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Hypnosis for Children: It Is the Right Thing To Do

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Hypnosis for kids? You bet, and here’s why!

But, before I get all started on that topic, let me say, you should only work with those that you are fully trained and competent in working with. Get the very best hypnosis training you can for working with kids before you start.

If you are a competently trained hypnosis professional and you want to be more successful (and who doesn’t?), you should consider expanding your practice to include children. There are at least three good reasons to do so, and if you like working with kids, then it may be just the niche you have been looking for.

Here are some good reasons to work with children:

  1. It is the right thing to do.
  2. They make really great hypnotic subjects.
  3. There is more money to pay for their sessions.

Now, just let me say a few things about each of these reasons for working with kids.

First, “It is the right thing to do.” Why? Let’s see, doesn’t it make sense that if someone has a problem that started in childhood, and in my experience, the root of most problems that grown-ups come in to see me about started when they were less than 5 years old. So, if there is a way to prevent years of suffering, then you should do it. That means that working with children is the right thing to do because it can save that person years of suffering.

Next, “They make really great hypnotic subjects.” If you are the kind of person who works well with kids and teens, then you will find them to be the easiest clients you have ever worked with. Just talking from experience here, and not looking at any scientific research, I can say that kids under the age of 10 or so tend to be very suggestible to adults that they like and trust. So, spend a bit of time building rapport with this age group and you will open the door to a great deal of suggestibility even before “hypnotizing” them using a hypnotic induction. For those who are older, let’s say 12 and up through the teen years, these folks are naturally talented in the use of hypnosis, and do really great when working on things that they want to work on. Most experts will tell you that the mid teens up through the mid 20’s is a time in one’s life in which we can best utilize and benefit from the use of hypnosis.

Finally, “There is more money to pay for their session.” I say this because, when my grown-up clients come into my office, there is usually only one wallet with them. But, when a child walks into my office, even though he or she may not have a wallet or purse, realistically speaking, there are usually more than one wallet whose owner is willing to pull out the cash or credit card to get sessions for the child if he or she believes that they will help the child. By that, I mean each child often has several adults in his or her life who have funds that they would be willing to relinquish if the child needs help. How many times have we heard a parent or grandparent say, “Oh, I could never spend the money on myself, but if Billy needs it, I’d gladly pay to get him what he needs”?

So, if you like children, and they like you, and if you want to work with some of the best clients walking around while at the same time building your business, and making more money, I recommend that you look into working with kids.

By the way, working with children is a specialty that is really under served. It would be a great niche to fill. There are not a lot of good training materials out there for working with children. So I will offer a couple of links below.

Now, go out there and save someone years of misery and work with a kid!

4 Reader Comments to Hypnosis for Children: It Is the Right Thing To Do

  1. Beth Stewart November 23, 2007 at 7:36 AM

    All of your Blogs and articles are very helpful. I am always picking up tips and I can use in my hypnotism business. Thanks for all of your efforts on our behalf and keep up the good work. You are spreading the good of our work to the world.

  2. Steve R. December 18, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Just want to say: I studied this program a while ago and recently used the skills from it with the youngest client I’ve had so far (6 yrs), and just got great feedback from the parent. The techniques and tips that Kathleen provided on the DVD worked really well and just as importantly gave me a lot of confidence because I had never worked with someone that young (I had let the parents know that beforehand).

    Plus it was so much fun working with the little guy! He loved space and rockets and really got into the “Blast-Off” induction. He did eyelid catalepsy and he was practically bouncing out of the chair trying to open his eyelids. I had to stop myself from laughing because it was too cute.

    Thanks Cal and Kathleen for the great information!

    PS. Question for a future podcast – you mention that it can be good for the parents to go thru sessions in parallel with the child. What sort of approach would be used? ie. doing affect-bridge on “focus on that feeling you get when your child [does whatever]…”?

  3. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH December 22, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    Hi Steve,

    That is a good question, and there is no simple answer. Generally the hypnotist talks with the parent/guardian and discusses what will be worked on. The emphasis is on any emotional issues that the adult may have, i.e., too much fear, anger, guilt and such. Then we can start from there, unless something else comes up that would indicate that something else needs to be looked at.

    Steve, I want to thank you for supporting this site and our other site, Your participation IS appreciated!

  4. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH January 11, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Hi Beth – Thank you so much for your kind comments. You made my day! Cal

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