Hypnotherapy for Teenage Anxiety

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The teenage years offer their own unique challenges. Their mind and bodies are changing at 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. The never ending revolutions continue, stopping occasionally to let more worry in to join them. Thankfully using hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety can help to safely and quickly stop this revolving door, helping to bring back a sense of calmness and control.

I help and support teenagers using  online hypnotherapy in order to reduce the overwhelm that they so often feel. By providing them with practical ways to reframe their thoughts they can quickly and safely stop anxiety in its tracks, enabling them to look forward to their future.

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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, for much of the time it can become overwhelming and have such 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 constantly being under attack. Our brain became very good at looking out for threat and when it thought that we were under attack it began our stress response.

Our bodies were flooded with stress hormones which increased our alertness and increased our heart rate and breathing rate. Anxiety is a response to a threat that was necessary for our survival. In our modern lives a build up of stress hormones can often make us feel like we’re on edge and find 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. Working together we use methods and techniques which enable thinking to come from the rational, logical part of the brain, reducing whirring thoughts and overwhelm. 

Types of anxiety

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I have successfully helped many people find freedom from all different types of anxiety. By working together we can overcome any type of anxiety no matter how long it has been an unwelcome part of your families life.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is one of the most common anxiety disorders amongst teenagers. It is marked by intense, unrealistic and uncontrollable anxieties usually connected to a number of objects, ideas and events. A teenager with GAD is likely to worry about how others perceive them and have negative feelings about the future.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)Teenagers with SAD experience an 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)Teenagers with 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 DisorderPanic 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. Teenagers suffering from performance anxiety often worry about failing before the task has even begun. The anxiety may be related to performing in front of others or be concerned about their own performance in an important exam.

How Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety can help

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is based on scientific research as to how the brain works, this makes it particularly effective when dealing with all types of anxiety disorder. The methods used replicate the way our brain works when it’s functioning well, with little anxiety present. No matter what disorder maybe present hypnotherapy for teenage anxiety can help by changing the area of the brain that controls thinking.

During the therapy sessions I help to develop specific areas of the brain which encourage positive thinking as opposed to negative introspection. By focusing more attention on the positive parts of our life we can naturally lower anxiety levels. In addition, hypnosis is used to help calm down the more emotional parts of the brain. This helps anxiety suffers to reach a place of calmness and control. Teenagers brains have an amazing ability to quickly change and build new positive pathways. In a short period of time it is possible for their racing thoughts to be stopped and replaced with more positive ones. In effect we are able to stop and then padlock shut the revolving door of worry.

Some teenagers and children may be wary of hypnotherapy. Please be assured I have never used hypnosis for entertainment. I am a fully qualified and insured hypnotherapist not a stage hypnotist. I use hypnotherapy to help calm minds and allow the subconscious mind to be open to helpful suggestions benefiting mental health and wellbeing. I cannot control minds, they will only take in and act on the information they deem to be helpful.

I am fully insured and DBS checked. I have been a teacher for over 16 years and as a result I am vastly experienced in helping children and teenagers to realise their potential.

If you are a parent and interested in what happens during the hypnotherapy sessions, I and am more than happy for you to sit alongside your child at any part of the therapy process.

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Below are a few snippets from some of the many satisfied clients I have worked with. For more reviews please visit my testimonial page.

Neena

‘Work is currently quite stressful but I keep listening to the download and the tips that Ian gave me and I’m flying’

Ashleigh

‘I have tried all sorts of methods to help with my anxiety but seeing Ian is the only method that has worked for me’

Shriti

‘Ian is calm and understanding and pushes you to find the answers in you that you know are there’

Lee

‘I feel much more in control of my habits. I can see that there was much more to my problems than just eating’

Greg

‘My performances have improved since my sessions with Ian. They have enabled me to better deal with on court stress and helped me to develop a more positive mind set’

Nadene

‘I feel like I’ve had a massive reset’

Sarah

‘I have waited for nearly a month to write this review because I am so amazed that stopping smoking has been as easy and pain free as it has’

Hallide

‘Ian somehow took away my self-guilt and self-shame and helped me to achieve my goals’

Graham

‘Ian has helped me get back my self-esteem and mojo’

Carol

‘I can’t believe the difference that he has made to how I cope with things after just a few sessions’

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 online in order to find relief from the debilitating effects of anxiety, then please get in touch using my contact form. I’d love to help make positive change happen.