Hypnotherapy for anxiety, stress, phobias

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety and Stress in Edinburgh and Dunfermline

“When a problem is acute, treat the stem; when a problem is chronic, treat the root” – Oriental saying.

A lot of anxiety, stress and phobias have a root cause deep within our subconscious mind. I am a trained analytical hypnotherapist based in Dunfermline, only 30 minutes away from Edinburgh, I can help you uncover the root cause of your issues and thus speed the healing process.

We live in a fast-paced world where we rush around from morning until evening, so feelings of stress and anxiety are very common. In fact, anxiety disorders are extremely common and a survey in the UK revealed that 1 in 6 people had experienced some form of ‘neurotic health problem’ in the previous week (1). At present 40% of disability worldwide is due to depression and anxiety (2). The basic emotion behind anxiety is fear. It may be also useful to view fear as being an acronym for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’. We should also consider the period of time upon which this fear is focused. Is it the past, the present or the future? We all have a tendency to ponder ‘what ifs’ and ‘should haves’ and getting carried away with doing this can contribute towards anxiety. We have all experienced that mental chatter at some point.

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or danger, activating the so-called ‘fight or flight’ response where your body is flooded with adrenaline to help you cope better with the situation. This can, however, prove problematic if a person becomes anxious in a way that is out of proportion to the actual danger of the situation or when indeed there is no danger present. Some people may end up having a panic attack, which is a rather sudden or intense response in nature. In addition, for some people a panic attack may also be accompanied by agoraphobia (fear of open spaces).

Feeling anxious brings about both physiological and psychological symptoms:

Physiological symptoms include:

  • nausea; feeling sick
  • shortness of breath
  • heart pounding/racing
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • dry mouth
  • butterflies in stomach

 

Psychological symptoms include:

  • agitation
  • irritability
  • catastrophising (something terrible is going to happen such as black out, seizure etc.)
  • fear of losing control
  • feelings of detachment

 


Hypnotherapy for Phobias in Edinburgh and Dunfermline

Phobias are specific fears and may range from fairly common ones such as snakes, heights or spiders to less common ones like a phobia of veins (venephobia) or mirrors (Eisoptrophobia). Analytical hypnotherapy can be useful in revealing the root cause of a phobia. This is important because the phobia is often not specifically related to the object of the phobia itself but instead to other underlying influences. These are most likely emotionally charged events that occurred at the point when the phobia was created.

Here is an article on phobias that I wrote for The Dunfermline Press.

We all have to cope with everyday stress. However, if stress and anxiety start having an impact on your normal life, there is something you can do about it. We all have a choice as how to we cope with it. Hypnotherapy can help you cope with anxiety, stress and phobias.


Typical treatment:

Typical treatment lasts around 4-6 sessions, however in some cases 2-3 sessions will suffice. Every client is different so my approach is flexible, not prescriptive.

  1. The first session is fairly straightforward, yet can be very effective. Its aim is to let you become comfortable with hypnosis itself and also with me as a therapist. Hypnotherapy is a mutual process where trust is of prime importance, so I shall do my best to make you feel as comfortable as possible. I may then use relaxation techniques to induce hypnosis with a view to taking the edge off the anxiety. In addition, I might use some positive suggestions to help you rebuild your confidence, as well as a clearing technique that will allow for the clearing out of a lot of issues that may be contributing towards your anxiety. A lot of ‘load’ can be shifted during this process.Please allow around  1.5. – 2 hours for the first session.Should you wish, I will also give you a CD or mp3 of my ‘Relaxation and Confidence’ recording (value £10) to listen to between sessions.
  2. The second session will depend on the progress made after the first session. It may be analytical in nature and focus on revealing the root cause of the problem, finding the real source of it. The core of an issue is usually held in the subconscious mind, which is hard to access unless one is in a state of hypnosis. However not all anxiety has a particular root cause as anxiety can also be learned from young age, especially if we grow up in an environment where we did not feel safe or those around us, such as parents, were anxious themselves. We model our behaviours on others.
  3. Any following sessions may be more practical in nature, so I may teach you how to use various techniques, including CBT combined with self-hypnosis and focused breathing so as to help you cope with your problem. I may also teach you standalone self-hypnosis as this gives you another tool that you can use long-term to reduce and eliminate your anxiety. It will also build on other techniques taught in the previous sessions. In addition, I may also focus on specific suggestion-therapy tailored to your needs. This will aid in the whole healing process and help to rebuild your confidence.

Another form of treatment can be past life regression therapy which is also highly effective for treating anxiety and lifelong phobias. Contact me to see whether it may be suitable for you.

I am an Anxiety UK approved therapist and take referrals from them also.

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References:

1.Office for National Statistics. ‘Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain. Report 1 – The prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among adults living in private households.’ The Stationery Office. 1995
2.WHO (2002), The Global Burden of Disease.