Many therapists in the field of hypnotherapy only specialise in helping adults. Hypnotherapy is well recognised as an alternative to resorting to medication for health issues, and re-known for its use in dealing with addiction and phobias. Cathy has an extensive background with over 30 years experience teaching in schools. She has specialised in early childhood, disability, and in guidance and counselling children and families.
Dr Gérard Sunnen of the New York University School of Medicine calls hypnosis “the most potent non-pharmacological relaxing agent known to science”. He will prescribe hypnosis before prescribing a tranquilizer.
(Source: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis. P4, Alpha Books 2000).
In 2012, Cathy attended specialised training in the UK with techniques designed to achieve similar results as would be obtained by hypnoanalysis of an adult, but by using non-verbal release.
“The Blowaway technique was devised particularly for use with children from the age of around seven or eight to sixteen although it can be very successful with younger children as long as they have a reasonable attention span. It is a very gentle non-intrusive therapy that produces positive cumulative results within a short space of time.
The child needs must be accompanied by at least one, preferably both parents. Where this is impossible then a responsible adult, with whom the child feels happy and at ease, must be present.
What can it help with?
Excellent results have been reported in a variety of problematic areas including:
- Eating disorders
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Sleeping Problems
- Sleep problems
- Thumb sucking
- Low self-esteem
- Confidence issues
How does the ‘Blowaway’ Technique work?
The Blowaway is designed to help children resolve their emotional or anxiety-related conditions. It is very difficult for a child or teenager to express what is happening within their emotions as they do not often have the vocabulary or indeed the understanding of their thought pattern or behaviour to do so.
In some cases the cause of their problem may give them reason to feel embarrassed, guilty or ashamed to discuss the issues with anyone especially during puberty when all their hormones are going wild and they are unable to understand why they feel the way they do. In younger children with such things as enuresis (bed wetting), they will have no idea why this is happening and a talking therapy may take forever. Therefore a non-verbal therapy is very powerful as it enables the child to release trapped emotion without the embarrassment of putting their thoughts into words.”