CBT for anxiety : Professional explains how it can help

CBT for Anxiety

I have been suffering with anxiety for many years. I had it under control and now due to more health stresses I am starting to get anxious again so I have been looking into what therapies I might try to help.

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According to the NHS UK website Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

Emma Reynolds a CBT practitioner from Cardiff, Wales explains the therapy.

If you have ever suffered from anxiety, depression or profound stress you will know just how debilitating they are, they can make the sufferer feel that they are silently drowning. Worse still it can seem that people around just don’t get it, platitudes and misplaced encouragement can just make things feel worse.

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I have had my own experiences with all of the above and so being able to relate and empathise with my clients has been the essential part of helping them to reach their goals in the most effective way.

Initially trained in the Marisa Peer Method of Hypnotherapy, which is a hybrid of Hypnotherapy, CBT, NLP and Psychotherapy, I then went on to study more about Intervention therapies as used by Tony Robbins. So I use Hypnotherapy but also help clients with self-hypnosis and a deeper understanding of the 6 human needs and their ability to quickly shift the state they are in.

Though I am very clear that this is not a simple process, unlike standard talking therapies Transformational hypnotherapy can be hard work and is a big commitment to yourself and your well-being as it requires that each client goes back to the root cause of their issues. You see the anxiety, the stress, anger, depression etc are actually symptoms created by a core belief, they are responses which have been learned, created or developed in order to manage feelings and ultimately protect us from pain or rejection which arise when our core beliefs are challenged. Though these are usually outdated beliefs, and so we I hypnotherapy and this combination of therapies to upgrade these beliefs, thoughts and in turn change reactions.

For example. If at their core a person has never felt that they were enough, never clever enough, sporty enough, attractive enough, adventurous enough, then something or someone, some external influences has allowed them to believe this. They’re, often young mind has taken this information on board and created responses to these beliefs.

What follows is almost like an inner battle between the conscious and subconscious.. the logical conscious mind says that this should be OK, this should be safe, that we are being silly, however the subconscious mind remembers a time when this wasn’t alright, this wasn’t safe, it wasn’t OK to do these things and creates overwhelming anxieties in order to keep us safe, to prevent us from moving forward.

So in my clinic, while everyone is different I still use a similar method in order to help clients quickly overcome these responses. My aim is to help them get to the core of these responses, understand the subconscious beliefs, learn where they started, then reframe these events so that their subconscious can feel safe in these situations and so relearn not to react with Fear, anxiety etc.

I start sessions very quickly and take clients through a guided hypnosis, which really is just a deep relaxation where the client is fully are of what I am saying and their environment throughout. Once under hypnosis, the client switches off their logical conscious mind and can start speaking from their more emotive subconscious which stores all of the memories, even those which have long seemed forgotten.

I gently walk clients back to the exact points in time where they first felt the fear or anxiety, and they are easily able to explain to me what is going on, where they are, who is with them, what they can hear. Often these are events in childhood where they are emotional or afraid, and it is often at that point that they have told themselves that fear, anxiety etc is the correct response to what they can see or hear etc.

Their sub conscious allows them to feel these feelings again, but also to view the events as a by stander, taking on board the reality of what was happening, being said etc. Our next step is to now reframe these experiences, to see them with a different perspective, removing the fear, anxiety and anger about them, making them less important and changing their effect and so our responses to them significantly.

Often this won’t be just one event, but a series of events which may seem small but they have worked together to form someone’s belief that they are not enough, that they cannot achieve something, that they are or aren’t a certain type of person, that certain things are or aren’t available to them.

By changing these core beliefs they can start to rebuild who and what they are and so too their future.
They no longer need to have the internal battle which leads to anxiety or depression, they no longer need to look out of a window as everyone else gets on with the exciting things that they feel are not available to them.

I have rarely had a client who needed more than 2 sessions as accessing the subconscious can make an instant switch, finally retelling your subconscious how it should respond in future, the results are often instant and permanent.

A few tips for those who are not yet ready to go down the route of a full session is getting a personal recording, these help you to explain your symptoms and then have a recording made just for you so that you can listen to it daily as you help your brain to reprogramme its responses to external factors. These can be arranged following an initial consultation.

I also encourage people to look into the work of Tony Robbins, and specifically his work on explaining 6 Human needs. Again a lot of work as we have to honestly consider which needs we are meeting with our anxiety, stress, depression etc. I include his work in my sessions and would offer this article as recommended reading

You can find more information about Emma on her website

Have you tried CBT or do you have any recommendations for dealing with anxiety, if so please get in touch as I would love to hear more.

If you would like more information on Anxiety or Depression please see my Mental Health section

If you’d like to connect with a therapist online who can help you manage your anxiety with CBT, you can check out “ThriveTalk.com

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