Hypnotherapy for anxiety

Achieve freedom from your anxiety and thrive

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You just want to feel normal again and get back to enjoying the little things in your life. I understand.

If you’re currently living with anxiety you are not alone. It’s estimated that approximately 1 in 6 people in the UK experience a condition such as anxiety or depression each year. Hypnotherapy for anxiety can help you quickly take control of your anxious thoughts, enabling you to find RELIEF and live your life the way you want.

It’s very probable that you’re reading this with a mindful of worry and don’t fully understand what’s changed to make you feel the way you do. All you know is that you don’t want to live like this anymore. You’re tired of feeling TRAPPED and just coping, you want to feel alive and THRIVE. My goal is to always make you feel safe and support you while we make your journey of change together.

I can’t switch off!

We can all feel anxious and nervous at specific times during our lives. Anxiety is something we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid. When we are in stressful situations, such as delivering an important presentation, a certain amount of anxiety is expected. For many people, once the presentation has been delivered they can quickly return to a place of CALMNESS in their minds and can look forward to the rest of their day.

Perhaps you find it difficult to return to such a place. You find yourself constantly overthinking and small insignificant events turn into unscalable obstacles in your mind, you spend your day ‘turning molehills into mountains’. I understand how tiring and FRUSTRATING this is. Thankfully a really quick, simple and effective solution is at hand to help you free yourself from your negative mind chatter and enable you to confidently move forwards with your life.

You deserve to live a life of EASE AND FLOW and enjoy peaceful sleep each night!

Why do I feel like this?

When you think negatively about yourself or the events in your life you create anxiety.  Perhaps you often find yourself negatively thinking about past or upcoming events. Each time you worry you create anxiety.

When you are anxious you spend more time thinking from the emotional, negative part of your brain, so you find yourself thinking the worst.  This part of your brain is also very obsessional and vigilant. This is why you feel that there is a CONSTANT STORM of negative thoughts swirling around your mind. The emotional part of your brain is creating overwhelm.

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I feel constantly on edge!

Your overthinking means that you will be producing an oversupply of stress hormones. As a result, you may feel your breathing rate increase, feel jittery and find it difficult just to switch off and relax. This may be more prominent at bedtime so you find it difficult to fall or stay asleep.

You may well currently feel like your life is a constant source of stress; demands from home, work and relationships leave you feeling OVERWHELMED and make just coping difficult.

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How much EASIER and more enjoyable will your life be when you find PEACE?

How hypnotherapy for anxiety can help

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a safe, modern type of therapy that’s content is based on scientific research. It involves both talking therapy (pshychotherapy)and hypnotherapy. It can be used to very successfully help people overcome a vareity of mental health conditions including anxiety. Anxiety tends to build up gradually and when it does we spend more time thinking from the negative, obsessional and vigilant part of our brain. This is why it can feel like negative thoughts are a constant companion. When eventually one negative thought disappears it seems like there’s always another one keen to take its place.

Unlike other forms of therapy, rather than focusing on your problem, our talk focuses on how you want to think, feel and act in the future. Your brain is constantly changing. It’s building up new connections all the time. By focusing our talk on your desired future you build up new pathways in your brain. Using hypnotherapy at the end of your session helps to define and build those pathways more quickly and effectively.

Within just a few short weeks your thinking changes, so that instead of thinking from the negative and emotional part of your brain, you are able to think from the positive, rational and intellectual parts. This allows you to find RELIEF from whatever type of anxiety you are currently suffering from. As there is no anxiety in this part of your brain, you BREAK FREE from the cycle of negative thinking and instead can look forward to thinking positively about your future.

Just imagine what you could ACHIEVE without your anxiety holding you back!

How much more ENJOYABLE would your day be if you woke up feeling REFRESHED and at peace?

A simple 3 step process helps you to take back control of your life;

#01 Discover

You learn what’s happening to make you feel the way you do and how together we can quickly make you better.

#02 Change

We work together each week to bring about positive change helping you to calm your mind and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

#03 Thrive

No more living with anxiety. You’ve completely changed your way of thinking, allowing you to enjoy living the life you want.

Common types of anxiety that I help with

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is the most common reason why people seek my help. Previous clients have tended to view themselves and their capabilities in a negative light, which affected their levels of confidence and self-worth. They focused on the negative aspects of their lives and in doing so created overwhelm which left them feeling tired, trapped and frustrated.

Perhaps you also find yourself trapped in a cycle of negative thinking which seems to be a constant in your life. It’s there when you go to bed and greets you when you wake. Thankfully your life doesn’t have to be like this.

Social Anxiety

Previous clients with social anxiety found themselves withdrawing from social events, preferring instead the comfort of their own homes. For many a lack of confidence was holding them back. They didn’t want to be in the spotlight and felt that they would have little to add to a conversation. It’s very common for me to help people with a combination of generalised and social anxiety as they often go hand in hand.

