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Overcome exam anxiety

There has been some recent commentary in the newspapers regarding students sitting their VCE exams (end of high school and entry to university exams) needing ‘special consideration’ due to high levels of anxiety. The issue of anxiety and stress in teens and young people is extremely common, and something I work with regularly in clinic.  For those not wanting to be medicated, but find a long term, natural solution to …Read More

The unanswerable questions that create anxiety

Often in clinic there are clients who have developed severe levels of anxiety by asking themselves questions which are impossible to answer. “What if” is a question which may be useful in creative writing, but for people with anxiety, it can be the worst question they ask themselves. Consider this process.  A client asks themselves a ‘what if’ question: “What if I get stuck on the freeway”? If they fail …Read More

Trigger Warning

As we go through life, we encounter experiences which can remind us of times gone by.  The smell of fresh bread for most people brings back very positive memories.  The sound of rain on a roof when you are tucked up warm in bed can be calming and peaceful.  However, there are also experiences which can trigger unwanted and unpleasant memories. People who have suffered trauma or witnessed a terrible …Read More

Trauma and our identity sticky labels

People suffering anxiety and depression often attend clinic with symptoms that can only be described as ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ – or PTSD.  Somewhere in their history, an event, or series of events occurred which have traumatised them.  These events can have lasting impacts on how people see themselves, and the labels that they absorb. Victims of trauma often develop views about themselves in the circumstance, which become rigidly fixed …Read More

Asking for help- anxiety & depression

One thing that I often see in clinic is clients who have wonderful people in their lives, but as they struggle to move beyond their depression and anxiety, they feel completely isolated.  They simply don’t see the caring people and resources around them. Unfortunately, these are natural responses in people suffering anxiety and depression. When someone has depression, they often feel a level of helplessness and hopelessness which makes them …Read More

Learning about natural treatment for anxiety and depression

This week, I have had the pleasure of spending four days working with Dr. Michael Yapko, perhaps the world’s top expert in the treatment and anxiety and depression. Dr Yapko brings the very best in both the science and the artistry in the natural treatment of anxiety and depression.  In fact, Dr Yapko was emphatic that the medical model of depression, in particular, has been overstated, if not disproved.  The …Read More

Self-image : how do you measure up?

Recently, a study was published related to the penis length in 15000 men.  It was felt that providing such information would allow men who suffered severe anxiety about their penis length some ‘reality’ to compare themselves to. It is a shame that this is needed – however, with the abundance of pornographic images, men have an immediate ‘yardstick’ to compare themselves to, even if it is not representative of ‘normal’ …Read More

Experiencing Anxiety

It is natural for those who suffer anxiety to have a different view of it than those who have never suffered from it. An interesting survey from BeyondBlue, reported in The Age today looked at perceptions to anxiety in the community.  These included: 40% of respondents thought anxiety was just stress 50% thought anxiety was just part of someone’s personality For people who suffer from anxiety in its many forms, …Read More

How far can you go?

When working with someone in clinic, it is important to respect their view of the world. For someone with anxiety, it is natural for them to worry about if they are doing hypnosis ‘right’.  This fear can stop them engaging in the session unless we respect this and make it completely OK for them to have whatever experience occurs. (And in truth, there is no right or wrong way to …Read More

What is missing?

Often, clients  will visit me and want to be rid of a habit, memory or process that is really unhelpful to them.  Naturally, they see these as important in how they currently suffering.  This is especially true in anxiety related cases and depression. There is an expectation that, as a therapist, I will ‘do something’ to take this problem away. How hard do you think it is to take something …Read More