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Hypnotherapy – The Best Complimentary Therapy for Anxiety

Are you searching for the best Complimentary Therapy for Anxiety?

In 2019, it was estimated that 1 out of every 8 persons, or 970 million people around the world were living with a mental health disorder, with anxiety and depressive disorders being most common. (1)  In 2020, the number of people living with anxiety and depressive disorders had a significant increase, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The increases were estimated to be 26% for anxiety.  There are many potential solutions to this problem, however not everybody has access to effective care. (2)

In the United States, according to a report produced by the National Centre for Health Statistics (NCHS), antidepressant prescriptions for teenagers over the age 12 and adults has increased by almost 400% between 1988 – 1994 and 2005 – 2008.(3)

So, it’s not surprising that there has been an increase in the number of people looking for an alternative therapy for anxiety.  Several years ago, I was doing this very search, as my anxiety had got completely out of control.  For me it all began many years before when I got stuck in a bathroom in a hotel room with no windows and experienced my first panic attack.  I didn’t know then, but I realised much later that anxiety doesn’t tend to go away without resolving the core issue, in fact it simply resides below the surface.

Roll on years later, having experienced the odd bout of stress and anxiety over the years, it was raising its ugly head again when I was aiming to fly to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.  Before the air hostess could close the door, the panic in my head exploded and I ended up doing what I refer to as the walk of shame and exiting the plane causing a flight delay because of my onboard luggage.

That led me to embark on a major search of trying to find an alternative therapy for anxiety.  At the time I was studying to be a Nutritionist and hence I was aiming to find a complimentary therapy without long-lasting side effects.  I pretty much tried everything, I was desperate and what made it worse was that I was pregnant with my first baby.  I had almost given up hope of finding a natural solution for anxiety when I encountered a group session using a technique that is derived from Hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming.  It was a life changer; it was very quick, and it really made a huge difference in my life.  I was so impressed with my results that I decided to help others get out of the anxiety cycle using hypnosis.

So, why Hypnotherapy for anxiety, what makes it one on of the best complimentary therapies for Anxiety.  There are many reasons, however, here are my top 7.

1. Hypnotherapy works with the Unconscious Mind

If you have ever had a panic attack or having a day when you are experiencing some serious anxiety symptoms.  How useful is it for somebody to tell you to not stress so much, or even to take a breath.  Taking a breath would be the better advice but it’s not a great long-term solution.  Your anxiety is not a result of your conscious mind, your anxiety is a result of some unconscious processes that you are running, such as over-thinking, excessive worrying, avoiding discomfort etc.  Hypnotherapy will enable you to go deep within yourself to reprogram some of those unconscious programs that are causing your anxious symptoms.

2. Hypnotherapy does not have negative side-effects

Hypnotherapy does not have any negative side effects, especially when performed by a qualified practitioner. It is a gently process to enable you get your brainwaves into the Theta frequency and relearn some of the thought patterns that are causing you anxiety.

3. Hypnotherapy is a non-invasive treatment

It is a non-evasive treatment, there is no need for needles, surgery, any form of radiation or any scan.  The process of getting Hypnotherapy is typically either done in a Practitioners Clinic or perhaps even delivered via Zoom, allowing you to be in the comfort of your own home feeling safe and secure.

4. Hypnotherapy is not addictive

Hypnotherapy does not contain any form of chemicals that would have the potential to become addictive.  It is a highly relaxing and enjoyable form of therapy but there is no evidence to suggest that clients become addicted to the process.

5. Hypnotherapy is available anytime

Practitioners of Hypnotherapy differ in how they deliver the Therapy.  Some practitioners ensure that their client is provided with an audio of the hypnosis element of the session, allowing them to get back into that space of calm outside of the practitioner’s clinic.

6. Hypnotherapy has Private Health Fund coverage

Depending on your Private Health Fund, and your level of cover, Clinical Hypnotherapy is covered by Health Funds such as but not limited to AHM, Australian Unity, CBHS Fund, CUA Fund, Grand Unity Health, Medibank Private, NRMA Health Insurance, Teachers Federation, SGIC Health Industry and Reserve Bank Health Society.

7. Hypnotherapy has a Professional Body

Hypnotherapists are not part of the ANTA system in Australia; however, Hypnotherapists are governed by a professional body, The Australian Hypnotherapist Association.  If you wish to ensure that your Clinical Hypnotherapist has undergone extensive training, continued professional learning and had the correct level of insurance, you can contact AHA, to ensure you are working with a professional therapist.

So, if you are looking for the best complimentary therapy for Anxiety, I suggest you check out Hypnotherapy and learn how you too can Master Your Anxiety.

References

(1) Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx), (https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-results/, accessed 14 May 2022).

(2) Mental Health and COVID-19: Early evidence of the pandemic’s impact. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2022.

(3) https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/astounding-increase-in-antidepressant-use-by-americans-201110203624, accessed 13 March 2023.