Hypnotherapy and mindfulness for children

Providing your child with all of the tools they'll need as they grow up and find relief from anxiety and stress caused by modern life

What Is Mindfulness, And Why Do Kids Need It?

Children of all ages can benefit from the practice of mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment.

It can help parents and caregivers too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress.

From our earliest moments, mindfulness can help to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of happiness.

How It Helps
Adversity comes at us from the moment we are born. Infants get hungry and tired. Toddlers grapple with language and self-control. And as children develop through adolescence to become teenagers, life grows ever more complicated, and the more complicated life gets, the more stressful it gets.
At each developmental stage, mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness.

Mindfulness has thus emerged as very much a mainstream practice for people in all walks of life. What was once considered a fringe activity is now an approved NHS therapy.

Early Habits
Children are uniquely suited to benefit from mindfulness practice. Habits formed early in life will influence behaviours in adulthood, and with mindfulness, we have the opportunity to give our children the habit of being peaceful, kind and accepting, while at the same time providing them with a formidable coping strategy for the future.

Of course, being a parent is an incredibly stressful experience in its own right. For those raising children, practicing mindfulness meditation for even a few minutes a day can be hugely beneficial. The very act of teaching mindfulness practices to others, no matter what their age, can be very much a therapeutic exercise in itself.

Just learning how to take a ‘Mindful Moment’, connecting the mind with the breath, can take the energy out of a crisis situation, and can allow you to feel in control once again.

It is easy then to understand how such practices can benefit both child and caregiver alike.

Just as children can benefit from mindfulness to adjust as they move through school, so they are also ideally placed to benefit from the use of Hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy is now well established as a means for boosting various skills, academic and sporting, as well as enhancing coping mechanisms and implementing strategies for success.

Hypnotherapy for Children - when is it useful?

There is an ever expanding number of problems affecting children that often respond well to Hypnotherapy.

These include:

Bedwetting // General anxiety // Separation anxiety // Various fears and phobias - fear of dogs being the most common // Study and exam related stress // School bullying // Thumb sucking // Nail biting and various compulsive habits // Childhood Tics // Selective eating // Anger problems // Lack of confidence and Poor Self-esteem.

Less common, but sadly on the increase are issues such as :

Body image anxiety // Depression and Self-harm.

How does hypnotherapy work with children?

With teenagers, the process is fairly similar to that used with adults. With younger children the process is much more about active engagement of the mind. It could be described as a highly focused, daydream-like state which allows stories to be played out in the child’s minds eye.

It is sometimes relaxing, but it is also very common that the child’s eyes are opening and closing, with plenty of wriggling around, specially during the first couple of sessions.

Children often respond well to self hypnosis audio recordings, specially at bedtime. I provide age appropriate audio files as part of a program of therapy for adults and children alike.

Meet  Joel Cantor

Joel is a full time professional Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness-based stress reduction therapist and Trauma specialist.

He is professionally trained and insured and has spent well over a decade helping people just like you.

Joel helps his clients to stop smoking, reduce their anxiety and stress, overcome depression, phobias, fears and insomnia, increase their confidence, self esteem and lose weight.

He displays a relaxed and non judgemental approach and works with clients of all ages and genders, including children.

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What our Clients Say


I asked Joel to help my son who was struggling with extreme anxiety, self doubt and depression during his final year at school. He had received little support from his GP and by the time I found Joel his attendance was below 70% and the exams were looming. I had some personal experience of Mindfulness Meditation and also hypnotherapy and did some research into Mindfulness Based Stress Relief and Cognitive Therapy in the treatment of depression. Convinced by the evidence I found Joel and booked him in. After several appointments, and using the tools Joel provided my son was able to focus fully again on his studies and grew and grew in confidence, finally able to sit his exams. Thank you Joel for restoring my son back to health and for giving him the tools to face up to and withstand whatever life throws at him in the future.


My 11 year old son is troubled with anxiety which at times has been very severe. With the pressures of SATs and a school trip abroad, Joel used hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques to prepare him. My son surprised his parents, teachers and friends with his calm, confident and mature approach to the challenges he faced. It was also rewarding to observe during these sessions that he was able to experience deep relaxation and find a place of inner calm.


Joel was recommended by a friend whose son had seen him for anxiety issues. My 13 year old daughter had been feeling anxious at school following friendship group issues. She had a number of sessions with Joel which incorporated hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques and CBT. She is now happy and coping well with whatever is thrown at her. Many thanks Joel.

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