Anxiety and Social Anxiety

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety

– Plato

The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. – Wayne Dyer

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Social anxiety and panic attacks.

Anxiety disorders can range from phobias – panic disorders, specific phobias and social phobias (often called social anxiety disorder), traumatic stress disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalised anxiety disorders.

Increased anxiety can develop after a long or intense period of stress or rather, as a result of stressful life events, when we lack confidence and self esteem and there could be many other factors. Anxiety is a perfectly normal response to threat with panic being a feeling of intense anxiety or fear. But ultimately excessive anxiety affects us in four main ways it affects us physically and affects our thoughts, mood and behaviour.

In summary, I adopt a skills-based model for treating anxiety. The treatment will include practicing and learning various relaxation techniques and then learning hypnosis and self-hypnosis to deepen relaxation and feelings of confidence and wellbeing. With this a client will then be able to confront the challenging situations which might be causing the anxiety and recondition their brain and body to remain calm. The result is that a client will find their own way of becoming relaxed and centred and develop skills to be able to focus on the here and now, incorporating mindfulness techniques.

Social Anxiety

I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there; not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart; but really with it, and in it.

– Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

This can be a situation where a client might be feeling anxious about interacting in new social situations or even everyday situations. The emotional consequences of social events are not caused by the events themselves but an individual’s beliefs about the events.

In summary, there would be a multi-modal, assessment of a client’s symptoms: focusing on affect (feelings), behavior (actions) and cognitions (thoughts). The first part would be the conceptualization to understand what the core fear is in social situations. We might use a combination of techniques including a hypno-behavioural approach, assertiveness and external attention training to overcome self consciousness.