Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview.
During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
This is when it becomes important to get some help and get your life back on track.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety
Hypnosis is a focus tool that you can use to essentially get your head back under control. It feels like you are in the "zone" or absorbed in a really good book.
When we use hypnosis therapeutically we can use that focus and encourage the mind to think differently. This is the basis of using hypnotherapy for issues like anxiety.
Techniques like visualisation are great when done using hypnosis and if they are good enough for sports people then they are definitely good enough for your mental health.
Using hypnosis we can invite your mind to imagine that it behaves differently in the situations that cause you anxiety so that you can effectively learn how to be calm and confident even if you are facing exams, medical tests or a job interview.
My preferred method of hypnosis is called progressive muscle relaxation which is an applied relaxation technique and is recommended alongside cogntive behavioural therapy. Using a combination of hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy is a very powerful way of helping issues like anxiety as it gives you back control.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is what we call an empirically supported therapy, along with applied relaxation, there is very strong scientific evidence that it is effective for anxiety. The research has been compiled by the American Psychological Association and you can read their recommendations here.
The basis of CBT is that the way we think is linked to how we feel and ultimately how we behave.
As an example, a person who is anxious about social situations may think things like "what if everyone thinks I'm boring" or "what if I do something stupid.
These types of thoughts lead to certain feelings such as; heart racing, dread, anxiety, sweaty and loads more.
These feelings then lead to certain actions such as avoiding social situations.
The aim of CBT with Anxiety 2 Confidence is to help you work out what unhelpful thoughts are causing your anxiety and show you how to change them using a range of exercises and incorporating progressive muscle relaxation hypnosis.
Find out what unhelpful thoughts are causing your anxiety
FREE worksheet download plus a video link sent to your email to give you a helping hand with your worksheet.
Online hypnotherapy or in person?
The great thing now is that technology allows us to run sessions both online and in clinic.
My clinic is based in Andover, Hampshire UK but I work with clients all over the world thanks to technology.
Online hypnotherapy is just as good as in person which is great if you aren't local or can't travel.
Online hypnotherapy can even be offered at a lower cost through the amazing courses that Anxiety 2 Confidence has developed specifically for anxiety.
If you would like to know more about the online courses that we offer then head here.
If you would like to talk with me and discuss the options for booking into clinic or for Skype sessions then you can book a free phone consultation below.Book a free phone consultation
Learn more about anxiety
I am a big believer that knowledge is power, especially when dealing with mental health issues.
Please find below a list of blogs and podcast episodes that you may find particularly interesting or helpful:
Download your free negative thoughts worksheet
Find out what negative thoughts are making your anxiety worse with this free worksheet. You will also be emailed an explainer video to let you know how to use the worksheet.