When we feel anxious, we tend to feel fear or panic. Although feeling some short-term anxiety is normal and can be useful, it becomes damaging when it starts to affect your everyday life.
Any anxiety we feel can be worsened if we persist with negative thoughts, feel threatened or suffer with long-term stress. Environmental factors such as work or home situations, peer, cultural or societal expectations etc can contribute to our levels of anxiety, as can our genetics.
Linked to the 'fight or flight' response, symptoms of both anxiety and stress can be very similar. For example:
However, when our anxiety twists and alters our internal belief system, it can cause a conflict of interest between our conscious (thinking) and unconscious (running things automatically) minds, potentially leading to panic attacks and phobias. Let me ask you a question to explain this ...
Would you love to go abroad on a family holiday; feel comfortable going to the dentist, doctors, hospital or stroking a dog; be able to walk outside in the fresh air or confidently give a presentation? Yet, there's something that constantly niggles at you and makes you worry, feel frightened … or just avoid the situation altogether! That's the conflict between our conscious and unconscious minds.
How I help
Using a combination of coaching, counselling and hypnotherapy techniques I enable you to:
Please note: There may be occasions when I ask you to seek GP consent before providing treatment for anxiety. For example if you suffer from hyperthyroidism or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).