women in fearThe single most common problem I help people with is anxiety or panic attacks.

A huge number of people suffer with anxiety and Social Anxiety or Social Phobia is THE most common. There are a cluster of anxiety disorders which I explain further down this page along with anxiety symptoms and anxiety treatment. The great thing to note is that hypnotherapy is incredibly successful and really fast in treating all these anxiety disorders and anxiety attacks, allowing you to live your life free from fear and anxiety symptoms. anxiety and depression

Left untreated anxiety can lead to depression, insomnia, and other physical, emotional and psychological conditions which further impinge on life effecting every aspect of your life ie relationships, work, sex life, social life, parenting responsibilities and schooling, even developing commitment phobia.

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This in turn can lead to ‘self-medication’ by turning to ways to make you feel better, for instance, reaching for food or alcohol.

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Anxiety disorders are very common and affect a large part of the population. They can start at any time from childhood, adolescence, or adulthood and fall into five main groups.

  1. Panic attacks & Panic Disorder
  2. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  3. Fears & Phobias (which includes social phobia or social anxiety disorder)
  4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  5. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) (See also anxiety depression)

You may be suffering from one or more of these and people can suffer panic with any of the anxiety disorders and anxiety disorder symptoms. There are no rules for the pattern of these linked conditions.

All of these disorders are fed by fear. By using hypnotherapy we can quickly break the cycle of fear and get to the root cause of your anxieties in order dealing to with them.

Symptoms of Anxiety can be crippling and can be accompanied by panic attacks. They can include any of these:

  • Increased heart rate, sometimes racing or palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Shaking visibly or shaking inside
  • Choking sensations
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal discomfort or diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling light-headed or about to faint
  • Feeling detached or unreal
  • Fear of going crazy/losing control
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Feelings of tightness/pain in the head
  • Neck and shoulder pain or numbness in the face and head
  • Nightmares
  • Waking in a panic

If you experience at least four of the panic attack symptoms listed means that you are most probably having a panic attack, less than four and it is more likely to be generalised anxiety.

These physical panic attacks symptoms are really unpleasant but it is important to realise that no-one has ever died of these symptoms – they are just feelings.

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Everybody gets anxious from time to time and this is perfectly normal. However, panic attacks (sometimes called anxiety attacks) are very frightening and unpleasant

women having a panic attack.

They can happen very suddenly, a period of intense fear accompanied by a range of panic attack symptoms. They usually last for about 20 or 30 minutes, but can last longer.

Left untreated sufferers can go on to develop agoraphobia or social phobia.

The good news is that they can be helped really easily with hypnotherapy.

What has happened is that the minute you experience one or more of the symptoms of anxiety, your immediate reaction is to panic and as you panic so more of the symptoms are felt and the more you panic. So, a vicious cycle is set – you fear the attacks and because you fear them, you start to feel anxious, as you feel anxious, you panic.

Some people become very good at avoiding situations in which they fear they might panic. I have helped many sufferers who don’t tell family or friends what is troubling them and take on a life of making excuses. They often find themselves cutting and running when they fear an attack is imminent and this puts a tremendous strain on them and their friendships/relationships and they can even develop a commitment phobia.

For whatever reason, your subconscious mind considers you life is in danger and is reacting accordingly!

Our cavemen ancestors were not only hunters but also the hunted. We were the potential prey of many wild animals. It is a function of our brain to make all resources available to us in times of great danger and to make them available instantly.

The parts of our brains responsible for this are the amygdala and the hypothalamus. It was necessary in those times to be able to fight quite ferociously or to be able to run very fast to escape. It is called the fight or flight response. For us to be able to do this, large amounts of adrenaline are released into our bodies.

Nowadays though we do not need to run or fight, yet we have all this adrenalin surging through our bodies and we are unlikely to use it up by running or fighting. It is the unused adrenalin in our bodies which creates all the very unpleasant physical symptoms.

women in a panic

The symptoms of panic or anxiety attacks can be crippling.

They can include any of these:

  • Increased heart rate, sometimes racing or palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Shaking visibly or shaking inside
  • Choking sensations
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or abdominal discomfort or diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling light-headed or about to faint
  • Feeling detached or unreal
  • Fear of going crazy/losing control
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Feelings of tightness/pain in the head
  • Neck and shoulder pain or numbness in the face and head
  • Nightmares
  • Waking in a panic

If you experience at least four of the panic attack symptoms listed means that you are most probably having a panic attack, less than four and it is more likely to be generalised anxiety. Panic attacks can happen with any of the anxiety-related disorders.

