Posted on 20 May 2015
In the initial phone call with clients who suffer anxiety I ask them to explain the current issues that they are experiencing and what it is they would like to change. If there seems to be a wide and complex history I ask if they could send me an email summarising their childhood, any early issues, life to date and current key issues. People can benefit from writing down the problems as it allows them to organise their thoughts and develop additional perspectives.
I then briefly explain the role of the unconscious in governing up to 90% of all our behaviour and how the primary role of the unconscious is to keep us safe, secure and away from perceived danger. I talk about how anxiety is the manifestation of the fight and flight response and how their unconscious is actually working really hard to keep the client safe and secure.
Many clients at this stage say how that makes sense. People who experience anxiety can feel in some way that they are going mad – the emotional feelings and physical symptoms can be over whelming, seemingly without cause, and any explanation as to how and why they are experiencing anxiety can be reassuring.
I work extensively to help clients be free from their anxiety at my clinics in Harley Street, London and in Henley on Thames.
As a Cognitive Hypnotherapist I am trained and qualified to use a variety of techniques as well as hypnosis. I explain to clients that I dip in and out of different techniques such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)and Eye Movement Integration (EMI) at different times with different clients because each client’s anxiety has a unique set of causes and influences and will therefore benefit from a flexible approach rather than a one size fits all methodology. I work to identify and respond to the actual root causes of anxiety to free clients from the feelings and thoughts that are impacting on their lives.
Author: Fiona Nicolson is a practising and professionally qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist and a member of the CNHC. She is co-publisher and author of The Hypnotherapy Handbook, a handbook for new practitioners and students of hypnotherapy and a published author on the topics of anxiety and trauma. Fiona is an Anxiety UK recognised therapist and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the National Council for Hypnotherapy. Fiona runs clinics in Henley on Thames and Harley Street, London.
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