Anxiety and Panic Disorder
Do you wake up in the middle of the night with your heart pounding, cold sweats, and that feeling that the world is caving in? Do you wake up in the morning and dread the day? Do you avoid even making a phone call because you can feel your anxiety rise thinking about it? Anxiety, worry, and stress are not inevitable. You can decrease it, prevent it, and tame it.
Are a worrier and always saying that you’re stressed out or need a break or can’t handle it? Do you feel overwhelmed like life somehow is just never easy for you like it is for other people?
Before treatment, people feel they have no control over their anxiety at all. If it’s coming, it’s coming. There’s nothing they can do about it. After treatment, they know that there are all kinds of things they can do to not just decrease anxiety but also prevent it.
Are you anxious about treatment? It’s really hard to admit you need help and to pick up the phone and call a stranger. I try my best to help you feel comfortable. Please know that we will go at a pace that is comfortable for you while also making sure that you are making progress.
Anxiety treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual. The following treatments have been proven most effective
for anxiety and panic:
Hypnosis for Anxiety is effective as an adjunct to either CBT, Exposure Therapy, and ACT. If the anxiety is stemming from trauma, it is even more effective. The beautiful thing about hypnosis for anxiety is that you’re sent home with a file that you can listen to that helps control your anxiety. Clients often listen to the file multiple times per day. It helps them access states of being such as mindfulness and increases their ability to concentrate and focus in order to use their skills to decrease anxiety in the moment.
Hypnosis can also help with night time anxiety which is causing Insomnia. During a Hypnosis session, you can learn to access a deeply relaxed state so that even if you don’t fully sleep, you are drifting off at night to a state that rests your body and your mind.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of treatment is well-established, highly effective, and produces lasting results. It involves identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Most often, benefits are usually seen in 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the individual. However, in some cases, excellent results can even be seen in fewer than 6 sessions (though such results are not typical).
In CBT, the patient is actively involved in his or her own recovery, gains a sense of control, and is armed with a set of skills – cognitive and behavioral “tools,” that are useful to manage anxiety throughout life. CBT typically involves reading about the problem, keeping records between appointments, and completing homework assignments in which the treatment procedures are practiced. Patients learn skills during the actual therapy sessions, but they must practice them repeatedly on their own to see the most improvement.
What is Exposure Therapy?
A form of CBT, exposure therapy is a process for managing fear and anxiety responses. In therapy, a person is gradually exposed to a feared situation, object, or thought, learning to become less sensitive to those experiences over time. This type of therapy has been found to be particularly effective for obsessive-compulsive disorder (called “exposure and response prevention” or ERP) and phobias, but can be effectively employed to manage all of the anxiety disorders.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Also known as ACT, this cutting-edge therapy uses strategies of acceptance and mindfulness (living in the moment and experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgment), along with commitment to valued life goals, as a way to cope with unwanted internal experiences. ACT imparts skills to accept these experiences, place them in a different context, develop greater clarity about personal values, and commit to needed behavior change.
Can it be Cured?
Treatment success varies- some respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment is more complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions.
I specialize in hypnosis for anxiety and chronic conditions in Broward county and the Fort Lauderdale area. To see if we’re a good fit to work together, schedule your free consultation at 954-309-9071.