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Sometimes it’s NOT Anxiety!

By Elaine Hodgins / September 2, 2020 /

Anxiety comes in many forms. If I said to you: “in your own words – what is anxiety?” would you be able to give me an answer? And would it be similar to what others have described it as? The answer is NO! The reason for this is because anxiety is a FEELING. We all…

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ANOREXIA NERVOSA – Going to University or College can be a Trigger

By Elaine Hodgins / August 26, 2020 /

Most parents fear the word “Anorexia”, as most of us know that it is a serious mental health condition which, if not taken seriously, can have fatal consequences. Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of the food related mental illnesses. As a clinical hypnotherapist and child behavioural specialist I have been treating children, teens and…

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“Help, My 6 year- old holds his stools and soils his pants constantly.”

By Elaine Hodgins / August 13, 2020 /

What is it? Encorpresis, or soiling/stool holding is a children’s anxiety/toileting disorder that many children struggle with from as young as four years old, and CAN suffer with it right up to their teen years, if not treated. Some children suffer from constipation, and of course it makes them feel uncomfortable and may even hurt…

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Managing Your Own and Your Child’s Anxiety During Re-Opening of Everything After Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / August 6, 2020 /

A World of Worry! As the various countries all around the world starts to re-open after months of lockdown, every family is facing difficult decisions about how to cope. Is it safe? Can we start visiting family members? Can our teens be trusted to take care when socialising with their mates? Then of course there…

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Helping your Child to Stop the Negative Thoughts

By Elaine Hodgins / July 22, 2020 /

What do negative thoughts look like in children? I remember my daughter coming home one day and saying something like “Oh Mum! I am SO RUBBISH! I can’t do anything right – everything I do goes wrong, and I hate myself!” I’m sure all you mum’s and dad’s out there have heard your youngsters state…

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LGBTQ Teens, Bullying and Suicide

By Elaine Hodgins / July 1, 2020 /

Over the past few years, we have seen a huge increase in teen suicide. Many of the teens have been subject to anti-gay bullying. *James Smith (name changed) was only 17 years old when his mother found him hanging in the bathroom. He left a note saying; “I don’t want to leave you mum but…

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Life For Children Post Lockdown

By Elaine Hodgins / June 10, 2020 /

Different reactions to the lock down Talking to a friend of mine who is a primary school teacher the other day, he was saying that it will be hard for each and every one of them, children and teachers alike, because there is no way that any of the children are going to be able…

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Ten Ways to Get Your Child to Talk About Their Emotions

By Elaine Hodgins / June 3, 2020 /

By now your children will have been at home under lock down rules for many weeks and may even be getting prepared physically and emotionally to go back to school. They have been separated from their friends, their teachers, and have had a totally different routine – now its all going to change again as…

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Will Corona Virus and the Lockdown have a Lasting Impact on my Child’s Mental Health?

By Elaine Hodgins / May 27, 2020 /

Maisie who is 5 years old said “Mummy I’ve stopped wetting the bed now so can I please go back to school and see all my friends? I’m really missing them!” Maisie’s mum was shocked with her daughter’s remark. She hadn’t realised that Maisie had thought she was being made to stay home because she…

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Back to School Anxiety

By Elaine Hodgins / May 13, 2020 /

Understanding back to school anxiety Going back to school after any holiday: summer, Easter, half term etc is bad enough for any child but going back to school after having to stay at home, under lock down for several weeks is going to be pretty tough, even for the toughest of our children. One mum…

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