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Your body is programmed to respond to any threats you perceive by releasing different hormones. This anxiety response is intended to keep you safe by increasing your levels or awareness and producing fight, flight or freeze reactions. 
 
However, if anxiety lasts for too long you might find yourself feeling frightened or worried, even when there isn’t a threat. 
 
With the help of neuroscience we are starting to understand more about anxiety. We know that parts of your brain (the amygdala, hippocampus and hypothalamus) have roles to play. They interpret signals from your surroundings and store memories of past events. 
 
Solution focused therapy will help you to take back control of your responses. Relaxation and visualisation can help with physical symptoms such as a fast heartbeat, rapid breathing and muscle tension. Changes to patterns of thought, such as dwelling on problems or risks, can also reduce fears and worries. 

Common Symptoms 

Feeling constantly tense, worried, or on edge. 
Interferes with work or school responsibilities. 
Plagued by irrational fears, you know are irrational. 
Difficulty concentrating and irritable. 
Avoid everyday situations or activities due to anxiety. 
Experience attacks of heart-pounding panic. 
Feel like there’s danger around every corner. 

Types of anxiety disorder 

 
If you feel very worried or nervous in your everyday life - even when there is little or no reason - you might be experiencing generalised anxiety disorder, also known as GAD. It often develops slowly, beginning during your teenage years or young adult life. 
 
You might find your anxiety so difficult to control that you feel unable to concentrate or stay focussed on your ordinary daily activities. You might worry excessively and feel nervous, restless, tired or irritable. Finding it difficult to relax, fall asleep or stay asleep are common concerns. 
 
Physically, you might be prone to headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains, sweating, light-headedness and breathlessness. You might find it hard to swallow, experience trembling and twitching or have digestive problems. 
 
Children and teens with GAD worry more about: 
 
School and sports performance 
Catastrophes, such as earthquakes or war 
 
Adults with GAD worry about everyday circumstances, such as: 
 
Job security or performance 
Health 
Finances 
The health and well-being of their children 
Being late 
Completing household chores and other responsibilities 
 
With help it is possible to manage your anxiety. You can learn how to relax, sleep restfully and move on from negative thoughts. 
 
Sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger are known as panic attacks. Panic attacks are unpredictable and you might avoid places where they have happened because you are worried that they will return. Some people become so afraid that they don’t leave their home. 
 
During a panic attack you might feel as if you are losing control and have physical symptoms, including 
 
Rapid heartbeat. 
Stomach or chest pain. 
Difficulty breathing. 
Feeling weak. 
Feeling Dizzy. 
Tingling sensations. 
Numbness in the hands. 
Feeling hot and sweaty. 
Feeling cold and chilled. 
 
Panic disorder frequently starts during periods of stress, often in your young adult life. With help, you can learn how to recognise the warning signs and change your thinking patterns before they lead to a panic attack. 
 
If you have frequent, upsetting thoughts or obsessions and an overwhelming or compulsive urge to repeat certain behaviours to control your thoughts you could have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 
 
If you have OCD your thoughts and rituals will cause you distress and get in the way of your daily life. For example, you might fear germs or injury and compulsively wash your hands or check security. 
 
OCD can run in families, but life events including childbirth or bereavement and traumas such as bullying or abuse can also give rise to OCD. 
 
With help it is possible to deal with your fears and obsessive thoughts without the persistent cycle of behaviours to try to address them. 
 
If you are very fearful about something that is unlikely to be a real danger to you then you might have a phobia. 
 
Examples of phobias include being afraid of heights (acrophobia), public spaces (agoraphobia), or confined places (claustrophobia). If you are very anxious in social situations, you could have a social phobia. 
 
If you are unable to avoid your specific phobia you might experience acute panic and fear, with a rapid heartbeat, breathlessness, trembling and the need to get away. 
 
Phobias are not yet fully understood, but they can be successfully managed through desensitisation and relaxation. 
 
If you are so fearful that you avoid social situations where you might be judged by others then you might be experiencing social anxiety disorder or phobia. 
 
You might worry for days or even weeks about being watched or embarrassed at a party of event. You might avoid meeting new people, eating, drinking, writing or speaking in public. You might feel nauseous, find it difficult to talk, blush, sweat and tremble in social situations. It can become so severe that it interferes with your daily activities. 
 
Social anxiety is very different to avoiding social situations due to shyness. It is likely to affect your ability to function at work or in relationships. With help and advice, you can learn skills to address your worries and overcome your fears. 
 
