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Guided Imagery and Hypnosis for Children

What is guided imagery?
It is a process of deliberately using your imagination to help your mind and body heal, stay well, or perform well. It’s a kind of directed, deliberate daydream, a purposeful creation of positive sensory images –sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel- in your imagination. For example, you might create images of your immune cells fighting germs; you can imagine feeling confident and being successful when taking tests or you could “rehearse” a perfect performance when playing sports. Under the right conditions, your mind and body will believe these images are real, and will respond accordingly, with varying degrees of efficiency, intensity, and success. 

What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a simple and pleasant approach that guides you into deep relaxation and high concentration to re-focus the subconscious mind. These techniques can activate the natural healing process that already is present in the body. In the context of therapy and a skilled clinician hypnosis can be used for many things creating faster and long lasting results. 

Is imagery the same as hypnosis?
Yes, in a sense it is, but hypnosis is really a broader category that includes verbal suggestion and thoughts without images along with guided imagery. For instance, telling yourself in the altered state that you’ll be calm and confident qualifies as hypnosis. Seeing yourself that way, in sights, sounds or feelings is imagery. Although hypnosis also uses images, it isn’t limited to them. 

Guided Imagery and Hypnosis in therapy can greatly contribute to a child’s health and well being in the following are as: 

Anxiety and phobias Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Asthma  Cancer Treatment
Grief and mourning Fear of going to sleep, nightmares and night terrors
Social anxiety Tics and tremors
Academic performance, text anxiety Pain management
Headache Stomach ache
Enuresis Gastrointestinal disorders
Stuttering Hair pulling, nail biting, thumb-sucking
Chronic overeating and much more………..

How do children do with guided imagery and hypnosis?
Children are natural at this, responding to it easily and intensely because they enjoy their make-believe world in their mind. Adolescents are also excellent candidates to these techniques. 

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