How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Anxiety? May 16, 2016

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.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy? May 9, 2016


Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBT with hypnosis) is a cutting edge therapy which offers powerful techniques to help with a wide range of both emotional issues and physical ailments.


Designed to manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy will equip you to deal with your problems in a positive way by integrating hypnosis with traditional cognitive behavioural therapy.


Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy and looks at current problems rather than past traumas or events. When you add hypnotherapy into this mix and we enter a ‘day dreaming’ state, we are able to accept beneficial directions while our conscious thoughts are suspended. So although hypnosis is not a requirement of the therapy it can influence the effectiveness of the process.


What can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy be used for?


CBT has conventionally been used to treat depression and anxiety disorders, but can be used for physical health conditions from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and skin conditions to pain management and bed wetting for both adults and children.


A vast range of emotional issues can be helped using cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy including low self-esteem, panic attacks, anger management, fear of failing, bereavement and relationship problems.


Another area that CBT with hypnosis can assist is dealing with bad habits such as smoking, teeth grinding and other unwanted habits. The same principles apply to phobias which react well to cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy treatment.


Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important and many of us struggle with weight control, weight loss hypnotherapy is an alternative treatment which can assist with losing weight.   Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can go as far as you need such as gastric band hypnosis or helping with eating issues.


Even in business and your every day working life, CBT can help you to achieve goals that have felt out of your reach, from improving concentration and focusing on achievements to assistance with public speaking and performing.


Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for you?


CBT focuses on an individual’s capacity to change themselves, altering how you think, feel and behave. Treatment doesn’t address outside problems or families which can impact on a person’s health and wellbeing. Therefore to benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy, it’s essential that you commit to the process, a therapist can advise and treat you but needs your full co-operation.


If you feel that CBT with hypnosis could help you, MacLennan Hypnotherapy offers cognitive behavioural therapy in London, Newbury and Reading. Take the first step today and contact us for a chat.


Stress in the Body Now April 17, 2013

Many potential patients can see the benefit of cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBT with hypnosis), psychotherapy or hypnotherapy.

However, in my experience, it is often difficult for a patient to understand how a purely psychological therapy is able to treat conditions that are physical, for example eczema, excessive perspiration, blushing, high blood pressure, IBS or pain.

A good way of looking at this is to observe how stress and anxiety affect the body. Stress may be caused by purely emotional disturbances, but the responses of the body are very physical. Although no physical harm has been caused to the body and no toxic substance ingested or applied, a variety of obvious symptoms may be apparent.