Hypnotherapy in The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety occurs in modern societies in almost epidemic numbers. One of the great problems in addressing this is that many of the stressors we encounter in everyday life realistically either cannot be removed, or would require making major, often unacceptable, changes in our lifestyle.

An example of this is worrying about losing our jobs to automation. For so many of us, the risk is real, but often there is little we can do to reduce this risk.

So, we struggle on, but with that nagging fear in our minds. But as we’re constantly bombarded by negative stories via the evening news and social media, our anxiety levels rise, until it finally manifests, perhaps as insomnia, hair pulling or horrible pains in our chest or stomach.

So, the first question that arises is, if we cannot remove the stressors, can we do something about the terrible symptoms of anxiety?

The answer is definitely  yes.

We can see the doctor and get a prescription. there are effective drugs,  but they all carry the risks of side effects and, in some cases, addiction. Also, there is evidence that some of the drugs used to treat anxiety can negatively effect our mental and physical performance.

There is growing evidence that exercise and dietary improvements help reduce anxiety symptoms. A major benefit of using exercise and diet, is that while, helping to reduce the anxiety, they also provide major benefits to our overall health, fitness and risk of acquiring degenerative diseases.

But what if they’re not enough to get the job done? Or, what if the sufferers circumstances limit the use of these approaches?

Hypnotherapy is a proven, side effect free way of treating anxiety. And when delivered by a skilled therapist, it has an extremely high success rate.

A second, and equally important question related to anxiety is, why do some experiences or circumstances causes some people to experience debilitating anxiety while others remain unaffected.

One major reason for this is that a situation or experience often triggers anxiety because it relates to an earlier life experience. Such experiences may be recent or may have occurred long ago, even in childhood. The sufferer may have completely forgotten about an early life event, yet it may be profoundly affecting his or her life.

This is what makes hypnotherapy such a useful tool in treating this condition. A Hypnotherapist can use a technique called Age Regression to resolve that early event. Often, this alone is enough to bring the anxiety levels down.

The therapist doesn’t need to even know what the event causing all the problems actually was. This is because the event is doing its harm at the subconscious level, (which is why the sufferer often has no recollection of the event), and that is precisely where hypnosis operates.

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment modality for anxiety, and, best of all, it is side effect free.




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Hypnosis for Children

Here ** is a link to a study of using Hypnosis with Children that describes the long history of using hypnosis to achieve highly successful outcomes with children.

Kids today really have a lot to deal with. There are pressures to perform at school, in after school activities such as sports and arts, in the area of social media, and with older children, as well as the worry of choosing a sustainable career.

These stresses and anxieties sometimes become too much for our young folk to deal with, which can result in a range of symptoms, both emotional and physical.

Children can develop a variety symptoms, including phobias and stomach problems. (I increasingly work with specialist Pediatric Gastroenterologists at Lady Cilento Hospital to help children with emotionally driven gut problems).

Hypnotherapy is completely safe for children, (and adults), it’s entirely without side effects and it usually achieves permanent results in such cases.

As part of the work I do, I teach my young clients techniques and tools that they can use for the rest of their lives to help deal with stressful periods in their lives.

Enjoy the article.

** Applications of Clinical Hypnosis with Children      
Daniel P Kohen. University of Minnesota, USA
International Handbook of Clinical Hypnosis.  Copyright 2001 John WIley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 0-471-97009-3
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Hypnosis for Stress

Stress is an essential part of everyday life that sometimes can be extremely taxing for us.

When out of control, it can harm our health, our relationships, our performance at work and our happiness.stress

Whether it comes as the result of a devastating event or just the constant ‘stuff’ that makes life difficult sometimes, stress is always there, challenging us, prompting us to excel, but sometimes hurting us.

Mostly, we just pass stress symptoms off as a temporary thing that will go away with time, and usually it does.

The problem is that this ignores the effect that stress can have on the human body when endured over long periods of time and in excess. Stress has been linked to a whole host of physical ailments, including many different types of cancer.

Contrary to the popular saying, stress won’t just make you lose your hair. It could cause you to lose your life.

Stress is generally built up over time. It doesn’t discriminate, either. Stress problems can afflict students as they prepare for exams or complete work; it can bother people who are having financial or legal problems. Even the wealthy are not immune because as far as the subconscious is concerned, having a great deal to lose can be just as stressful as not being able to pay the bills.

One of the most effective way to deal with out of control stress is through hypnosis.

As a hypnotherapist, I see many clients who want to find a way out from under the burden of stress. Sometimes this involves working with the subconscious to work through past experiences that might be making relatively mundane events disproportionately stressful, for example, making cold calls, or speaking to a group. Often, the client simply needs the period of peace which I provide using hypnosis coupled with a few easily taught, self help techniques.

