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Why Do I Work With Anxiety?

Posted on 07 November 2014

Why do I specialise most in anxiety and the impact of trauma on clients?   I enjoy the fact that anxiety is just a symptom and that trying to find the root cause of the anxiety leads through a maze of different beliefs and experiences.    All hypnotherapy is detective work but I think that anxiety requires possibly even more unravelling of feelings and responses.   I enjoy finding and following a ‘thread’ that might manifest currently in a day to day level of dread that is holding a client back from going to work or interacting with friends and find it fascinating to track that thread or threads back to the origin or work with it in other ways to effect a change that will free the client to live their life in the way that they want to. 

Clients can exhibit an array of different anxieties, whether it is an underlying day to day level of anxiety, panic attacks or displaying symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).   Clients exhibit anxiety as a core expression of their underlying issue - anxiety is the symptom, not the cause.  It is also important to recognise that a level of anxiety and stress can be a normal, if difficult, part of life, affecting individuals in different ways and at different times.  It is when those levels reach a certain intensity it can start to impact greatly on how an individual lives their life.

So how can Cognitive Hypnotherapy help free a client from the many ways anxiety can impact on their lives?  Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses a variety of techniques to uncover the feelings, thoughts and memory patterns that led to the anxiety - and which continue to maintain it. Cognitive Hypnotherapy interrupts these unconscious patterns so clients are able to feel differently and take back control.

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. Fiona is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the National Council for Hypnotherapy. Fiona is also an Anxiety UK recognised therapist – Anxiety UK is the largest organisation in the UK specialising in Anxiety disorders.

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