It is completely normal to experience anxiety every now and again. Many people worry about the unknown outcome of events or about putting themselves into new or difficult situations. When these feelings become so strong that they become overwhelming and start to take over someone’s life, however, and the person reacts to everyday situations with sudden insurmountable fear or terror resulting in panic attacks, then this can be classed as anxiety disorder.
Affected people often hide these feelings of anxiety which can then lead to increased isolation, resulting prolonged suffering and delayed help. They can also start to avoid certain situations which can limit their quality of life.
There are different ways to deal with anxiety. Modern western medicine tends to treat anxiety with medication and counselling. Medication will ease the symptoms but can have unpleasant side effects. Counselling can help by putting strategies in place to deal with the anxiety, but, like medication, doesn’t always treat the root of the problem. This is where hypnotherapy comes in. Clinical hypnotherapy can help an anxious person overcome their problems and live a normal life.
How Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Works
A hypnotic approach uses specialist techniques to teach the person new ways to relax, which suit them. Triggers of anxiety can be identified and removed. Problems which caused panic or stress can be resolved, and the aim in the long run is to eradicate further panic attacks.
Anxiety can be related to something we have experienced in childhood. Sometimes we start certain behaviours in order to protect ourselves; for example, someone becomes claustrophobic perhaps as a result of being frightened of being in a confined space as a child. The adult would like to stop this behaviour and knows that it is irrational, but the fearful feelings continue. This is where hypnotherapy comes in by updating this part of us. Sometimes we are completely unaware of the triggers for anxiety, but under hypnosis, sometimes these triggers can be identified and the old negative behaviour replaced with a more positive outcome.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety is an option for those that need individual supportive treatment, or alongside the traditional medical approach. It combines hypnosis with cognitive behavioural therapy to create calm and tranquillity within the mind, relieving anxiety and helping you to live a life without persistent worry and frustration. The subconscious is very powerful and adjustments made at this level are likely to be longer lasting.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here – http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk . Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership .