A psychosocial therapist in Holland has adapted an innovative approach to voice hearing to help very young children dispel the imaginary friends that become realistic foes.
By David Batty, Thursday November 22, 2001, The Guardian
Jeanette Woolthuis, Jeanette Woolthuis, the former chair of Resonance, the National Dutch hearing voices network, has been training as a psychosocial therapist and has specialised in children hearing voices.
Her approach follows the model developed by the Dutch psychiatrist Professor Marius Romme and researcher Sandra Escher, (who did a follow up study with 80 children hearing voices over three years), which encourages people to talk back to their voices to understand how they relate to past traumas.
Ms Walthaus has had to modify the approach of getting people to analyse the disturbing commands given to them by negative voices when dealing with young children because they can find it difficult to explain what they hear. Continue reading “Silencing Unwelcome Voices In Children”