transition Stress in the EHCP process

The Transition Phase: Preparing for Smooth Moves Between Educational Phases in the EHCP Process

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

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The journey of a child’s education is a series of phases, each marked by transitions that can pose challenges for both the student and their parents. For families with children who have Education, Health, and Care Plans (EHCPs), these transitions can be even more intricate and demanding. In this blog post, we’ll explore the common problems faced during educational phase transitions, and delve into a powerful solution that can ease the process – the 1-to-1 Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) offered by the Bohangar City Practice.

Identifying the Challenges

Transitioning between educational phases is a crucial yet often overwhelming period for both students and parents. This experience is magnified for families navigating the intricate landscape of EHCPs. From moving from primary to secondary school to transitioning into post-secondary education or vocational training, the process is filled with uncertainties and stressors.

  1. Anxiety and Stress: Students with EHCPs often grapple with higher levels of anxiety and stress during transitions due to uncertainties related to new environments, routines, and expectations. Parents, too, experience significant stress as they try to ensure their child’s seamless shift into the next phase.
  2. Loss of Support Network: Transitioning between schools often means leaving behind familiar faces, teachers, and support networks that have been instrumental in a child’s growth. This loss can leave both students and parents feeling isolated and apprehensive.
  3. Educational Gap: Changes in curriculum, teaching methods, and expectations can result in an educational gap that students with EHCPs might find challenging to bridge. This can undermine their confidence and hinder their academic progress.
  4. Coping Mechanisms: Parents, while dealing with their own stress, need to provide support to their children as they adapt to the new phase. However, it can be challenging for parents to help their children develop effective coping mechanisms when they themselves are struggling to manage stress and anxiety.

Presenting the Solution: 1-to-1 CBH Therapy

One effective solution to address the challenges of transitions and to support parents in managing stress and anxiety is 1-to-1 Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH) offered by the Bohangar City Practice.

  1. Stress and Anxiety Management: CBH is a well-established therapeutic approach that combines cognitive behavioral techniques with hypnotherapy. It empowers individuals to manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges effectively. Through personalized sessions, individuals learn techniques to reduce anxiety levels, enhance relaxation, and improve their overall well-being.
  2. Building Resilience: CBH equips individuals with tools to build resilience in the face of challenges. Students with EHCPs can benefit immensely from this, as they learn to adapt to new environments, routines, and academic demands while maintaining emotional balance.
  3. Coping Skills Development: Parents can also gain from CBH therapy by acquiring new coping skills. This enables them to navigate the transition phase more smoothly and provide better support to their children. As parents become adept at managing their own stress, they set an example for their children to learn healthy coping strategies.
  4. Personalized Approach: The 1-to-1 nature of CBH therapy ensures that sessions are tailored to the specific needs of the individual. This allows for a deep exploration of the challenges faced during transitions and the development of targeted strategies to address them effectively.
  5. Long-Term Benefits: The skills acquired through CBH therapy extend far beyond the transition phase. Both students and parents can continue to use these techniques to manage stress, anxiety, and challenges in various aspects of their lives.

Embracing Smooth Transitions with 1-to-1 CBH Therapy

Smooth transitions between educational phases are pivotal for a student’s overall well-being and academic success. By addressing the challenges through 1-to-1 CBH therapy, families with children under EHCPs can pave the way for a more positive and empowering experience. As students learn to manage stress, build resilience, and adapt to changes, they are better equipped to excel in their studies and personal growth. Likewise, parents who undergo CBH therapy find themselves better equipped to guide their children through transitions while fostering healthy coping skills and emotional well-being.


Navigating educational phase transitions within the EHCP framework can be a complex journey, but it doesn’t have to be a daunting one. By embracing the power of 1-to-1 CBH therapy offered by the Bohangar City Practice, families can arm themselves with effective tools to manage stress, anxiety, and challenges during these critical junctures. Smooth transitions are not only possible but also a gateway to a brighter academic and emotional future for both students and parents alike. Embrace the transformative potential of 1-to-1 CBH therapy and embark on a journey towards smoother educational transitions and enhanced well-being.

Note from the Author on this Article ‘Chigg’

The insights and guidance presented in this article stem from a blend of personal encounters with the EHCP review process and a deep-rooted professional understanding of CBH therapy. The author, having personally navigated the intricate maze of the EHCP/SEND process from its initiation to its ongoing stages, brings a unique perspective to the table. This hands-on experience is further enriched by a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy from the esteemed UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, and a certification in understanding Autism.

Before venturing into the realm of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, the author carved a successful career spanning over two decades in Investment Banking, with significant roles in global hubs like the City of London, Singapore, Frankfurt, and Zurich. This background, although seemingly distinct, instilled a passion for relaxation, self-hypnosis, and the art of simplifying complex problems.

Today, channeling this passion and expertise, the author has established the Bohangar City Practice. This venture is a testament to their commitment to assisting others through Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, drawing from both their professional training and personal journey with SEND. This article, thus, stands as a credible and empathetic guide for parents embarking on or navigating the EHCP review process.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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