Perhaps you feel uneasy at the thought of socialising and would like to feel confident when you step into a room full of people and rediscover the enjoyment from building new relationships.

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woman celebrating being free from her OCD anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

While less common than generalised or social anxiety, I have helped a number of people to take control of their compulsive behaviours. Whilst logically you know that there is no reason to carry out your compulsion, you find yourself unable to stop yourself. You can find out more about OCD by clicking on the highlighted link. Here you can also watch a video interview with Matt where we discuss how I used hypnotherapy to help his daughter break free from her hand-washing ritual.

Perhaps you too are carrying out compulsive rituals and just want to escape them so you can bring back control and live a much calmer life.

Performance Anxiety

Performance Anxiety creates fear around your ability to complete a specific task. Perhaps your anxiety relates to performing in front of others, or it may be concerned about how you will perform in an important event such as an exam or interview. Recently I have seen an increase in the number of people looking to overcome their driving anxiety so they can once again drive with confidence. You can find more information on hypnotherapy for driving anxiety by using the highlighted link.

Perhaps you get feelings of dread when you need to be in the spotlight. You just want to free yourself from your negative chatter so you can put on the confident performance that you know you’re capable of.

woman relaxed in a car after using hypnotherapy for driving anxiety
A woman with her arms in the air feeling free from her phobia

Fears and Phobias

I have helped many clients overcome a variety of different fears and phobias. Previous clients have found their phobia very debilitating as it stopped them from living the life they wanted. When they tried to confront their fear their brain reacted by engaging their fight/ flight mode causing feelings of unease or panic.

You can find out more information on phobias by using the highlighted link. Here you can watch an interview with Dee who I helped to successfully overcome her 15 year fear of flying.

Perhaps you too have a fear or phobia that’s holding you back and you just want to feel free so you can live your life to the full.

Health Anxiety

It’s very common for me to help people overcome their health anxiety. If you have any type of anxiety you will struggle to have rational or logical thoughts. Previous clients would spend hours overthinking, worrying and googling their symptoms, which made their anxiety worse.

Perhaps you find yourself in a never-ending spiral of worry over your health and you just want to break free so you can feel peace and look forward to enjoying each day with a calm mind.

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I have successfully helped many people find freedom from all different types of anxiety. Just like you, they wanted an effective calming treatment so they could live their live to the full.

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.

I have written a separate blog post that goes into much greater depth on the subject of hypnotherapy. If you would like to find out more about how hypnotherapy and how hypnosis can help you to overcome your anxiety you can read the article by clicking on the highlighted link Can hypnotherapy help with anxiety?

How we can work together?

One of the major benefits of solution focused hypnotherapy is that it can be carried out online. So no matter where you are reading this from, using the internet means that I am able to use hypnotherapy to help you achieve FREEDOM from your anxiety. As your therapy will take place in your home it may actually be more beneficial.

Being able to relax in a familiar environment may make it easier for you to enter a naturally relaxed trance state more quickly, making the therapy more effective than if you went to an unfamiliar therapy room.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of online hypnotherapy please use this link.

How many sessions will I need to calm my anxiety?

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.

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.

What is hypnosis for anxiety?

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You will probably have heard of both the terms hypnosis and trance. They can really be thought of as being interchangeable, as they both describe a time when you experience a shift in your conscious awareness. It’s often described as being in a daydream. So when you gaze out of the window you have gone into trance.

You may recall a time when you’ve been in conversation with a friend and tried to remember the name of a film or book. No matter how hard you try when you are consciously thinking about it you can’t recall the name. It’s only later at home when you are daydreaming that the name POPS into your head.

During the daydreaming state, your conscious and unconscious minds have worked together to give you the answer you were looking for. Hypnosis is a great PROBLEM-SOLVING state that we naturally go into many times during our day.

How does hypnosis for anxiety work?

During the light trance state used in solution focused hypnotherapy, your brain will take the negative emotional edge of memories. By mimicking your REM dream state, hypnosis helps you to relieve stress. It allows you to take control of your thoughts and think with logic and reason.

It also completely shuts off your supply of noradrenaline, one of your body’s main stress hormones. You, therefore, come back to full consciousness feeling calm and relaxed.

During hypnosis, our brain waves alter. When we are awake and especially if we are anxious our beta waves are predominant. However, when we are in a relaxed trance state this activity lessens. Our alpha and theta waves become more influential which enables us to visualise and then come up with SOLUTIONS to our problems.

Just like we do when we are in our natural REM dream state.  It’s no coincidence that most languages in the world have a version of our ‘sleep on it’ to describe the amazing ability of our dream state to solve our problems.

