Guest Post By: Sebastian Di Cesare
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool. Often misunderstood, it is a great way to help you get to the root cause of what is troubling you. Unlike what you may have seen at a stage show or in an overly-dramatized movie, it is a great way to help you consciously communicate your desires through your unconscious mind. It’s a safe, natural, and effective way to help you manage fears, phobias, stress, anxiety, and habit challenges.
Hypnosis as a phenomena has been known to us for thousands of years. It has been more recently adapted by western medicine for the past few hundred years. To date, it is becoming more accepted as its therapeutic benefits are slowly being verified and proven effective through recent large-scale clinical trials. Highly under-utilized, it’s a great natural option you can consider if either you, or your child, are experiencing certain challenges that you would like to overcome.
Debunking The Myths
Two major reasons why most people shy away from trying hypnotherapy is because they fear losing control, or they are concerned about not being aware of what’s going on during the process. I can assure you that you always remain in control, and most people are completely aware of what’s going on during the session. Hypnosis is simply a focused state of relaxation. You generally feel very calm and your body gets very relaxed.
Normally, the majority of my clients feel really good after their sessions, and let me know that they haven’t felt that relaxed in a very long time. They were also surprised to realize that they were fully aware of what was being said and done throughout the entire process.
One major key to success in the process is the use of imagination. The unconscious mind works well with symbols, metaphors, and visualization. You can use your imagination to overcome your blocks as well as create the new desired future you. The use of imagination is one reason hypnotherapy works so well with children! They are able to get right into it and the tools we use as therapists make the process for children really fun. Most of the time, the exercises are so creative that your child won’t even be aware that they are making lasting positive changes within their unconscious.
How Hypnotherapy & Self-Hypnosis Can Help Your Child
Children tend to have very rapid success with hypnotherapy, often responding far quicker than adults would to the process. As mentioned, their active imaginations helps with this as well, as they are more adaptable due to the fact that they have had far fewer life experiences.
It can help with with concentration, exam performance, nail biting, nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), overcoming fears, confidence building, and sports performance. The majority of the time, the children I work with prefer to have their parents close by during the session and that’s completely okay.
Where To Start
It is important that you do thorough research when choosing a therapist. Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not formally regulated by the government. A therapist should be a member of and accountable to a reputable self-governing body. The self-governing body should have high standards of training, and a code of ethics to which its members abide by. The governing body should also require that the therapist has had a criminal records check as well as be properly insured to do their work.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to email [email protected].
Sebastian Di Cesare (PhD, RHt) is a research scientist & practicing registered hypnotherapist based in Port Moody, BC Canada. Visit West Coast Hypnotherapy to learn more.