, however I feel as though I have never smoked in my life – incredible. I am certainly not eating any more that I did before, in fact have lost a couple of pounds so there we have it. Brilliant! Thank you so very much
Hi Sue, I'm 12st 3 and still dropping! I have now lost 3 stone which is kind of unbelievable! Thank you so much
I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for helping me stop smoking. It was my one month 'anniversary' on friday and since our session I have not looked back. It's funny - sometimes I forget I ever even smoked at all! Thanks again!
Reporter Hayley O’Keeffe writes about how hypnosis saved her from a lifetime of catching the bus.
I failed my driving test six times, there I said it.
Aged 28 this was not a good thing for me, learning to drive was something I felt I should have done a lot, lot sooner, but as circumstances dictated it just never quite happened. I’ve had plenty of lessons mind you, and whenever I had any spare money would spend it on intensive courses to try and get myself that illusive pink card. But to no avail, when it came down to actually doing the test I was just so nervous. I’ve had tests where the examiner has grabbed the steering wheel, where I’ve travelled in second gear down Bedford’s London Road, and where I’ve (almost) gone the wrong way around a roundabout. If I’ve ever cut you up I’m very sorry, I was just nervous! I’ve had some great tuition too, from the ever patient Gerard Doyle of Drive Johnsons, he has had to put up with a lot I can tell you. Part of it must be to do with my age, the 17-year-olds just hop in and get going, but I think it was predominantly my mindset. I’ve always been the passenger in the car, and have never really been interested in motoring, super cars and especially not Top Gear! Being behind the wheel seemed like an alien world and was more than a little scary. So that’s where Sue Wilson came in.
Sue works at Bedford Health in St Cuthbert’s Street and is a hypnotherapy practitioner, what's more she offers a special pre-driving test session to help candidates get over their nerves and achieve focus. I booked my seventh driving test, and after much deliberation a session with Sue, would this help me pass my test once and for all? The fateful day arrived and I headed to Bedford Health for the hour long session.
Part of me thought that this would be just the ticket, another hoped that I wouldn’t come out of the treatment room quacking like a duck! But hypnotherapy is nothing like the myths. In a consultation Sue asked me just how anxious I felt about the test, what I was most concerned about and what I wanted to feel like when I was doing the test. And after the hour, which was very relaxing indeed, I came out feeling focused and ready for the test, in a way I have never felt before. And do you know what? Later that afternoon, when the examiner turned to me and said you’ve passed I was so excited, because hypnotherapy, and a little perseverance really does work! To find out more visit www.bedfordhealth.co.uk
By Hayley O’Keeffe firstname.lastname@example.org @misshokTC
I've lost 23.5lb since starting! Now weight 8st 9lb
I'm very impressed ... I haven't given in! I feel better in myself and for the baby ... I would recommend it to other mothers who smoke.
I’ve lost 10lbs in the last 4 weeks and I’ve had no problems, I’ve listened to the CD once a day. The Relaxed Eating Programme is very easy to follow; I’ve had no cravings, and I feel great. I now naturally make the right food choices that are good for me without giving it any thought, and I manage my food portions, listening to my body and know when I have had enough to eat and do not feel I have to finish what is on the plate, just because its there