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Easing back-to-school anxiety: The power of clinical hypnotherapy

As the summer sun begins to fade and the school season comes back into full swing, many children find themselves grappling with a familiar but unwelcome visitor: back-to-school anxiety.

This phenomenon, characterised by a range of emotions from restlessness to stomachaches, can cast a shadow over what should be an exciting time of learning and growth.

In this article, I will share with you the signs and symptoms of back-to-school anxiety in children, and delve into the remarkable potential of clinical hypnotherapy in transforming their perceptions and emotions surrounding school.


Understanding back-to-school anxiety

For numerous children, the return to school after a holiday break can evoke a mixture of trepidation and unease. The abrupt shift from leisurely days to the structured routine of the school environment can trigger a host of anxious feelings. Signs of back-to-school anxiety often manifest as sleep disturbances, irritability, clinginess, and even physical symptoms like tummy aches. It's crucial for parents, educators, and caregivers to be attuned to these indicators and provide the necessary support.

Factors contributing to anxiety

Several factors contribute to this type of anxiety. Academic pressures, social dynamics, and the fear of the unknown can combine to create a perfect storm of apprehension. The anticipation of new classes, meeting new teachers, and forming new relationships can all play a role in heightening children's anxiety levels, together with separation anxiety and the thought of being away from parents.


The role of clinical hypnotherapy: How I can help

Amidst the array of strategies to tackle back-to-school anxiety, clinical hypnotherapy has emerged as a powerful tool. Unlike its portrayal in popular media, hypnotherapy is not about swinging watches and surrendering control. Rather, it's a therapeutic technique that taps into the subconscious mind, helping individuals reframe negative thought patterns and associations.

My treatments as a clinical hypnotherapist offer several advantages when addressing anxiety in children. Its non-invasive nature is particularly well-suited for young minds, and it empowers children to actively participate in their emotional healing. By providing tools to develop coping strategies and boost self-confidence, hypnotherapy equips children to face the challenges of school with renewed resilience.

In a typical hypnotherapy session with me, I create a comfortable and safe environment; some clients often feel like they have been to a relaxed spa session! Through guided relaxation techniques, the child enters a state of focused concentration, making them more receptive to positive suggestions. I work with the child to introduce new perspectives and beliefs, gradually helping them dismantle the negative associations causing their anxiety.

Changing thought patterns and emotions

Clinical hypnotherapy's strength lies in its ability to reshape thought patterns and emotional responses. For instance, a child who once associated school with anxiety may learn to see it as a place of exploration, learning, and personal growth. Through skilful guidance, hypnotherapy enables children to cultivate a positive mindset and replace fear with confidence.

Empowering children with new perspectives

At the heart of clinical hypnotherapy's effectiveness is its emphasis on empowerment. By teaching children how to manage their emotions, hypnotherapy instils a sense of control and agency. This newfound resilience extends beyond the therapy sessions, allowing children to face challenges with greater poise and optimism.

Collaboration with parents and educators

To maximise the benefits of clinical hypnotherapy, collaboration is key. Parents and educators play a pivotal role in reinforcing the positive changes achieved through hypnotherapy. By understanding the techniques used in sessions, they can support children in maintaining their newfound outlook on school.


The return to school after the holidays need not be a source of overwhelming anxiety for children. Clinical hypnotherapy offers a path to liberation from negative emotions, enabling children to face school with newfound confidence and enthusiasm. By addressing the root causes of anxiety and instilling positive thought patterns, hypnotherapy empowers children to navigate the academic landscape with grace and optimism. As we usher in a new school year, let us remember that a brighter, more positive experience is within reach for every child through the power of clinical hypnotherapy.


Everyone is a bit scared, said the horse. But we are less scared together.

Charlie Mackesy - The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse.

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