Anxiety can be paralyzing. It can keep us from making friends, putting ourselves in social situations, or moving forward in our careers. Worse, it is extremely uncomfortable. It can interfere with our everyday lives and even our health.
Anxiety can be experienced both somatically and cognitively, and people’s reactions to anxiety often exacerbate their symptoms. Somatically, anxiety can show up as a racing heart, shallow breath, and other anxious bodily reactions. Cognitively, anxiety appears in thoughts that something terrible might happen, or worry of what others might think. People’s reactions to anxiety may lead them to develop a drinking problem or overindulge in food. Anxiety can also interfere with a person’s career or relationships or result in low self-esteem.
Am I Suffering From Anxiety or am I Just Stressed? NY Magazine (August 2018) interviews our therapists to educate people on the difference between anxiety and stress.
Our therapists use hypnotic techniques combined with therapy to address troubling symptoms associated with anxiety and panic. In reaching a relaxed and reflective state, clients are able to decrease the intensity of their anxious feelings while gaining insight into the root causes of their behavior. By tapping into their inner resources and creative problem-solving skills, clients are able to challenge the irrational beliefs and catastrophic thinking patterns so often associated with anxiety. And through the use of guided imagery and indirect suggestion, clients are able to accept and cope with their fears.
Hypnosis, as a complement to therapy, can be extremely beneficial as it addresses several aspects of anxiety. First, it can focus on physical reactions through hypnotic relaxation and visualization techniques. It can counteract obsessive thoughts by helping the client to focus on positive thoughts and quiet negative self-talk. Lastly, it can tackle difficulties that develop in response to anxiety, such as lifestyle habits or problems that interfere with everyday functioning. In order to address the complexities of anxiety, our therapists employ mindfulness, psychoanalysis and CBT to address the underlying causes of anxiety, while using hypnosis for the specific difficulties that arise as a result of anxiety.
Hypnosis can be particularly helpful in treating difficulties associated with anxiety:
Research has shown that hypnosis is particularly beneficial in treating anxiety as well as the issues that people develop in response to their anxiety. These may include fears such as public speaking, flying, and test taking as well as phobias to needles, animals, or other anxiety-provoking stimuli. Generally, people become fearful of the stimuli as well as their somatic reaction to it. Our method works by altering the way one views the fear, while calming a person’s reaction to that fear.
To read research related to hypnosis and integrative therapy for treating anxiety and related struggles, please visit the scholarly articles below:
Hypnosis & Anxiety (Sunnen, 2016)
Hypnosis Today (Smith, 2011)
Hypnosis in the Treatment of Phobias (McGuinness, 1984)
Rapid Treatment of Compulsion by Flooding with Hypnosis (Scrignar, 2011)
Self-hypnosis for anxiety associated with severe asthma (Anbar, 2003)
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