Coaching and Anxiety

19 July 2021

Coaching and Anxiety

I recently had an article published in an industry journal and thought it would be good to highlight some of the salient points to clients exploring coaching and hypnotherapy to deal with anxiety. I have previously commented on the physiological effects, in a previous update

Firstly, anxiety is a really generic term. Most of my clients have anxieties which manifest in different ways. Usually, but not always, there is a sensitising event which has created the anxiety, and then there is potentially a series of events or cognitive distortions which affirm these.

Types of anxieties we have been consulted on:

  • Panic Disorders – these can be linked to fears and phobias, below, or other less obvious triggers
  • Fears and phobias – such as needles, hospitals, flying, heights, bugs, confined spaces, open spaces, public spaces, presentations and public speaking, food textures, intimacy, germs, loud or repetitive noises ( including misophonia ), etc
  • Separation Anxiety – either being left alone, or leaving kids, pets or loved ones alone
  • Relationship Anxiety – related to past events, preventing new relationships from successfully forming
  • Anticipatory Anxiety – which arises when you feel anxious about an event you know is going to trigger an anxiety response
  • Social Anxiety – which manifests in a number of different ways, from mild avoidance to complete aversion
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( PTSD ) - typically linked to a material traumatic event in the past
  • Menopausal Anxiety – a common occurrence in pre-menopausal and menopausal clients, often due to oestrogen and progesterone fluctuations
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder – feeling anxious about a wide range of situations or issues, which could have been triggered by abuse, violence, bullying, long term health conditions, drug or alcohol misuse or sometimes seemingly appear from nowhere
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – characterised by unwanted recurrent thoughts and behaviours

 

How do we treat anxieties?

Understanding that there is a full range of anxieties, means that our practice focusses on client centred interventions, so we tailor our activities specifically to your issues, rather than offer generalist programmes on a one size fits all basis – because it doesn’t !

For all clients, we expect an initial 90-minute consultation to talk through the specific issues, and conscious causality, as well as any medical history, previous diagnosis, medications, and how this all makes you feel. We also explore lifestyle triggers which exacerbate anxiety.

We then focus of on coping strategies, using a wide range of techniques, in order to provide immediate and longer term relief.

We provide, where appropriate, hypnotherapy interventions to help desensitise individuals from trigger events, as well as change the triggered behaviours. We use a wide range of therapeutic tools to achieve this, and these are discussed fully at your consultation.

In the event we elect to do regression, we do it in a disassociated way so the experience is managed appropriately, and many clients find that being able to have those conversations and reflections in their timeline provides significant release, allowing them to move forwards.

Other interventions include Parts Therapy, Visualisation, and for some, Neurolinguistic Programming ( NLP ), many of which become your own personal psychological tools you can use yourself.

Finally, coaching techniques, particularly focussing on introspection, reflection, desired outcomes and mindset change supports the process, giving us some fantastic results in helping clients overcome unwanted behaviours.

What can you expect to feel?

Our clients most often report the following benefits:

  • Improved control and a much more informed basis for managing these behaviours
  • Deeper sense of relaxation and wellbeing
  • Considerably improved sleep patterns
  • Feeling liberated from an emotional or psychological burden
  • Reduction or elimination of physical sensations experienced in the stomach and chest
  • Successful desensitisation from trigger events
  • Overwhelming sense of relief
  • Ability to think clearly and act in a way they feel is more rational
  • Feeling much more positive about the future

If you or a loved one suffers from anxiety and it impacts your life, my advice is that there is plenty of support out there, you just need to be brave enough and motivated enough to do something about it.

For a free chat or for more information, contact cognition, or at athol@cogniton.org.uk

 

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