The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Most children will grow up into well-balanced adults, but for some, despite the best efforts of the parents, there can be emotional difficulties that arise. Common issues with younger children might include bullying, separation anxiety, bed-wetting, eating disorders (such as selective eating) and even depression. Family situations, separation or divorce, and school can all contribute towards these.
Teenagers are dealing with lots of emotional highs and lows perhaps feeling a rollercoaster of emotions, one minute feeling great, the next sad and tearful. Lives and bodies are changing, and mood swings can be influenced my hormones and a huge variety of pressures from home, school, friends, peer pressure. The pressures and conflicts from trying to fit and and discover right from wrong can be stressful and cause anxiety.
For teenagers, the pressure to 'fit in' can be immense, and they can face many difficult challenges, whether it is struggling with exam pressures, hormonal and physical changes, poor self-image, or uncertainty about self-identity or sexuality. Disagreements can emerge as young people develop their own viewpoints, some of which may not be shared by their parents or friends. They face increasing pressures from home, school, friendship groups and wider society and can struggle to cope with this, leading to behavioural issues and unwanted coping strategies.
Children of all ages are often very open and receptive to therapy, and can even find it fun. Both BWRT® and Hypnotherapy can be very effective with children for a range of issues, from bad habits to anxiety and bullying.
I am experienced in working with children and teenagers, both in my current profession and from previous role as a teacher. I would normally see children accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.