Yes it can! And very successfully.
I use a light state of hypnosis, which is natural and safe, where the child may not seem at first sight to be in anything other than in a ‘day dreamy' state.
Children experience this kind of state many times a day quite naturally; when they are waking from sleep or falling asleep, or just becoming absorbed in thought or in imaginative play.
Children have a well developed sense of imagination and frequently imagine they are whichever hero is currently in vogue.
Their minds are really creative and receptive to positive suggestions and can comfortably and swiftly come up with solutions to problems.
The kinds of issues often dealt with are:
Fears Bedwetting Nail Biting Stress Thumb Sucking Low Self Esteem School Phobia Bad Dreams
All sessions include positive suggestions for confidence and self esteem whatever the issue.
Parents stay in the room, so a child will feel more at ease. You can then see for yourself that the process is relaxed, gentle, safe and positive.
Everything is gentle and positive and is aimed at helping them overcome their present difficulty.
It is important that both you and your child can feel comfortable, confident and at ease with the therapist and that you can decide that from the initial consultation.