By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
This article will focus on how hypnosis for anxiety works to dismantle anxiety. You will also find out what causes anxiety and how it develops into a big issue that can burden you and restrict your life.
Previously, you met my client Jenny who attended me for hypnosis therapy for anxiety. Before attending me, Jenny had suffered from anxiety for most of her life. In this previous article, I explained in detail- using the example of her story, how anxiety will arise in response to an experience involving a lack of control.
In this article I will talk about the types of treatments used in hypnosis for anxiety, and the resulting recovery process and outcomes using Jenny as an example once more. Please note that what I will describe is fairly typical of working with hypnosis for anxiety.
Both methods address the subconscious mind.
hypnosis, to cut a long story short, feeds the subconscious mind
nurturing messages and implants post-hypnotic suggestions for desired
behavior changes. See a success story here where suggestion hypnosis alone was used to combat anxiety effectively.
Regression hypnosis for anxiety targets the memories associated with the onset of anxiety symptoms. Working in a slightly altered state- a light to medium hypnotic trance, those memories can come to the fore, where in everyday consciousness they typically very rarely would.
Regression hypnosis offers an opening to revisit some of the crucial events that your brain interpreted in such a way that they led to developing anxiety. Doing this is a slightly altered state of consciousness allows for parts of the brain to communicate that normally don't. These memories can then be reinterpreted from an adult's point of view, and any associated emotions can be felt within a safe and contained session protocol.
This allows for symptoms of anxiety to abate slowly after this work concludes.
There are also more rapid methods which I use a lot, such as hypnosis for permanent and rapid change. The particular beauty of this method is that it's content free which means the practitioner doesn't have to know what it is that you are processing so that you can preserve your privacy.
Let's now look at the particulars of Jenny's healing process.
I started working with Jenny using suggestion hypnosis.
We then moved on to working with regression hypnosis for anxiety.
Once Jenny got to some core material in her regression hypnosis sessions, her defense system was able to re-calibrate itself.
Using hypnosis for permanent rapid change we 'tidied up' the remainder of the traumatic stimulation still present after regression work. Jenny did not have any cognitive memories for this part and working with KS you can succeed without same as the method is content free.
I then used a backfill to make sure anything negative that was released was replaced with positive feelings priming Jenny for the future.
Jenny had originally attended hypnotherapy because a fear of driving
had developed over the past five years which was impacting on her
quality of life.
As a piece of homework, Jenny tested her response to driving between sessions. Nothing much changed over the first while. But after a few weeks, and after getting to some core material in regression hypnosis, the fear very gradually became less and eventually stopped.
Once Jenny’s defense system
started working again and her anxiety was much reduced, she started
addressing issues that she had barely been aware of while she was
preoccupied with daily bouts of anxiety.
In short, Jenny used anxiety hypnotherapy for change in every aspect of her life.
Anxiety in Jenny's case was caused by some incidents of severe trauma
that started early in life and that she had never been able to
Jenny’s example is a fairly typical example taken from a cross section of
clients I have worked with, it does not take issues as serious as early
abandonment, bullying or sexual assault to cause anxiety.
Anxiety can be set off by incidents that, viewed through the lens of the adult conscious mind, are easily dismissed as ‘nothing at all’, yet have had a serious impact on a young, developing mind below the age of seven, which is still wide open for programming.
While the level of anxiety caused by such more ‘minor’ incidents may not be as high as that of anxiety caused by more serious traumatic experiences, it can nonetheless be very debilitating, really holding people back in life.
I want to be clear also that anxiety is a complex issue. Anxiety typically involves more than one incident that set it off. what I have listed above are the 'starting points', i.e. the first time incidents that set off a pattern. More often than not, people will have experienced more than one incident that caused chronic fear.
The 'starting point' however, set the pattern for how any subsequent incidents were interpreted by the mind. Incidents then were piled on top of one another for many years, causing anxiety.
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