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About anxiety

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is a fear that people could do without, yet 90% of the populations suffer from some degree of anxiety. Most people think they cannot do anything about it. However, releasing yourself from anxiety can literally set you free to soar and achieve all those things you have been dreaming of.




What does anxiety really feel like? 

The many guises of anxiety

noPure anxiety feels like an internal conflict that is out of your control. A desire to do or be one thing yet an inexplicable and deeper block that ensures that you do or be the opposite. Anxiety can also manifest in symptoms, so for instance you might develop some phobias (which are unreasonable fears) or even some rituals or obsessions that you have to do to keep the anxiety at bay. Although you know that if you hang out the washing with the wrong colour pegs nothing bad will really happen, the fear is so strong that you are compelled to change them. If you do not you don't believe, but fear that something bad will happen and it will be your fault.
Even if you know exactly why you developed a phobia, it is still an outlet for your anxiety. For example if you were one of a number of people stuck in a lift, you might develop a fear of lifts or enclosed spaces. Yet not everybody in that lift will have developed that phobia.
You latch on to symptoms because you are subconsiously trying to find a reason for your fear.  You don't always develop symptoms as obvious as that.

Some of the following may sound familiar:

  • We make sure we are liked
  • or we are pleasing people
  • or are noticed
  • or don't need anyone
  • or are needed by someone
  • or feel trapped
  • or feel irritated by the slightest thing
  • or feel life expects too much
  • or feel you're at the bottom of the pile
  • the list goes on.
Until we are able to let go of that funadamental behaviour and belief, we will be anxious, because we know, as adults we cannot possible achieve 100% success in conquering these irrational fears and so we feel vulnerable and out of control.

I do understand what you are going through,
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Fear and Anxiety 

What is the difference between real fear and anxiety

shaow coupleThe difference between fear and anxiety is that anxiety is an emotional fear without any logical foundation. You might be able to talk your way out of a physical ... fear, bailiffs, thugs, owing money, being found out ... and even if you can't the cause of the fear will either materialise or pass you by untouched. with an emotional fear, the cause is unknown and so talking your way out of it takes a lot more than facing up and thinking strategies.
It is sad that many people who are suffering from anxiety think it is 'how they are' and their cross to bear. In fact most people can be helped and their anxiety overcome. They just have to be brave enough to take the plunge and break free.
I mentioned earlier that anxiety suffers are like prisoners in cages of their own making. You can go so far and then your entrapment stops further progress. Well you've heard of recidifist prisoners becoming institutionalised. Suffers with anxiety are trapped by their own behaviour patterns and limiting beliefs. They need help at the very deepest emotional level within. to eradicate years of imprisonment and living behind bars of their own self-protection.

Feeling Anxious? 

Anxiety - Do we need it?

anxiety1No we don't need anxiety - but then again you could say maybe we do. You could say that prisons have many people who are not anxious enough to fit in with societies expectations and therefore know no boundaries when it comes to crime.
As with most things anxiety is useful in small doses- get too much of it and it has a negative effect.
Let me explain.... Imagine if you did not have enough anxiety to keep your job, you would have no commitment, would ignore deadlines and eventually lose your job. If you were not anxious to fit in and please then you would be very unpopular, probably have few friends, ending in isolation and unhappiness.
We are brought up to have a certain amount of 'healthy' anxiety 'Look both ways before you cross', don't take sweet off strangers etc. Sometimes with a peppering of negative anxiety 'People won't like you if you do that'. etc.
Anxiety is great until it becomes a problem then like the overbearing parent too much anxiety becomes the Prison Warden.

Help with Anxiety 

My approach to helping suffers of anxiety

anxiety4The approach I use most in dealing with anxiety is hypnoanalysis. this is a type of hypnotherapy that, rather than using suggestion in the traditional way, gets to the emotional root of the problem. you may have a perfect intellectual understanding of why you feel the way you do and you may see the logic when people tell you that you can't let what has happened to you in the past influence who you are today. I can't argue with that, it makes perfect sense. Yet that doesn't set you free emotionally. Fears of the emotions are ridiculous and childish. invariably the emotions have been set in childhood and grown with you. This means that although you are an adult your fear is childlike. Consequently the intensity of the fear seems to indicate something much more profound for the adult. Therefore on a conscious, intellectual level the source of your anxiety could never be accepted or understood.
When we are very young we are very receptive to learning about things that we need to know. that includes how to walk, feed ourselves, protect oursleves, to get what we want and avoid what we don't, to twist people around our little finger and to avoid that angry look.
One of the biggest things we need to do is to make sure we are safe and we do this by forming a fundamental behaviour pattern that wil last well into adulthood.  That behaviour is llikely to do a good job for a while but then as your resource maturing your learned behaviour becomes unneccessary.  Yet it is now a part of your life and  hard to recognise - even harder to let go.

