AIM to Treat Anxiety
You can be stronger than your thoughts!
Across Canada it's estimated that 725,000 people will experience symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition that involves frequent and persistent worry about everyday activities (Statistics Canada, 2013). While we all occasionally feel worried or afraid, some people can feel overwhelmed by anxiety that is persistent, excessive and debilitating.
The Anxiety Challenge
Anxiety can be all encompassing - manifesting in a broad range of symptoms including IBS, insomnia, procrastination and avoiding certain social settings.
People suffering from anxiety often underestimate their abilities to cope and overestimate the possibility that the worry or fear will be disastrous (Holdevici & Carcium, 2010). In order to help treat anxiety, it's important to increase your tolerance of stressful situations, which subsequently increases your ability to cope with future challenges.
The aim hypnotherapy approach
Our approach to anxiety is based on scientific research and practical expertise.
Studies have now shown that hypnotherapy is an effective and powerful approach to coping with most types of anxiety and stress (Khan, 2010). This because hypnotherapy can help people gain self-esteem by providing them with the tools to feel strong and capable when facing with future challenges (Smith, 1990).
In order to tackle the underlying causes of anxiety and stress, the first step in our approach involves a pre-talk that explores the past events and learned behaviours that have contributed to your anxiety. By taking the time to understand your situation and life experiences, we can create a hypnosis session that is personalized and highly effective.
Following the pre-talk, the second step in our approach involves providing a comfortable, safe and empowering hypnosis session. The word hypnosis is actually derived from the Greek word hypnos - which means to sleep. Similar to the experience of daydreaming, our clients often describe hypnosis as a 'highly relaxed and focused state of calm' that provides them with an opportunity to increase their resilience and lower their physical and emotional reactions to stress.
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- Kahn, Stephen. (2010). Stress and Anxiety. In Barabasz, Arreed Franz (Ed); Olness, Karen (Ed); Boland, Robert (Ed); Kahn, Stephen (Ed). Medical Hypnosis Primer: Clinical and Research Evidence. (pp. 83- 86). New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group. DOI: Unknown.
- Smith, W (1990). Hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. 54(2), 209-216. DOI: Unknown.
- Statistics Canada. (2013). Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health, 2012. Last updated September 18, 2013. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130918/dq130918a-eng.htm (Accessed February 12, 2016).