If your child is grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw then there is an answer. An integrative approach could help them to say goodbye to grinding!

If your child is grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw then there is help available. Unfortunately, however, dentistry can only protect the teeth. Teeth guards can prevent damage being done to the teeth at night but the damage to the joints of the jaw is unaffected. Temporomandibular joint damage is a serious problem and can require surgery if its causes remain unaddressed.

There’s no need for despair, however. I’ve used counselling and psychotherapy in Reading, Oxford, Wallingford and Thame to overcome bruxism and jaw-clenching.

I also offer counselling and psychotherapy for bruxism online, using vsee, whatsapp, zoom. Please get in touch for details.

What causes bruxism and jaw clenching?

child bruxism and psychotherapyIn children the problem can appear with the first arrival of baby or adult teeth. Usually, once the adult teeth are fully formed, it resolves itself.

Where it continues, however, it is most commonly connected with stress.

The possible causes of stress are manifold. Childhood and adolescence are stressful times and we, as adults, often forget how difficult this part of life can be. 

If we attempt to block the stress and fail to address it in a healthy manner then it can make itself known through physical issues. Grinding teeth is merely one means of dealing with this suppressed or repressed stress and anxiety.

Bruxism and jaw-clenching are closely related to bodily-focused repetitive behaviours (‘BFRBs’). BFRBs include conditions such as dermotillomania, trichotillomania and nail biting. These are all widely recognised as being stress and anxiety related. 

Resolve the stress, end the anxiety and bruxism / jaw clenching will end.

How would counselling and psychotherapy help with bruxism?

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I use the normal means of working with children and young people. This might involve play therapy, music, art, talking and all other standard methods of working with people of this age group.

I also, however, integrate into my work more powerful ways of working with the unconscious mind. Bruxism mostly happens at night, doesn’t it?! It’s an unconscious habit.

Therefore I use hypnotherapeutic means of working with bruxism and jaw-clenching as well as employing more commonplace methods of working with children and adolescents.

I find this to be both more effective and speedier than traditional approaches alone. I am, to my knowledge the only person in Oxfordshire or Berkshire to be able to effectively integrate child psychotherapy with a UKCP accredited level of training in hypnotherapy. Contact me if you’d like to discuss the matter of your child’s health and happiness further.

How do we begin?

If you’d like to discuss how we might work together in order to help your child then please do call me on 07786 123736 / 01183 280284. I’ll be more than glad to speak with you. Alternatively you could email me at paul@resolvedcounsellingforchildren.com or use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Get in touch and we’ll get to work in order to build a happier and dentally healthier child.