Real Clients – Real Stories
Justin Anxiety and how hypnosis helped him
” I came to see Cathy for 3 sessions, as I suffer constant anxiety especially in relation to being in social situations and also to do with my sexuality. Cathy taught me through the hypnosis sessions to learn how to relax and calm down before a situation occurred- she taught me how to turn the anxiety down and the comfort up . She also gave me other strategies out of hypnosis like doing yoga and practicing mindfulness. Cathy gave me recordings to listen to so the suggestions repeated over and over so I could change my thoughts and feelings through repetition. I now feel so much more confident and hopeful about my life “
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is classified as meaning
a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. People who suffer from anxiety are in a constant state of nervousness with butterflies in their stomach and their thoughts bombarding them with never ending false scenarios of what might happen in the future – what negative unproductive outcome will affect them,
Of those 40 million people, almost 7 million of them suffer from GAD, with 15 million suffering from social anxiety disorder, 14.8 million suffering from major depressive disorder, and 7.7 million affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Fact #3: There are many types of anxiety disorders.
In Australia its estimated that 2 million people suffer from anxiety that is 45 % of the population https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts.
Some anxiety is normal for example before you meet a new person, going for a job interview, publc speaking and before you see the dentist.
Its not normal if it stops you functioning normally in your life or at work. How do you know if you suffer from this type of anxiety? Try this check list below
Generalised Anxiety Symptoms Checklist
For SIX MONTHS or more on more days than not, have you
felt very worried
found it hard to stop worrying
found that your anxiety made it difficult for you to do everyday activities (e.g. work, study, seeing friends and family)?
If you answered ‘YES’ to ALL of these questions have you also experienced THREE or more of the following:
felt easily tired
had difficulty concentrating
felt restless or on edge
had muscle pain (e.g. sore jaw or back)
had trouble sleeping (e.g. difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless sleep)?
If you answered yes to three or more you need to see your doctor or a therapist who can help you.
Because there are so many different forms of anxiety its best if you click on the link where there are different classifications of anxiety with accompanying questionaires. http://understandinganxiety.wayahead.org.au/about-anxiety/symptoms-checklist/generalised-anxiety-symptom
The consequences of anxiety on your mental and physical health not to mention with relationships are enormous.
How can hypnosis help you with your anxiety?
So looking at the diagram on your left the thoughts you are having are manifesting physical sensations in the body. So it makes sense to relax the nervous system slow the heartrate down, the pulse and the breathing. We do this in hypnosis by teaching the client to breathe deeply into the stomach and release that tension out the mouth until physically he or she calms that body right down. At the same time we can ask the client to visualise a colour that they can breathe into their bodies to calm them down at that physical and mental level. What we are doing from a hypnotic standpoint is getting the client to switch off their critical mind shut down the endless stream of thoughts. Then we deepen the state of relaxation much more through various techniques. Then the client is in a resting responsive state and we can introduce hypnotic suggestions that will be accepted willingly by the client so they can learn how to manage, control and reduce their anxiety.
It makes sense that the majority of us when we are totally relaxed are not anxious or worried. Its just that today we are so on so connected to technology so unable to switch off so hyper vigilant in todays uncertain climate. Hypnosis yoga, meditation exercise they are all on the wheel of help for those of you that suffer anxiety. You just have to give it a spin. Now sometimes a client does need medication and remember a hypnotherapist is totally unqualified to give you advice on whether or not you should be taking medication. If they do run a mile. Hypnosis and medication do mix, with an important exception. We do not hypnotise people who are on anti- psychotics unless we had permission from their GP.
How many sessions will I need?
Its a complex disorder and the care plan will be discussed and implemented at the first session. I am a great proponent of a multi dimensional approach and encourage and recommend that as well as the hypnosis sessions, that my clients with anxiety participate in yoga, breathing practices, meditation, regular exercise and good nutrition.
You will receive a post hypnosis recording of the actual session of hypnosis which only reinforces the suggestions you receive.
You receive lots of other resources and text support during your time with Cathy.
The first session is 2 hours and will give you plenty to go away with so you can start to lead a life that is not controlled by the monster anxiety.
Sessions are 1- 4 sessions depending on the consultation.