with Linda Carter
Hypnotherapy for anxiety
Whilst hypnotherapy can treat a wide range of symptoms, anxiety is one of the most common issues in society today, and is the single-most common issue that clients come to hypnotherapy for.
In hypnotherapy we seek to understand the root pain/threat underlying an issue and the protective strategy that the subconscious has been employing in response to that.
Birmingham Hypnotherapy provides a safe, effective and empowering way for you to move beyond your anxious thoughts and behaviours, so you can achieve your goals and unlock your true potential.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the physiological expression of fear, showing up in the body-mind system as:
nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
feelings of danger, panic, or dread
rapid heart rate
rapid breathing, or hyperventilation
increased or heavy sweating
trembling or muscle twitching
weakness and lethargy
difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
digestive or gastrointestinal problems, such as gas, constipation, or diarrhoea
a strong desire to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety
obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
performing certain behaviours over and over again
anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, especially indicative of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How Hypnotherapy Can Help Overcome Anxiety
Hypnotherapy can meet you wherever you are. Regardless of the source of your anxiety, hypnotherapy can restore peace and calm. For events from the past, hypnotherapy is used to help the mind file those events into the past, where they belong.
Anxiety can happen when the mind erroneously extends past experiences into the present and projects them into the future. The mind can assume that the initial threat is still present and will continue to be present looking forward. As our subconscious minds engage defence mechanisms in response to these threats from the past, our bodies and minds can remain in hyper-alert status, ready for crisis to hit.
If you're looking for a way to manage and ultimately transform your anxiety, hypnotherapy can be an effective option. A hypnotherapist can help you understand the underlying causes of your anxiety and provide tools to better cope with difficult situations, leading to more peace of mind and relaxation.
Hypnotherapy for overcoming fear
Hypnotherapy reminds the deeper, instinctive parts of the mind that there is no threat, that the self is safe, and that it is okay to relax. Through this work, the defences can be lowered, the nervous system and mind can relax, and peace can be restored.
For life in the present, hypnotherapy offers a way to move into alternative perspectives, change what is being focusing on, or change priorities. As a hypnotherapist, I can teach you self-hypnosis so you can learn to calm the mind and body yourself. By being able to access a calm state of mind through self-hypnosis, calmer perspectives arrive naturally. For anxiety rooted in present-day circumstances, sometimes the change that needs to happen is inside of the self, and at other times it is a lifestyle change that is needed to bring more balance.
Hypnotherapy for improving self confidence
Hypnotherapy can also be used to reprogram limiting self-beliefs around one’s ability to handle what life brings; beliefs that often result in feeling overwhelmed by even the smallest of challenges. You can also use affirmations to challenge negative thoughts and cultivate a sense of self-confidence. As self-perception is improved and ownership of one’s capabilities is cultivated, the mind perceives the daily challenges to be smaller and we are restored to a natural level of strength, capacity, and confidence.
Hypnotherapy for refocusing the mind
For worries about the future, hypnotherapy is powerful at changing what the mind is focusing on. Visualisation is one of the most powerful tools that a hypnotherapist can use to help you manage your anxiety. Through visualisation, you will travel on an imaginary journey and imagine positive situations that allow you to see things from a new perspective. This practice helps you overcome your fears and worries in a safe environment.
Optimism can be learned. Trust can be fostered. Faith and hope can be cultivated. A bigger picture perspective can be adopted. Hypnosis is a powerful state where the mind is malleable and impressionable to new, more emotionally supportive and resilient perspectives.