Hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety

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You just want your teenager to be happy and confident and live their life to the full. I understand.

The teenage years offer their own unique challenges. Their mind and bodies are changing at a great pace and they’re being asked to make important decisions without all the tools and resources necessary. Our brains don’t fully develop until we are in our mid to late twenties. Because of this, it’s possible for a teenager’s mind to feel like a giant revolving door of worry. The worry steps in the open door with them. Then instead of allowing them to step out, it keeps them trapped going round and round.

Teenage worry

We can use hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety to safely and quickly stop this revolving door of worry and bring back a sense of calmness and control.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural human reaction involving both the mind and body. It’s a warning system to say that we’re currently experiencing stress. In certain circumstances such as running away from danger, anxiety can be lifesaving. It can also make you more focused and alert. So a small amount of anxiety can be beneficial before an exam or performance. However, it can often become overwhelming and have a devastating effect on the enjoyment of life.

Anxiety is created by our thoughts surrounding an event or situation. If we feel we are facing a situation where we are not going to be able to cope, then we create anxiety.

Why do we create anxiety?

Throughout our evolution, we’ve had to cope with the threat of attack. Our brain became very good at looking out for threats and when it believed that we were under attack it began our stress response.

Our bodies were flooded with stress hormones which increased our heart and breathing rate. Anxiety is an unconscious response to a perceived threat.

In our modern lives, a build-up of stress hormones can often make us feel like we’re on edge. This makes it difficult to switch off and relax. Our lives are not in danger but we still generate the same response as if it was.

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Unfortunately, the part of our brain that starts the stress response can often get things wrong. It’s constantly looking out for danger but often mistakes seemingly innocent events, situations or objects as threats. The things a teenager’s brain regards as a threat may be vastly different to adults This might include; problems within friendship groups, disordered eating, social media, concerns over grades, college courses and changes to their appearance.

It is very easy for teenagers to become overwhelmed and for even seemingly small things to be viewed as major issues. This is clearly distressing for both the teenager and their parent, especially if they are not sure how to help. Thankfully these thoughts and emotions need not be permanent. Hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety enables thinking to come from the rational, logical part of the brain. This helps to reduce the feelings of overwhelm that anxiety often creates.

Types of anxiety

I can help your teenager overcome a wide range of anxiety-related conditions using solution focused hypnotherapy. You can find out more information on some of the most common ones using the clickable links below. 

Anxiety

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Insomnia

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Driving anxiety

woman relaxed in a car after using hypnotherapy for driving anxiety

OCD

A woman and child cleaning

Flying anxiety

A family standing on the steps of a plane feeling calm and happy having used hypnotherapy for fear of flying

Phobias

A woman stroking a dog after being helped to overcome a dog phobia

Removing anxiety from your teenager’s life doesn’t have to be hard. It’s as simple as;

#01 Discover

They learn what’s happening to make them feel the way they do and how together we can quickly make them better.

#02 Change

I work with them each week to bring about positive change helping them to calm their mind and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

#03 Thrive

No more living with anxiety. They’ve completely changed their way of thinking, allowing them to enjoy living the life they want.

Hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety – What benefits will they look forward to the most?

A circle of teenagers free from anxiety

What is hypnosis and why is it such an effective way of treating teenage anxiety?

A woman listening to a hypnosis track

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.

During hypnosis, when your brain is relaxed, it is more open to suggestions as the parts of your brain that create anxiety become less predominant. 

Does hypnosis for teenage anxiety work?

During the light trance state used in solution focused hypnotherapy, your brain will take the negative emotional edge of older 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.

How can I find out more about hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety?

If you would like to find out more about how we can use hypnotherapy in order to find relief from the debilitating effects of anxiety, then please get in touch using my email link. I’d love to help make positive change happen.

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