As a Hypnotherapist, I get calls mostly from people who are interested in either weight loss or smoking cessation. And they find me either through referral or on Google. When I ask them what made them think about Hypnotherapy as a possible way of getting help, they usually tell me that either a friend or relative had been successfully helped.
This is fine and I'm happy to help them, but there are so many other ways of benefiting from the extraordinary process of Hypnotherapy healing. For example, let's say you are so stressed with work and/or family problems that you have trouble sleeping, I can help you quiet all those racing thoughts and then - through deep relaxation techniques - help you open up new neural pathways that will allow you to let go sufficiently so you can sleep. (I hope you're not using sleeping pills, because many of them are addictive.)
PANIC ATTACKS AND ANXIETY
Years ago, I used to have panic attacks. While I no longer have them, I understand how frightening they can be. I remember having them at parties as a teenager and being unable to talk to anyone - even the kids I knew. I'd run to the bathroom, put cold water on my face and pray that no one at the party would discover that I felt out of control. I'd be dripping with perspiration and my face would be bright red. My big fear was embarrassment that anyone would find out that I felt lost, alone and "panicky" - but for no apparent reason. After college, when I broke up with my boyfriend, those attacks would come back with a vengeance. I felt like my world was falling apart. I was a teen. Now I call panic attacks severe anxiety.
Does my experience sound familiar to you? Have you had them in the past or do you get panic attacks now?
When I was in my early thirties and in group therapy, we didn't meet in the Summer. When we resumed in the Fall, we all shared what had occurred for us. I told everyone that my parents had once again disowned me and everyone else rolled their eyes because it was a familiar theme for me. But then, Gene talked about his parents being killed in an automobile accident. We were all shocked, and I'll never forget him looking at me and saying, "You know, we're really both alike. We're both orphans." At first, I had no idea what he was talking about, but only a few seconds later, I threw my head back and let out a blood-curdling scream. I didn't know at the time, but that was a "primal scream." Gene had clearly touched a nerve that triggered repressed anxiety, anger and pain that went back to my early childhood years.
After that, I knew I needed another type of therapy. I got involved in very deep Gestalt work which helped me release the many layers of my anxiety, rage and pain that I had repressed for years. I'll always be grateful for the opportunity to do this deep work.
If you now have anxiety, you might think about what might be underneath it - hidden away as mine was. It's my opinion that medicine masks those deeper feelings - even though it may be essential in your life right now.
Today when I see clients who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety like I did, I know that I can help them lighten their load of painful feelings and lead happier lives.
This blog is the first in a series. Others will be on depression, past-life regression, golf performance, spiritual development and other topics.