How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Anxiety?

Hypnotherapy can be used to effectively reduce anxiety levels and assist in controlling those times when you start to feel panicked and help you to manage anxious moments and stressful situations.

Anxiety is something we all experience at some point in our lives, whether this is taking an exam or a driving test for example, or doing something outside of our usual day to day activities, such as going on a trip or important business meeting. It is a perfectly normal feeling.

However, people with severe anxiety or who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder find it difficult to control their worries all of the time. This often affects their daily lives and is constant, not something that will come and go with certain activities. Types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

These are long term conditions, which cause you to feel anxious about issues rather than one specific event.


Whether you have a particularly stressful event or you are experiencing one of the above disorders, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help in both these situations and is considered today one of the more mainstream alternative treatments for anxiety.

Hypnotherapy works by being put into a “trance state” which is a state of both mental and physical relaxation. This encourages your conscious mind to rest while the subconscious is alert which allows you to harness the immense power of your own mind and focus on your wellbeing.

During hypnosis, your subconscious mind becomes more responsive to suggestions, both your own and those of the hypnotherapist. This helps to change what you believe and your feelings about situations so you can feel better about doing whatever it is you want to do.

The actual process of hypnosis often helps anxious clients to feel relaxed after a hypnotherapy treatment as well. This is because while you are in a trance state you will experience slowed breathing and a decrease in heart rate. Your muscles will relax too while listening to the calm voice of the therapist. Many anxiety clients benefit from this calming time in addition to establishing new beliefs and positive ways of thinking and feeling.

Both physical tension and emotional strain can be relieved by hypnosis, along with other physical effects of anxiety such as sleeping problems, which are often a result of stress.

Hypnotherapy will help you to develop new ways of behaving and acting in previously problem situations so you can change how you deal with and manage stressful times.   Stephanie MacLennan offers hypnotherapy for anxiety in London, Newbury and Reading. For further information, call 07463 627758 or contact Stephanie for a chat about your individual needs.