Discover how hypnotherapy could help you to control anxiety and panic attacks
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
When we perceive something to be a problem or threat, our body responds by releasing chemicals such as adrenaline which enable us to react to the situation. This is useful when faced with an actual threat or danger and a certain amount of anxiety is natural; it helps us to stay focused whilst alerting us to things that need attention, but if we experience too much anxiety over a period of time, it can have a negative impact on life. Read more »
The most effective therapy for you depends on your individual situation. Hypnotherapy can often be helpful for addressing anxiety and panic attacks by helping you to relax, increase your confidence and learn new ways of dealing with anxiety inducing situations. Talking therapy or counselling can be helpful where you may have been experiencing anxiety for some time or where there are issues from the past which may be causing problems in the present.
What to expect
Your initial consultation is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your situation in more detail as well as answering any questions you may have and deciding on the best options for you. We will also do some hypnosis, if appropriate, to introduce you to hypnotherapy and help you prepare for future sessions. Many people find between 4 to 6 hypnotherapy sessions helpful and with talking therapy, sometimes more sessions are required.
What is anxiety?
Most of us have experienced feeling anxious at some point in our lives and to a certain extent, some anxiety is actually normal, particularly when we are facing a stressful situation. It is almost always about the future, usually because we don’t know the outcome of a particular event or situation. Anxiety can occur at different levels and whilst many people will experience a mild period of anxiousness at times, some people are affected by an anxiety disorder, which is a more intense form of anxiety and can affect the daily life of the person who experiences it.
Someone who is suffering from an anxiety disorder may avoid certain situations because they are afraid that it will trigger their anxious feelings. If left to develop, the ongoing anxiety can turn into constant fear and this fear not only interferes with every day life, but also prevents a person from achieving their true potential. Some examples include: Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. Other related conditions include: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Hypnotherapy and anxiety
Hypnotherapy is becoming more widely accepted as a method to help people overcome or reduce anxiety. Hypnosis can enable you to access a hypnotic trance state where your subconscious mind is more receptive to suggestion and positive change. The aim of hypnotherapy is to reduce the anxious feelings by developing a calmer state of mind in which you can think more clearly and begin to overcome the negative thought patterns and feelings. A variety of techniques may be used within hypnotherapy sessions including suggestion therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (HypnoCBT) and mindfulness. Hypnotic regression or Hypnoanalysis may also be used to discover the root cause of the anxiety and develop new ways to cope when you start to become anxious.
The exact methods and techniques used and number of sessions required will vary from person to person, because everyone is different and people respond differently to therapy. However, if you are considering hypnotherapy or talking therapy, it’s important to choose a therapist who is qualified and experienced to help you. For more information, read my blog post on Choosing a Hypnotherapist.