Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Hypnosis, also known as hypnotherapy, is a an altered state of consciousness that is characterized by increased focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually performed with the assistance of a therapist and involves the use of verbal repetition and mental images. When hypnotized, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you’re more receptive to suggestion.
Hypnosis can help you gain control of unwanted behaviors and help you cope better with anxiety. It’s critical to understand that you don’t lose control of your behavior. At the same time, you’re more open to suggestions while under hypnosis. In a meta analysis published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis “. . . the average participant treated with hypnosis improved more than about 84% of control participants (Valentine, K. E., 2019).”
What is the process of hypnotherapy for anxiety?
Hypnotherapy is the process of communicating with a person’s subconscious mind to enable and support beneficial behavioral change. Hypnotists utilize hypnosis to assist individuals in using their unconscious mind to look at the “how” and the “why” of a troublesome habit. The hypnotist leads the client into a calm condition during a typical hypnosis session. Once the client is relaxed yet awake, the hypnotist focuses on the behaviors they want to alter. The hypnotist then makes hypnotic suggestions to your subconscious mind that are in line with the goals you communicated in your free consultation.
By carefully observing how a person communicates—their tone, tempo, body language, and so on—and examining the internal representations of what is being shared, we can learn about that person’s experience and process and then work together to create new neural pathways to address the presenting problem. Mind control CANNOT be achieved via hypnosis. Believe it or not, your conscious mind is always listening and ready to jump in and protect you if need be.
After providing affirmations and recommendations for good conduct, the hypnotist will gently lead the client back to their normal condition. Before concluding the session, the hypnotist and the client will review the experience, including emotions, progress, and insights. The length of the sessions changes, but they usually run one to one and a half hours.
What are the advantages of utilizing hypnosis to treat anxiety?
Even though hypnotherapy is not well understood by the general public as psychotherapy and medicine for treating anxiety, it is a very old therapeutic practice. Researchers and scientists have been researching its impact on mental health problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression for many years. In one 2016 study, researchers examined people’s brains while they were under guided hypnosis. They discovered that a hypnotized brain undergoes physiological changes that provide a person with:
- Concentrated attention
- Reduced self-consciousness as a result of improved physical and emotional control
How can hypnotherapy help with anxiety?
- Real-time relaxation
During the hypnotherapy session, the first and top priority is to achieve a relaxed state of mind. This alone benefits the anxious person by providing them with a relaxed mental state they do not often experience.
- Discovery of root causes
Once you are in this relaxed state you have access to the answers you need to better understand why you live with anxiety in the first place. We can go back in time to the first time you ever felt anxious and we can heal all re-injuries since then.
- Future coping tools
Through hypno-therapeutic methods and hypnotic suggestions, your hypnotherapist will provide you with the tools to conquer your anxiety from that day forth.
- Long term support
Your hypnotherapist is always there to help refresh your hypnotic anchors and to help connect your initial transformation with your current daily life experiences.
Hypnotherapy can be as effective as your medication. . . or more.
Your physical body is entering a state of relaxation, which is your ultimate goal when it comes to soothing your anxiety. Medication is also concerned with putting your physical body in a more relaxed state. With the physiological benefits of hypnotherapy, you may one day need less or no medication. Be sure to keep up to date with your doctor visits and receive medical advice before making any changes to your prescription use.
The Bottom Line
If you’d like to find out more on how hypnosis may help you overcome your anxiety, please get in touch Jenayalynn Hypnotherapy LLC for a confidential conversation to see if solution oriented hypnotherapy is suitable to match you. Please schedule an introductory consultation or contact us if you need assistance or have queries.
News Center. (n.d.). Study identifies brain areas altered during hypnotic trances. Retrieved from https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2016/07/study-identifies-brain-areas-altered-during-hypnotic-trances.html
Valentine, K. E., Milling, L. S., Clark, L. J., & Moriarty, C. L. (2019). The Efficacy of Hypnosis as a Treatment for Anxiety:A Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 67(3), 336-363. doi:10.1080/00207144.2019.1613863