There is a wide range of ways in which anxiety and depression present themselves in my practice. In most cases, anxiety is at the very foundation of all the problems I take care of. Anxiety in all its forms is not only a physically distressing issue but it’s a performance issue as well. When cortisol, the stress hormone, is constantly activated, it prevents the sufferer from accessing their cognitive, behavioural and emotional resiliency. Their anxiety causes them to perform more poorly at work, in relationships and socially. Frequently clients who experience ongoing stress cannot let it go and end up lying awake at night, unable to sleep as their mind goes through repeated thought patterns.
My clients may simply be suffering from a prolonged period of stress overload or they may be struggling with inner conflicts, self-esteem, childhood trauma, lack of confidence, dysfunctional relationships and many other issues. Hypnotherapy’s first goal is to provide relief from the loop of anxiety that is off the rails and to give the client tools, such as self-hypnosis or mindfulness techniques to manage their transition to being back in control. The second is to change the mental habit of allowing negative self-beliefs and/or hidden memories from dictating their self-belief. Sometimes the belief is so strong that one must help the inner-child to process memories that are at the root cause of a powerful negative reaction. Hypnotherapy also has a wide range of approaches to support clients to process and release traumatic memories and to take back control of their life.