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More of my clients come to see me for anxiety-related conditions than for any other issue. Some have fears and phobias resulting in anxiety, others get anxious in certain situations where they’d like to have more confidence and some get more extreme responses and panic attacks. It can all affect people in different ways and for different reasons. 

Whatever anxiety disorder you’re suffering from, we’ll identify the trigger and patterns of anxiety and then spend some time using NLP techniques combined with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to retrain your unconscious, adapt your thinking and change the way you experience the situation. 

If you experience quite a few strong physical sensations, for example a tightening in the chest or butterflies in your stomach, we can use EMDR. I have found this to be incredibly beneficial and effective when treating anxiety disorders, particularly for PTSD. 

Ultimately, you utilise the resources you already have within you to allow you to deal with those situations positively and confidently in the future. 

Anxiety

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

Panic

Sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, an overwhelming terror.

PTSD

A severe anxiety disorder brought on by exposure to a very stressful, frightening or distressing event or repeating events.

Trauma

Emotional disturbance following a physical injury, stressful event or shock.

Anxiety – Salisbury, New Forest and Christchurch

There are a number of different types of Anxiety Disorder, all of which may be helped using a combination of therapies.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

Panic Disorder

Phobias (click here for more info)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (click here for more info)

Health Anxiety

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Anxiety – Salisbury New Forest and Christchurch

Anxiety

There are several different types of anxiety. Some people get anxious at the thought of doing a presentation, others when meeting people or going to social events. Some dislike driving on motorways, being in enclosed spaces, or experiencing certain situations in the workplace. There are health anxieties and also a generalised anxiety where someone may experience persistent anxiety throughout their day-to-day life for no obvious reason, always anticipating the worst in everything. All are forms of anxiety and affect an individual differently.

Characteristically, when a person becomes anxious, their body goes into the ‘fight or flight’ mode. The heart rate and perspiration increase, adrenaline is produced and the body prepares itself to either run from danger or stay and fight. Other symptoms may include increased perspiration, legs and hands shake, tightness in the chest, dizziness or bouts of diarrhoea.

As we go through life, it is not always possible, desirable or feasible to avoid those situations that cause us anxiety, so in order to remove these symptoms, we need to change our response to the situation. We need to break the connection between the thought and the response or behaviour that is currently produced. This is done by retraining the unconscious mind to respond in a different way to the current trigger.

Let’s take for example someone who gets anxious about presenting or public speaking. For someone who suffers from this anxiety, they need only be asked to do a presentation at some point in the future, and the word ‘presentation’ and its associations may get them trembling and anxious. Others may be fine at this initial stage until the day of the presentation itself and then they find the hours beforehand they’re unable to eat and take regular trips to the toilet. Yet another person may get to the point where they’re in the room about to present, no problems at all, but when they stand up and open their mouth, their voice wobbles or they completely dry up, unable to speak at all and they break out in a sweat. Each person, a different response and a different trigger; which is why the therapy needs to be tailor-made.

 

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are periods of intense anxiety which often onset rapidly and sometimes without warning. They can peak within a few minutes but can last for much longer if the individual is unable to get away from the trigger.

When suffering from a panic attack, the individual may do anything possible to escape from the situation. They might feel like they are dying or feel faint or nauseous. The main symptoms tend to be shortness of breath and a pain in the chest. It is an incredibly frightening and uncomfortable experience and can take quite some time to recover from.

Following on from a panic attack, sufferers can become anxious about the possibility of one occurring again. It can cause embarrassment and they may be concerned about losing control of themselves in front of others. Some are more concerned about the physical sensations and how they manifest. Either way, they can become fearful of a fear or anxiety. This can also be successfully treated using hypnotherapy and other techniques combined.

Whether you’re suffering from anxiety or panic, we’ll identify your specific trigger and patterns of anxiety and then spend some time using NLP techniques combined with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to retrain your unconscious, adapt your thinking and change the way you experience the situation. If you are of a more generally anxious disposition, Reiki can be very helpful in calming and relaxing the mind and body.

If you experience quite a few strong physical sensations, for example a tightening in the chest or butterflies in your stomach, we can use EMDR which I have found to be incredibly beneficial and effective.

Ultimately, you utilise the resources you already have within you to allow you to deal with those situations positively and confidently in the future.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trauma can occur when someone experiences a single event or series of events which are outside of our control and normal human experiences. The ability to integrate emotional experience with the event is overwhelmed. Often the individuals’ ideas about their world are breached, which can lead to confusion, insecurity, distress and neurosis.

Trauma can be psychological or physical. The word ‘trauma’ originates from the Greek word meaning ‘wound’. The trauma may not be experienced immediately following the event but can be delayed for weeks, months, sometimes even years whilst the individual is battling to come to terms with it.

How someone reacts to a traumatic event varies and can depend on the type of trauma, the individual and the emotional support they receive. Anything that might remind the individual of the trauma can cause the person to re-experience the feelings, mentally and physically. These are known as ‘triggers’.

There are several symptoms someone may suffer from following trauma. These include; fear, horror, anxiety, anger, panic attacks, insomnia and nightmares. The sometimes unrelenting trauma can often make people feel as though they’ll never get over it and this can then lead to depression.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD is a severe anxiety state that onsets following a particularly horrifying and traumatic experience such as military combat, natural disaster, road accidents, hostage situations and witnessing violent deaths or terrorist attacks. It is not usually something that occurs following simply an upsetting experience such as divorce or loss of a loved one.

PTSD manifests itself both physically and psychologically and affects around 30% of those who have experienced a traumatic event. It can occur at any age and may affect 5% of men and 10% of women at some point during their life.

Those suffering from PTSD may experience vivid flashbacks and nightmares at any time and for no apparent reason. Sometimes these are triggered by sound or visual images. There may also be sweating and shaking, upset stomachs, headaches, dizzy spells and chest pains in addition to the mental symptoms of anxiety, depression and fears and phobias.

The term ‘disorder’ is the medical terminology, however, in reality it is not so much a disorder but more a natural and understandable response to something incredibly distressing. Sometimes therefore it is referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

PTSD is something that often has a huge impact on someone’s life and those close to them. Please call me if you would like some help. The use of EMDR is highly beneficial and can help the unconscious process the details and flashbacks so that you are able to come to terms with the past and move on.

This can be combined with hypnotherapy and other psychotherapy techniques to allow you to deal with any anxieties, phobias and depression that resulted. The event can never be forgotten but the way in which you deal with that memory and it’s associations can be changed.

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