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You can contact me in the following ways

anxiety 6Tel: 0161 764 1440
I will be happy to discuss your condition and your therapy at an initial consultation and only when you are happy that I can help you will we start the therapy and up to that point there is no charge.

When you do decide that the therapy is for you then the cost is £75 per hour or £450 for the course of therapy.  The average number of sessions is  6 but that depends entirely on you and your response.  The course of therapy entitles you to up to 10 sessions* terms and conditions apply.

Remember this therapy is aimed at eradicating the condition and not plastering over it or giving you coping mechanisms.


Click here for readers questions and answers about anxiety - it is often useful if you can read about others experiences.

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Hypnosis Over 30 Times as Effective for Weight Loss

Investigated the effects of hypnosis in weight loss for 60 females, at least 20% overweight. Treatment included group hypnosis with metaphors for ego-strengthening, decision making and motivation, ideomotor exploration in individual hypnosis, and group hypnosis with maintenance suggestions. Hypnosis was more effective than a control group: an average of 17 lbs lost by the hypnosis group vs. an average of 0.5 lbs lost by the control group, on follow-up.

Cochrane, Gordon; Friesen, J. (1986). Hypnotherapy in weight loss treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54, 489-492.

Two Years Later: Hypnosis Subjects Continued To Lose Significant Weight

109 people completed a behavioral treatment for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted in significant weight reduction. At 8-month and 2-year follow-ups, the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the behavioral-treatment-only group showed little further change.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985)

Hypnosis Subjects Lost More Weight Than 90% of Others and Kept it Off

Researchers analyzed 18 studies comparing a cognitive behavioral therapy such as relaxation training, guided imagery, self monitoring, or goal setting with the same therapy supplemented by hypnosis.

Those who received the hypnosis lost more weight than 90 percent of those not receiving hypnosis and maintained the weight loss two years after treatment ended.

University of Connecticut, Storrs Allison DB, Faith MS. Hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy for obesity: a meta-analytic reappraisal. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996;64(3):513-516.

Hypnosis More Than Doubled Average Weight Loss

Study of the effect of adding hypnosis to cognitive-behavioral treatments for weight reduction, additional data were obtained from authors of two studies. Analyses indicated that the benefits of hypnosis increased substantially over time.

Kirsch, Irving (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments--Another meta-reanalysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64 (3), 517-519.

Hypnosis Showed Significantly Lower Post-Treatment Weights

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion. Johnson DL, Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

Hypnotherapy group with stress reduction achieved significantly more weight loss than the other two treatments.

Randomised, controlled, parallel study of two forms of hypnotherapy (directed at stress reduction or energy intake reduction), vs dietary advice alone in 60 obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea on nasal continuous positive airway pressure treatment.

J Stradling, D Roberts, A Wilson and F Lovelock, Chest Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LJ, UK

Hypnosis can more than double the effects of traditional weight loss approaches

An analysis of five weight loss studies reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 showed that the "… weight loss reported in the five studies indicates that hypnosis can more than double the effects" of traditional weight loss approaches.

University of Connecticut, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 1996 (Vol. 64, No. 3, pgs 517-519).

Weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized

Research into cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments established that weight loss is greater where hypnosis is utilized. It was also established that the benefits of hypnosis increase over time.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1996)

Showed Hypnosis As "An Effective Way To Lose Weight"

A study of 60 females who were at least 20% overweight and not involved in other treatment showed hypnosis is an effective way to lose weight.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1986)



Hypnosis Reduces Frequency and Intensity of Migraines

Compared the treatment of migraine by hypnosis and autohypnosis with the treatment of migraine by the drug prochlorperazine (Stemetil). Results show that the number of attacks and the number of people who suffered blinding attacks were significantly lower for the group receiving hypnotherapy than for the group receiving prochlorperazine. For the group on hypnotherapy, these two measures were significantly lower when on hypnotherapy than when on the previous treatment. It is concluded that further trials of hypnotherapy are justified against some other treatment not solely associated with the ingestion of tablets.

Anderson JA, Basker MA, Dalton R, Migraine and hypnotherapy, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis 1975; 23(1): 48-58.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain and Speeds up Recovery from Surgery

Since 1992, we have used hypnosis routinely in more than 1400 patients undergoing surgery. We found that hypnosis used with patients as an adjunct to conscious sedation and local anesthesia was associated with improved intraoperative patient comfort, and with reduced anxiety, pain, intraoperative requirements for anxiolytic and analgesic drugs, optimal surgical conditions and a faster recovery of the patient. We reported our clinical experience and our fundamental research.

[Hypnosis and its application in surgery] Faymonville ME, Defechereux T, Joris J, Adant JP, Hamoir E, Meurisse M, Service d'Anesthesie-Reanimation, Universite de Liege, Rev Med Liege. 1998 Jul;53(7):414-8.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain Intensity

Analysis of the simple-simple main effects, holding both group and condition constant, revealed that application of hypnotic analgesia reduced report of pain intensity significantly more than report of pain unpleasantness.