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Other common questions

How does hypnotherapy differ from using other types of treatment?

Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for anyone seeking self-improvement or help to overcome a particular mental health condition.

It differs from other forms of treatment as it primarily works with the subconscious mind. Qualified hypnotherapists can help their clients quickly access their subconscious mind. 

The subconscious mind is very powerful and responsible for around 97% of our thoughts. Hypnotherapy is a natural form of treatment that requires no additional medication for it to be effective.

It is also very outcome-focused, so unlike other forms of therapy such like counselling there is no need to try and make sense of the past.

 

Can everyone be hyptonised?

Yes, everyone has the ability be hypnotised if they wish to. No one can be hypnotised against their will. Hypnosis is not mind control, it’s just a form of deep relaxation. Some people may take longer to achieve this level of relaxation but everyone has the ability to be hypnotised. All hypnosis is a form of self-hypnosis as you cannot be hypnotised against your will.

Will I lose control during hypnosis?

No. Hypnosis is a state of focused attention. All hypnosis is in fact self hypnosis which means that you will remain in control at all times.

 

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural daydreaming state that we go into each day. It’s a state of deep relaxation. When the brain experiences these levels of relaxation it is better able to take in and act on suggestions for positive change.

 

What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?

Solution focused hypnotherapy is a collaborative process that combines talking therapy (psychotherapy) with hypnotherapy. It’s a very positive form of therapy as my questions are focused on the outcomes and goals you wish to achieve.

In addition to hypnotherapy, if you wish I can teach you a number of calming self-care techniques such as breathing exercises and visualisation practices.

At the end of every session, I will guide you into a relaxed trance state. During this time your brain will be coming up with solutions, and ideas and building up the neural pathways necessary to move you toward the desired future we’ve just discussed. 

 

Does hypnotherapy have any known side effects?

Hypnotherapy uses the state of hypnosis to help someone to make positive changes and begin the healing process. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state that we go into regularly each day so as a result it’s very safe for a vast majority of people.

When a person is guided into a state of hypnosis by a hypnotherapist they will go into a deeper level of relaxation than they would normally. As a result, it may not be suitable for people who experience conditions such as psychosis.

If you think you may have a mental health disorder such as psychosis it’s important that you consult your doctor before seeking treatment with a hypnotherapist.

How can we work together?

The first thing to do is to book a consultation using one of the orange buttons on the page. This is a chance for you to inform me of your current problems and the symptoms of it and what your ideal outcome looks like. This will provide me with the information I need to give you an indication of how many sessions will be needed for you to achieve your transformation.

 

What is clinical hypnotherapy?

Clinical hypnotherapy means that the techniques and methods used are done solely to improve a person’s wellness and mental health leading to self-improvement.

This is different, for example, to the kind of hypnotherapy that you may have seen on television which is done solely for entertainment purposes.

 

What is the difference between hypnotherapy and meditation?

Meditation and hypnotherapy have different purposes and approaches and use different techniques. Meditation is a self-care technique primarily used for relaxation, stress reduction, wellness and personal growth, focusing on achieving a state of inner peace and calming.

With Hypnotherapy a hypnotherapist will induce a state of focused attention and relaxation, with the primary purpose of addressing specific psychological or behavioural issues, such as fears, phobias, anxiety, or weight loss.

While both involve altered states of consciousness and relaxation, meditation is for general well-being and self-care, while hypnotherapy is a therapeutic tool used in clinical settings for targeted issue resolution.

Why I believe I’m the right person to help you

I have spent my working life helping people to reach their potential. I get enormous satisfaction from helping people to change and become the BEST version of themselves.

After being made redundant I spent months suffering from anxiety and insomnia. I know how limiting, exhausting and frustrating living with anxiety is. Hypnotherapy helped me to break free from both anxiety and insomnia so I know EXACTLY how to use it to help you do the same. My journey was featured in an article in The Telegraph, you can read about it by clicking on the highlighted link 

I am a qualified hypnotherapist and a member of a number of awarding bodies which means I have to adhere to strict codes of conduct and continue to develop myself professionally. You can be sure your mental health is in a safe empathetic pair of hands.

I am one of the most highly reviewed hypnotherapists in the UK because I get results for my clients.

 

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Based on the RESULTS I achieve for my clients and the standard of my work I have won several nationally recognised awards.

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Best Hypnotherapy in Stevenage
Hypnotherapy Practise of the Year Winner
How can I find out more about hypnotherapy for anxiety?
If you have any questions regarding your condition or how we can use hypnotherapy online to enable you to live a life free from anxiety, then please get in touch using this email link or give me a call on 07855 759533.

Alternatively, if you’re ready to book your consultation please use the button below.

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