Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are the most common reasons people seek treatment. Anxiety and depression often go together.

Some people suffer from anxiety in many if not all areas of their life. If you are not sure what is making you anxious, then it can take some careful uncovering work to figure it out. This can take some time. Medications are an important part of treatment for these situations, and I like to work closely with a client’s psychiatrist.

Other clients get anxious in response to a specific cue, situation, or memory. If you have a clear focus of what is making you anxious, then the work can go faster.  For example,  cues for disabling anxiety might be:

  • going to sleep
  • a flashback, nightmare, or dream of some traumatic event
  • meeting someone new
  • confronting someone in authority
  • sex or intimacy
  • opening your monthly credit card statement
  • driving

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is usually the recommended choice of treatment of anxiety, although many other approaches are actually as helpful.

I use hypnosis, using guided imagery to desensitize you to fear-inducing situations.  Hypnosis can be used in combination with traditional CBT and behavioral approaches, such as gradually moving you step by step from situations you don’t fear very much up to the things that you fear most.

Hypnosis can create powerfully deep relaxation. Once you have learned self-hypnosis from me, you can confidently  cue up a sense of relaxation and calm in your life, even in the  situations that used to make you anxious.

Many clients report just to sleep at night is difficult because of anxiety.  Again, learning self-hypnosis or guided imagery can be of great help.  A useful resource for anxiety and sleep is Tuck.com

Much of what I have written about depression also holds for anxiety.  Anxiety (like depression) can distort your thinking, making it more difficult to “get out of the box.” This means getting an outside perspective and help is essential.