To first understand how cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can help anxiety, it’s important to ask the question, “What is anxiety?”
In times of extreme stress, our minds enter into a state of hyperarousal known as the fight or flight response. As our minds become primed to react to a perceived imminent threat, they flood our bodies with stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol and our central nervous system goes into overdrive getting ready to either fight or run away. As our breathing rate increases, we experience many physical sensations within the body, such as light-headedness, palpitations, a feeling like we can’t breathe properly, physical tension, a dry mouth, nausea and pins and needles and psychological symptoms such as a sense of dread, a feeling of being detached or overly emotional and a feeling of being out of control. And as our anxiety peaks, we may even experience a panic attack.
Now, it’s important to remember that a certain amount of stress hormones are necessary and that the fight or flight response is our ultimate safety mechanism designed to keep us safe in times of danger, but the problem arises when our bodies become primed for an imminent threat when there is none, leaving us feeling in a constant state of anxiety or like we just can’t cope in everyday situations.
So how can cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy help?
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy works by calming the over anxious mind and addressing the maladaptive and unhelpful beliefs that feed the anxiety. Through the use of cognitive behavioural hypnotherapeutic strategies we are able to calm the central nervous system using a variety of different techniques such as visualisation, relaxation, systematic desensitisation and cognitive restructuring.*
During hypnosis the mind is much more receptive to the positive suggestions which enable us to overcome the negative beliefs and self-talk that feeds the anxiety. This then leads to us developing a calmer state of mind and counteracts the negative thought processes that lead the brain into entering into a state of heightened anxiety in the first place.
Through the use of cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, you are able to develop coping strategies, challenge negative thought processes and adopt a more positive mindset.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy essentially allows you to get back in control of your mind and your life!*
Here are some of the lovely testimonials I've recieved from some of the wonderful clients who I've worked with to overcome their anxiety
"Alison, who overcame severe anxiety due to travel sickness with Hypnotherapy"
I went from someone suffering from travel sickness to severe anxiety due to travel sickness, even being taken off a plane on a wheelchair after turbulence as passed out. I had some sessions with Louise , then in June I had the worst turbulence I have experienced. I was not only fine but smiled throughout.... unbelievable ! Thanks so much to Louise. My advice is why suffer with something that can be changed... Louise was a last straw for me, but has changed so much.
"Matthew who overcome anxiety and trauma with Hypnotherapy"
I booked in to see you after struggling for many years from emotional issues. I found our hypnotherapy sessions incredibly helpful and now feel emotionally stronger and more able to deal with the ups and downs and enjoy my life. Thank you for helping me to deal with my emotional issues after so many years. I will definitely be back.
"Jenny, who overcame her anxiety and insomnia with Hypnotherapy"
"I came to see Louise Phillips to manage my Anxiety and Insomnia. After 3 sessions, my anxiety is now no longer a problem, in fact I feel better than ever. My sleep has improved so much too. I find my recording really helpful and will be recommending you in the future.
Please note that a successful treatment outcome cannot be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person*