Children and Hypnotherapy

Children respond fantastically to hypnotherapy and make good use of their imaginations.
If you are a parent or relative and wish to help your child with any issues they have, we may be able to help.

The consultation

It is important to know that all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when attending a hypnotherapy consultation. Not every hypnotherapist works with children as it is a specialist area and very young children will not benefit from hypnotherapy so please always discuss this with your therapist.

As we regularly work with children and have many successes we have decided to protect the identity of clients, but we do have numbers of parents who have given us their permission to pass them on should you wish to speak with them about their experiences.

Children over the age of 5 have the necessary verbal understanding to be hypnotised and they relax into hypnosis in a very easy and natural way

What can we treat?

Children over the age of 5 have the necessary verbal understanding to be hypnotised and they relax into hypnosis in a very easy and natural way.

Children's Issues
  • Confidence building, low self-esteem, shyness, reclusiveness
  • Bulling issues, swearing, anger management and aggression
  • Bedwetting, insomnia and sleep problems
  • Stress, nightmares, fears, phobias and anxiety
  • Habits such as thumb sucking, hair pulling, nail biting
  • Stuttering or stammering
  • Weight reduction, hyperactivity
  • Soiling
  • Exam fears
  • Classroom issues

How can hypnotherapy help?

We regularly work with children here at the Bridge Clinic and have had many successes. Basically we use children's fabulous imagination to help them overcome their issues. They never feel embarrassed or uncomfortable and they are never asked to explain or justify themselves.

Hypnosis works really well on children because they do not yet have years of life experience imprinted on their mind! And they don't have any fears or misconceptions about hypnosis like many adults do. In the hands of a good hypnotherapist, your child can really flourish and feel happier, more confident and more empowered.

Everyone suffers emotion and upset during their childhood years – but what about when those problems affect your child’s everyday life? What about if that problem just won’t go away? What about if it is making them miserable and distant?

Children do not fully develop cognitive processes until they are about 11 or 12 – and they have amazing imaginations – so hypnosis works fantastically for them.

Worried mums are much happier...

“My son developed his ‘tics’ in Year 1 after a change at school and conventional medical advice was taken. This basically came down to ‘he will grow out of it’. This was not the case nd the ‘tics’ manifested themselves in various forms over the next two years. So it was time to try something else – hypnotherapy. I had been recommended to try The Bridge Therapy Centre, and right from the initial contact they have shown support for my son. Russell put my son at ease and talked directly to him without putting pressure on him. He clearly explained what he was doing at each stage. A lot was packed into the first session and the results were promising! During the first week he improved over 80%. His improvement has continued with another session and so has his confidence.”




“At junior school Ed* started to occasionally repeat the odd word or two, something we all do from time to time. It was when the bullying started that I noticed it develop into a stammer. Speech therapy at the local hospital taught him ways of trying to control it but really didn’t make much difference at all. It was when he became a self-conscious teenager that he hit rock bottom, both with his speech and self-esteem. Our first visit presented Russell with a depressed, withdrawn, unconfident, silent and confused young man, who didn’t see anything positive about his future. After a few sessions the transformation was amazing. Russell helped him to realise that he didn’t really have a speech problem, but a build up of past events and emotions had led Ed to think that he did. Now I have a happy, positive and confident son who just repeats the odd word or two like all of us. Russell has helped him dump his stammer along with all the other baggage and he has been given his life back.”