Anxiety can show in many different ways. It might come out in the way people think, speak or behave, or even what they believe about themselves or the world.
Sometimes anxiety can stem from a specific event or trauma, which can create a phobic response and then become generalised into anxiety. I work with you to unpick where the anxiety stems from. It could have been a learnt fear – which we can pick up from the family we grew up in, or indeed the local culture.
Agoraphobia, which is commonly thought of as a fear of public places or ‘wide open spaces’ can instead be thought of as a general fear of any unfamiliar or new event or place. This can be the result of an accumulation of events where the brain perceives a threat, (although it could have been triggered by a one-off event), to the point where every new option becomes a frightening prospect.
Symptoms of anxiety may include:
- Negative thinking
- Physical symptoms – racing heart, sweaty palms, feeling faint
- Overwhelming sense of fear
- Panic attacks
If you suffer from attacks of anxiety, in Cognitive Hypnotherapy terms you are going from your every-day state of mind into a ‘trance state’. This is where your mind takes you when you are experiencing those thoughts and feelings of the anxiety. It could include negative phrases or images in your mind, and is most likely accompanied by unpleasant physical symptoms. The longer you are in this trance state, the more distressing and debilitating the anxiety is likely to be, and in some cases can culminate in a panic attack.
By listening carefully to your experience of these anxieties, tracing back to the root of the problem and paying attention to the triggers I can help you to change the process which occurs when you feel these anxieties and fears, working on both a conscious and unconscious level. This work is done swiftly, to gain insights, clear negative memories and then to move on to the positives and the ‘what you want instead’, without dwelling on the negative state.
Most of our sessions will consist of conversational work, where we are working on a conscious level to understand what’s going on and why, and also at an unconscious level through the hypnosis recording I create for you to listen to. As each client has their own specific issue, I write and record and MP3 for each person on an individual basis.
One client said:
The hypnosis MP3 has provided me with a more positive mindset, instilling a more optimistic outlook into my unconscious and has also made me more focused. I like the way the recording is personalised towards me. The relaxation techniques Zeenat taught me brought me a sense of calm and I am now able to differentiate when I am actually experiencing the stress response, and how to counter it. Each appointment gave me a deeper insight into the anxiety and low mood, going deeper into the issue and thinking outside the box.
Feeling depressed or very down is different to someone having Depression, in the medical sense of the word. If you have been feeling down or low for several weeks without any sense of getting better the first thing I would advise is to talk to your GP. He or she will be able to diagnose and explain what is going on for you, in the medical sense. Sometimes taking a low-dose of anti-depressants for a short time is all that is needed to get you up and running again, and back to your old self.
I work with people who have been diagnosed with Depression, as long as I have your permission to inform your GP, liasing with them if necessary, with the understanding that you continue to take any prescribed medication.
Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy I can help you to update any beliefs which might be feeding your feelings of depression, and help get you back to thinking, speaking, behaving and responding to life more positively. I can help you get the bounce back in your step towards a more positive and fulfilling future.
Another client said:
I had been suffering with crippling anxiety attacks and feeling depressed before key social and family events. The attacks became so debilitating that they would effect my ability to function at work. Knowing this was all psychosomatic, and wanting to lead a normal life, I decided I had to deal with the issue. I contacted Zeenat and started to attend regular sessions to understand the reasons for my irrational reaction and learn techniques on how to reprogram my perception and reaction to situations. Early on I felt a change in my ability to deal with an important up coming event and by the time it arrived I was confident relaxed and in control. I can not tell you what a relief it was and what a change it has made to my life. If I had not seen Zeenat I would still be looking for excuses not to attend events feeling like my life was passing me by and that I was missing out on spending time with the people I love. As ridiculous and as embarrassing as the situation was to me, Zeenat always dealt with me in a warm non judgemental and professional manner. I strongly recommend to anyone who is suffering with anxiety, no matter what your triggers are, don’t keep living a half life and book an appointment.
Contact me to find out more about how I can help you to get back to living a fulfilling life.