Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
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If you are currently living with anxiety you are not alone. General statistics tell us that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK reports experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression each year. Hypnotherapy for anxiety can enable you to take control of your thoughts and emotions and help you to feel calmer.
It’s very probable that you are reading this with a racing mind and don’t fully understand why or what you need to do to make it stop. You may well be worried about what the future holds if you can’t find calmness and peace. My goal is to always make you feel safe and secure and to support you while you make the positive changes necessary to leave your anxiety behind.
We can all feel anxious and nervous at specific times during our lives. Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid. When we are in stressful situations, such as delivering a presentation, a certain amount of anxiety is expected. For many people, these feelings naturally come and go throughout the day and they can return to a place of calmness and control soon after the event. For anxiety suffers this is seldom the case. I understand that at this moment you may well feel like your thoughts are always whirring and you worry that you’ll never return to a place of tranquillity in your mind. This certainly doesn’t need to be the case. You really do have the ability to change and to feel better.
Why you feel the way you do
Neuroscience tells us that anxiety is created by worry or negative thinking. It’s common for anxiety suffers to negatively forecast the future.
When you are anxious you can’t think with logic, reason or intellect, that part of your brain is shut down. Instead, you think from a part of our brain which is negative. It will always see things from the worst possible perspective, it’s constantly in a state of high alert. This is why you may feel that there is always something to worry about. The emotional part of your brain is helping you to create a constant ‘worry list’ in your mind.
If you are anxious you will spend a lot of time with your fight/ flight mode engaged. This is your basic survival response. When it’s activated you release a number of stress hormones which will increase your heart and breathing rate. Anxiety can be created as a one-off event or it can build up gradually over time. These excess stress hormones may mean that you often feel jittery and that you find it difficult to switch off and relax.
You may well currently feel like your life is a constant source of stress; social media, home, work-life and relationships can create feelings of overwhelm where it’s difficult to think with clarity. Working together we can change the area of your brain that governs your thinking allowing your logical, intellectual part to take back control and help you to take things in your stride.
Types of Anxiety
I have successfully helped many people find freedom from all different types of anxiety. Just like you, they all wanted it to go away and just needed help to make it happen. By working together we can enable you to overcome any type of anxiety no matter how long it has been an unwelcome part of your life.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is one of the most common anxiety disorders. It is marked by intense, unrealistic and uncontrollable anxieties usually connected to a number of objects, ideas and events. People with GAD are likely to worry about how others perceive them and have negative feelings about the future.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). People with SAD experience intense fear or discomfort in social situations, to such an extent that they may try to avoid social contact as much as possible. Excessive blushing, shaking, stammering, sweating, rapid speech and nausea often accompany SAD.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Suffers of OCD may experience intrusive thoughts and images and follow compulsive rituals in response to these thoughts. OCD is a very debilitating condition and can have a very damaging effect on mental health and wellbeing if not successfully addressed.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD whilst more common in adults can also affect teenagers. PTSD forms as a result of experiencing a perceived traumatic event. For more information on PTSD please use the following link
Panic Disorder. Panic attacks often happen for no apparent reason. Symptoms usually include a racing heartbeat, feeling faint, sweating, chest pain, churning stomach and feeling nauseous. Panic disorder occurs when there is a regular occurrence of panic attacks.
Performance Anxiety concerns the fear about one’s ability to perform a specific task. Suffers of performance anxiety often worry about failing before the task has even begun. The anxiety may be related to performing in front of others or being concerned about their own performance in an important event such as an exam, interview or driving test.
How hypnotherapy for anxiety can help
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is based on scientific research as to how your brain works. It offers a holistic approach to mental health and well-being improvement. Having its basis in neuroscience makes it particularly effective when dealing with anxiety, as the methods used replicate the way your brain works when it’s functioning well.
During our hypnotherapy for anxiety sessions, you will be helped to see things from a different perspective, reframing your thoughts to help you gain a much calmer more positive mindset.
We will spend time each session discussing the aspects of your future that you feel you would like to change, with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we always look forward. You will be encouraged to visualise and discuss what your best hopes are for the future. We then use hypnosis to help you work towards attaining this wonderful picture built up in your mind.
I believe that you have everything that you need within you to gain freedom from your anxiety and you will be provided with all the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure that you can enjoy lifelong change. I will support you up until the point that you decide that you no longer need my help.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you need to achieve freedom from your anxiety may be different to others. There are different variables that come into consideration, these include; the length of time that you have had anxiety, the type of anxiety you have (OCD treatment tends to take longer) and how committed you are to your therapy.
With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy we are always focused on your preferred future. This is where you imagine you would want to be when all the problems you came to see me for have vanished. Obviously, this is very individual and therefore the number of sessions needed to achieve this can differ between clients. However, it is very typical for people to enjoy freedom from their anxiety in just 6 sessions.