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Hypnosis for Kids

“The single most effective therapy for chronic abdominal pain is hypnotherapy. A child that learns appropriate relaxation techniques will manage the stressors in life with greater success.”
-Henry R. Thompson, M.D., Director St. Luke’s Children’s Gastroenterology & Director St. Luke’s Cystic Fibrosis Center.

If your child is experiencing excessive stress, anxiety, digestive issues, trouble focusing, or difficulty falling asleep, hypnotherapy may provide the answer you’ve been looking for. At River Valley Hypnotherapy we specialize in helping kids. We work closely with physicians and pediatric specialists throughout the Treasure Valley to ensure professional care and symptom relief for your child.

Pediatric hypnotherapy is a powerful tool to help your child decrease stress and anxiety, achieve goals, build confidence, find relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), improve focus and attention, reduce excessive fears, and much more.

During hypnosis, your child enters a state of deep relaxation, concentration, and focused attention which allows the subconscious to pick up suggestions particularly well. The subconscious is the part of us that stores and runs all of our automatic, patterned responses, while the conscious mind is responsible for analytical problem solving. Everything we do without thinking first is governed by a subconscious response. This includes things like driving a car, brushing our teeth, and how we emotionally respond to events in our daily lives. In hypnosis, the subconscious becomes the more dominant awareness, allowing your child to more easily change unwanted patterns that have formed over the course of their lives.

Children easily go into hypnosis and respond particularly well to its healing effects. Because children have not fully developed the areas of the brain responsible for cognition, they have more direct access to their subconscious. For example, imagination is one of the most powerful tools to access the subconscious and is the tool most frequently used in pediatric hypnotherapy.

Hypnosis is not mind control. During hypnosis your child will be aware of what is going on and can still decide to accept or reject the suggestion being offered. Just like with adults, hypnosis cannot make your child do anything he or she does not wish to do. This is a myth developed by movies, stage hypnotists, and the entertainment industry. Your child is always in control and will only accept hypnotic suggestions that are right for him or her. As a parent, you are invited to stay in the hypnosis room with your child during the entirety of the appointment. You can rest assured that your family values will be honored and respected.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please call (208) 921-2887 or click here to e-mail me!