Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

Is anxiety stopping you from doing things you want? Are you tired of anxiety ruling your life?

My Hypnotherapy can help free you from your anxiety and you get your life back.

Anxiety is one of the most common issues that I help clients with and the good news is that Cognitive Hypnotherapy is very effective in helping you deal with it.

Anxiety and stress are experienced by all of us from time to time when we are faced with threatening or difficult situations. Anxiety is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life, and it can affect us all in different ways and at different times. Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the external factor causing it (be it a work, relationship or money problems, etc.) comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.

Anxiety and stress trigger the 'Fight or Flight Response', which is a primitive response, that is totally out of our conscious control. When this response is triggered, stress hormones - adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisone - are released into the circulation. Our breathing and heart rates increase, blood is shunted away from our gut to our muscles - which require extra energy and fuel for running or fighting - our pupils dilate and we become more alert. In other words we become prepared physically and physiologically to either fight or run away. The "butterflies in the stomach" feeling that many associate with anxiety is this mechanism kicking in, but instead of being used to avoid immediate danger, it is often wrongly and inappropriately activated in a person during normal, everyday situations when stress has built up, often unknowingly. Normally, once the threat has disappeared our body returns to its normal state and we can get on with our day.

For some people the body does not return to it's normal state and remains in a heightened state of alertness.

One way of thinking about your anxiety is to imagine your stress or anxiety levels as being like a bucket of water. If we keep adding stressors to the bucket (even tiny ones like the school run or commuting to work), over time it fills up until one day it overflows.  When this happens we tend to see everyone and everything as our enemy or a threat to our survival.

Anxiety is said to be abnormal if it:

  • Is out of proportion to the situation
  • Persists when the stressful situation has gone
  • Appears for no reason - when there is no stressful situation
  • Means you avoid everyday situations or activities
  • Makes you feel plagued by fears that you know are irrational
  • Makes feel like danger and catastrophe are around every corner
  • Makes you experience sudden unexpected attacks of 'heart pounding' panic
  • Causes you to feel anxious to the point that you have to stop whatever you are doing

The most common behavioural symptom (the things we  do when we are anxious) is avoidance. Although avoiding an anxiety provoking situation produces immediate relief from the anxiety, it is only a short term solution. This means that whilst it may seem like avoiding is the best thing to do at the time, the anxiety often returns the next time that you face the situation and avoiding it will only psychologically reinforce the message that there is danger. 

People with anxiety are, in effect, in an 'anxiety trance'. Cognitive Hypnotherapy helps to 'de-hypnotise' or bring you out of that unhelpful trance.

Sharing your worries is the first step in tackling your anxiety, so please call me.

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