Exam Stress

Many parents will appreciate that the stress experienced by children due to exam pressure is often overwhelming, all-consuming and completely disempowering. Negative emotions that are felt during the daytime can create a stressful response in mind and body and are often reflected in a lack of sleep or sleep that is disrupted, bad eating habits or social anxiety. We teach techniques that not only help young people to relax but also create coping strategies. This kind of treatment is very much focused on creating a long term, long lasting habitual response to alleviate stress. Young people generally respond very quickly to treatment and often need just a few sessions; however, this is very much dependent on the complexity of habitual responses and their extremity.

We use a variety of approaches to achieve the desired changes for each young person. Amongst these will be a series of relaxation techniques (mind-body exercises), resourceful strategies for creating a positive mental state (developing conscious focus on what works for each individual), active decision-making processes (personal choices and personal rewards), positive future expectations toolset structured around individual preferences (step by step structures of decisions), useful pattern matching using imagery and active visualisations (using positive experience of the past to build future experience upon). We aim to achieve emotionally positive states, effective memory recall, resilience and confidence. We don’t just treat; we give tools for life. 

Hypnotherapy can facilitate what is best in the human experience and its connection to positive psychology. Yapko (2007) claims that hypnosis can be thought of as “the original positive psychology”, describing it as “an approach that emphasizes the importance of understanding the structure of and pathways into the best and most adaptive aspects of human experience. Hypnotherapy focuses on mobilizing unconscious processes. Many positive aspects are resourced in the unconscious. From the Ericksonian perspective, the unconscious mind is seen as resourceful, positive and generative, and hypnosis can enable access to hidden, sub-conscious resources allowing the person to find their own solution to their problem (Zeig & Geary, 2000). One of the fundamental aspects of facilitating trance is the focus of attention (Zeig, 2008). This internal focus can amplify personal capacities and resources.

“It is clear that teachers and school leaders are seeing many more children and young people who are exhibiting the signs of serious mental distress. Teachers and school leaders take very seriously their duty of care to their students and it is clear there is a great deal of concern in the profession about the gulf in the availability of expert physiological support and counselling for pupils with mental health needs.” 

Chris Keates, NASUWT

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Gabrielle is a member of NCH, RCM associate member and a member of The Hypnobirthing Association