Parents can accept the “terrible twos,” that moment in every child’s life when the honeymoon period parents experience with their infants come to an abrupt end. “NO!” the toddler screams, and doting parents look at one another knowingly as they concede that the time has come to deal with this inevitable time period in the lives of their little ones.

Though the toddler’s declaration of independence can be difficult to manage, the average teen’s behavior makes unruly toddlers look meek and almost “cute” by comparison. Teenagers’ “jobs”, if you will, is to break away from their parents in ways that prove they are autonomous individuals with minds of their own. This often is accompanied by an assumption that they have an open license for self-determination that is likely to be diametrically opposed to many of their parents’ preferences.

Eventually, teens learn to balance freedom and responsibility, but the process is never easy. Many changes need to take place, in their bodies as well as in their minds. Their responsibilities become greater, and they must say farewell to childhood.

This natural process, even if it goes smoothly, comes with a lot of bumps and blows to the egos of both adults and teens. However, when teens don’t or can’t come to terms with the sea changes that take place at this time in life, they can often find themselves in the position of needing help from a mental health professional.

What are teens feeling?

Uncertainty in the average teen’s personal life can be upsetting, but when we add in the chaotic and fear-filled situations the outside world offers them, it’s no wonder so many teens are overwhelmed. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol abuse, and even violent tendencies have become all too common in contemporary teens. This article from the APA offers and overview of the array of problems teens face, and some of the causes behind them.

What can parents and mental health professionals do? It is almost never easy to get teens to truly open up and describe or share their emotions. The struggle toward independence frequently is accompanied by a bravado that is very difficult to break through. Teens seem afraid to accept help for a variety of reasons. It’s hard for them to build trust with adults, and it is even more difficult for them to get in touch with their feelings simply by talking.

Hypnotherapy breaks down the wall

Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based technique that is capable of giving teens relief in a safe, effective, and expeditious manner. By opening the communication between the teen’s conscious and subconscious awareness, the hypnotherapist can help the teen get to the source of discomfort. Old, erroneous beliefs can be replaced with positive affirmations. Emotions can be expressed in a safe place, and the links between past experiences and present situations can be discovered.

Hypnotherapy can be used to address the problems most teens face. While it cannot, of course, change the way things are in everyday reality, hypnotherapy can provide the teen with tools to deal with it. Learning to reduce feelings of fear or anxiety, understanding the roots of rage and processing the anger and sadness, and learning how to resist urges to engage in unhealthy habit patterns is far easier when hypnotherapy is used to facilitate the process of recovery.

Expand your horizons, and your practice, with hypnotherapy

Imagine being able to offer parents of teens a safe, effective, and holistic way to help their children to heal and cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood with far less stress, angst, and danger. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy®, as it is taught by The Wellness Institute offers all of this and more.

The Wellness Institute’s Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program allows you to learn how to become a hypnotherapist in less than a week. In addition to the live, online didactic training you receive, you get two chances to experience Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy® as therapist, client and observer. With this exposure to the process, you’re ready to conduct your own practice sessions and earn your certification. While you have a year to finish your 20 practice sessions, most of our participants get certified much sooner.

Why get certified in hypnotherapy by The Wellness Institute? With decades of experience, Wellness has developed techniques that help your clients, and you, to heal on very deep levels. The Wellness community’s thousands of members comprise a network of practitioners that provide cross-referrals and support.

While other hypnotherapy programs train you and send you out on your way, you have more options with Wellness. Our supervision groups and online support groups are only the beginning. Learn about our further training, including The Advanced Internship, Personal Transformation Intensive Leadership, Transpersonal Coaching, and Mentorship programs. These intensive courses give you continuing opportunities to grow (and earn CE credit!) for many years to come. Shorter, stand-alone courses that support your hypnotherapy practice are also being offered the second half of 2023.

Not sure you want to take a Six-Day program just now? Try our Two-Day Introduction to Hypnotherapy course. Learn the basics of hypnosis to help your clients change habits, and overcome anxiety, fear, and manage physical discomfort. After finishing the Intro to Hypnosis course, you can still take the Six-Day program, and receive a substantial discount on your tuition.

It’s clear that learning hypnotherapy can transform your practice and help you change your clients’ lives. Whether you work with teens, their parents, or another portion of the population, you can rest assured that practicing hypnotherapy will expand your capabilities and help you grow your client base.

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