Hypnosis for anxiety

Hypnosis for Anxiety

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Hypnosis for Anxiety Worry Panic attacks

Some of the signs that you need some help with anxiety are:

Often worried, uneasy,
Have a vague sense of unease
Feel a constant nagging anxiety
Sometimes feel overwhelmed, trapped, with no way out
Panic attacks, or the fear of having a panic attack
Mind always busy
Racing thoughts
Always have to be busy

These are all about anxiety. And it can be helped

Hypnosis for anxiety

Hypnosis Anxiety Stress Hypnotherapy

Hutt Valley Hypnosis uses the latest techniques for dealing with stress, worry, and loss of confidence. Hypnosis has proved itself to be the natural and healthy way to deal with many psychological problems.

Worry and stress are usually the result of uncontrolled thoughts. These build up, and build up. The constant going over and over what can go wrong is actually what is causing the problem. Hypnosis for anxiety takes the inner strength of your own mind, and uses that to change how you manage your thoughts. Hypnosis changes how you deal with habitual patterns of unhealthy thinking.

It is very hard to fight the symptoms without help. Antidepressants work very well for some cases, but long term use can lead to dependency. Learning to use hypnosis lets you control how you deal with your internal concerns, and that changes how you think and feel.

Everyone has stress

Anxiety is normal. Having some anxiety is a natural survival mechanism. Everybody needs some level of anxiety: it helps us to recognise danger and to stay out of harm's way. Anxiety is only a problem when we have too much of it and worrying becomes a way of life. But you should not be feeling anxious about travelling, meeting people, going to work, or what other people might think about you. For some people, ordinary everyday things can be very frightening. Sometimes despite your best efforts, the feelings become overwhelming, and you feel like you are going to die. These and other anxieties need to be treated. It not just you who suffers: the effects are seen on the family and knowing they are being hurt eats away at your self esteem and confidence all the more.

Anxiety: chronic anxiety; phobias; and panic attacks.

The most common one is generalized anxiety. This anxiety seems to have no specific cause. This typically gets worse over time. Trying to face it and forcing yourself to do it often just makes it worse and causes even more loss of confidence. About five percent of the population suffer from this but few seek treatment. Most don't realize they need treatment or that treatment even exists. However, there are very effective treatments available, including hypnosis. Even chronic anxiety can be turned into the level of calm and control you want. It might take several sessions, but it can be achieved.

Anxiety frequently arises when some event at work or in relationships causes stress and that stress is then applied to other areas. In other cases you may have had to live through a long period of stress. If you responded to it by generating a level of stress, then that level of Anxietyanxiety has become a habit. Or you may have gone through some dramatic crisis.

Even though the crisis is over, part of you cannot let go of the stress and anxiety that it generated. It is as if your switch is permanently stuck at On. If left uncontrolled, this can lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks are not actually dangerous, but the fear of having a panic attack stops many from enjoying life to the full.

Chronic anxiety

occurs when you not aware of any reason for feeling anxious but are unable to stop worrying about the future. Because there is no real reason for it, people start worrying about why they feel anxious. This  causes even more anxiety, and so the problem gets worse. People with unfounded anxiety manage to keep the process under control most of the time. But anxiety never lets up. The effort of keeping your anxious thoughts under control all the time is itself stress causing. So the problem feeds on itself.

Managing your Anxiety 

To manage anxiety effectively it is necessary to break the cycle. The first step is to help you understand how the anxiety process works. This will give you the tools to manage the things that are causing the stress.


Learning self hypnosis will take you into a state of deep relaxation. This will temporarily turn off the overactive "fight, flight or freeze" response. This will reduce the level of stress hormones in your body. Many anxious people don't know how to relax or what relaxation actually feel likes. You can learn to apply Relaxation techniques instantly and automatically whenever a stressful situation emerges. Just giving your mind a break from constant stress can be very beneficial.


