Anxiety can be experienced at different levels. It can be brought on by a fear of something that happened, or what we think happened and dread happening again. While most people will experience a relatively mild form of anxiety when facing a particularly stressful situation (such as an exam or presentation), anxiety disorders are very different. An anxiety disorder can disrupt the day-to-day life of an individual.
When a person suffers from an anxiety disorder, it can sometimes lead to them avoiding certain situations because they fear it may be a trigger. This can make regular life difficult, causing the individual to miss out on many opportunities. This constant fear can begin to affect their life, preventing them from achieving potential job promotions and developing personal relationships.
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Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment in reducing feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to seek the root cause of the problem. It works to change the individual’s thoughts and feelings associated with it.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety
Hypnotherapy is becoming a more recognised method for reducing feelings of anxiety. Hypnotherapy for anxiety can help boost confidence and self-belief, while reducing feelings of fear and intense worry. It can help you develop the ability to access the calm state of mind needed to overcome the often-overwhelming emotions you are living with.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to access your unconscious. Using the power of suggestion, it works to promote positive change. These suggestions can be tailored to help you learn what triggers your anxiety and why, as well as changing the way you react towards them.
Hypnotherapy can begin to teach you how to regain a sense of control and normality. It can help you understand what triggers your anxiety and how to cope when you start to feel anxious.
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When you are ready, the first step of your journey will be to find a hypnotherapist that you feel comfortable with. On Hypnotherapy Directory, we have a proof policy in place to ensure all professionals listed on our website have provided proof of qualifications and insurance, or membership with a professional body.
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You can use our advanced search tool to find a hypnotherapist near you. When you find a professional you believe can help, simply send them an email to book a consultation.
What happens during a hypnotherapy session?
To begin, you will need to discuss with your hypnotherapist what you hope to achieve from hypnotherapy. It is likely they will ask you questions about your life to try and establish any triggers or causes for the way you feel. The therapist will then explain how hypnosis for anxiety works. They will explain the process to you, so you know what to expect and if you are completely happy to continue the session.
After your initial consultation, your hypnotherapist will begin by helping you enter a relaxed state of mind. They may then ask you to focus on a time when you have felt anxious. You may be asked to focus on the physical sensations, as well as thinking of what may trigger your anxiety.
Once you have recognised these sensations, your hypnotherapist will offer calming words or “suggestions”. What they say will depend on you and your personal situation. For example, if you have recognised a trigger to be pressure at work or university, the suggestion may be, “You can do this. Take a moment to breathe and clear your head then tackle the problem."
The idea behind this technique is that when you start to feel anxious or fearful, the suggestions or calming words will enter your conscious mind and help you cope. Your hypnotherapist may also teach you techniques to help you relax and calm yourself down when you feel anxious feelings building.
You may find that you only need one or two sessions to help you understand why you feel this way and what you can do to cope, or you may need more. In terms of how many sessions you have, you will be able to discuss this with your hypnotherapist. Together, you will work to decide how many sessions you would like and what techniques you believe will be most effective.
Your hypnotherapist may teach you self-hypnosis techniques that you can turn to when you feel you need them. They may offer you recordings and teach you simple methods to practise at home. Practising these techniques after your sessions is an easy way to continue working on your anxiety and taking the next steps in your journey.
Types of anxiety
Because anxiety is a normal part of life, it can be difficult to recognise when it is becoming a problem. However, if you are experiencing strong feelings of anxiety, or they are lasting for a long time, it can become exhausting and overwhelming. The symptoms and problems associated with anxiety will differ between each individual, but depending on the kind of problems you experience, you may be diagnosed with a more specific anxiety disorder.
Generalised anxiety disorder
Individuals suffering from generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) often anticipate tragedy. GAD can interfere with daily life as sufferers may seriously worry about family, money and health. Generalised anxiety disorder is often diagnosed when an individual spends at least six months worrying excessively about normal, everyday problems. It can be a difficult disorder to live with; the sufferer will feel as though there is no respite from the anxiety.
Panic disorder is characterised by feelings of terror, which can strike suddenly and without warning. A common symptom is panic attacks, though not everyone who experiences a panic attack will have panic disorder. Those who are diagnosed with panic disorder can often feel constantly afraid. It is this fear that can often lead to panic attacks, where it becomes a vicious cycle. Panic disorder is more common than generally recognised and affects a large proportion of the population.
Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia) is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. Some of the common signs of social anxiety include fear of being around and interacting with people and being judged negatively by others.
Other forms of anxiety disorder include:
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