Overcoming Anxiety with Hypnotherapy


What is anxiety in Hypnotherapy?

Anxiety can be defined as ‘a response to a perceived threat’. Without this response, we could not survive.

All of us need to be able to react to stressful events and emergencies with an immediate surge in energy to enable us to deal with the situation we find ourselves in.

This reaction has been called the ‘fight or flight response’.

When a situation occurs that our minds perceive as dangerous, a whole host of complex chemical changes occur in our brains and bodies.

We may experience a surge of energy as adrenaline and other stress hormones are released, often enabling feats of seemingly superhuman strength in moments of crisis.

This is how our bodies are designed to react, and the subconscious ‘switches’ that fire up this response are vital for normal functioning.

Problems occur, however, when these switches are not functioning correctly, or when they do not switch off fully when the situation is no longer threatening.

Key points

  • Anxiety is a response to a perceived threat, triggering a fight or flight response in our bodies.

  • When anxiety switches in our subconscious malfunction or fails to switch off, it can lead to prolonged periods of heightened anxiety.

  • Hypnotherapy offers powerful self-help techniques like self-hypnosis and relaxation, promoting a greater sense of calm.

anxiety with hypnotherapy

The conscious mind may perceive a situation as only mildly threatening, but the subconscious may overreact and immediately bring the body to a state of full alert.

This pattern of behaviour and reaction, once established, often tends to worsen over time, leaving the sufferer exhausted and increasingly unable to cope.

Their ‘anxiety threshold’ – the point at which the fight or flight response is normally triggered – becomes much lower, and they are in this heightened and very unpleasant state for prolonged periods.

This can impact every other area of life, and if untreated, it can lead to depression and many physical ailments as the body finds much of its valuable resources burned up.

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common problems seen by both Physicians and Therapists.

Unresolved anxiety can produce very unpleasant symptoms, from insomnia to full-blown panic attacks; or perhaps just a constant feeling of never-ending “worrying”.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Anxiety with Hypnotherapy

The Hypnowellness approach focuses on discovering the underlying causes of your anxiety where this is appropriate; and by using combined Hypnotherapy and CBT Therapy techniques, you can learn to address these issues and begin to gently modify the old habitual responses.

An important part of my approach is also to teach powerful self-help techniques such as self-hypnosis, relaxation, and cognitive behavioural therapy methods, which, when practised, can lead to a much greater state of calm.

I see people regularly with anxiety issues at all my practise locations: in North London in Highgate and in Radlett (Herts), and in South Woodford in East London.


What is the fight or flight response?

The fight or flight response is a physiological reaction triggered by the perception of threat or danger, leading to increased energy and heightened awareness.

How does anxiety develop?

Anxiety can develop from various factors, including genetics, life experiences, and brain chemistry imbalances.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Symptoms can vary but may include restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and panic attacks.

How can Hypnotherapy help with anxiety?

Hypnotherapy aims to address the underlying causes of anxiety and modify old responses through relaxation techniques, suggestions, and cognitive restructuring.

Is Hypnotherapy safe?

Yes, when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, Hypnotherapy is generally safe and well tolerated.

How long does it take to see results with Hypnotherapy for anxiety?

The timeframe varies for each individual, but some people may experience positive changes within a few sessions, while others may require more extensive therapy.

Can I learn self-help techniques to manage anxiety?

Absolutely. Hypnotherapy can teach you self-help techniques such as self-hypnosis and relaxation exercises, empowering you to manage anxiety on your own.

Is Hypnotherapy effective for all types of anxiety disorders?

Hypnotherapy can be beneficial for many anxiety disorders, but the suitability of treatment depends on individual circumstances. A consultation with a therapist can help determine the best approach.

Will Hypnotherapy erase all my anxiety?

Hypnotherapy can help reduce and manage anxiety symptoms, but complete elimination of anxiety may not be realistic or desirable. The goal is to improve overall well-being and coping mechanisms.

How do I find a qualified Hypnotherapist for anxiety treatment?

It’s important to seek a qualified Hypnotherapist who specialises in anxiety treatment. You can ask for recommendations from your doctor or search online directories of professional associations for registered practitioners.

More Information Here: Hypnotherapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for Anxiety in London.

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