Anxiety and stress
They are two faces of the same coin. Anxiety appears when a stressful situation has finished but the symptoms continue. While facing this situation the body and brain considers it as a threat and enters in a sympathetic mode better known as fight or flight. They will then experience different symptoms, blushing, heat, sweat, stomach ache, negative internal speech and many more. These symptoms happen as your body and brain try to cope with a threat or as a consequence of the physiologic change. All of this is not a necessary negative thing, the issue occurs when the situation is wrongly interpreted as a threat or if the symptoms are still there despite the situation has ended.
Anxiety and stress when settling over time can survein in what appears as random situations. Experiencing the symptoms for no apparent reasons.
Cognitive Behavioral techniques and combined with Hypnosis have been proven to be efficient to treat issues related to stress and anxiety. Different techniques can be used, mindfulness, relaxation, visualisation, progressive exposure, skill training in order to help the client to manage stress or anxiety.
Fear and phobia
When someone is affected by a phobia, the person develops an exaggerated and unrealistic sense of danger toward a situation, object, feeling, animal or place.
It can affect oneself to the extent that they will reorganise their life in order to avoid facing the phobia.
When facing the situation despite their effort to avoid it, the person would experience a variety of combination of symptoms such as unsteadiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, sweating, increased heart rate or palpitations, shortness of breath, trembling or shaking, an upset stomach, etc.
The treatment applied will be adapted to the client obviously and most of the time consists in skill training and a progressive exposure to the source of the phobia, in live or through visualisation. Some phobias said complex such as agoraphobia or social phobia would require a different and longer treatment with cognitive behavioral techniques and hypnosis.
Depression mood, is not uncommon, and can affect your life to the point where you stop doing the things you liked, be constantly tired, stay in bed all day, cut yourself from your friends etc. Depression mood can happen punctually but when settled for too long, it can lead to clinical depression. That is why it should be addressed straight away. Although clients most of the time think there is nothing to be done, there are a lot of techniques and actions that can be done to bring the motivation up, stop the constant worrying, bring the energy back etc.
With cognitive behavioral techniques and hypnotherapy, I work with clients to first understand that depression is not definitive and can be changed by them. We work together to redefine life goals, find joy, control the thoughts and bring the energy back sustainably over time.
Habit removal concerns any habits that you would like to stop. Instead of talking of good or bad habits I prefer to use the term efficient or inefficient. Habits are developed in order to cope with a situation. When they appear they’re often involuntary and follow the easy path. Typical habits can be nail biting, hair pulling, scratching, nose picking, teeth grinding etc.
In order to remove a habit, you can’t cancel it, you need to install a competing one. So a typical treatment would be to develop awareness of the habit, find a competing habit, train it, set it, make it sustainable over time and then practice again and again, “repetition makes perfect”.
The same way the mind has an impact on the body it’s been proven that pain has a psychological or mind component. With pain management exercises, you can help the client to redefine how the pain is perceived, hence modify it. Through different exercises such as, mindful meditation, psycho education, relaxation, visualisation etc. the client is trained on how to understand, perceive and act upon the pain. It’s a skill that clients learn to master and are able to use whenever the need comes.