If you are experiencing anxiety, I can tell you that I use many effective treatments to help you gain resolution to it. As a multi-qualified psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, specialising in Inner Child Therapy, I have found that the best way to treat anxiety is to combine different techniques and methods.
I combine anxiety counselling, NLP techniques and psychotherapy to create an individual treatment plan for you. Read on to find out more about how I work, or get in touch to book your free, 30-minute therapy consultation.
A normal reaction
Anxiety disorders can manifest in many forms. Social anxiety is particularly common, as is experiencing depression and anxiety together, or anxiety and fear.
Everyone experiences anxiety in some form in their lifetime, but for some it can prove truly debilitating. This is where I can help.
We’ve all worried for an upcoming exam, or felt the pressure of speaking in front of a room full of people. Just like its twin, stress, anxiety is a normal, human, emotional response to a ‘threatening’ situation.
Where anxiety is different
However, unlike stress, anxiety is fuelled by a fear or apprehension that something bad is going to happen that continues long after the actual threat has gone. Anxiety is the mind’s way of attempting to manage in adversity; and the mind does this by using coping mechanisms which it thinks will help us, such as: non-stop worry, obsessive habits, or reclusive behaviour; amongst many other conditions. However, these coping mechanisms do not protect us: they eventually harm us physically and emotionally. It can feel like a miserable trap, as any anxiety disorder sufferer will tell you.
Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy treatments that I use for anxiety
I am often asked by my clients, “can hypnotherapy help anxiety?’ or ‘can psychotherapy treat anxiety?’ Yes, absolutely. But the anxiety treatments I use involve a tailor-made approach to each client.
Anxiety psychotherapy: using NLP and Inner Child Therapy techniques for anxiety
You may find I use a combination of, or all of the following types of therapy: clinical hypnosis (hypnotherapy); NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming); counselling (talking therapy); and psychotherapy, more specifically, Parks Inner Child Therapy, (or PICT for short). PICT was developed and founded by Penny Parks, a leading figure in the field of therapy for abuse and trauma. If you would like to know more about Penny Parks, visit her on YouTube or read her articles on the Huffington Post. For more information on PICT itself, read more about it here.
ANXIETY… it’s not the world doing it to us, it’s us doing it to us
There is another dimension to anxiety not often touched upon in any of the self-help books or websites ‘out there’ on the subject: and that is, the likelihood of getting anxiety and the amount we get it has something to do with the way we have been brought up. Have you ever noticed how some people get really anxious as they go through life, and some others just don’t? How some people suffer social anxiety at a dinner party: and how others are calm, relaxed, even thrilled at the same party? It isn’t our genetics that make this happen. So, what is it?
In a word: beliefs
From the moment we are born, we start to make meaning of the world about us. We store memories, learn lessons and above all, we take on beliefs. Specifically, beliefs about ourselves, other people and the world about us. These beliefs are the building blocks of our identity and self-confidence. Some of these beliefs can be positive and affirming, such as “I’m good at running,” and others can be negative, such as: “I’m not good enough.” We get most of these beliefs from our parents, or significant carers in our lives. And we take on their beliefs as ours, communicated to us either verbally, or just through their body language.
The destructive power of mistaken beliefs
In some families, the parenting style, and consequently, the beliefs, are mainly positive. As a result, the children in these families grow up generally confident, able to take on whatever the world throws at them. However, for some children, where the parenting style is poor or negative, the limiting beliefs are more numerous, and the opposite is true: these children grow up into adults who cannot cope with the same life challenges that the other children can cope with.
In other words, the beliefs we learn in childhood, and take ownership of, from our parents, dictate how we perceive (and react to) the world in adulthood, including how we perceive, and react to, the ‘threats’ we encounter.
Classic symptoms of anxiety or anxiety disorders
Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways, such as: near-constant worry; sleep problems; irrational fears; muscle tension and fatigue; shallow breathing; chronic indigestion; social fear; panic; and OCD-like symptoms, to name a few. It can be occasional or chronic. In some chronic cases it can be diagnosed as a disorder, the most common of which are generalised anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. If internalised, anxiety can also lead to feelings of being stuck in a rut and then, depression sets in.
Classic symptoms of experiencing anxiety and depression together
People who suffer from anxiety and depression have often been anxious for a long time. This is because the ongoing state of anxiety makes people so self-critical it feels easier to hide your true self. So, long-term anxiety can eventually start to act a bit like a lid on a container, where your real feelings are kept hidden. This ‘lid’ represses feelings such as anger, joy, trust, sadness, disgust, resentment and fear, to name a few, and this in turn leads to a general sense of being stuck. When these emotions are not allowed to be expressed openly, then depression sets in. Depression is also a state in which people tend to withdraw from social situations and hide their true selves in order to feel safe and in control.
Classic symptoms of experiencing anxiety and fear together
Some people with anxiety can also experience acute fear. This is because anxiety itself is fear. It is fear of a potential threat to our safety. It is Nature’s fear mechanism working overtime, when we do not have any actual threat posed to us. Classic symptoms include: irrational worrying for no reason; panic attacks and fear of panic attacks; ‘collecting’ new phobias or having numerous phobias; and obsessive compulsive behaviours (OCD) that are a bit like daily rituals in an attempt to control the fear.
I have anxiety, so what can I do?
The good news is anxiety and depression are neither incurable, nor inevitable. First, we have to remove the limiting beliefs that are causing havoc in your life and replace them with newer, positive ones. To do this, we may need to use counselling and hypnotherapy beforehand to get you into a relaxed-enough state for us to access the powerful ‘Inner Child’ techniques* I use to remove and replace the limiting beliefs. Sometimes hypnotherapy is not enough to resolve issues. Not many of my patients are aware of what Inner Child Therapy is before I treat them, but it is an advanced, effective psychotherapy tool which delves deep into the core of the emotional traumas you experienced as a child – which, once unearthed and worked through, lead you to resolving these issues and experiencing recovery. Read more about Inner Child Therapy.
Then, once your limiting beliefs are changed and you feel like your real self; that is, the you that you were always meant to be; sensing the world as it really is, we need to examine triggers for stress and anxiety in your life to help you choose different behaviours around these triggers. Using NLP and psychotherapy techniques means we can reprogram how you react to stressors in future, preventing stress and anxiety altogether.
Using my therapy practice, this process needn’t take years, it can take months or even weeks. So, forget everything you have experienced from talking therapies before; this is about quick, lasting resolution to anxiety: not “talking-it-out-of-you”, or ‘coping.’
Ultimately, your recovery is up to you
Don’t put up with it; as I have said before, the anxiety you are experiencing is neither inevitable, nor incurable. If you find yourself asking, is there a hypnotherapist / psychotherapist in my area who can help me with anxiety? Then the answer is yes. Working with me, using the powerful, lasting therapies I employ means you do at last have a choice.
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If it sounds too good to be true, then I agree with you. In fact, that’s how most people feel at the beginning of therapy, even if they don’t admit it. However, as a requirement of my professional qualifications, I have undergone the same therapies I employ and have experienced all the techniques used to bring about lasting resolution, and have witnessed first-hand, like my clients, the incredible results of using it. So, what I can say is, don’t dismiss it; you need to experience it first-hand, to see for yourself. Let’s work through this together.
To find out more, call me today on 07702 911787 for a FREE, no-obligation 30 minutes initial consultation or get in touch via email.
*There is a strict standard of eligibility, which must be adhered to, as to whether ‘Inner Child’ therapy is suitable for individual clients, that will be made clear to you at our consultation together.