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How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Treat Panic Attacks

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Feb 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

It was a beautiful summer day and we were enjoying a gorgeous walk in the park.  The clouds were stunning, the air was fresh, life was amazing.  Stacey and I had been chatting about her upcoming nuptials. Suddenly as I looked over at my friend, she was fidgeting with her shirt.  She had a look of panic on her face as I asked her what was wrong? 

I can’t catch my breath.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  Look at my hand, it’s shaking.” 

I found a bench for us to move towards unsure of what was happening with her.  “Stacey let’s walk this way if you can?” 

Make it stop.  I feel so uneasy.  What’s going on with me?  I don’t even feel like me.”  Stacey looked at me for reassurance. 

As I gazed at her I could see beads of sweat forming on her brow.  She appeared very uncomfortable in her own skin.  And then suddenly it dawned on me.  “Sweetie, I think you are having a panic attack. 

“I think I might be having a heart attack, my heart is racing so fast.”  Stacey pleaded with me as we moved towards the bench. 

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Anxiety: Hypnotherapy Helps and Here’s How

Posted by Sarah Dickey  Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

I remember being in grad school and my Abnormal Psychology professor sharing that per the Diathesis Stress model, we all have a propensity towards the vulnerabilities and stresses of daily living.  His lecture that day has been with me ever since.  In a sense, we have certain inclinations to experience bouts of sadness, anxiousness, and fearful thinking.   When we begin living from these spaces we can begin to feel the quality of our lives waning.  The energy and enthusiasm we once had for living might be discharged towards our preoccupation with the future, or anxieties about the present.  Our mind informs us that perhaps something is about to happen and we won’t be ready for it.  From a more expansive perspective, anxiety is a green light for engaging in personal work. 

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, Hypnotherapy for ___

How To Find the Root of Your Destructive Thinking...Using Hypnotherapy

Posted by David Hartman  Dec 26, 2014 9:00:00 AM

How does cognitive therapy compare to hypnotherapy in releasing these negative thoughts?

Many people have spent thousands of hours and dollars going to therapy to try to remove their life-long, self-defeating thought patterns. If you are one of those people, perhaps you are aware of low self esteem, deep down feelings that you are not as good as others, or that you don’t really deserve to be loved or to succeed.  Or perhaps you keep running up against self-destructive patterns in your life such as procrastination, ambivalence (can’t make a decision) or perfectionism. Other people find themselves desperately needing to be in control of others or of situations in order to feel safe.

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Topics: anxiety therapy, depression therapy, pregnancy and fertility, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Hypnosis in the Treatment of Anxieties, Fears and Phobias

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Nov 18, 2014 6:00:00 AM

There has been a great deal of published research into the use of hypnosis with fears and phobias.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Can Hypnotherapy Separate Success and Failure for Trauma Survivors?

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Apr 18, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Does an unhappy childhood necessarily mean that you must suffer for the rest of your life?  Some people such as Oprah Winfrey and others have taken their difficult beginnings and used them as stepping stones to success. Others seem to just continue to be pulled down by shame, fear and depression as their lives catapult into one disappointment after another. Many folks with abusive childhoods end up either in the criminal justice system, the mental health system, or the welfare line. What is the difference and how can I, as a therapist, change the unhealthy patterns into stepping stones to success for myself and my clients?

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, anxiety therapy, depression therapy

Treating Exhausted Stress Response with Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Nov 5, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Allostatic load is “the wear and tear that results from chronic overactivity or underactivity of allostatic systems.” Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for the conditions that result.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, anxiety therapy

Hypnosis in Dermatology

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Sep 13, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Hypnosis is a tool with many useful applications dermatologic. It involves guiding the patient into a trance state for a specific purpose such as relaxation, pain reduction, or habit modification.

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Topics: hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, hypnosis, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

How Hypnotherapy Training Can Treat Fear of Commitment

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Aug 27, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Many couples or individuals come into therapy with frustrating patterns that they can’t seem to break through. Many have tried all different types of therapies, taken courses and read books. In general, if these endeavors have mostly engaged the conscious mind, then the couple has only used 10% of their overall mental resources and thus have spent a large amount of their resources. The majority of people believe that if they could just figure things out, which will solve the problem. This is certainly true in mathematics, science and technology. However, the human brain is much more complex than that.

The human brain is composed of two basic parts: the conscious mind, which is about 10% of our capabilities and the subconscious mind, which engages the other 90% (we discuss this more in one of our more popular blog articles discussing the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy). So when a client goes to a talk therapist, cognitive behaviorist or any of the other “thinking type” therapies, they are only paying to treat 10% of their mind, i.e., the conscious part.

The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind

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Topics: relationship therapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, hypnotherapy best practices, anxiety therapy, All issues that hypnotherapy helps treat

Resistance to Life - Healing Through Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Aug 23, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Resistance is exhausting; however, millions of people struggle with their own resistance on a daily basis. How do we create internal resistance? If we can think of this like a pulley, which has immense power to lift things, it is easier to understand. It is the tugging, the pulling from opposite ends that actually creates the power to lift a heavy object. However, it also takes a lot of energy in order to lift or move an object. When this pulling and tugging is going on internally, it is exhausting!

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Topics: Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy, eating disorder therapy, depression therapy

Treating Anxiety and Stress with Hypnotherapy

Posted by Diane Zimberoff  Jun 25, 2013 1:30:00 PM

There are three main traditional ways anxiety has been treated.

  1. Medication is usually offered to the anxiety ridden patient as the first line of treatment. This may work for some people, but it is more like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. You need to keep reapplying the band-aid daily in the hopes that the wound will eventually get better. And the band-aid may not be big enough to cover the wound. There will be more bleeding and maybe an infection will set in and before you know it you may have to go to the emergency room because adequate treatment was not given at the beginning.
  2. Some people will go to a counselor or take a stress reduction class, in hopes of getting some relief. This would be like putting the band-aid to treat the gaping wound on another part of the body. So let’s say the wound is on your left leg and then you put the band-aid on the right leg. It obviously will not stop the bleeding at all.
  3. Some people try to ignore it or get used to their anxiety for many years until the symptoms demand attention. Perhaps the person is so anxious that he is driving his family crazy and his wife wants a divorce. Or he begins to self-medicate his anxiety with alcohol, drugs, sex, food or gambling. Then he is referred to AA or put on a diet or sent to a marriage counselor. Again, the symptoms are being treated without going to the source of the anxiety and the so-called treatment will not solve the problem at all. 

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Topics: hypnotherapy, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, anxiety therapy