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Anxiety
 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a biological human response to stress and danger and is our way of responding quickly and often automatically when faced with stressful or potentially dangerous situations. It includes feelings of unease, worry and fear and can be brought about by challenging life events.

  • Attending a job interview

  • Sitting exams or taking a test

  • Going to hospital

  • Going on holiday

  • Hearing bad news about someone close to you

  • Being diagnosed with an illness

  • Experiencing significant life changes

    • Moving house or moving away from friends and family

    • Getting married or moving in with a partner

    • Breaking up or divorce

    • Having a baby

    • Starting a new job

    • Losing a loved one

In situations like these, and many others, it’s understandable to have worries about what the outcome will be, and whether you’ll cope.   For a brief period, you might even find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate. Then usually, after a short while or when the situation has passed, the anxious feelings subside and then stop.  If we have experienced a dangerous situation or trauma, the initial anxiety will help us to respond quickly, but even though the body is designed to return to its normal state after a while, we may continue to feel vulnerable and anxious after the danger has passed. 

What are the physical symptoms of anxiety?

  • Fast or irregular heartbeat

  • Fast breathing, shortness of breath or even difficulty breathing

  • Tight chest, and sometimes chest pains

  • Dry mouth

  • Butterflies or tightness in the stomach

  • Upset Stomach or Nausea

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Shakiness

  • Sweating or hot flushes

  • Pins & needles

  • Feeling like you’re on the verge of panic

Some of the symptoms can be rather alarming and in some cases (like a panic attack), the symptoms can be similar to having a heart attack. 

What are the psychological symptoms of anxiety?

  •  Having constant worry thoughts

  • Feeling like your mind is racing and very busy with thoughts

  • Feeling numb

  • Feeling restless

  • Feeling tense and on edge

  • Feeling agitated and/or irritable

  • Loss of concentration and unable to focus

  • Little or no patience

  • Fear of losing control

  • Feelings of dread

When is anxiety a problem?

Anxiety can become a problem when these feelings don’t stop, even when the event or situation has passed.   Sometimes, reminders of the event or situation may trigger an anxious response.   If you are feeling anxious, worried and fearful much of the time, or you are often triggered into feeling anxious, this can signal that anxiety has become out of control.  It can feel overwhelming and unpleasant. 

Who Suffers from Anxiety?

Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree and at some point in their lives.  However, some find themselves unable to break away from the feelings of anxiety, fear and worry and if left unchecked, this can develop into an anxiety disorder. People of all ages and all backgrounds can be effected.

How can hypnotherapy help my anxiety?

The rise in the number of people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression over recent years, combined with the increase in the number of doctors prescribing anti-depressant medication, has led to many sufferers looking for alternative ways of coping.

 Hypnotherapy helps to treat the root cause of anxiety and works to change negative thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety. Hypnotherapy helps the client experience deep levels of relaxation which can be very effective at relieving levels of stress and anxiety.  During the sessions, you will learn how to cope with anxiety and have a collection of coping strategies to use for life.  

What will I achieve?

Sessions combine Hypnotherapy, NLP, visualization and Meditation to bring about profound and meaningful change which has a lasting effect .  It is progressive, starting off at a comfortable pace, gaining momentum as you, the client advances.  The sessions are tailored to the individual, and although we follow a program which is designed to optimize results, additional bespoke work is woven into each session, giving you maximum benefit.  By the end of the course of therapy, you will have a good understanding of where your anxiety comes from and how to deal with it.  You will also have a selection of techniques and strategies in place to help moving forward.  You will receive audio downloads to keep, as well as support materials, and these can be used or referred to whenever you start to feel stressed or anxious, helping to prevent anxiety from taking hold.  During the sessions, you will learn how to cope with anxiety and have a collection of coping strategies to use for life.  You will recognize your triggers and know how to deal with anxious thoughts before they take a hold. 

Facing our fears can be daunting, but slowly and gradually bringing different techniques into our daily lives can offer a gentle solution to a serious problem. 

How Long Will It Take?

Clients have reported feeling more calm and better able to cope after their very first session.  We suggest a between 6 and 8 sessions for maximum benefit.  Evidence suggests that with repetition, our neural pathways can be changed significantly (Neuroplasticity) in a period of 60 to 90 days.  Deliberate practice over this period of time makes the change effective and lasting.  The first session is 90 minutes, and each session after that is 60 minutes.

What’s Involved?

Over a period of 6 to 8 weeks you will attend weekly sessions in our Market Harborough Therapy Rooms.  In some cases, therapy can take less than 6 weeks, but we recommend completing 8 weeks in order to benefit fully.  In addition to this, we offer ‘maintenance’ sessions, and these are monthly or every few months, primarily to check in and enjoy a session of deep relaxation.  These are available at a reduced cost to clients who have completed 8 weeks of therapy with us.

Therapy Sessions are made up of an initial 90-minute session, followed one hour weekly sessions. 

In addition to the sessions, clients are tasked with exercises to complete at home.  These are simple tasks that require little effort, but a commitment to completing them proves highly beneficial.

If you are unable to attend in person, we offer Anxiety Coaching via Zoom. The format of the sessions is very similar, but adapted for remote access.

What if I can’t come every week?

Ideally, sessions should be spaced only 1 week apart, but time pressures and commitments often mean that this is not possible.   Every fortnight can be just as effective if the daily practices are maintained between sessions. 

How much does it cost?

Sessions are £75 each and payment can be made by card or PayPal prior to the session.

How Do I Book?

If you know this is for you and would like to book, please call on 01858 322 875 or call/text 077 1008 4002. Alternatively, use the contact form.

Not local? No Problem!

You can overcome your anxiety from your own living room. We offer Anxiety Coaching via Zoom, in an adapted format to optimize remote progress.

How can I find out more before I book?

If you want to find out more, we offer a free initial 15 minute consultation call. Use the contact form to get in touch, or call 01858 322 875 or call/text 077 1008 4002.