Helping Children’s Problems using Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Therapy at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.
If your child or teenager needs help with any anxiety- related problem, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and cognitive therapy can often help them. I have successfully helped many children’s problems at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex.
What causes childhood emotional problems?
Just like adults, children of all ages can suffer from emotional or psychological problems from. Growing up can be difficult at times with all the new and challenging experiences life can bring. All experiences, especially new ones, generate emotions and sometimes the child just can’t deal with the emotions involved. This can be due to several factors including the child’s age, or their lack of maturity, or the intensity of the emotion they are feeling. When this happens, the emotions can remain unresolved, causing inner conflict, and this conflict can cause any number of physical / behavioural or emotional problems.
As a result, these unresolved emotions and/or unhelpful thinking patterns can cause anxiety and stress. These have the ‘knock-on’ effect of making existing conditions, such as asthma, eczema, unwanted habits, behavioural problems and similar, much worse.
Problems which can be helped
Problems which may be helped include:
- anger problems
- anxiety and panic
- asthma & eczema
- bed-wetting (enuresis)
- behavioural problems
- birth difficulties/trauma
- eating problems
- exam/test nerves
- fears & phobias
- hair/eyelash pulling
- nail biting/thumb sucking
- school problems
- stress-related problems
- and more.
Firstly, one method of helping with children’s problems is by using Lifespan Integration: for info please click here. This therapy approach is very useful at helping a child or adolescent to resolve and heal the after-effects of e.g. parental divorce, the death of a parent/loved one, a serious illness or accident, a significant medical procedure, or any other adverse, negative or traumatic events they may have experienced.
Younger children will have therapy with one or both parents/carers in attendance but attention is focused on the child. Children and adolescents usually respond very well to this therapy. This therapy is suitable for most children aged between 8 and 18 years of age although it may be possible to offer the therapy to children outside of this age range.
If the problem your young child or teenager is experiencing is not listed above please contact me to discuss the situation.
Older Children ~
For older children of around 13 and upwards, it may be better for them to have a different therapy approach, such as PICT. Or perhaps a combination of approaches.
Younger Children (under 8 years) ~
The approach may well be different and often involves working more with the parents/carers initially. Please call me for more information.
All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. As with all IAEBP members, I am fully DBS checked.
What if my child hasn’t experienced trauma?
Unless your child or teen has experienced a ‘one off’ significant, negative event (such as those noted above) it is extremely rare to have anxiety-related problems without there being existing or past problems within the family unit.
- a parent with a serious illness
- a special needs family member
- a parent with their own emotional problems such as depression or anger issues
- one or both parents has a drink (or other substance) problem
- redundancy and / or other money worries
- problems in the parental relationship perhaps causing stress in the home environment – e.g. loud arguments / rows
- or other stresses/upsets.
It may therefore be the case that the best results will be obtained with either one or both parents receiving some form of therapy help themselves. This will then help them to be in a better place to help their child/teen one-on-one with their problems. The best way forward will be discussed and decided on during the first meeting.
Finally, I can recommend several books which parents can use to find help for children’s problems. All should be available via Amazon:
- Stress Busting for Children by Rita Sparks
- No Drama Discipline by Dr Dan Siegel
- The Whole Brain Child by Dr Dan Siegel
- Parent Effectiveness Training by Dr Thomas Gordon
Call me now on 01424 772392 or 07722783490 (direct) for more information
or to arrange an appointment.