I often have clients that come to see me because they are feeling Anxious and it’s begun to affect their lives in ways they can no longer manage. They may be not sleeping, becoming irritable, unable to focus at work or when studying; sometimes they can’t face being around people or procrastinate to the extent that they find they simply can’t get anything done, they arrive at appointments late and are consistently cancelling commitments and letting other people down.
So many people live with their Anxiety and/or Depression gauges filled up beyond the maximum line just below the spill zone. They don’t realise that they are in a state of heightened Anxiety because they’ve become used to it. Over the years they’ve grown accustomed to disguising their discomfort, hiding a hand tremor, dressing in a way to disguise the perspiration that occurs when they feel uncomfortable, pretending not to notice when they’re becoming breathless even though they haven’t been exerting themselves, holding a calm facial expression even though their heart is pounding or their stomach is tight or churning, so that nobody can tell they’re experiencing inner turmoil. It becomes second nature to have excuses ready to avoid uncomfortable situations; to slip off to the bathroom to regroup and try to calm down or to simply slip into the pattern of avoiding more and more until life has shrunk beyond recognition.
Managing this level of chronic Anxiety & Depression is exhausting, and the cruel irony is that the more exhausting it becomes the more vigilant the mind becomes when it’s time to rest, often racing in circles instead of drifting into sleep.
Quite often there comes a tipping point when it can no longer be managed and it spills over, beginning to have noticeable effects on relationships, work, study and life generally and this is when people may seek therapy. It’s only at this point that they have the opportunity to reflect and realise that Anxiety and Depression have been a way of life for them for a long time before that point was reached.
The good news is that I’ve seen incredible results in short periods of time by helping my clients using EFT combined with Hypnotherapy. EFT or tapping as it’s often known enables my clients to process events that trigger their Anxiety. The EFT process itself triggers the relaxation response to counter condition them away from the Anxiety/ Fight Flight Response. This counter conditioning empowers my clients to process and finalise the emotions that swell the significance of triggering events they experience to painful levels.
Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy are then used to explore and embed the new response with the formerly activated emotions neutralised so that the old anxious response can be filed away in the past and not continuously experienced in the present.
This change is a process which occurs over a number of sessions although generally my clients feel noticeably better after the first session.
Anxiety and Depression may exist separately however they are often both experienced by the same people. If you would like help with managing your Anxiety and/or Depression please feel free to give me a call on 0435 923 817 or use the contact form here.
Hypnotherapy in Melbourne is increasingly accepted. When looking for a Hypnotherapist I recommend that you check they are properly credentialed and a member of a national association such as the Australian Hypnotherapy Association.
If you have any comment about your experience of Anxiety or Depression please feel free to comment below.
Georgina Mitchell was born in Ireland, moving to Australia in 1989. Georgina spent many years working in senior management in the Corporate world, before leaving to pursue her passion to become a Therapist.
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Please note as with all therapies, Results for Therapies delivered by Hypfocus may vary from person to person