Earlier and earlier children, adolescents teenagers or young adults become exposed to a wider source of demands, expectations, competition, pressure – performing well at school and in exams, performing well in sports, music, art, Scouts and Brownies and many of the clubs in which younger people become involved,… becoming confident with the opposite sex.
Families too develop higher expectations of their children as what is offered becomes more varied and competitive.
All this at a time when they have to adapt to hormonal changes, emergency of more and more complex relationships and to body changes with unfamiliar bumps and textures.
It is no wonder more children and teenagers develop symptoms of anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues.
Bullying and aggressive behaviour in the playground is sometimes an escape for insecure or anxious children.
Hearing “voices in my head” is becoming common place.
Hypnotherapy can be very effective with children and younger persons as they are more imaginative, more receptive to change and less resistant to therapy.
According to P, a 13 years old boy, adolescence is the stage when
“you start realising your own personality”
Adolescence can be as fascinating as it is terrifying. During this stage serious transformations occur at many different levels:
- The personality of peers becomes more diverse and each individual is aware of this diversity; intensity grows in relationships, friendships and conflicts intensify.
- The image of parents changes for the adolescent; impact and power of the parents becomes questioned and challenged.
- The physical and emotional transformations of adolescence demand a quick and dramatic re-organisation of the individual’s self-image and role in the larger group.
- The pressure of school exams adds stress to the adolescent’s new and inexperienced mental structure
- New sexual and emotional demands emerge, often within the secrecy of an adolescents’ cult; new channels of communication are installed.
- The adolescent becomes exposed to new offers, which may lead him/her to experimenting with new and potentially detrimental habits,– such as drugs and alcohol.
It is no wonder that more adolescents are now benefiting from therapy in order to help them manage their thinking.
With the aid of hypnotherapy, we can help an adolescent through this formative stage by:
Gaining control over his/her habits and feelings; control anxiety, fears and phobias, detrimental habits and unwanted behaviour.
Enhancing confidence and social relationships; improve self-confidence and confidence with others of the same or opposite sex.
Improving health; reduce the effects of stress, control pain and keep a happy balance.
Improving learning and performance; how to learn in a more effective way and improve performance in exams, sports or other types of performance.
Live a happier life by learning how to cope with the less positive aspects of adolescence and make most of the fantastic experiences that this stage can offer.
Adolescence should be a fascinating stage of life with intensity of experiences, novel discoveries and the optimism of a fresh beginning – under the control of a confident and happy mind.