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Treating Fear, Phobias, and Anxiety in Children

Date Added: March 13, 2008 03:15:15 PM
Author: Dr. Sally Witt
Category: Hypnotherapy
I find that “normal” children are experiencing so much stress, pressure, and anxiety. Some of this pressure is because schoolwork is getting harder. Some of the pressure is because of television and movies – they are exposed to more and more at a young age. Many families change – divorce is very hard on children. Many alternative lifestyles are out in the open now, and may be confusing to some children. It is very easy for children to “accidentally” watch inappropriate shows on cable TV. Parents bring their children to me that are having anxiety attacks, anger problems, and behavior problems. I never work with children unless I have the parent’s permission. Usually, I meet with the parents and the child together at first in our conference room. I might even demonstrate a short relaxation hypnosis on the parents to help the child feel comfortable coming back to my office. If a child has a lot of things that come up during the session, I usually ask them to “review” our session with the parents at the end. That way, I am not divulging information to the parents without the child’s permission, and it is nice for the parents to see and hear the progress that has happened in a session. Working with Energy Psychology techniques, Hypnosis, and Energy Healing together, the therapy takes so much less time. The child may only need 1-4 sessions instead of months or years of work. I recently had a client with severe Post Traumatic Stress due to a seriously damaging situation. The girl found immediate relief, and was done after 3 sessions. Sometimes the client will come back for a new set of issues 6 months to a few years later. These issues surface because the other more demanding issues have healed. Depending on the age of the child, it can be powerful to use metaphors, or stories. It is a wonderful and creative technique to use with younger children. Older children can use regular hypnotic suggestions, but I tailor the inductions and the visualizations to their interests. Children are highly suggestible, and that is why parents must be aware of the stories, games, tv, and movies that their children are exposed to. Younger children, or children in the middle of an anxiety attack, might benefit from a combination of light rubbing of their backs, or hands while you are talking, or using hypnosis. As a therapist, it is very important to only touch the clients in an appropriate manner, and in a way that feels safe for them. We always work with the parents to help them to feel comfortable and part of the therapy. There is always hope in helping a child. No matter what diagnosis your child has been given, they can be free, calm, and happy with a little help. I teach the parents some of the techniques to help their children as well. I also help the parents adjust their attitudes and ways of speaking to and about their children. That helps to change the energy and the patterns in the family. I also find EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique – very effective in working with children. The tapping is something that they can actively do for themselves, and they feel very empowered during the session. It is easy to teach the parents to use EFT for future issues that surface with the children. Hypnosis scripts are available on my website for you to use for free to help with children's fear. Please do not use them if you do not have training in Hypnosis. There are many ways to help children deal with their fear, phobias, and anxiety. All techniques, all therapy, and all counseling really boil down to helping the child to feel safe, secure, and unconditionally loved. Using emotional and energetic techniques with that goal in mind will work wonders. A unified team with loving family will bring the child to light much more quickly than isolated therapies. Dr. Sally Witt is a Breakthrough Coach and Hypnotherapist. She has a Ph.D. in Spiritual Counseling, and has a unique background in traditional psychology as well as intense alternative and metaphysical training. She not only provides individuals and families with coaching and individual therapeutic sessions, but she provides support groups, corporate consulting, trainings and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Witt is also known worldwide for her intuitive and energy healing gifts. She has been a frequent guest on national television and radio programs to talk about her work. She is the author of “Your Mind Holds the Key to Health, Happiness, and Prosperity”, available on Amazon.com. You can contact her at the Center for Healing and Training, Inc. at 215/736-0900. Her website is www.drsallywitt.com. Skype=drsallywitt email drsallywitt@gmail.com keywords= Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Dr. Sally Witt, Children, Fears, Phobia, Anxiety, Healing, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual. Balance
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