Most of the stress in your life comes from future events that are not stressful in themselves but are things that you can imagine going wrong. Thinking of all the ways that things can wrong triggers more stress and cause more anxiety. Meeting someone, writing a report, going somewhere new - these and other ordinary things can generate overwhelming feelings which almost guarantees failure which generates even more anxiety. This process is known as catastrophizing.

You will be taught how to use visualisation to create a better picture of how things will turn out. By using the tools to imagine bright outcomes to every event you automatically defuse potentially stressful situations as they arise and therefore break the cycle before it starts.

Phobias and Anxiety

Phobias are specialized type of anxiety. There is a whole section on Phobias.

Panic attacks anxiety

Everything we do, everything we see and hear automatically causes the subconscious mind to 'go inside' to find matching experiences from the past. This process is normally goes on unnoticed. However for an anxious person, all the retrieved images have the potential for catastrophe. Eating a red apple, for example, might cause the mind to seek previous occasions of eating an apple, or of red things in general. The mind will rapidly flick through its 'filing cabinet' and highlight one or two images or memories.

These are normally below the level of conscious awareness but in the brief instant that they flicker across the mind, the anxious person will react with a momentary surge of anxiety without ever being aware of the cause. Every time the person does the same activity or sees the same thing, these same memory retrievals happen. In many instances worry and uncertainty is linked to some more general issue. It is often useful to consider using hypnosis to deal with that first.

With practice you can learn to become aware of any images that cause a reaction. Then just grab the memory, usually as an image, and consciously examine it. If the memory is harmless then it gets let go, if it actually has some kind of negative association then awareness can remove the negative associations. Doing this will let you get rid of all kinds distressing memories and feelings.

Post Hypnotic Suggestion

Part of the hypnosis session includes a series of post hypnotic suggestions about how you will behave when confronted with a problem situation. This will stop you even starting to panic. The post hypnotic suggestion takes you into a pre-rehearsed behaviour, so instead of reacting with distress and panic, you end up calm and in control.


The session ends with direct suggestions aimed at increasing your confidence at all times and places. Once you have learned to practice self hypnosis you will have the confidence of knowing that you can handle a panic attack. Most panic attacks are more about the fear of an attack happening in front of others, rather than the panic attack itself.

Anxiety doesn’t just affect your mind

Does worry cause physical illness?

Is anxiety making you ill? Anxiety is linked to physical illness. Recent research has shown that anxiety doesn’t just affect your mind, it may also make you physically ill. To be specific, anxiety is associated more than would be expected with a wide range of physical health problems.

The DSM lists several common types of anxiety disorder: general anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, simple phobias, OCD and PTSD. It is not surprising that anxiety is the most common problem presented to hypnotherapists.

A recently published review of 48 high-quality academic research articles has confirmed that anxiety is the most common psychological problem. Around 4% of people experience some sort of anxiety disorder. Women are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder than men. Surprisingly, young people are more affected than older groups.

Common anxiety types

The most common form of anxiety reported was generalised anxiety order (GAD). Other common forms found were simple phobias, and the least common was full panic disorder. People with long-term health conditions such as cancer, heart problems, heart and lung diseases all show a consistently high level of anxiety. It is not clear which one causes the other, but anxiety is almost always present.

Anxiety is also very common with some mental health conditions, particularly bipolar depression and schizophrenia. Anxiety is also commonly found with various types of addictions, such as substance abuse, uncontrollable gambling and various types of obsessions.

The review found that people with an anxiety disorder are at increased risk for the development of other anxiety and mood disorders. Anxiety is also a predictor of addictive behaviour.

Learning self hypnosis can reduce your  anxiety and have a positive effect on your body as well as your mind.



O. Remes, C. Brayne, R. van der Linde, L. Lafortune. A systematic review of reviews on the prevalence of anxiety disorders in adult populations, Brain and Behavior, 2016; 6(7). doi: 10.1002/brb3.497


Anxiety is very common. Some anxiety is healthy and even necessary. But anxiety should not be ruining your life. You can learn to deal with it. Book a session now.

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