Health or Hype? Kids undergoing hypnosis

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 12:01 PM

HOUSTON -- Hypnosis for kids – is it Health or Hype?

Some parents say it’s made all the difference with their children, and for them seeing results is believing.

The treatment involves relaxing music, soothing surroundings, and soft spoken words. It’s intended to be a peaceful place conducive to healthy hypnosis.

Certified counselor Esmerelda Gonzalez and former pediatric nurse Suzanne Sears are both certified hypnotists.

“A lot of people think of hypnosis as staged hypnosis because that’s what they’ve seen on TV or they’ve gone to a show,” says Gonzales. “We have to ensure them that we’re not going to make them quack like a duck and that you know -- and we have ethics.”

They use hypnosis to help children overcome obstacles.

Little Julissa’s mom says math was a difficult area for her daughter – not because she didn’t know how to do it but just because she didn’t have faith in herself. Hypnosis has helped, however.

The treatments have also helped kids with problems like nail biting.

For other parents, however, if anything it takes the pressure off and allows their kids to perform well in school with a little less anxiety.

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