Whatever the cause of stress symptoms, hypnosis is an invaluable tool in relearning how to manage the underlying issue/s effectively so you can regain a peaceful, fulfilling life. If you are under the constant cloud of stress that won’t allow you to live the quality of life you would like, then I can help.

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Hypnosis and Acute Stress Disorder

A paper entitled, “The Additive Benefit of Hypnosis and Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy in Treating Acute Stress Disorder“* describes the first controlled treatment study of hypnosis and cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) of acute stress disorder (ASD).

Civilian trauma survivors (N . 87) who met criteria for ASD were randomly allocated to 6 sessions of CBT, CBT combined with hypnosis (CBT–hypnosis), or supportive counseling (SC). CBT comprised exposure, cognitive restructuring, and anxiety management.

CBT–hypnosis comprised the CBT components with each imaginal exposure preceded by a hypnotic induction and suggestions to engage fully in the exposure. In terms of treatment completers (n . 69), fewer participants in the CBT and CBT–hypnosis groups met criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder at posttreatment and 6-month follow-up than those in the SC group. CBT–hypnosis resulted in greater reduction in reexperiencing symptoms at posttreatment than CBT.

These findings suggest that hypnosis may have use in facilitating the treatment effects of CBT for post traumatic stress.

The paper concludes that, “Although the mechanisms that potentially mediate hypnosis in the context of CBT are unclear, the clinical gains that may be achieved through combining hypnosis and CBT justify systematic study of the effects of combining hypnosis with the full range of CBT techniques to alleviate post traumatic stress.”


* The Additive Benefit of Hypnosis and Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy in Treating Acute Stress Disorder Richard A. Bryant, Michelle L. Moulds, Rachel M. Guthrie, and Reginald D. V. Nixon University of New South Wales

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2005, Vol. 73, No. 2, 334–340



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Hypnosis and stress

stressThe physical symptoms of anxiety and stress can be quite detrimental to one’s health. Unfortunately, many people may be so stressed that they do not realize the extent of it or the impact the stress and anxiety is having on their health. In some cases, the more stress or anxiety an individual experiences the less able they are to recognize it. Quite frequently in these situations the individual may have even become so accustomed to their level of stress, and the physical symptoms it produces, that they feel it is normal. Due to the fact that some people may not be aware of their emotional response to stress and anxiety they may need to rely on physical manifestations to identify it. This makes taking the time to learn about the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety an important step. Tuning into the symptoms of stress and anxiety can help you to identify potential triggers in your life and in turn help you to better manage them and alleviate the stress and anxiety in your life.

It is important to be aware that the physical symptoms of anxiety and stress can vary from one person to the next. Some symptoms may be more serious than others and can even be life threatening. It should be noted that one symptom on its own may not necessarily indicate the presence of stress or anxiety; however, where there are multiple symptoms this is a strong indication there is stress or anxiety present. Some symptoms you experience may be short-term while others may be long-term symptoms. Short-term symptoms include the following:

• Cold hands and feet

• Dry mouth

• Rapid breathing

• Increased heart beat

• Increased sweating

• Nausea

• Diarrhea

Generally these short term side effects appear when the body is responding to a perceived threat. This is the body’s way of helping you prepare to either stay and fight the threatening situation or flee from it; a response commonly known as fight or flight. While this rush of adrenaline and emotions can be helpful in a truly threatening situation, it can have negative impacts during times when there is no immediate danger.

Over time these physical symptoms can damage your self-confidence, disrupt the quality of your life and reduce the pleasure you get from your work. In addition, when the body is exposed to these physical symptoms over a long period of time your health can actually start to decline. Long term side effects of stress and anxiety include:

• Sexual disorders

• Changes in appetite

• Insomnia

• Frequent illness

• Back pain

• Asthma

• Headaches

• Digestive problems

• Lethargy

• Restlessness

• Depression

• Irritability

Hypnosis has a long tradition of being one of the most effective tools in combating stress.

Certain events may cause high levels of stress in conjunction with past experiences. A skilled hypnotherapist, using hypnosis, can work at the subconscious level to deal with underlying past experience/s that may be inducing high levels of stress when dealing with otherwise innocuous events.

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Hypnotherapy and Anxiety

There is a creeping epidemic spreading across our society.

It’s mostly unseen; we hardly ever spot the symptoms, especially in a stranger.

It makes our lives lives less pleasant; it dulls the once bright edge of our happiness.

It poisons our relationships; it makes us less able.

