Now that life is slowly coming back to what we used to call “ordinary,” parents and other caretakers want to believe that children will put the pandemic experience behind them and simply go on with their lives. The Friday night lights are back on, the cheerleaders, marching bands, and dance teams have their half time routines down pat, and young suitors are already brainstorming clever ways to show their favorite dates how much they want to take them to “Hoco.” 

Are teens and children fully ready to go “back to normal?” 

On the surface, things do seem to be coming back to where they once were. However, these children lost so much during the pandemic, and many of them still suffer from the aftereffects of loneliness, isolation, hypervigilance, and fear. Many are still stung by not getting to go to the prom or missing out on walking with their classes for eighth grade graduation. While these events don’t sound so major from the perspective of adulthood, to young people, these are significant life passages out of which the pandemic-related lockdowns cheated them. 

According to statistics published by JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, these circumstances caused more damage than adults may want to believe. Cited by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the JAMA statistics reflect a dramatic rise in depression and anxiety among teens. From a rate of 8-11% before the pandemic, reported cases of depression and anxiety have risen to anywhere between 20 and 25% of the population. These figures emerged from a total of 29 studies from around the world.  

Apparently, post-pandemic anxiety and depression among the young is a global problem, and there is a need for accessible and effective help to help treat these children. It would be nice to be able to say that help is there for them, but it’s not. During the pandemic and to this day, there’s a shortage of therapists who are qualified to treat these children. This article from Medical Express states that some practitioners saw their requests for appointments increase some 20%. There is a shortage of therapists qualified to treat children and teens to begin with, and a very high ratio of students to school counselors. The article goes on to say that many parents, placed on long waiting lists for therapists, resorted to taking their children to the ER, just so they could be seen and evaluated. 

Hypnotherapy: an effective way to ease depression, fear, and anxiety 

If you’re a therapist, and you want to help, there’s a very effective way to do just that. Learn hypnotherapy. By relaxing your clients, and permitting them to make connections to events that happened in the past and the way they feel in the moment, you give them the chance to heal. You can also provide them with tools they can use to regulate their emotions when they feel anxiety, fear, and depression coming upon them. 
In many cases, there haven’t been enough opportunities to express the emotions they had over the many things that could have occurred during the pandemic. Although so far we’ve only addressed the “simple” things that were missed by young students who were unable to be with their friends at school, there are many worse events that may have happened. Maybe they were struck with COVID, or a family member or friend may have passed away during the pandemic.  
In many cases, these young people may have been told to “suck it up” or “try to forget about it.” Of course, this is not a very healthy strategy for the long term. It is crucial for people to get in touch with emotions and work with them. Talk therapy can help, but there is an even better and faster way to get young people on the road to recovery. Hypnotherapy allows the client to go back to any painful event in a safe environment and process the emotions that come up for them.  

In Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™, which is taught by The Wellness Institute, clients are able to use a unique method that helps them to heal in body, mind, and spirit. Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™ clients are given opportunities to reframe old beliefs and choose new ways of seeing themselves. Then, they are taken through a process that promotes healing of old wounds, and offers hope for greater happiness in the present and future. 

Does hypnotherapy really work for teens and children? 

After 40+ years of experience of Wellness Institute founders and their thousands of students, there is no question that hypnotherapy is an excellent way to treat teens and children for issues such as anxiety, fear, and depression. Young people respond well to the process of connecting their subconscious minds with their conscious awareness, as they do in hypnotherapy.  
They also respond well to the tools that are provided, such as methods of “turning down” their negative feelings with an imaginary control switch that is offered during the healing portion of the session. They are reminded of the many resources they have, which they discover in the sessions, and learn how and when to use them. Furthermore, hypnotherapy offers a drug-free alternative to treatment plans that might be prescribed by the medical model.  
With suicide a constant worry for parents of children who suffer from depression and anxiety, it’s important to get assistance for children in distress right away. Fortunately, hypnotherapy offers help that works quickly and has long-lasting effects. 
If you know a child who is experiencing post-pandemic distress, you have clients who do, or if you just want to help with this crisis, wouldn’t it make sense for you to learn hypnotherapy, so you can help them find their way back to happiness and health?  

Learn hypnotherapy at The Wellness Institute in just six days! 

The proliferation of psychological issues among teens and children due to the damage they sustained during the pandemic is sad, but if you want to provide the support these young people need, there is good news for you.  
It’s very easy to learn hypnotherapy online with The Wellness Institute, and it only takes six days! Here are just some of the things you’ll learn in our Six-Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program: 

- The history of hypnosis 
- Induction and deepening techniques 
- Emotional release and titration 
- Hypnotherapy for treating issues ranging from codependency to addiction and eating disorders 
- How to use hypnotherapy in the treatment of teens and children 

There’s a lot more included in the program, including experiential learning through supervised practice sessions and opportunities to explore your own healing through practice sessions as a hypnotherapy client.  

The program is offered live and online, with experienced teachers and highly qualified assistants to coach you through your first sessions. Learning hypnotherapy at The Wellness Institute is cost-effective, as well. With this new skill, you’ll expand your practice and attract referrals from your colleagues. The already reasonably priced tuition will pay for itself before you know it! It’s also possible to earn CEUs, while you learn a new skill that will enrich your own life as well as benefit all of your clients. 
There’s more! The Wellness Institute offers advanced training that sharpens your skills and allows you to deepen your healing. The mission of our founders, Diane Zimberoff and David Hartman, is to “heal the healers and teach the teachers”. Explore The Advanced internship, Personal Transformation Leadership Training, and The Mentorship Program, and see just how much you can grow with The Wellness Institute.  
If you’ve already taken the Six Day, or even done some of the advanced training, come back and continue your journey. And, if you’re new to The Wellness Institute, know that you’ll be welcomed into a huge network of like-minded professionals, dedicated to helping people heal in mind, body, and spirit.  
Learn hypnotherapy, and help make the world a better place for teens, children, and all your clients.