HYPNOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING HYPNOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY?
Although hypnotherapy for anxiety isn’t as widely known as psychotherapy and medication for treating anxiety, researchers and scientists have been studying the effects hypnotherapy for anxiety can have on mental health conditions for several years.
In one study, researchers scanned the brains of people while they were undergoing guided hypnosis sessions. They found that a hypnotised brain can experience changes in the brain that could give a person focused attention, greater emotional control and less self-consciousness.
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY
HOW IS HYPNOTHERAPY USED TO TREAT ANXIETY
During a hypnotherapy for anxiety session, the therapist can give you what’s known as a “posthypnotic suggestion” while you’re in a state of trance.
In this dreamlike state, the mind becomes more open to suggestion. This allows the Hypnotherapist to ‘suggest’ to you how confident you will be the next time you experience the anxiety.
Due to the relaxed state you’re in, it can be easier to avoid any escalating anxiety symptoms you may feel, such as:
A feeling of impending doom
Shortness of breath
Increased heart rate
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
Anxiety comes from the fight, flee, freeze part of our brain known as the amygdala and is one of our natural responses.
It’s natural that everyone will experiences mild anxiety and stress in their life from time to time.
For example, it’s natural to feel anxious or nervous before a job interview or on a first date.
We do need this response to survive, for instance, if a car was heading our way we would want that rush of adrenaline to help us respond quickly and swerve out of the way!
STRESS & ANXIETY
Sometimes our brains can exaggerate things and we can experience an excessive amount of stress and anxiety everyday.
We start to worry about things that may never even happen, which fuels our anxiety even further leaving us feeling pretty rubbish.
We can experience symptoms such as restlessness, a rapid heart rate, fast breathing, sweating, shaking, dizziness, chest pain, nausea, obsessive thoughts and the list goes on.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
We may start to suffer with panic attacks, OCD or our minds may create phobias. Anxiety and stress don’t only affect our mental health they can affect our physical health too.
Therefore impacting our immune system and potentially leading to further conditions such as eczema, digestive issues and an increased risk of infection.
We can suffer from poor sleep, we can become teary and we can worry excessively about what people think.
This could lead to us struggling to function around others and impact massively on every day life.
At the initial consultation I will give a detailed explanation of how our brain works.
After understanding why we feel the way we do you may already be starting to feel some relief.
We can then take that first step towards retraining your brain, enabling you to approach life calmly and confidently.
We already have all the resources we need, I can teach you how to use these resources to help you calm your mind and take back control of your life.
You will soon understand how flexible the brain is and how we can use its natural plasticity to grow new positive neuropathways.
HYPNOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on your health and well-being, affecting how you think, feel and behave, how your immune system works and your ability to sleep well. Stress can make a number of conditions worse, such as anxiety, OCD, agoraphobia, skin problems, migraines or IBS.
Every area of life can be impacted, from work, and relationships, to confidence and self-esteem. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, isolated, depressed and out of control.
Hypnotherapy can help you resolve the negative thoughts and reactions that create anxiety and stress, so that you regain a sense of perspective, feel calm and in control once again, as well as giving you the knowledge and tools to cope better with stress in the future.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is effective at helping to break the negative cycle of anxiety and stress, so that you can regain control of your life and feel calmer, healthier and happier once again.
Very often, as anxiety levels reduce, disrupted sleep patterns and many other troublesome symptoms are also alleviated. Hypnotherapy for anxiety is also effective at helping you to think more positively so that you are more able to focus on the small steps that will take you in the direction of change that you want. Confidence and self-esteem also improve and clients often report that many different areas of their life improve as a result of reducing anxiety.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety can help with:
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, and hypnotic suggestion are all names for a type of therapy that involves putting people into a trance-like state.
Achieving this state is intended to promote focus in an individual. Therefore, in this focused state, a person can be more receptive to suggestions, such as quitting smoking or overcoming a phobia of flying.
Hypnotherapy is a therapy that spans hundreds of years. Researchers have studied whether hypnosis can treat a variety of medical conditions, from irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety and depression. The goal for hypnotherapy is to help a patient learn to better control their state of awareness.
In the case of depression, hypnotherapy sessions may be focused on helping a person achieve a state of relaxation. In this relaxed state, they can discuss their feelings and emotions without raising stress and anxiety levels.
HOW HYPNOTHERAPY WORKS
A hypnotherapy session usually lasts about an hour. As a trained therapist I use various relaxation techniques to guide you into a hypnotic state. In this state, you are still conscious and aware. Your body becomes more relaxed and the mind more responsive to suggestions.
Any suggestions will depend on the condition or behaviour you are trying to treat. Hypnotherapy can help target unwanted or unhealthy habits and possibly replace them with healthier behaviours. Examples include being able to better control pain or anxiety or adjusting negative thought patterns that could be worsening depression symptoms.
I am feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. Can hypnotherapy for anxiety work for me? Thanks Susan
Hi Susan, thank you for contacting AP Hypnotherapy. Yes, hypnotherapy for anxiety is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapy. Therefore this can help reduce your Cortisol levels.
High levels of cortisol can leave us feeling overwhelmed, fatigued and anxious. As a result, hypnotherapy for anxiety sessions can reduce the amount of cortisol, enabling you to be able to increase your Serotonin levels.
As a conclusion this can steer you towards becoming the real you again.
I’m looking for a hypnotherapist near me. I live in Lytham St Anne’s. I need help with quitting smoking. Cheers Dave
Hello Dave, thanks for contacting AP Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy for Smoking is a one of session. I would send you a recording to listen to for at least a week before our hypnotherapy session.
You would listen to this recording each night as your going to sleep. Subsequently the smoking hypnotherapy session will then last around 60-90 minutes.
The Hypnotherapy room is located in Fulwood, Preston if you wish to travel, however I also offer facetime appointments too. I hope this answers your question, if not please get in touch.
Good morning, I was just wondering how much does hypnotherapy cost? I have a fear of spiders. Can you help?
Hello, hypnotherapy sessions vary in price. Please visit our hypnotherapy prices page for further information. I can help with your fear of spiders. Please visit my phobia hypnotherapy page for more into. If you have any other questions please contact me. Thanks very much, Aimee