Deal with the consequences of your Anxiety

At Wellbeing Hypnotherapy we have extensive experience in working with people who are struggling with anxiety. If you struggle with anxiety, we can help you resolve it. Your therapy is completely confidential, and you are guaranteed professional, experienced and trusted help. You can come to terms with, process and stop your anxiety from having a negative effect on the rest of your life.

Adrian helped me to overcome my anxiety of travelling on trains, the underground and on aeroplanes. Through his therapy he taught me to recognise my emotions and how to manage them. It has made a huge impact to my life and now I travel on trains, the underground and on aeroplanes at ease and much more relaxed. I’ve also found his techniques useful in other areas of my life, in particular at work, and I have become a more relaxed person being able to manage my stress effectively. 
John, Sutton

Further information about Anxiety

Anxiety affects your whole being, on all levels – on a physical level, a behavioural level or psychological level, all at once.

On a physical level, anxiety may include bodily reactions such as rapid heart beat, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth and / or sweating.

On the behavioural level, anxiety can sabotage your ability to act, express yourself, and / or deal with certain everyday situations.

Psychological, anxiety is a state of apprehension and uneasiness. This is its most extreme form and it can cause you to feel detached from yourself and even fearful of dying or feel as if you’re going crazy.

The fact that anxiety can affect you on a Physical, Behavioural, and Psychological level has implications for your recovery.

At Wellbeing Hypnotherapy our treatment for recovery from anxiety disorders adress all three levels to:

  1. reduce your physical reactions (i.e. heart palpitations, hyperventilating),
  2. change your negative pattern of anxiety (i.e. avoiding situations that cause anxiety), to a positive one,
  3. change your negative thoughts (i.e. negative self-talk) which keeps you in a constant state of dread and worry, into a postive way of thinking.

Anxiety can appear in different forms and different levels of intensity. It can range from a mere twinge of uneasiness, to a full-blown panic attack marked by heart palpitations, disorientation and terror.

You can have a General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Specific Anxiety of any specific situation, experience or objects.

Anxiety that is not connected to any particular situation and just comes out-of-the-blue, is called Free-floating Anxiety or a Spontaneous Panic Attack.

The difference between an episode of Free-floating Anxiety and a Spontaneous Panic Attack, can be defined by whether you experience four or more of the following symptoms at the same time:

  • Shortness of breath,
  • Heart palpitations (rapid or irregular heartbeat),
  • Trembling (shaking or sweating),
  • Choking (nausea or abdominal distress),
  • Numbness (dizziness or unsteadiness),
  • Feeling of detachment or being out of touch with yourself,
  • Hot flushes,
  • Fear of dying,
  • Fear of going crazy or out of control.

If your panic attack arises only in response to a specific situation, it is called – Situational Anxiety or Phobic anxiety. Situational Anxiety is different from everyday fear – it tends to be out of all proportion and unrealistic.

If you have a disproportionate apprehension about driving on the motorway, going to the doctors and / or dentist, or confronting your spouse, this may be called a Situational Anxiety. Situational Anxiety becomes phobic, when you actually start to avoid situations.

Often anxiety can be brought on by you thinking about a particular situation. When you feel distressed about what might happen when or if you have to face one of your phobic situations, you are experiencing what is called Anticipatory Anxiety (i.e. When you have to visit your dentist because of a broken tooth). In its milder form Anticipatory Anxiety is not so different from ordinary everyday worrying, but sometimes, this type of anxiety can become intense enough to be called Anticipatory Panic (i.e. arriving at the airport and turning around and leave, rather than boarding your flight due to fear).

There is an important difference between Spontaneous Anxiety / Panic, and Anticipatory Anxiety / Panic. Spontaneous Anxiety tends to come out-of-the-blue and peaks to a high level very rapidly, then subsides very gradually. The peak is usually reached within 5 minutes followed by a gradual tapering-off period of one hour or more.

Anticipatory Anxiety on the other hand, tends to build-up more gradually in response to encountering (or simply thinking about) a threatening situation, and then usually quickly falls away. You may worry yourself into a frenzy about something for about an hour or more, and then just let go of the worry as you find something else to occupy your mind.

Anxiety is inevitably part of our lives today. It is important to realize that there are many situations that come up in everyday life in which it is appropriate and reasonable to react with some anxiety. If you didn’t feel any anxiety in response to everyday challenges involving possible loss or failure, something would be wrong.