It’s slowly killing many of us.

It’s called anxiety.

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Most people live lives of quiet desperation.”

I think he meant anxiety.

In part it’s because we are reminded of our mortality every time we watch the news. It could have been us standing in the crowd enjoying the Boston Marathon. It could have been us who were killed in that head collision, or those bush fires.

The low level sensation of threat is ever present.

Until, finally our subconscious gets the message that the world is a dangerous place. We enter a state of mild hyper vigilance.

And we stay there.

We are now permanently anxious.

It can become a loop. wee become anxious about our anxiety, and the problem gets worse.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see a client suffering from anxiety.

The good news is that because the problem lies in our subconscious, there is an effective, safe, painless and side effect free solution.


Using hypnosis, I work at the level of the subconscious to retrain it.

You see, the subconscious is always acting to protect us. And because we see so much that’s threatening, our subconscious seeks to protect us from those vague and varied threats.

By helping the subconscious to find more helpful, positive strategies, a skilled hypnotherapist can end that sense of vague but imminent danger.

Add to that  the teaching of a few simple self help tools and my clients say goodbye to their anxiety and regain the full pleasure of their lives.

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Hypnotherapy and Health

To assess the influence of a hypnotic intervention on cellular immune function during a commonplace stressful event, the authors selected 33 medical and dental students on the basis of hypnotic susceptibility. Initial blood samples were obtained during a lower stress period, and a second sample was drawn 3 days before the first major exam of the term. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to hypnotic —relaxation training in the interval between samples. Participants in the hypnotic group were, on average, protected from the stress-related decrements that were observed in control participants’ proliferative responses to 2 mitogens, percentages of CD3+ and CD4± T-lymphocytes, and interleukin 1 production by peripheral blood leukocytes. More frequent hypnotic—relaxation practice was associated with higher percentages of CD3+ and CD4± T-lymphocytes. These data provide encouraging evidence that interventions may reduce the immunological dysregulation associated with acute stressors.

This is the abstract from a paper entitled “Hypnosis as a Modulator of Cellular Immune Deregulation During Acute Stress”*  by Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Phillip T. Marucha, Cathie Atkinson, and Ronald Glaser, Ohio State University and published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

What it’s telling us is that when hypnosis is used to help deal with excessively stressful situations, we can see the positive effect of the hypnosis on a number of markers for immune system efficiency.

In other words, using hypnotherapy to manage excessive levels of stress is good for our health, both emotionally and physically.

And we can measure it.

You can read the entire paper here.

* Hypnosis as a Modulator of Cellular Immune Deregulation During Acute Stress”*  by Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Phillip T. Marucha, Cathie Atkinson, and Ronald Glaser, Ohio StateJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  2001, Vol. 69, No. 4,674-682

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Hypnotherapy and Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is a strong fear of being in a situation with other people where we might be judged by them and or become acutely embarrassed.This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things.

Everyone has felt anxious or embarrassed at one time or another. For example, meeting new people or giving a public speech can make anyone nervous.

But people with social anxiety worry about these and other things for weeks before they happen. People with social anxiety are afraid of doing common things in front of other people. For example, just walking into a room where a crowd is gathered can be a truly terrifying experience for those suffering from Social Anxiety and may result in physical symptoms such as shaking, a feeling of weakness at the knees or sweaty palms.

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective way of addressing Social Anxiety and almost always clears the problem up in a few sessions.

Almost all anxieties and phobias have underlying causes, many of which lie in our past experiences. Often they’re a consequence of the subconcious taking what it thinks are logical steps to protect us from repeating a situation that has caused us distress in the past.

Using hypnosis I work directly with the subconscious to develop new, more effective and useful strategies for it to keep you safe, and the symptoms and feelings of anxiety usually disappear quite quickly.

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Hypnotherapy and Stress Management

We feel Stress when we react to events; the stuff going on around us, some of which might affect us in both positive and negative ways.

It’s the body’s way of preparing to meet challenges with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. Our bodies often react this way even when what we’re anticipating we expect to be a good thing.

These things going on in our lives that induce a stress reaction are called stressors, and they cover a whole range of situations — everything from outright physical danger to making a class presentation or taking a semester’s worth of your toughest subject. Even going through customs on our way to an overseas vacation can induce stress, even when we know we have done nothing wrong.

The human body responds to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting our muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. And sweat is produced to cool the body. All of these physical changes prepare a person to react quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.

Click here to read a very useful, easy to read, information sheet created by Austin Gastro in Texas, (USA) with tips on how to handle the stress in our lives, and how hypnosis can be a powerful tool in reducing the negative effects of too much stress.

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