Being raised by a single parent can increase the risk of developing a lack of confidence in adult life by nearly 2.5 times the national average

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In a report published by The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy last week, out of the clients that presented with lack of confidence issues, 67% reported that they were from a single parent family.

Often many children living with a single parent have other important people In their lives like grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours, teachers, family friends, and others who care about them and show love and affection

The report analysed 100 previous clients that visited the Surrey Institute for hypnotherapy for presentation nerves, toilet anxiety, shy bladder and lack of confidence to establish if there is any commonality between them with regards to events or conditioning.

The overall percentage of clients that reported that one parent was absent due to divorce, death or never known was 38%, which is significantly higher than the national average as reported by Gingerbread, which reports it to be 26% in the UK.

Although the The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy has to use hypnotherapy for confidence with many clients, it is often not the presenting issue but it can be the root cause for many other anxiety issues such as agoraphobia, public speaking anxiety, shy bladder, social phobia and depression.

Paul Howard, Institute Director and Marketing Director for the National Council for Hypnotherapy, said "It is difficult to draw too much from this as, in many cases, single parent families can be more harmonious that dual parent families as although harder they can have less conflict, aggression and angst. "

"Often many children living with a single parent have other important people In their lives like grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours, teachers, family friends, and others who care about them and show love and affection."

Sociologists who have studied single mothers of different races, classes, and sexual orientations have found that those mothers are rarely raising their children single-handedly. Instead, they have networks of friends and relatives and neighbours who care about them and their children, and have been part of their lives for years.

The report highlighted that in 81% of the cases it was the opposite parent that was missing in the clients that reported coming from single parent families. However, that could be because the subjects were predominately women and once again, according to Gingerbread, 92% of single parents are women.

The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy is committed to raising awareness to the help that hypnotherapy for anxiety can bring to sufferers. It is far cheaper and more sensible to remove the anxiety at the source than to relieve the symptom in the short term using drugs.

For most people the main question in their mind is does hypnotherapy work? However, with the amount of research available showing the efficacy of hypnotherapy with anxiety, the question they should be asking is how quickly will it work?

Paul Howard has been practising hypnotherapy at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy in Wallington, Surrey for over 11 years. He specialises in hypnotherapy for anxiety and psoriasis and is a Fellow and the Marketing Director for the National Council for Hypnotherapy.

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