Is hypnotherapy for anxiety effective?
A lot of clients who are interested in Hypnotherapy for Stress and Anxiety are interested in how effectiveness is hypnotherapy for anxiety. Thankfully, this has been researched extensively. A significant body of research has been carried out with respect to anxiety in association with medical procedures.
Below are some of the results from clinical studies.
A recent ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis and relaxation therapies published in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded: ‘There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety […]’, the same report also concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective in treating panic attacks and phobia. (Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349)
A study of 20 individuals compared the use of self-hypnosis and relaxation therapy in managing anxiety over 28 days. Both groups were shown to have achieved significant reduction in psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety. However, the self-hypnosis group exhibited greater confidence in the positive effects of the treatment, higher expectation of success, and greater degrees of cognitive and physical improvement. (Lucy O’Neill, Amanda Barnier, & Kevin McConkey, ‘Treating Anxiety with self-hypnosis and relaxation’, Contemporary Hypnosis, 1999, vol. 16 (2): 68)
Results vary from individual. However, there are some commonalities with anxiety. Anxiety is most frequently a fear about something negative that happened in the past happening in the future, or it’s an hallucination of something happening in the future that they might not have experienced themselves yet.
Whatever type of anxiety you may be experiencing, Hypnotherapy is very useful in the treatment of that anxiety.
Aspire hypnotherapy has considerable experience in assisting people who are experiencing anxiety. Whether it’s, public speaking, fear of flying, enclosed spaces, fear of cars, fear of elevators, fear of relationships, fear of hot weather… or any other fears, we can help you.
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