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The stress of anxiety

Anxiety places a massive burden on society, in terms of the impact it has on the people suffering it directly, as well as all of the families, friends, workplaces and associated people who all feel the negative impact of anxiety upon them. In many ways, Anxiety can be considered a misuse of our natural stress response. The way that people deal with anxiety matches the experience of people who suffer …Read More

When panic attacks

Imagine going through your life, always afraid that at any moment – wham! – a wave of absolute terror and panic will overtake you. Welcome to the life of a panic attack sufferer. People who suffer panic attacks describe them as intensely unpleasant, overwhelming and even debilitating. They can last from short intense ‘moments’ to long, continuous sessions of panic and fear. Panic attacks usually fall within the ‘anxiety’ cluster …Read More

Wedding cold feet – or a cold sweat?

It is supposed to be the happiest day of your life – but many brides (and grooms) struggle with the lead up to – and enjoying – the wedding day of their dreams. Wedding stress and anxiety can start to build up weeks and months before the big day. Unfortunately, it may show up in physical or emotional symptoms, including obsessing over every detail, sleep disturbances, constantly worrying, being angry …Read More

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

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

Helping people deal with global crisis

Today I rang the mother of a young client (14 yrs) who recently attended clinic with severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Apart from ‘checking in’, I wanted to share an important message with his mum based upon current world events. After our session, he has been doing really well.  His parents were so grateful for the change in their son, his reconnection with the world and his new resilience.  …Read More

The gift of self appreciation

The shift from being stuck in a problem to creating lasting solutions often means acknowledging, and then accepting, certain things about ourselves. As we begin such a process is  often  the first time that we give names or even identities to those darker parts of ourselves which have been driving our unwanted behaviours at an almost sub-conscious level.  We sometimes become aware of some uncomfortable truths. Awareness and even understanding …Read More