“Thanks so much for the sessions. They enabled me to embrace an inner sense of calm I haven’t previously ever felt! Was also just great to have someone to talk to about what I’m feeling.” (Gabby, A-level student)
Hypnotherapy is particularly suitable for teenagers, not least because they’re not being asked to about issues they find embarrassing, feel overwhelmed by or don’t understand. They usually enjoy the scientific explanations I provide about what their brain has been doing to create the situation, and gain considerable confidence in learning ways they can take control and improve things.
I receive increasing numbers of enquiries about teenagers who are using self-harm, alcohol, food, drugs, sex or social media addictions to harm themselves. All are a coping mechanism for deep anxieties, low self-esteem or trauma. The sooner they get help, the better for their future.
“You took my frightened daughter, so terrified she couldn’t eat, and you helped give her the confidence to tackle her anxieties. She felt trapped, and you helped her a find a route through. I can’t thank you enough.” (Gillian, CEO)
I’ve developed a relaxed way of working with teenagers using a mix of hypnosis, creative therapy techniques, psycho-education (eg learning about the changes happening in the teenage brain) and NLP coaching. This creates a helpful balance of understanding, support, clearing old issues and self-management techniques, which allows them to restore their sense of control and deal with the underlying fears.
You can read here the moving testimonial of a teenager with irrational fears that meant he was sleeping on a sibling’s floor instead of in his bedroom:
“I’m now sleeping on my own and enjoying it!”
Often fears and worries centre on exams, friendships, confidence, or body image, but may also include thumb-sucking, sports performance, bed-wetting or phobias, eg of sickness, lifts or tube trains.
With anorexia, what I offer is of course in addition to specialist anorexia management from the NHS. Anyone in active substance-addiction needs specialist support, but once they are in recovery I can help.
I’m always happy to have a chat with a young person on the phone or Skype, so they can ask any questions and decide if they would like to see me. Only after the first session do we mutually decide whether or not to continue, as choosing a therapist you feel comfortable with is key to successful outcomes.
Here’s what the mother of a talented sportsman (age 15) said after he came for help with confidence:
“Declan definitely approaches his competitions differently now and is much calmer, so all good. Since then he’s become under 17s British Champion!”
Iris (age 14) came to see me for help focusing on school work, afterwards she sent me a this: –
“Thank you so much for the hypnotherapy session, I really enjoyed it.
I have been listening to my MP3 as much as possible because I find it really helpful.”