Hypnotherapy to help reduce Anxiety
Anxiety is a natural response to a stressful situation. Sometimes though once we’ve experienced it, it’s difficult to stop. If you feel anxiety, hypnotherapy can help,
Back in the 1980s, I took part in some research at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford into anxiety and panic attacks. My brain and body activity was monitored while was asked to hyperventilate.
Experiencing erratic breathing, challenging to take deep breaths, heartbeat increased, my vision blurred, my mouth went dry, I felt dizzy, and everything went purple. I saw a tunnel before passing out momentarily.
So I know if anyone has had a panic attack, these are the more severe side effects of anxiety you can experience.
anxiety symptoms can include:
palpitations (racing heart),
This component produces anxiety symptoms which affect us on a purely psychological level and are mostly as a direct result of adrenaline released during the ‘flight or fight’ response.
Secondly, there is a psychological component, characterised by anxiety symptoms such as:
lack of concentration,
deep feelings of fear.
These anxiety symptoms may be constant or maybe more intense during an anxiety attack (panic attack). Like the physiological anxiety symptoms, these are harmless, but they can make the sufferer feel helpless and desperate.
For phobias and post-traumatic stress, the memory of a particular incident can be so vivid it’s at the forefront of your mind the whole time. I have found those with the highest phobic response to be highly imaginative. Some people play the incident over and over, and that reinforces the Anxiety. Understanding what’s going on in the brain can help things enormously.
Case Study in Anxiety
Julia had contacted me after a friend had seen me for fear of singing in public. She had an accident at work which had caused trauma to the muscles which attach to her ribs. Consequently, Julia became anxious to make any movements. Placed on a high dose of pain killers, the anxiety meant she couldn’t leave home and had to have her husband bring her to the clinic.
Each week we worked building up small steps to recovery, starting with her managing to walk around the house calmly. She pushed herself further and further, first down to the bottom of the road, then for a walk to the park. As the pain subsided, there were a few complications, but she began to take these in her stride.
There were two goals, one to get her fitness back so she could go to work, and to dance again. Listening to the MP3, practising the tools I taught her, Julia made good progress. It wasn’t fast, but it was at a pace which she felt necessary to recover.
Here’s Julia’s testimonial –
“When I first met Penny, I was suffering a chest trauma which made me feel very anxious and stressed. Penny made me feel totally at ease. Over the following weeks, our sessions became life-transforming, I was having daily panic attacks and was unable to go out socially. Penny has helped to reignite my focus on positivity and purpose. Penny is a very kind and compassionate person, and I’m very grateful for all her help and guidance.”
Solution-focused therapy for anxiety
Solution-focused treatment can help you concentrate on what you can do to help you move forward. Look at times when you’re not feeling so anxious and the things you can do to help you feel calm again.
Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool to reduce Anxiety, it quietens the part of the brain that deals with the fight or flight mechanism and allow the person to gain full control of their thinking and behaviour.
BWRT can take a stressful situation, which plays upon the mind and changes it into a more acceptable thought. Useful for PTSD, or where an event needs to be kept secret – for military purposes or because of a court case.
I don’t need to know what the problem is, so scaling is useful. We help you go from a full ten down to 0 in the emotional charge of the memory, by replacing it with one which is preferable and feasible.
Cognitive behavioural therapy can help you become more aware when a problem is triggered. Helping you understand why you may have responded a particular way. By running small experiments, you can learn that our initial response is unfounded or untrue and can learn to rationalise behaviour.
Just allowing our minds to become still for a short period can help us to be in charge of our thoughts, feelings and actions. Mindfulness can help that stillness that can create solutions. Consequently accepting our situation and having a sense of compassion can also help change the way you view things.
Many people presume that Anxiety is purely a brain function. However, there is mounting evidence that bacteria in our guts influences mood. Sometimes it can be the result of an illness.
Other times the result of a dose of antibiotics, or extreme stress disrupting the gut flora. Whenever I see a person for Anxiety, I also help them look at foods which might help get their gut flora back in balance.
Using Outcomes, we can measure progress and keep moving towards a positive outcome.
American Psychological Society: The role of hypnotherapy in helping to tackle anxiety issues.