What is Anxiety?
We all feel anxious, some of the time, it’s only human. And when we’re facing life or death situations we are thankful for our fast, physical reactions, it makes us stronger and it helps us to survive.
But when we produce too much anxiety it can spiral out of control and it can be problematic. Anxiety can come in many guises. You may find that suddenly, for no reason, your heart starts pounding, you’re struggling to breathe, you break out in a sweat or you’re shaking. You feel like you’re going to die. Perhaps you know why it happened... the first time.
Or perhaps your anxiety is less obvious, you’re going about your life in a normal way, but a lot of the time you find yourself worrying, or feeling panicky or nervous. At night it stops you from getting to sleep and it wakes you up in the middle of the night. And then prevents you from going back to sleep. You may well have forgotten what it’s like to feel normal.
Anxiety is created from the following elements; the physical sensations you experience, the emotions you have whilst experiencing them, and the thoughts that go through your mind at the time.
You will be pleased to know that hypnotherapy is extremely effective for anxiety and I can show you how to regain control. It’s important that you understand how anxiety is created, because often, when we understand something, the fear is diminished. I will explain what happens when anxiety takes over and then show you how to manage it.
“It’s amazing that once you understand how the brain works, how easy it is to change. Kirstie’s simple, jargon-free explanation made complete sense. After a few weeks my heart palpitations had stopped, I just wish I’d seeked help sooner.” (Tracy 39)
The symptomology of Anxiety can present itself in many ways, including:
• Panic Attacks
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Skin Diseases/Conditions
• Migraine and headaches
A phobia is an irrational fear that is so strong that it can bring on extreme anxiety or panic. Often, a strong need to avoid the circumstance will develop. You may well be aware that the fear is irrational and completely blown out of proportion but you can’t seem to control it and it becomes a problem in the way of living a normal life.
The most common phobia’s alongside agoraphobia, claustrophobia and noise phobia are fear of spiders, snakes, flying, heights, blood and injections, not to mention social phobias.
Sometimes we can’t remember the cause of our fear. It really doesn’t matter as it does not affect the treatment.
In hypnotherapy, we will use a technique called rewind and reframe. It is a quick and effective technique designed to neutralise the high emotional arousal which has prevented the memory of the traumatic event being processed into a memory of the past.
Your first session will focus on relaxation and reducing your overall levels of anxiety. In subsequent sessions we will use the ‘rewind’ technique to get your phobia under control and then we will focus on ‘reframing’ the problem by getting you to imagine how you want to react in the future. Specific phobia’s can be helped in a few sessions. Non-specific phobias, such as agoraphobia, or if your general level of anxiety is high, then more sessions will be required. This will be discussed in your initial consultation.