Hypnotherapy for anxiety: 5 reasons why it’s a good choice
Hypnotherapy for anxiety isn’t generally the first thing people think of when they’re looking for help with anxious thoughts and feelings.
In fact, you might think of hypnotherapy as something that usually happens onstage, with various people ‘falling under the spell’ of the hypnotist and being made to do ridiculous things in the name of entertainment. And that probably makes you feel even more anxious!
There’s no need to worry however, as hypnotherapy is very different to stage hypnosis, and it’s actually an excellent choice of therapy for anxiety.
Read on for 5 reasons why hypnotherapy for anxiety is a great choice (plus a free gift of a self-hypnosis MP3 you can do from the comfort of your own home):
1. Hypnotherapy for anxiety brings deep relaxation
Hypnotherapy (or the kind of hypnotherapy I practice, at least) is a deeply relaxing therapy. During the process many clients find themselves drifting off into what feels like a pleasant almost dreamlike state.
Afterwards they often report that it’s the most relaxed they’ve ever felt! Now, if you suffer from anxiety, deep relaxation is a state you may find extremely difficult – if not impossible – to achieve. So the sessions bring a welcome respite from a stressful anxiety-filled day.
2. Hypnotherapy for anxiety teaches you how to relax, whatever the situation
The good news is, you don’t have to rely on the hypnotherapy sessions to get that lovely peaceful feeling. As part of my ‘hypnotherapy for anxiety’ course I give you the resources you need to be able to learn how to relax at will – whatever the time or place.
3. Develop important new life tools
Hypnotherapy for anxiety isn’t just about learning how to relax. There’s actually a steelier side to it all. During my hypnotherapy for anxiety course I teach you how to stand up for yourself and learn to say that magic word – NO – whenever it’s appropriate.
I find so many of my anxiety clients have developed the habit of ‘people pleasing’; just going along with things and letting others control their lives. Unfortunately this can often come at a great cost to their health and well being.
On the outside they may be pleasantly agreeing to others’ demands – but on the inside they’re feeling more and more uncomfortable and frustrated that their own needs aren’t being met.
These habits are often learned in childhood, when we’re taught we should be ‘good’ boys and girls and do what we’re told. But as an adult, we need to learn that it’s ok to decide what’s right for ourselves, rather than letting others tell us what to do.
During hypnosis we ‘update’ your mind’s ‘computer program’, so that you can develop new thought patterns, habits, and behaviours that are more appropriate for your life as an adult.
4. Get it off your chest
Being able to talk to a professional about your anxiety can be a real release. Often anxiety and its symptoms can be an embarrassment that you want to keep to yourself, and all that ‘hiding’ and pretending you’re somebody else can be exhausting.
Talking to a therapist who doesn’t have any expectations of you, who won’t judge you, and who’ll accept you just as you are, can be a real comfort and relief.
5. Hypnotherapy for anxiety or counselling for anxiety?
Counselling for anxiety can be excellent – but it can be a slower process than hypnotherapy. And some people just don’t feel comfortable spending lots of time talking about their feelings.
In my course I combine elements of counselling and hypnotherapy together with other effective mind-management strategies so that you get the best therapies that are right for you. You have somewhere safe, private and confidential to express your emotions, and you also get the deeply relaxing and transformational process of hypnotherapy.
We won’t have to ‘delve’ into your life story (unless you want to!). We can simply work directly with the subconscious mind, eliminating the old anxious thought patterns and replacing them with new calm, controlled ways of thinking.
I’m in the Glasgow area (Cambuslang; in between Glasgow and East Kilbride). If you’re not in the Glasgow area, or you have mobility issues which prevent you from coming to see me in person, we can work together via online video service such as Skype.
Free Guided Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Not quite ready to work with me personally? I’ve created this guided self-hypnosis journey that you can use whenever you wish to relax and calm any anxious thoughts and feelings. Just click on the video below.
If you’d rather listen to the MP3 version, here’s a link you can download for free:
Lisa Murphy is a counsellor and hypnotherapist based in Glasgow who specialises in anxiety, anger management, and weight loss.