How can hypnosis help you with anxiety and depression?


I have helped many people in their own homes with their goal to release unwanted patterns and help replace them with new positive mindset and strategies for a better, healthier life. Read more about hypnosis for anxiety and depression here.
As some of you know, even a so-called mild anxiety attack can leave a person feeling disorientated and drained and this takes its toll on the person’s physical, emotional and mental well-being. It’s common for people to get used to this uncomfortable way of living and after a time consider it to be a ‘normal’ or acceptable state. Some may not even be aware of the of the damage caused.
Know that it is not a weakness or a crime to feel depressed, stressed, overwhelmed or anxious. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a life sentence, there’s something you can do about it, to regain control. Hypnosis for anxiety is an effective way to achieve your goals and to be relaxed, healthy and happy in a natural way.

What is hypnosis?
Many people aren’t sure exactly hypnosis is. And it’s important to get some understanding before you can make an educated decision to explore this option further. The doubts and scepticism mostly stem from not being aware of what to expect when it comes to a hypnotherapy session. Many people are only aware of stage or entertainment hypnosis and know nothing of clinical hypnosis.
But it’s nothing like stage hypnosis, in reality, it’s a very pleasant and relaxing experience with relatively fast results and shifts in thinking. This information will help you prepare yourself so that you can move forward and achieve what you want without being weighed down by the limitations of anxiety and depression.

What would the hypnosis session be like?
Maybe you’re a little curious now, to know what a hypnotherapy session would be like? The initial session is about one and a half hours. This involves an in-depth ‘pre-talk’, where you get the opportunity to express whatever it is you want to achieve in your life. This is important, as the first session is the foundation for all future sessions.
Once the goals are clear and set, the hypnosis session begins. Subsequent sessions start with a ‘catch up’ to track on the progress made so far and more session time devoted to the hypnotherapy. With each session, most clients can achieve deeper states. This is due to the familiarity with the hypnotist, the clinic, the process. Also, there’s a part of the clients consciousness that ‘knows’ what to do and how to make the changes. It’s a pleasant process, and it’s quite quick. This is because there’s a direct connection established with the clients subconscious mind.

What about the subconscious mind?
The human mind is a miraculous masterpiece, and it can’t be reduced to a simple explanation of 10% conscious functions and 90% subconscious functions. The subconscious is essentially a vast database where all the memories, habits and learnings are stored. However, you are not aware of the subconscious in the conscious state, because it doesn’t want to be known. In the hypnotic state, suggestions are made directly to the subconscious mind, and these can override old ideas and patterns. In the case of depression and anxiety, hypnotherapy can help replace all your anxious thoughts and give you the tools to reprogram your mind with the desired result of calmness and clarity.

What is an anxiety attack?
It’s an unpleasant state that has many descriptions and degrees of severity. People can be anxious and not even aware of it. It’s a term that’s used to describe feelings such as, nervousness, worry or unease regarding something perceived. The symptoms vary too, some experience intense fear, nausea and dizziness also a complete drain of energy and a dulling of acuity and cognitive function.
These experiences and feelings are triggered by ‘something,’ that in turn stimulates the amygdala, a part of the brain situated deep in the temporal lobes and is considered part of the limbic system. It is an ancient part of the brain; a simple analogy could be that it’s like a motion sensor light that that only works at night if a movement is detected. But the motion detector (amygdala) is over sensitive and malfunctions, so the light can come on (anxiety) for unknown reasons.

Hypnosis can reset this ‘switch’, restoring to it’s proper setting. Two to five sessions can be all it takes to get a client’s life back on track.

Darryl McCullagh Dip Hyp /Cert HypB


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