Child Therapy



It is a passion of mine to help children to feel better about themselves – and to be the best they can be in the world around them.  I have a particular interest in helping children gain control of their emotions, and to overcome confidence and self-esteem issues. Confidence and Self-Belief are a vital asset for anyone, and can be truly life-changing – especially for children.

My Child Therapy sessions provide practical tools and confidence-building techniques, combined with solution-focused NLP, Positive Psychology & Kids Coaching for children and teenagers from the age of 9 upwards.

Because, just as adults experience stress, children and teenagers can experience a wide variety of challenging, stressful or uncertain circumstances around them.  As a result, they can find themselves dealing with rising levels of internal stress and conflict from their negative emotions, which then impacts on their behaviours, their choices, their confidence and well-being – as well as potentially affecting their ability to concentrate or be motivated at school.   A cycle of “negative expectation” is likely to be created within them which, if left unresolved, can lead to a loss of self-belief, resulting in negative-type behaviours.

I help children and teenagers to develop a positive attitude towards themselves and their capabilities, as well as towards their relationships with others.  As a result, they develop increased self-confidence and resilience, which changes their world for the better by creating a naturally happier day-to-day experience. 

The skill-set provided by NLP, Positive Psychology, CBT & Coaching increases levels of personal understanding, and helps to bring about helpful and positive perspectives that will be a life-long asset for children and teenagers in building and maintaining confidence, self-esteem and resilience going forward.

A wide range of issues can be helped, including Anxiety, Anger, Bullying, Confidence issues, Difficulties with Concentration, Lack of Motivation, Developing Skills for Learning, Fears and much more.

If you would like your child to be happier, with greater confidence and improved learning skills, you are very welcome to call me for a free telephone consultation on 07979 371701, to discuss your child’s issue, and to see how best I can be of help.

 “I brought my son to see Jenny for ‘urgent’ help with an anxiety/confidence issue he had been having for several months.  After just his first session, I could see glimmers of the child I knew and loved returning.  He made real  progress from each of his 3 sessions, growing in confidence so much that he is now completely unrecognisable from the anxious child I took to see Jenny initially. Thank you Jenny!!”  Alex R, South West London

“The most amazing moment came when, on hearing that “Michael” had confidence issues at school because of his dyslexia, Jenny helped him to read out aloud, and with ease – from a press article that was in the clinic room!  Not only did he read it confidently and correctly, but he finished the entire article with barely any hesitations!! … His reading has since gone from strength to strength…. The teachers at his school have noticed the difference and commented on his progress, so we couldn’t be happier… Mrs M, Hertfordshire



Hypnotherapy and Coaching Sessions are available in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire ~ London ~ Wimbledon and via Skype

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Helping Shy Children To Become Confident

As an NLP4Kids Practitioner, one of the most rewarding aspects of my work is helping a child to overcome what is often perceived as “shyness”, and in the process enabling them to discover and connect with the confidence and happiness within themselves.

In reality I have found that shyness in a child is actually another way of saying that they lack confidence in themselves (whether it be socially or in terms of their abilities). A shy child – or one who is lacking in confidence – is naturally going to find it hard to excel or be their best, for the main reason that they are also likely to be battling with self-doubt or negative belief-patterns.

It can be helpful to know that within all of us, children and adults alike, there is an infinite capacity for happiness, confidence, self-belief and motivation – which we often don’t realise is there. When we find ourselves “lacking” in these positive qualities it is likely to be because, unwittingly, we are simply blocking our own connection to them – with negative thoughts and beliefs.

And whether we realise it or not, when we allow ourselves to entertain negative thoughts and beliefs, the effect can be compared to us administering a toxic substance to ourselves daily, which undermines and obstructs us in all that we want to do.

So one of the first things I do is to chat informally to the child to put them at ease, and find out a little about them and what makes them tick. I am also looking to see what kind of things might make them anxious, why and when. More often than not, it is about helping the child to feel better about themselves, because on some level, I find that most shy children have an underlying perception about themselves that they are not as good as others.

Unfortunately, one of the problems with having a negative (unhelpful) belief is that, because of the way the mind works, it can often produce a vicious circle of negative “self-fulfilling prophecy” in reality. For instance, if a child forms the belief that they are not as good as others, or that others will always be better than them, the resulting effect for most children is that they will simply not even bother to put in the effort or try to do their best, holding themselves back and “protecting” themselves from the disappointment that they feel is likely to be inevitable. This can often manifest itself as a lack of motivation or even negative behaviours, and is entirely self-defeating. Hence, unwittingly, they are contributing to making the negative belief that they hold to become a reality.

So helping a shy child to feel better about themselves can often involve identifying and changing any unhelpful beliefs, and helping them to “re-frame” the way they see themselves and others.

Amongst many wonderful things, NLP4Kids provides the means of helping children to understand themselves, as well being able to identify and change negative thought or belief-patterns that are creating a problem. Helping a “shy” child to be able to choose and create more helpful and healthier beliefs means the world has already just changed for that child in immeasurably positive and helpful ways.

In my view, using NLP with children is a master-stroke because it provides fun and exciting techniques that enables the child to feel almost as if they are playing, and yet as a result they find they are feeling better, and are more confident and in control of themselves going forward.

One of the most exciting things for any child to learn is that they have more control over themselves and the way they feel than they previously realised. Helping a shy child learn how to connect with their inner confidence in just a few moments is quite often life-changing there and then!

In fact, it was in one of these instances that I helped a shy child, held back up until then by his diagnosis of “dyslexia”, to be able to read aloud from an official press release (it was all we had in the clinic room!) in it’s entirety and at normal speed. His mother’s expression (and mine) will stay with me for a long time to come. When a child connects with their inner confidence, infinite possibilities really can open up for them, which they are helped to recognise and experience for themselves.

Once a child can recognise how their thoughts affect their feelings (and vice versa) it opens the way for them to be able to feel in control, and to be able to create more on-going happiness and confidence for themselves.

When a child recognises that there is more than just one way for them to be, this in itself is liberating in the extreme. Helping them realise that they also have a choice in how they think, feel and react in any moment is empowering and is a priceless resource that will continue to serve them well in the future.

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