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Anxiety The Modern Pandemic


Anxiety is a common issue that affects many people today who struggle with to a greater or lesser extent on a daily basis. These range from a mild feeling of nervousness to a full blown panic attack, anxiety can be debilitating and can have a significant impact on your quality of life. While there are many different approaches to dealing with anxiety, one that has gained increasing attention in recent years is Ericksonian indirect hypnosis. I will explore below the many reasons this is the case I'll end this first paragraph by saying the number one reason more people should consider, in my opinion, this approach namely brevity! Unlike popular talking therapies that can take months if not years to resolve issues indirect hypnosis can accomplish in a few short sessions.


Ericksonian indirect hypnosis is a type of hypnotherapy that was developed by psychiatrist Milton Erickson in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike traditional hypnosis, which relies on direct suggestions to the unconscious mind, Indirect hypnosis uses a more indirect approach, using stories, metaphors, and other language-based techniques to bypass the conscious mind and access the deeper levels of the unconscious.


One of the key benefits of Ericksonian hypnosis in dealing with anxiety is its ability to help people tap into their inner resources and build resilience. By helping people access their own internal strengths and resources, Indirect hypnosis can provide a powerful tool for managing anxiety and reducing its impact.


For example, a therapist using Ericksonian hypnosis might use a metaphor such as a flower growing in a garden to help a client visualize their own inner strength and resilience. By visualising this strength and resilience, the client can begin to feel more confident and capable of dealing with their anxiety.


Another benefit of Ericksonian hypnosis is its ability to help people reframe their negative thought patterns and beliefs. By using language-based techniques to shift the client's perspective, the therapist can help the client see their anxiety in a new light, reducing its power and influence over their life.


For example, a therapist might use a story about a person who overcame a difficult challenge to help the client see their own struggles with anxiety as a temporary obstacle that they can overcome. By reframing anxiety as a challenge to be overcome rather than a permanent state, the therapist can help the client feel more empowered and in control.

Finally, Ericksonian hypnosis is also effective in helping people manage the physical symptoms of anxiety. By using relaxation techniques and other approaches to help the client feel more calm and centred, the therapist can help reduce the physiological responses that often accompany anxiety, such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, and shallow breathing.


In conclusion, Ericksonian indirect hypnosis can be a powerful and effective tool in dealing with anxiety. We do this by helping people tap into their inner resources, reframe their negative thought patterns, and manage the physical symptoms of anxiety, Indirect hypnosis provides a holistic approach to treating, among many things, the modern plague of anxiety. If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, consider exploring the benefits of Ericksonian hypnosis with a qualified therapist like me today.


N. Jeffery

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