Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Effective and rapid treatment of Anxiety through Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is gaining a reputation as one of the most effective methods for treating all forms of anxiety, as well as stress and panic attacks. At Wiser Horizons Hypnotherapy, we combine hypnotherapy with effective Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques to help you overcome your anxiety. Hypnotherapy for anxiety and panic attacks works by helping to reduce feelings of fear whilst boosting feelings of confidence and self belief. Hypnosis helps to change your thoughts and feelings at an unconscious level so that you naturally respond to a situation with a greatly increased sense of calm. NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) provides a range of techniques to help you bring back that feeling of calm whenever you need it. If your anxiety is related to a particular fear or phobia, then visit out Hypnosis for Phobias page for more information.
Our sessions for overcoming anxiety will help you to achieve a number of goals.
- Freedom from fear and worry
- Transform your negative beliefs
- Reprogram your mind to feel confident and positive.
Thank you for your help recently. You’ve really helped me get on the path to a more positive mind set and I greatly appreciate it. I’ll be sure to recommend you to friends and family if they ever find themselves in a similar position to me. Its great to feel like me again. Thank you! Emma
What is anxiety and how does it develop?
Anxiety is defined as a psychological issue where an individual has feelings of fear and unease. Usually, it develops either through past experiences that were perceived as a threat or by learning the fear response from a significant family member during the early developmental years. Anxiety varies in its severity. Some people only experience very mild anxiety whereas others experience anxiety that is so severe that it can have a negative impact on their life. Hypnotherapy for anxiety is a great tool for learning to control feelings of anxiousness, bring calm and control back to your life, and overcome your issue once and for all.
Anxiety is brought on by either a fear of something that has happened, or by a fear of what an individual imagines might happen in a given situation. Whilst anxiety is a normal response to a stressful situation and experienced in a mild form by most people, when the level is severe it can have a devastating impact on day to day life. Anxiety disorders can lead individuals to avoid certain situations for fear that it may trigger a panic attack. As a result, normal life can be incredibly difficult and can cause the individual to miss out on opportunities in all areas of their life. If you are suffering from anxiety, it is important to you remember that you are not alone in how you feel and that it can get better.
Why do I experience anxiety?
Anxiety presents itself when we believe we are in some sort of danger. When our mind deals with danger, real or imagined, it is pre-programmed to react in one of three ways: Fight, Flight or Freeze. (Thousands of years ago, humans needed this response in order to take evasive action from approaching predators in order to ensure survival. However, as we have evolved and become more civilised, we no longer need this response at such a high level. Unfortunately, evolution has yet to adapt to modern life. Modern anxieties now revolve around work, family life, health, money, etc). Once one of these reactions has been selected, the mind prepares the body physically in order to act. It does this by boosting our levels of adrenaline and shutting down any non-essential functions.
What makes hypnotherapy for anxiety effective?
Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for anxiety as it helps deal with the underlying causes. It also works with the unconscious part of your mind, the part that houses your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. When you are faced with a situation, real or imagined that triggers anxiety, your body will automatically respond. Your body knows what it has to do to feel anxious and as a result your mind will automatically engage these processes when necessary. Hypnosis works by changing this automatic response. Instead of automatically feeling anxious, hypnotherapy can help you to respond more effectively. Imagine turning up to a job interview and instead of feeling anxious, you feel calm and confident. More information on how hypnotherapy works can be found here.
Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Sessions
Whether you are suffering from anxiety leading up to an upcoming event (interview, exams, presentations, etc) or feeling like your anxiety is taking over your life, hypnosis can help.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety works by retraining your mind on how to react to certain situations. When you come for hypnotherapy, we will start off by helping you achieve a relaxed state. Relaxation and anxiety are two incompatible states. By teaching you to feel relaxed, we are teaching you how not to be anxious. We can do this by teaching you self hypnosis, which is something that you can use anytime you want to experience deep relaxation and feelings of confidence.
We will explore the negative and unhelpful thoughts that automatically cause you to feel anxious. As part of our hypnotherapy session, we will use direct positive suggestions to correct those thoughts and boost up your levels of self-confidence.
A technique known as anchoring allows you to recall a relaxed state whenever you need it. By teaching you relaxation techniques. you will find that your general anxiety levels drop as well as tension within your body.
What can I expect from the sessions?
Sessions with Ed or Debbie are conducted on a one-to-one basis with anything said in the sessions being held in the strictest confidence. You can be assured that anything you say to our hypnotherapists will remain private. The first session will consist of getting to know you and helping you to feel at ease with our therapists. A detailed medical history will be taken and key NLP questioning will be used to help determine the type of anxiety you suffer from. From there, a short hypnosis will be conducted consisting of progressive relaxation, ego strengthening and direct suggestions that relate you your symptoms. For the vast majority of individuals who are trying to overcome anxiety, between 3-5 sessions is optimal in order to make the greatest impact possible.
Something to think about – Positive Mental Rehearsal
The brain can not tell the difference between something that has happened and something that has been vividly imagined. This is why it is possible to convince yourself that an event has already taken place causing you intense feelings of anxiety. Thankfully, we can use this same “fault” to make positive changes and overcome anxiety. With positive mental rehearsal, we can help you to imagine yourself behaving calmly and confidently in any situation that usually causes anxiety. In response, your brain will learn to respond to these events more calmly and confidently. This will then lead to you automatically feel calm and confident when facing those event in the future.
How many sessions will I need?
Most people notice a difference in themselves after a single session of hypnotherapy. However, we recommend that you budget your time and money for between 3 and 5 sessions. This will give you the time to learn how to deepen your ability to relax and ensure that activating calmly and confidently is a permanent response. There is no quick fix to any health condition. However, this does not mean that you are obliged to have so many sessions. Should you feel that a single session is enough to make the change in your life then we are happy.
Symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety can have a big impact on many areas of your life. Some of the symptoms of anxiety include:
- Problems sleeping
- Heart palpitations
- Dry Mouth
- Tingling hands and/or feet
- Tense Muscles
- Problems concentrating
- Easily irrated
If you are suffering from anxiety, then it is important that you make your GP aware. If this is something that you are struggling to do, then we are more than happy to contact your GP on your behalf for FREE in order to open up this dialogue. We will do this regardless of whether you chose to come to us for hypnotherapy. Simply fill in our contact form and let us know the relevant details.
Different types of Anxiety
Although anxiety is a normal part of life, if you are experiencing strong feelings of anxiety then it is important that you seek treatment. Anxiety can be exhausting and overwhelming. Anxiety disorders fall into the following categories. For more information click here.
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Phobias – Click here for our phobia page
Clinical Studies on the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy for anxiety
In 1999, a study was conducted consisting of 20 individuals. The study aimed to compare the use of self-hypnosis and relaxation therapy in managing anxiety over a 28 day period. Although both groups achieved a significant reduction in both the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety, the self-hypnosis group “exhibited greater confidence in the positive effects of the treatment, higher expectation of success, and greater degrees of cognitive and physical improvement.”
A study looking into the effectiveness of hypnosis on social anxiety disorder showed a significant reduction in anxiety once the session had concluded. After 6 months, follow up interviews with those that took part in the study showed that hypnosis was the superior treatment option in helping individuals overcome anxiety and sustain the results.
Location of Hypnotherapy Practice
We work out of the Brewood Therapy Centre which is located at number 3 Church Road in Brewood. There is plenty of free parking in Brewood and appointments are available on both evenings and weekends.
Contact Ed on 07921 220557
Contact Debbie on 07745 934682
Or fill in our online form and we will get back to you.