The emotional and psychological needs of children can often be overlooked in the educational system.

Hypnotherapy treatment for children in Bristol and Clifton.
Some hypnotherapists do not treat children but we specialise in the treatment of children and teenagers. Hypnotherapy is suitable for children as a therapy because it is gentle, relaxing and non-invasive.

The emotional and psychological needs of children can often be overlooked in the educational system. Children experiencing emotional traumas such as bullying, stress, anxiety, lack of confidence and psychosomatic problems can be helped with a non-confrontational gentle form of hypnotherapy specifically for children.

This usually can be achieved during one session, which lasts approximately 45 minutes.

A parent or guardian is required to be present during the session if the child is under 16 years of age.

It is inappropriate to see any child under 7 years old for hypnosis.

Children's problems that can be helped with hypnosis and hypnotherapy:



Social anxiety disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychosomatic (Somatoform) Disorders
Enuresis (Bed Wetting)
Phobias and Compulsions
Anger and Aggression

School issues
Skin Disorders
Eating Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Low Self Esteem
Thumb Sucking and Nail biting

 Social anxiety in children

How are children affected by social anxiety disorder / social phobia?   

In children, the extreme shyness, timidity, and fear of embarrassing themselves that are hallmarks of social anxiety disorder are especially distressing because children are less able to understand that their fears aren't based on reality. Again, there's nothing abnormal about a child being shy, but children with social phobia often avoid everyday activities and situations such as playing with other kids, reading in class, speaking to adults, or ordering food in restaurants.

Social anxiety disorder in children is triggered by situations such as speaking in front of the class, talking with unfamiliar children, writing on the board, performing in front of others, taking tests, and interacting with strangers.


 social anxiety disorder in children, bullying, shyness, low self esteem, school issues, stress, hypnotherapy for children in bristol and clifton.Typical thoughts among such children are:

  • "I hope the teacher doesn't call on me."
  • "I'm going to make a mistake."
  • "Everybody's staring at me."
  • "Nobody likes me."



Children showing symptoms of social anxiety disorder may avoid eye contact, speak inaudibly, or fidget and tremble. They may be sweaty or clammy and complain of dizziness, headaches, or stomach aches. Often, children with social phobia don't want to go to school.

Children with social anxiety are often lonely, have fewer friends than other children their age, and report symptoms of depression. It is also thought that children who develop social anxiety before the age of twelve are not likely to outgrow the disorder. Left untreated, many children with social anxiety disorder grow up to be socially anxious adults and continue to have problems in interpersonal situations.