Hypnotherapy for Anxiety – Anxiety doesn’t have to be permanent
e use hypnotherapy for anxiety and panic attacks and it is an extremely powerful tool. We use hypnotherapy with anxiety to change the thought processes that lead to anxiety and panic.
During the hypnotherapy processes the client reduces the anxiety levels they previously experienced in a specific situation. The video to the right is a real testimonial, portrayed by an actress, to maintain confidentiality. This client is talking about her anxiety and how hypnotherapy changed her life for the better.
When anxious clients first consult with us, we are often surprised at how they have attempted to cope, just using their own resources. They often demonstrate amazing courage and fortitude in an effort to manage their fears, without the help of professional and well proven techniques such as hypnotherapy.
Coping with anxiety should not be about our clients being brave. Using our help and techniques we would expect to remove their underlying anxiety completely, thus providing our clients with the freedom that many of them have not experienced for years.
Many different types of Anxiety
There are many different types of anxiety. Although they have similar characteristics, they are all different and therefore have to be treated in different ways. They can be split into several distinct groups. This list is not exhaustive, simply a sample of the different types.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety – The types
Fear of Transport Situations
This is a very common anxiety and it encompasses a wide range of issues, like:
- Getting stuck in traffic
- Using the motorways
- Going over bridges
- Travelling on trains
- Fear of flying
- Afraid to go on holidays
- Travelling on the tube
Fear of Meetings
This fear tends to effect people on a professional level and includes things like:
- Panicking in meetings
- Getting anxious talking to the boss
- Worried about interviews
- Anxious about exams
- Giving presentations
- Fear of the unexpected question
This fear effects anyone that is under pressure to perform on a particular day
- Public speaking
- Sporting events
- Performing on stage
- Speaking foreign languages
- Driving test nerves
- Playing musical instruments
- Singing in public
This fear is extremely common and is generated when someone believes that they may not make it to the toilet, or being observed whilst using the toilet. Typical anxieties are:
- Afraid of using the toilet in public places
- Needing to be near the toilet whilst travelling
- Worried about being stuck anywhere without a toilet
- Avoiding public events because of unknown toilet situation
- Avoiding busy traffic situations
- Not going anywhere unknown
- Not using public transport
This anxiety is all about being judged negatively in various ways and different situations, really a fear of what other people think about them. It can be real or just perceived to be the case.
- Going to parties
- Speaking up in groups
- Being the centre of attention
- Taking global criticisms personally
- Misreading things other people say
- Over analysing situations to see what they did wrong
Hypnotherapy for anxiety – How is it treated?
Hypnotherapy for anxiety changes the underlying subconscious thinking and belief systems that support the anxiety. We access these beliefs by using hypnosis and hypnotherapy for anxiety and we use it to collapse the underlying beliefs. Once the underlying beliefs have been collapsed the anxiety symptoms will be changed permanently.
Panic Disorder is a serious condition that around 1 out of every 5 people might experience.
It usually appears during the teens or early adulthood, and while the exact causes are unclear, there does seem to be a connection with major life transitions that are potentially stressful: graduating from college, getting married, having a first child, and so on. Normally it seems to start with a particular event that scares the subconscious. The subconscious has one primary task in life and that is to keep you safe.
If something should scare you (or even embarrass you severely) the subconscious will seek to avoid the same type (or similar) situations. This is what we call avoidance techniques.
There is also some evidence for a genetic predisposition; if a family member has suffered from panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself, especially during a time in your life that is particularly stressful. By using hypnotherapy for anxiety we can significantly reduce the panic a client feels.
When we use hypnotherapy for anxiety disorders, a lot of anxiety that we see in our hypnotherapy clinic is accompanied by panic disorder. This is marked by recurrent, spontaneous panic attacks. A panic attack is an intense period of fear or discomfort. During the attack, a person may experience the following symptoms:
- racing heartbeat
- difficulty breathing, feeling as though you ‘can’t get enough air’
- terror that is almost paralysing
- dizziness, light-headedness or nausea
- trembling, sweating, shaking
- choking, chest pains
- hot flushes, or sudden chills
- tingling in fingers or toes (‘pins and needles’)
- fear that you’re going to go crazy or are about to die
To be diagnosed as a panic attack, four or more symptoms should be present. Otherwise, the attack is described as “limited symptom attack”. Those who experience panic attacks usually describe them as occurring “out of the blue”. We use hypnotherapy for anxiety to tackle many of the symptoms that sufferers experience.
You probably recognise this as the classic ‘fight or flight’ response that human beings experience when we are in a situation of danger. But during a panic attack, these symptoms seem to arise from out of nowhere. They occur in seemingly harmless situations – they can even happen while you are asleep.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety and panic treatments target the processes that we have learned. As with all learning, it is impossible to unlearn (at least without help). This is why we use hypnotherapy for anxiety. For instance, can you unlearn how to ride a bike? It is the same for your anxiety and panic, once you have learned these processes it is very difficult to unlearn them on your own. This is where hypnotherapy for anxiety comes in. It is able to access these subconscious processes and help you to unlearn them.
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It is estimated that 1 in 3 of us will experience anxiety in our lifetime. Anxiety comes in many forms. You might be afraid of being on your own, going out, going into meetings, giving presentations, being the centre of attention or being struck by a panic attack.
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