How can solution focused hypnotherapy help with Anxiety?
The Solution focused Hypnotherapy approach builds upon the latest research from neuroscience about how our minds create unwanted negative symptoms, feelings and behaviours. It supports clients to achieve a solution focused, positive mind-set and then embeds this through hypnotherapy. We can see now that dwelling negatively on problems and worries sets us into a negative spiral, emotionally and neurologically. Solution focused hypnotherapy starts from the now and works forward. The past has gone and what’s done is done. So why not paint a picture of how you would like things to be and in doing so find those small positive steps forward that will set you on the path to achieving just that.
In terms of directly addressing your anxiety, there are 3 anxiety-related problems that hypnotism is commonly used to address.
- Physical Tension/Strain Physical pain and tension (often having roots in emotional tension) can be addressed by hypnotism. Addressing and working to alter the beliefs that you have about the triggers for your anxiety can help reduce the frequency and/or intensity of the physically straining symptoms of anxiety such as a rapid heart rate, rapid breathing and shaking. In addition, it can ease feelings of discomfort and strain by implanting the suggestion that you feel more physically comfortable than you actually do.
- Emotional Strain/Moodiness Along with causing physical strain, constant or frequent anxiety can also put you in a strained emotional state. The bodily energy required by the physical symptoms of anxiety, in combination with the persistent feelings of discontentment and worry, can make you feel drained and/or on edge. Hypnotherapy’s general purpose is to put people in a more positive frame of mind, altering unnecessary negative beliefs and implanting more helpful ones. In addressing this symptom, a hypnotist may focus on implanting the belief that you feel happy, content, and confident in your ability to address and resolve the causes of your anxiety.
- Sleeping Problems Many people with anxiety also have difficulty sleeping well. Getting to sleep in an anxious state and sleeping deeply when nightmares and muscle tension are keeping you awake can be nearly impossible. Hypnotherapist’s can assist with sleep deprivation by implanting the suggestion that you have gotten plenty of restful sleep recently. Alternatively, or in addition, they can help you to alter your anxious thought patterns so that they do not spiral out of control and keep you awake (as well as causing the panic attacks that can result in muscle tension).
- Phobic Reactions Going to a hypnotist for help in conquering a phobia (for example, a fear of social situations or crowded rooms) can be far preferable to regularly taking medication in order to remain calm during everyday activities (if, of course, you find that hypnotism works for you). A hypnotist will attempt to replace your unhealthy or illogical beliefs about the object of your phobia with more logically sound and useful beliefs.
Both mild cases of anxiety and clinically diagnosed disorders can result in these side effects. If you have experienced any of the above, finding out whether hypnotism works for you may help you to conquer these difficulties and hopefully eliminate them altogether. This is just a brief out line of what can be achieved through Hypnotherapy with regard’s to anxiety, and anxiety related disorders as every body is an individual and has their own take on how they feel their anxiety works. A full treatment plan can only be worked on after the initial consultation and remains a work in progress as both the sessions and the client progress.