Children and teenagers

I work with children and teens aged 4-18, helping them to develop essential life skills such as self-motivation, communication, self-belief, concentration, confidence and self-esteem. Strengthening a young person’s skills in these areas can complement their educational achievements and their activities outside of school.

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Issues I can help with

I have used NLP coaching to address many problems commonly experienced by children and teenagers, including:

  • anxiety and stress caused by exams, interviews and school transition
  • difficulties with sleeping
  • anger issues and behavioural problems
  • lack of confidence caused by natural shyness or traumatic life experiences including bullying
  • problems caused by low self-esteem, such as self-doubt, lack of assertiveness, negative beliefs or hyper-sensitivity
  • depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • mild and severe phobias
  • achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
  • bereavement
  • separation, divorce and other changes in home life
  • overcoming traumatic experiences, including violence, abuse and self-harm.

I can also help children and young people to strengthen their skills in particular areas, so that they are better equipped to achieve their goals. Examples include communication skills, handling nerves, preparing for exams and interviews, self-motivation, and sports performance.

If you would like your child to have support with any of these issues, or something else that’s going on in their life, contact me today to arrange a free, no-obligation 30 minute telephone or Skype consultation.

 

How I work with children and teens

The NLP therapies I offer to children and teens can be delivered through individual in-person coaching (at my therapy studio near Sevenoaks or at a location of your choice) or remotely through Skype. I usually work alone with children aged 7 and above, to enable me to build a direct rapport with them, but I always invite parents to attend the first session.

Hypnosis isn’t a standard part of the approach I take with NLP for children and teenagers, but it can be beneficial in more complex cases. Hypnosis is perfectly safe for any age group because it is a relaxed state that they already use when learning, watching television or doing something creative. Some children will be able to experience a deep, eyes-closed, relaxing trance. Young children are usually more suited to an awakened trance, which you may have seen before when your child has been deeply engaged in an activity such as drawing or playing an imaginative game.

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Outcomes

Children tend to respond very well to NLP therapies and we often see positive results in a very short space of time (2-5 sessions). This is because young minds are usually more open to the idea of improvement than adult minds. As with anyone taking part in NLP, it’s important that the child is committed to achieving the results they want to see. Support from the main carer, other family members and even teachers is also invaluable.

 

Children with additional learning needs

I use the Empowering Learning approach to support children and young people who have Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The approach helps children and young people to develop visual learning techniques, improve focus and concentration, and get into the best possible emotional state for learning. It also provides families with a framework for supporting their child’s learning.