Imagine you’ve been struggling with anxiety for a while now and you’re not sure what to do anymore. You’ve tried medication, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. You’ve read about hypnotherapy and how it can be used to treat anxiety, but you’re not sure if it will work for you. In this article, we will explore how hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety. We will also look at the benefits of using hypnotherapy and why you should consider using it for your anxiety. Finally, we will ask the question: does hypnotherapy work for anxiety?
What is Anxiety?
The symptoms of anxiety can vary depending on the person. However, some of the most common symptoms include:
– Feeling of unease, worry, or fear
– Racing heart or palpitations
– Shortness of breath
– Dizziness or lightheadedness
– Nausea or butterflies
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
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How does anxiety develop?
There is no one answer to this question as everyone experiences anxiety in different ways. However, some of the most common causes of anxiety include:
– Stress at work or school
– Relationship problems
– Money problems
– Suffering a traumatic event
Different types of anxiety
There are different types of anxiety, and each one can affect you in different ways. Some of the most common types of anxiety include:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
This is a type of anxiety that affects a large number of people. It can cause you to feel anxious about a range of different things, such as your job, school, or relationships.
Panic attacks are a type of anxiety that can cause you to feel very frightened and out of control. They often occur for no reason and can be very debilitating.
Social anxiety is a type of anxiety that causes you to feel extremely anxious in social situations. It can make it difficult for you to speak to people, go to parties, or even eat in public.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a type of anxiety that causes you to have intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. These can be very difficult to deal with and can cause a lot of distress.
Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety that causes you to have frequent and unexpected panic attacks. These can be very frightening and can often lead to other problems, such as agoraphobia
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a type of anxiety that can develop after you have experienced a traumatic event. It can cause you to have flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about the event.
When does anxiety cause problems?
Anxiety can be a difficult thing to deal with and it can often cause problems in your life. For example, anxiety can make it difficult for you to speak to people, go to parties, or even eat in public. This can cause a lot of distress and can make it difficult for you to live your life the way you want to. Your anxiety may become a problem when: becomes a problem when:
– You avoid people and difficult situations
– Your anxiety is affecting your work, family and social life
– You regularly experience panic attacks and other symptoms of anxiety
– You become distressed and find it hard to control your feelings
– You find it hard to live out your life and do things you enjoy
Fortunately, there are lots of options available for people wanting to overcome anxiety and anxiety disorders. One of those is hypnotherapy.
I practice something called Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which is a very effective way of treating anxiety. It helps my clients by giving them a way to see the world from a different perspective.
How does hypnotherapy work for anxiety?
Hypnotherapy works by helping you to relax, allowing you to naturally let go of deeply held beliefs that the conscious mind may struggle to release. Hypnotherapists call this a trance-like state. While in this mindset it becomes easier to break the cycle of negative thinking.
I practice solution-focused hypnotherapy. It’s a type of talking therapy somewhere likened to cognitive behaviour therapy but combined with hypnosis. In my sessions, I work with clients to discover what positive changes they’d like to make and co-create a vision of a new sense of self. We avoid focusing on the problem or the past. Instead, we think about the present and the future.
The solution-focused techniques are underpinned by a specific structure. In the sessions, we’ll also discuss the science of the brain and how it works, especially relating to anxiety or whatever condition you’re experiencing
How hypnotherapy helps you to relax
Hypnotherapy can help you to relax in a number of ways. One of the most important things about hypnotherapy is that it helps you to feel safe and comfortable. This allows you to let go of any tensions or worries that may be preventing you from relaxing.
Once you have relaxed, the hypnotherapist will help you to access a more relaxed state of mind. In this state, it becomes easier to let go of any thoughts or beliefs that are causing you anxiety.
How many hypnotherapy sessions are needed for treating anxiety
Generally, hypnotherapy for anxiety will require between 3-6 sessions. However, this may vary depending on the severity of your anxiety and how you respond to the session.
Probably the most important session is your initial consultation. This is where together the client and therapist will discuss concerns, explore the changes they would lie to make and understand if hypnosis is the right kind of therapy for them. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know the hypnotherapist as feeling comfortable is probably the most important factor towards success.
Ultimately you should walk away with a good understanding of what anxiety is, how it happens and why you feel like you do.
What Happens During Hypnosis?
Hypnosis, sometimes known as a trance, is a natural human state. We all experience this state to some degree every day, usually when we’re lost in concentration (sometimes referred to as being in the flow) or when our attention is shifted. It’s in this state that we’re more receptive to suggestions.
Consider how decision making works in general. We have two systems. One makes snap-like decisions, the other makes deliberate, careful decisions. When we’re so well practised at making those snap decisions, it’s easy to follow the path of least resistance, but you’re making decisions based on the past. In a calm, trance like state, your mind is able to reflect critically in a relaxed manner. Hypnosis gives you the time and headspace; putting you in control of your thoughts and feelings to make more informed decisions.
What are the Benefits of Hypnosis?
A hypnotic state makes it easier for a person to respond to suggestions. This makes it possible to change certain behaviours and perceptions, making it particularly helpful for treating anxiety disorders.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is well documented as an effective form of therapy for relieving anxiety. It combines talking therapy with a deeply relaxing hypnotic trance that makes it easier for ideas discussed earlier in the session to become adopted as the go-to alternative.
Why should you consider using hypnotherapy for your anxiety
Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective way to treat anxiety. It helps you to relax, allowing you to let go of deeply held beliefs that the conscious mind may struggle to release.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety can:
– Help you feel confident about yourself again
– Enjoy your life more
– Be more social
– Stop feeling anxious in anticipation of feared events
There are also a number of behavioural benefits, and can:
– Reduce the number of panic attacks you have
– Help you become less reliant on medication or alcohol to cope with anxiety
– Feel more in control of your life overall
Does Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Really Work?
Hypnosis is a safe and effective way to treat anxiety. It helps you to relax, allowing you to let go of deeply held beliefs that the conscious mind may struggle to release.
If you’d like to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you overcome anxiety, please get in touch.