Traumatic events and physical harm or abuse can leave you feeling stressed and afraid, even after the danger has passed. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to flashbacks when you relive the event. You might find it difficult to sleep and have vivid nightmares. You might feel lonely, irritable, worried, guilty or sad. 
 
PTSD can start soon after a frightening event or symptoms can appear months or years later. With support you can learn to understand the origins of your feelings and how to manage and minimise their effects. 
 
Children between the ages of six months to three years experience some separation anxiety as part of their development. 
 
If this anxiety continues into late childhood or adult life you might feel extreme fear or anxiety about being away from family and friends. You might feel that you are unable to function at school, at work or at home. 
 
You might become unreasonably worried that something will happen to you or the people you care about when you are apart. You might find it difficult to sleep when separated and even experience depression or panic attacks. 
 
Physically you might have aches and pains, headaches, and diarrhoea. 
 
By recognising and understanding your concerns about separation you can learn to manage your anxiety. 

Discovery Session 

During the Discovery Session we will spend time discussing your symptoms and how long you have been suffering from them, any medication that you are on and what you are aiming to achieve. We will also explore any ‘triggers’ that may bring on an episode to understand a little more. 
 
The session will also help me: 
 
Understand how your symptoms impact your daily life. 
Explain how the brain works and its influence on how you feel today. 
Explain how Hypnotherapy can assist in creating positive change. 
Set you on the road to recovery 
Ensure that you are happy to work with me 
 
I do not undertake any hypnotherapy in the first session but you will leave with access to an MP3 which you can use to relieve stress and build confidence. 
 
This is for you to keep even if you do not pursue further treatment with Genesis Therapy. 

The Treatment (Clinical Session) 

Solution focused therapy is all about you and your goals. It encourages you to discover and use your inner resources based on a practical strategy that inspires change in a very short period of time. From the first session you will start to take back control. 
 
We will: 
 
Set actionable goals. 
Use relaxation and guided visualisation. 
Use combination of techniques. 
Set Homework – a mix of at home exercises. 
Measure your progress. 
 
While the approach is client focused and encourages you to discover your own inner strength and resources, it’s important to note that you are not alone in this.  
 
You and I will work together as a team to move forward from what’s troubling you. 
 
Your body is programmed to respond to any threats you perceive by releasing different hormones. This anxiety response is intended to keep you safe by increasing your levels or awareness and producing fight, flight or freeze reactions. 
 
However, if anxiety lasts for too long you might find yourself feeling frightened or worried, even when there isn’t a threat. 
 
With the help of neuroscience we are starting to understand more about anxiety. We know that parts of your brain (the amygdala, hippocampus and hypothalamus) have roles to play. They interpret signals from your surroundings and store memories of past events. 
 
Solution focused therapy will help you to take back control of your responses. Relaxation and visualisation can help with physical symptoms such as a fast heartbeat, rapid breathing and muscle tension. Changes to patterns of thought, such as dwelling on problems or risks, can also reduce fears and worries. 

Common Symptoms 

Feeling constantly tense, worried, or on edge. 
Interferes with your abilities at work or school. 
Plagued by irrational fears that you know are irrational. 
Difficulty concentrating and irritable. 
Avoid everyday situations / activities due to anxiety. 
Experience attacks of heart-pounding panic. 
Feel like there’s danger around every corner. 

Types of anxiety disorder 

 
If you feel very worried or nervous in your everyday life - even when there is little or no reason - you might be experiencing generalised anxiety disorder, also known as GAD. It often develops slowly, beginning during your teenage years or young adult life. 
 
You might find your anxiety so difficult to control that you feel unable to concentrate or stay focussed on your ordinary daily activities. You might worry excessively and feel nervous, restless, tired or irritable. Finding it difficult to relax, fall asleep or stay asleep are common concerns. 
 
Physically, you might be prone to headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains, sweating, light-headedness and breathlessness. You might find it hard to swallow, experience trembling and twitching or have digestive problems. 
 
Children and teens with GAD worry more about: 
 
School and sports performance 
Catastrophes, such as earthquakes or war 
 
Adults with GAD worry about everyday circumstances, such as: 
 
Job security or performance 
Health 
Finances 
The health and well-being of their children 
Being late 
Completing household chores and other responsibilities 
 
With help it is possible to manage your anxiety. You can learn how to relax, sleep restfully and move on from negative thoughts. 
 
Sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger are known as panic attacks. Panic attacks are unpredictable and you might avoid places where they have happened because you are worried that they will return. Some people become so afraid that they don’t leave their home. 
 
During a panic attack you might feel as if you are losing control and have physical symptoms, including 
 
Rapid heartbeat. 
Stomach or chest pain. 
Difficulty breathing. 
Feeling weak. 
Feeling Dizzy. 
Tingling sensations. 
Numbness in the hands. 
Feeling hot and sweaty. 
Feeling cold and chilled. 
 
Panic disorder frequently starts during periods of stress, often in your young adult life. With help, you can learn how to recognise the warning signs and change your thinking patterns before they lead to a panic attack. 
 
If you have frequent, upsetting thoughts or obsessions and an overwhelming or compulsive urge to repeat certain behaviours to control your thoughts you could have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 
 
If you have OCD your thoughts and rituals will cause you distress and get in the way of your daily life. For example, you might fear germs or injury and compulsively wash your hands or check security. 
 
OCD can run in families, but life events including childbirth or bereavement and traumas such as bullying or abuse can also give rise to OCD. 
 
With help it is possible to deal with your fears and obsessive thoughts without the persistent cycle of behaviours to try to address them. 
 
If you are very fearful about something that is unlikely to be a real danger to you then you might have a phobia. 
 
Examples of phobias include being afraid of heights (acrophobia), public spaces (agoraphobia), or confined places (claustrophobia). If you are very anxious in social situations, you could have a social phobia. 
 
If you are unable to avoid your specific phobia you might experience acute panic and fear, with a rapid heartbeat, breathlessness, trembling and the need to get away. 
 
Phobias are not yet fully understood, but they can be successfully managed through desensitisation and relaxation. 
 
If you are so fearful that you avoid social situations where you might be judged by others then you might be experiencing social anxiety disorder or phobia. 
 
You might worry for days or even weeks about being watched or embarrassed at a party of event. You might avoid meeting new people, eating, drinking, writing or speaking in public. You might feel nauseous, find it difficult to talk, blush, sweat and tremble in social situations. It can become so severe that it interferes with your daily activities. 
 
Social anxiety is very different to avoiding social situations due to shyness. It is likely to affect your ability to function at work or in relationships. With help and advice, you can learn skills to address your worries and overcome your fears. 
 
Traumatic events and physical harm or abuse can leave you feeling stressed and afraid, even after the danger has passed. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to flashbacks when you relive the event. You might find it difficult to sleep and have vivid nightmares. You might feel lonely, irritable, worried, guilty or sad. 
 
PTSD can start soon after a frightening event or symptoms can appear months or years later. With support you can learn to understand the origins of your feelings and how to manage and minimise their effects. 
 
Children between the ages of six months to three years experience some separation anxiety as part of their development. 
 
If this anxiety continues into late childhood or adult life you might feel extreme fear or anxiety about being away from family and friends. You might feel that you are unable to function at school, at work or at home. 
 
You might become unreasonably worried that something will happen to you or the people you care about when you are apart. You might find it difficult to sleep when separated and even experience depression or panic attacks. 
 
Physically you might have aches and pains, headaches, and diarrhoea. 
 
By recognising and understanding your concerns about separation you can learn to manage your anxiety. 

Discovery Session 

During the Discovery Session we will spend time discussing your symptoms and how long you have been suffering from them, any medication that you are on and what you are aiming to achieve. We will also explore any ‘triggers’ that may bring on an episode to understand a little more. 
 
The session will also help me: 
 
Understand how your symptoms impact your daily life. 
Explain how the brain works and its influence on how you feel today. 
Explain how Hypnotherapy can assist in creating positive change. 
Set you on the road to recovery 
Ensure that you are happy to work with me 
 
I do not undertake any hypnotherapy in the first session but you will leave with access to an MP3 which you can use to relieve stress and build confidence. 
 
This is for you to keep even if you do not pursue further treatment with Genesis Therapy. 

The Treatment (Clinical Session) 

Solution focused therapy is all about you and your goals. It encourages you to discover and use your inner resources based on a practical strategy that inspires change in a very short period of time. From the first session you will start to take back control. 
 
We will: 
 
Set actionable goals. 
Use relaxation and guided visualisation. 
Use combination of techniques. 
Set Homework – a mix of at home exercises. 
Measure your progress. 
 
While the approach is client focused and encourages you to discover your own inner strength and resources, it’s important to note that you are not alone in this. You and I will work together as a team to move forward from what’s troubling you. 
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