Stress & Anxiety Reduction with Hypnotherapy

Generalised Anxiety

Anxiety can appear in various forms, for example social anxiety, and manifest itself in various ways, for example phobias or panic attacks. This page is concerned with generalised anxiety, which typically involves excessive worry in everyday life.

The symptoms of generalised anxiety are that you feel worried much of the time, often worse at night, affecting sleep. The anxiety applies to a wide range of issues rather than one specific issue. About 1 in 30 people suffer from this type of anxiety. It generally develops gradually and symptoms can range from mild to severe.

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
            - Arthur Somers Roche

It is normal to get anxious sometimes, but generalised anxiety is pretty unrelenting, affecting your ability to concentrate, function normally and relax. It is common to feel irritable, tense, tired and a sense of dread. There may be other physical symptoms such as palpitations, all of which adds to the worry of what is wrong with you. It may affect your work, which is an additional source of worry. The worry can thus feed on itself to the extent that you cannot identify the source of the worry any more and convince you that you cannot control it or find a solution to it. It is the result of the over arousal of the autonomic nervous system, and you have to have experienced it to know how bad it feels.

Anxiety is a general term for a number of disorders causing fear and apprehension.

If your anxiety occurs suddenly and with great intensity have a look at my panic attacks page.

If a specific thing or situation causes you anxiety, for example flying or spiders, have a look at my phobias page.

If being around people or social situations causes your anxiety, see my social anxiety page.

If you find your anxiety is compelling you to nervously repeat things see my OCD page.

If your anxiety stems from having to perform in some way, such as giving a speech, see my performance anxiety page or my exam nerves page.
Getting Back in Control

Many people are well aware of the things that are worrying them and leading to their state of anxiety, but cannot gain control of their reactions to them. In some cases other emotions can be feeding the anxiety without the person being aware of it. I will help you to explore your anxiety in order to understand the reasons behind it and to help you remove the thought cycles that are causing your anxiety to spiral.

Living in a state of regular or constant anxiety is an imbalance that has been learnt from events somewhere in the past, possibly as far back as childhood or even birth. These do not always have to be big events but they would have been significantly challenging at the time. Although they may have long since been forgotten, they leave their mark in that they determine the automatic anxious reactions to more recent events that are remembered. As a result the person will have grown up believing that they have an ‘anxious nature’. However it is still a learnt behavior from a very young age which has been forgotten and consolidated through years of experiences since that original learning.

There are many different techniques that can be offered in hypnotherapy to help you uproot the cause of your anxiety and let it go. The consultation will help to determine which of these techniques are best for you personally. Through the hypnotherapy sessions you will have the opportunity to re-learn how to live with much less tension and emotion within you. Alongside this you will be shown how to develop positive thought processes and be supported in building your confidence and self belief. Your habitual response to life situations will no longer spiral you into a place of difficult emotions and you will find decisions and everyday challenges much easier to deal with.


The Hypnotherapy Sessions

Due to the wide range of situations that can lead to general anxiety, each case needs to be looked at in an individual way and the number of sessions it takes to let go of this learnt state of anxiety varies between individuals. Everyone lets go of their past and embraces change at their own pace, so it is difficult to say exactly how many session will be needed, however when working with anxiety in the past the average number sessions required has been 2 to 6.

Appointments available at Brighton and Egham.

For a free initial telephone consultation, contact me