Dahlgren LA, Kurtz RM, Strube MJ, Malone MD, Differential effects of hypnotic suggestion on multiple dimensions of pain. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. 1995; 10(6): 464-70.

Hypnosis Reduces Pain of Headaches and Anxiety

The improvement was confirmed by the subjective evaluation data gathered with the use of a questionnaire and by a significant reduction in anxiety scores.

Melis PM, Rooimans W, Spierings EL, Hoogduin CA, Treatment of chronic tension-type headache with hypnotherapy: a single-blind time controlled study. Headache 1991; 31(10): 686-9.

Hypnosis Lowered Post-treatment Pain in Burn Injuries

Patients in the hypnosis group reported less post treatment pain than did patients in the control group. The findings are used to replicate earlier studies of burn pain hypnoanalgesia, explain discrepancies in the literature, and highlight the potential importance of motivation with this population.

Patterson DR, Ptacek JT, Baseline pain as a moderator of hypnotic analgesia for burn injury treatment. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology 1997; 65(1): 60-7.

Hypnosis Lowered Phantom Limb Pain

Hypnotic procedures appear to be a useful adjunct to established strategies for the treatment of phantom limb pain and would repay further, more systematic, investigation. Suggestions are provided as to the factors which should be considered for a more systematic research program.

Treatment of phantom limb pain using hypnotic imagery. Oakley DA, Whitman LG, Halligan PW, Department of Psychology, University College, London, UK.

Hypnosis Has a Reliable and Significant Impact on Acute and Chronic Pain

Hypnosis has been demonstrated to reduce analogue pain, and studies on the mechanisms of laboratory pain reduction have provided useful applications to clinical populations. Studies showing central nervous system activity during hypnotic procedures offer preliminary information concerning possible physiological mechanisms of hypnotic analgesia. Randomized controlled studies with clinical populations indicate that hypnosis has a reliable and significant impact on acute procedural pain and chronic pain conditions. Methodological issues of this body of research are discussed, as are methods to better integrate hypnosis into comprehensive pain treatment.

Hypnosis and clinical pain. Patterson DR, Jensen MP, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA USA 98104 Psychol Bull. 2003 Jul;129(4):495-521.

Hypnosis is a Powerful Tool in Pain Therapy and is Biological in Addiction to Psychological

Attempting to elucidate cerebral mechanisms behind hypnotic analgesia, we measured regional cerebral blood flow with positron emission tomography in patients with fibromyalgia, during hypnotically-induced analgesia and resting wakefulness. The patients experienced less pain during hypnosis than at rest. The cerebral blood-flow was bilaterally increased in the orbitofrontal and subcallosial cingulate cortices, the right thalamus, and the left inferior parietal cortex, and was decreased bilaterally in the cingulate cortex. The observed blood-flow pattern supports notions of a multifactorial nature of hypnotic analgesia, with an interplay between cortical and subcortical brain dynamics. Copyright 1999 European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Functional anatomy of hypnotic analgesia: a PET study of patients with fibromyalgia. Wik G, Fischer H, Bragee B, Finer B, Fredrikson M, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden Eur J Pain. 1999 Mar;3(1):7-12.

Hypnosis Useful in Hospital Emergency Rooms

Hypnosis can be a useful adjunct in the emergency department setting. Its efficacy in various clinical applications has been replicated in controlled studies. Application to burns, pain, pediatric procedures, surgery, psychiatric presentations (e.g., coma, somatoform disorder, anxiety, and post traumatic stress), and obstetric situations (e.g., hyperemesis, labor, and delivery) are described.

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):327-38, x. The use of hypnosis in emergency medicine. Peebles-Kleiger MJ, Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Menninger Clinic, Topeka, KS, USA. [email protected]

Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free

Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.

A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.

Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction

Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction

Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.

Raised Self-esteem & Serenity. Lowered Impulsivity and Anger

In a research study on self-hypnosis for relapse prevention training with chronic drug/alcohol users. Participants were 261 veterans admitted to Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (SARRTPs). individuals who used repeated self-hypnosis "at least 3 to 5 times a week," at 7-week follow-up, reported the highest levels of self-esteem and serenity, and the least anger/impulsivity, in comparison to the minimal-practice and control groups.

American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy (a publication of the American Psychological Association)
2004 Apr;46(4):281-97)

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study

Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.

The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.

Healed 41% faster from fracture

Healed significantly faster from surgery

Two studies from Harvard Medical School show hypnosis significantly reduces the time it takes to heal.

Study One: Six weeks after an ankle fracture, those in the hypnosis group showed the equivalent of eight and a half weeks of healing.

Study Two: Three groups of people studied after breast reduction surgery. Hypnosis group healed "significantly faster" than supportive attention group and control group.

Harvard Medical School, Carol Ginandes and Union Institute in Cincinnati, Patricia Brooks, Harvard University Gazette Online at