is a normal, if unpleasant, part of life, and it can affect us all in different ways at different times. Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the external factor causing it may it be a work, relationship or money problem etc. comes and goes, anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.

Anxiety disorders can be disruptive to the daily activities, often very significantly. They cause sleep disturbances, inability to perform well at workplace, loss of ability to temper anger or inability to understand the source of it and difficulty concentrating because you are concentrating on the anxiety instead. Anxiety can lead to issues with self-worth and to illness.

Hypnotherapy and CBT can be used as highly effective treatments of anxiety disorders either on their own or in combination (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy). Hypnotherapy and CBT can be used to help to uncover the unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that go with anxiety and help to replace them with more beneficial ones. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Eye Movement Therapies (EMT) can also be hugely complimentary helping your body reset the parasympathetic nervous system's fight-flight-freeze mode at a core of an anxiety response.

The sessions will help you:

  • Identify & resolve unhelpful beliefs that may be causing anxiety
  • Let go of anxious thoughts and minimise negative self talk and worrisome thinking
  • Rebuild confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduce stress & increase relaxation integrating breathing styles that lessen associated symptoms
  • Mentally prepare for future situations
  • You will learn how to reduce stress and how to let go of anxious thoughts, as well as  self-help techniques and will be given helpful practices for in-between the sessions. These may include Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, NLP, EFT, EMT or CBT practices.
As with any medical condition you should always see your GP first to discuss your symptoms and treatment options first and to rule out any potential underlying causes of your symptoms.


There are many reasons why people today suffer from anxiety.

Some of those reasons are more identifiable than others. For instance, a traumatic incident or as a result a significant change in circumstances or a life event, such as getting divorced, bereavement and so on. Sometimes the reasons for anxiety are not immediately obvious and can be a result of a build-up of stress over a period of time, until one day the amount of stress exceeds individual ability to cope with it.  

It is important to recognise that anxiety is normal and exists due to the preconditioned bodily responses from early human existence. It was useful at a time when human survival dependent on our instincts to remain alert and react to a perceived threats and therefore helping to keep us safe. This internal alarm system helped us by keeping us hyper-alert, raising the levels of adrenaline and heart rate to release extra oxygen into our system so that we were able to respond to the threat by fighting or running away.


We can think in terms of three different types of anxiety disorder:

  • Reactive anxiety
Related to some particular incident; the fear of another such incident can be overwhelming.
  • Conditioned anxiety
The suffered continues to be triggered by old fears to an extend that day-to-day behaviour is impaired. The person may be experiencing forgetfulness, insomnia or other similar intrusions into everyday life.
  • Free-floating anxiety

There seems to be no obvious reason for anxiety and this makes it difficult to cope with. There is nothing to hang it on and therefore no apparent starting point for reducing the impact.

Symptoms of Anxiety
People often experience physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms when they feel anxious or stressed.
Some of the most common physical symptoms of anxiety include;
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased muscle tension
  • “Jelly legs”
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Hyperventilation (over breathing)
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wanting to use the toilet more often
  • Feeling sick
  • Tight band across the chest area
  • Tension headaches
  • Hot flushes
  • Increased perspiration
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking
  • Choking sensations
  • Palpitations

Some of the most common psychological symptoms (the thoughts or altered perceptions we have) of anxiety include:


  • Thinking that you may lose control and/or go “mad”
  • Thinking that you might die
  • Thinking that you may have a heart attack/be sick/faint/have a brain tumour
  • Feeling that people are looking at you and observing your anxiety
  • Feeling as though things are speeding up/slowing down
  • Feeling detached from your environment and the people in it
  • Feeling like wanting to run away/escape from the situation
  • Feeling on edge and alert to everything around you
  • Avoidance of any situations potential provoking anxiety.