Hypnosis for children and adolescents

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration, and focused attention…  When our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully.  Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis enhances self-control.”  -American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Children regularly experience hypnotic states or “trance”.  For example, children in imaginative play, daydreaming, playing video games, or listening to stories are all experiencing trance.  In hypnosis, children can tap into this innate potential to help bring about some desired change.

In working with children using hypnosis it is clear that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis”.  The hypnotherapist is a guide or “coach”, helping children tap into their own inner resources to seek positive change.


What is hypnosis good for?

Hypnotherapy is a safe and practical means of helping young people manage physical and psychological problems.  Some of the specific challenges that can be addressed by learning self-hypnosis include:

  • acute and chronic pain (including migraine)
  • bed wetting
  • tics and Tourette Syndrome
  • habit problems such as thumb sucking, nail biting, habit cough
  • fears and phobias
  • sleep problems such as nightmares, sleep-walking, etc.
  • self-treatment of warts


What can I expect from a treatment?  What do I need to do to prepare for it?

Fred (fjbogin@gmail.com) would like to speak to all new patients prior to the initial visit to determine that hypnosis is an appropriate therapy for the presenting concern.

It is useful to explain to the child or adolescent that they are going to meet a person who can help them learn about self-hypnosis and how it can be used to address a problem they have (e.g., warts).  The young person can be reassured that hypnosis is safe, enjoyable and that they will be fully in control throughout the session.  Common misconceptions about hypnosis (e.g., that the subject is asleep, under the control of the hypnotherapist, etc.) will be addressed at the initial visit.  A child can expect hypnosis to be fun, creative, and a valuable lifelong skill with many potential applications.

At CLINIC, Fred Bogin offers hypnosis for children and adolescents Wednesdays 12- 8pm.