These physical panic attacks symptoms are really unpleasant but it is important to realise that no-one has ever died of these symptoms – they are just feelings.

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There is a very special form of hypnotherapy called Pure Hypnoanalysis which has helped many thousands of people over the years with anxiety.

The aim of Pure Hypnoanalysis is not symptom control or trying to manage the problem, the aim is to resolve it.

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man suffering fromObsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD cutting grass with sissors / exeter

OCD is the name given to a condition which is both obsessive and compulsive; the person has conscious or sub-conscious thoughts which create either recurring ideas (obsessions) or irresistible impulses to act in certain ways (compulsions), or both.

An obsession is an idea derived from a feared situation or event, and it sometimes arises out of a phobia.

Compulsions are actions that must be performed, even though they may not have any value in and of themselves. Compulsions often have a ritualistic character. The classic example of compulsive behaviour is repeated hand-washing, but touching rituals, counting sequences, checking, and many other ritualistic behavioural patterns fall into this category. A compulsion may be experienced as a command like "Go and wash your hands," or as a threat like "You will spread disease if you don't wash your hands."

There is a very special form of hypnotherapy called Pure Hypnoanalysis which has helped many thousands of people over the years with OCD. The aim of Pure Hypnoanalysis is not symptom control or trying to manage the problem, the aim is to resolve it.

I always offer a free initial consultation in the first instance.
This is completely confidential and gives you a chance to meet me and be sure you feel comfortable working with me

book free initial consultation


There is a very special form of hypnotherapy called Pure Hypnoanalysis which has helped many thousands of people over the years with OCD. The aim of Pure Hypnoanalysis is not symptom control or trying to manage the problem, the aim is to resolve it.

free initial consultation

I always offer a free initial consultation in the first instance.
This is completely confidential and gives you a chance to meet me and be sure you feel comfortable working with me

book free initial consultation

Social phobia (social anxiety or social anxiety disorder) is where a person feels a disabling fear or being looked at, or embarrassed in social situations which can eventually lead to agoraphopbia and even to taking alcohol or narcotics to boost confidence.

Essentially people suffering from social phobia fear being judged by others and it is one of the most common phobias around. It effects your confidence and self-esteem, your social life and can affect your work, particularly in meetings or training events or when answering the phone or meeting someone new.

Social phobia revolves around a fear of how others might see you, what they think of you, and feeling that whatever you're doing is getting noticed. Socially Phobic people often spend a lot of time worrying about what others think about what they said or did.

Some social phobics are very good at hiding the symptoms and their friends might even perceive them to be very confident! For some, it is only when they have to perform ie exams, tests, public speaking, theatrical or musical performances that they get the symptoms.

The following is a list of symptoms commonly associated with or caused by social phobia or social anxiety.

These feelings and symptoms are MOST likely to occur when the person feels put 'on the spot'.

If this effects your life greatly, it is important, as with generalised anxiety and panic attacks, to discover and treat the root cause of the phobia – it is quick and easy to take away a phobia but if you have not treated the root cause, this may result in the phobia returning or another phobia or anxiety-related symptom to be created.

The only way to truly get rid of a phobia and resolve it is to find and release the emotions that are causing the problem and by going through this process many many clients have changed their lives for the better.

There are many different causes of stress. A very common cause is work stress but there are many others – the top ones are typically (in no particular order):

  • Financial Difficulties
  • Divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Moving House
  • Work stress
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Family Problems
  • Personal Concerns
  • Bullying
  • Birth of a Child

Stress Symptoms

Stress affects everyone at different times in their lives. Stress and health are closely linked. It is well known that stress can induce body-mind disorders. Stress triggers changes in our bodies and makes us more likely to get ill. It can also make physical or emotional problems we already have worse.

  • dizzy spells
  • nervousness
  • trouble sleeping/insomnia
  • headaches
  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • irritability
  • lack of energy
  • lack of concentration
  • eating too much or not at all
  • anger
  • sadness
  • higher risk of asthma and arthritis flare-ups
  • tension
  • muscle cramps
  • stomach cramping
  • stomach bloating
  • skin problems
  • fears/phobias
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • weight gain or loss
  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • diabetes
  • neck and/or back pain
  • less sexual desire
  • harder to get pregnant
  • panic attacks