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 some people benefit from receiving a diagnosis, many experience persistant worry, physical and mental discomfort and have symptoms of anxiety that do not necessarily need professional diagnosis.
The truth is we all experience occasional anxiety. Anxiety has become a popular buzzword and often portrayed as a bad thing we need to’get rid of’, but it is acutally a protective mechanism that has served us throughout evolution. Anxiety serves us in many ways, and it is a natural part of being a human being. It is there to protect us by alerting us and bringing our attention to situations that feel unsafe.
Experiencing occasional anxiety is natural; it can even be helpful and motivating at times. The problem is when our anxiety alarm is over performing and there is a sense that the fear or hesitation we feel doesn’t match situations. The probem is when we consciously know we are safe but something inside us is ringing the alarm and we feel unable to shut it off.
Over time a high level of chronic or acute anxiety can be tiring and isolating. It can cause you to hide or avoid people or places, creating a barrier between you and the kind of life you would like to live.
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 first support you by increasing your tolerance of stressful situations, which subsequently increases your ability to cope with future challenges.
At Aim our approach to managing and reducing anxiety is based on scientific research and practical expertise.
Studies support the use of clinical hypnotherapy as an effective and powerful technique to coping with most types of anxiety and stress (Khan, 2010). 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). The sensation of trance can be a transformational experience as it allows people to experience their own body and mind in a whole new way.
At Aim we support clients by first taking the time to understand the underlying causes of anxiety and stress throughout their lives. Our first step creates safety and understanding through compassionate and client lead one on one counselling. Here we will explore your emotional experience of the past events in order to better understand how you may have learned behaviours and coping strategies that have contributed to anxious thought and feelings. By taking the time to understand clients unique experiences we are able to provide a hypnosis session that is personalized and highly effective.
The second step in our approach involves providing a comfortable, safe and empowering hypnosis session. Similar to the experience of daydreaming, our clients often describe hypnosis as a 'highly relaxed and focused state of calm' which provides an opportunity to increase resilience and lower physical and emotional reactions to stress.Through the practice of hypnosis clients learn on a subconscious level how they are able to regulate their own emotional reactivity.
At Aim Hypnotherapy, our two-step approach to treating anxiety has delivered positive and lasting change for hundreds of clients. If you are ready to see how this approach can help you or have any questions please contact us for more information.
- Holdevici, Irina., Carcium, Barbara. (2010). The use of Ericksonian hypnosis in somatic disorders. Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol 33, 75–79. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.01.086.
- 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).