Is your child over-clingy and having trouble being apart from you as a parent?
Perhaps you and your child are finding the break-up of your family difficult?
Has the school identified problems with your child’s ability to mix with other children?
Does your child now need professional hypnotherapy to help them gain their independence?
As a family therapist and children’s therapist as well as a clinical hypnotherapist I frequently use hypnosis to help people and children gain or regain a sense of independence.
I also hold a Working with Children certificate.
Hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy with children can help them overcome separation anxiety.
Your child may suffer from separation anxiety. This means they may:
- Find it difficult to be left at school and pine for their parent or carer during classroom times.
- Be unable to settle and learn, developing high levels of anxiety, and find it difficult to bond with other children.
- Develop a form of attachment disorder that prevents them from progressing to their next stage of independence.
All children are highly susceptible to hypnosis because they still have very active imaginations.
There is a danger in not treating this condition in that it can be misread by teachers as a lack of ability to focus in the classroom. This can lead to the child receiving a mistaken diagnosis of chronic anxiety, depression, ADHD or a pathological personality disorder.
Both child and parents may then be persuaded by the school to put the child on medications for conditions they do not have or you are forced to take your child out of school because the school states it will not accept them unless they are medicated.
Even health professionals can come to a misdiagnosis and push for inappropriate medications that have side-effects or may cause problems later in life.
Hypnosis helps soothe anxiety naturally in children very quickly and effectively.
In treating children with separation anxiety, I like to see all the parental carers involved in the sessions at the same time. It is important in supporting the child that everyone is on the same page. Helping the child requires a consistent and co-ordinated positive approach, particularly if shared custody is involved.
Every child is different, has a different temperament, has had different experiences and may need different approaches in the treatment plan.
Treatment is individualised to your child’s needs to help them and you feel supported and secure as they develop a greater sense of independence.
Parents and carers are also given precise instructions on what you must do to support your child.
Hypnotherapy is a proactive therapy, training the thoughts, mind, behaviours and emotions.
Children are like radio receivers: They pick up everything that is happening around them.
You might not think they are aware of their surroundings but their unconscious mind is monitoring everything within their immediate vicinity. They miss nothing and remember everything. Just for a moment think about the minuscule details you remember from childhood.
Of course, we look at why the child has developed the separation anxiety but equally important in our approach is to give the child tools so they can go out into the world and create their own sense of security.
Since I am also a naturopath, I look at all the physical elements that may be contributing to your child’s condition and make recommendations for change.
What is also important in our approach is that therapy is fun for the child and does not further distress them.
After all, when something is fun you learn a lot more, a lot faster.
Book your hypnotherapy for separation anxiety appointment for your child with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Tracie O’Keefe is an experienced clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, counsellor and family therapist who has successfully worked with many children to help them overcome anxiety disorders fast. She is a member of the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (College of Psychotherapy), and Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association.
DISCLAIMER: *Many factors will be important in determining your actual results and no guarantees are made that you will achieve results similar to anyone else’s. The nature of therapy requires each person entering therapy to actively engage in the session and to carry out any additional recommendations outside the session, so results vary according to the individual.