How hypnotherapy helps reframe thought patterns – St George News


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CHARACTERISTIC – Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. Stress is a response to a threat in a situation; anxiety is a reaction to this stress. Nearly 30% of adults and more than 25% of adolescents are affected by an anxiety disorder, impairing typical performance at work, home, school or in society. A an estimated 284 million people worldwide suffered from an anxiety disorder in 2017, making it the most common mental health disorder in the world.

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It is common for those who have never lived with anxiety to misunderstand or minimize the severity of its effects on others. I’ve worked with several clients who have said, “I didn’t see how anxiety could be a real problem for anyone until I experienced it myself. Now I understand!”

Anxiety disorders differ from general feelings of nervousness or anxiety because they usually involve excessive fear and cause disproportionate reactions. Anxiety produces physical and emotional symptoms including irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue, difficulty concentrating, nausea and dizziness.

Common anxiety disorders include panic disorder, specific phobias, separation anxiety disorder, and social anxiety. They can also mutate or enhance sleep disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among others.

The Depression and Anxiety Association of America cites that only 30% of people with anxiety disorders receive effective treatment. People with anxiety disorders can try to manage their condition by avoiding triggers. Unfortunately, this type of avoidance only serves to reinforce fears and worries. Most modern types of therapy deal with negative thinking and avoidance to help you deal with anxiety.

Beyond drugs, There are two treatment methods that are recognized as effective, long-term solutions for anxiety disorder. They work well alone but can be more effective when combined.

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The first approach is to locate the root of the anxiety and address what triggered the anxiety in the first place, helping the brain and body learn that it’s okay to feel safe again. It is important to know that many anxieties are rooted in trauma. People who experienced childhood trauma are most likely to develop an anxiety disorder, but anxiety disorders can also arise from other situations in adulthood: events large and small, or a series of stressful situations that follow each other over time.

Identifying experiences that may have occurred before the onset of the anxiety disorder can provide clues to uncomfortable or undesirable events that may be causing the anxiety. Treating and curing the cause (or causes) with a trained therapist is ideal.

The second method is to desensitize and reduce anxiety by identifying thoughts and feelings that arise before and during anxiety-provoking situations, challenging those anxious thoughts and feelings with positive thoughts, and then using relaxation exercises to help implement these new positive emotions in situations that can normally be anxiety-provoking. It’s called cognitive behavioral therapy, and its methods have been shown to be effective in permanently altering negative emotions over time.

In clinical hypnotherapy, we find both methods to be equally important. Hypnotherapy accesses a deeper state of consciousness, where brain cycles slow down and thoughts become easier to retain, manage and process. During hypnotherapy, neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to change, is heightened and the brain is primed for immediate changes to occur. Trauma treatment and healing work during hypnotherapy is extremely effective for profound mind shifts.

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As a clinical hypnotherapist, I work with people to locate and process the feelings behind their anxieties. They are then able to process the emotions of small or large traumas in a healthier way that gives closure and also benefits their future life. After doing the work to heal, reframe and desensitize old or stubborn trauma and while the brain is in a state of hyperplasticity, we use cognitive behavioral therapy methods to build new neural pathways. We train ourselves to experience scenarios that would typically evoke anxiety while experiencing new positive emotions in place of anxiety.

Research shows that the longer a person with anxiety takes to process their disorder, the worse the problem will become. If you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of an anxiety disorder, it is best to act as soon as possible. Contact a qualified hypnotherapist or clinical therapist today and move forward on your journey to find peace and confidence in any situation.

To overcome your anxiety disorder through hypnotherapy, please contact me for a consultation or an appointment by phone or text at 435-429-2560 or by email at [email protected].

Written by ERIN DEL TORO, Clinical Therapist Certified in Modern Balanced Hypnotherapy.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of St. George Health and Wellness magazine.

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