The child in focus is 8, about to start grade 1 and is very nervous. Has an anxious attachment style to parents and is terrified of going to big kid school. This child in-particular likes dinosaurs so I wanted to capture that in some visions to stay in the story-telling mode… 

Hi there, my name is Shayla, mum tells me you are a little bit worried about going into year 1. Would you like to tell me a little bit about your feelings? “Child may choose to chat or not”

Okay, you did so well – today I am going to tell you a story and I want you to close your eyes and picture everything as I am saying it, it will be like a movie in your head that you get to create and watch!! how does that sound? It’s so exciting, you’ll love it!! 

Alright sweetheart, I am going to get you to become nice and comfortable for me just like you are getting ready to take an afternoon nap… beautiful, well done. Now I have a special gift for you today (pulls out small toy dinosaur or anything applicable to gender of child) this is just for you to keep, but you can only keep it if you follow my voice and my instructions the best you can, okay? Good job. 

With the dinosaur in between your finger and thumb, I want you to stretch your arm out in front of you holding onto that dinosaur and close your eyes and listen to my voice. Know that I am right here and you are very safe.

In a moment you will notice something really interesting start to happen, your arm holding the dinosaur is going to become heavier and heavier, whilst feeling relaxed and comfortable as well, becoming heavier and heavier now.

As you notice you’re starting to feel more and more comfortable and more and more relaxed… notice how heavy your arm is beginning to feel, it feels as though it is being pulled down by a lot of bricks… so heavy… so comfortable… so relaxed… feel that arm becoming so heavy… as soon as your hand gets so heavy, you can drop the dinosaur and when the dinosaur hits the ground you will go into a wonderful gentle, hypnotic rest…

The arms and hands are getting so wonderfully heavy as you go deeper and deeper into a hypnosis… that’s right, falling deeper and deeper now into a hypnotic state… very good…

From this moment on – every word I say will be a total part of you and goes deep down into the wonderful part of you that controls the parts of you that is having feelings of anxiety and worry… 

I want you to imagine your favourite place, it might be a playground or the beach or your favourite park… I want you to imagine it all for me, see if you can even smell any of the smells that might be in your favourite place… I want you to take notice of how you feel in your special place, safe… warm… happy… I want you to know all of these feelings are with you all the time, and anytime you want to have these feelings you can remember this special place in your mind and those feelings will all come back… bringing these thoughts and feelings with you I want you to imagine a path appearing in front of you… this path can look however you want it to… it can be straight or windy… it can be rocky or nice and smooth… there might be nice dinosaurs roaming around freely, chomping on the trees or flying through the sky… look up and see how big they are… wow… I want you to follow this path and take a look at everything around you… are there birds singing in the trees, is the sun out and shinning, are the grass fields around you so beautiful and green… can you see the dinosaurs… take it all in… in a moment I want you to look to the side of you and you will see special pebbles appearing either side of the path… they are shades of blue, and green and pink and purple and yellow and orange… these pebbles have things written on them, I think we should investigate… I want you to go over and pick up a pebble… the first one says “courage” this means that you have the ability to do things that scare you… I want you to place that pebble into your pocket, it will stay there for you to pull out anytime you need it… next you see “bravery” bravery, means showing strength and being able to face any fears without worry… pop that one in your pocket as well… next we see “self-trust” self-trust means to be able to trust yourself and know that you will be okay no matter what and that you will always look after yourself… be sure to pop these pebbles in your pocket so you can use them whenever you need them… as you keep walking along you find some more…. these ones say… love… happiness… smart… kind… caring… passionate and driven… these have beautiful colours and you pop all these in your pocket also… these pebbles have been put here just for you and they were written about you… you have so much courage… bravery… self-love… love all around you… happiness… you are so smart… so kind and so caring… you are so passionate and you are so driven… all these beautiful things makes up “insert name” and they are all true… are there any other pebbles you might need to pick up and put in your pocket at all “insert name”… (give some time for a response).. 

perfect you have done such a good job!! Now with all these pebbles and all this knowledge in you now, you know you are brave enough to do anything and you will be okay… you will be able to make amazing friends and memories and enjoy activities… 

I want you to take one more look around at everything and take it all in and remember this peaceful feeling you are having and know that this is all within you and you can feel this calm and peaceful whenever you wish… 

I am going to count from 1 to 10 in a moment and when I do you will awaken feeling alert and fresh, you will be excited for today, tomorrow and every day you wake up, knowing that you will learn new things and have amazing new experiences and when it is time for you to sleep and rest it will be a pleasant sleep, only waking when needed and your body will recharge how it is supposed to…. 

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