Harley Street Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy

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Are you experiencing anxiety, panic, stress, fear or worry? The combination of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy helps you confront your fears and alleviate the power they have over you.

We can grasp fears with our minds, but anxiety grips us from within. Anxiety is not a condition - it's a symptom. The brain is signalling that something is not right. Don't allow yourself to enter victim mode.

Fear is a bully and if you face it, it backs down.


Anxiety is the body's physical response to a situation which has filled the mind with fear. Fight or flight syndrome goes back millions of years to the time of cavemen and the human mind still retains the capacity to have an impact on the physical body. It can be a very useful response - if the caveman saw a dinosaur his mind would be filled with terror.

This in turn, would send a flood of adrenaline flushing through his system, helping him run faster or fight harder. Equally, when in the jungle and faced with a roaring lion, you have two choices - kill the lion or run away - fight or flight.

In today's world, faced with such fear-inducing situations, we may have evolved more sophisticated protection, so fight or flight might never be options. But the body prepares itself anyway, just as it has done for generations, releasing a surge of adrenaline into our bloodstream. 


This free-floating internal terror lurks continuously just beneath the surface of life, waiting to take a good bite. The panic attack itself becomes an object of fear. Fear in case we look stupid in front of everyone else, fear that others are judging us negatively, fear that we might act in a way which is embarrassing or humiliating. It's as though the façade we have built around ourselves to hide these attacks will crumble and we will be 'found out', exposed, revealed to the rest of the world as.. but revealed as what? A fearful person? Think about it.

The trouble is that every time that fear overwhelms, it is reinforced and its grip becomes stronger. Each subsequent anxiety attack diminishes you a little bit more, leaving you out of control and unable to dispel it. All you want to do is get through the attack and there is no way that logic or reason at this stage will be of help.

physical symptoms

The physical symptoms that we experience as a result can also be disturbing. We begin to sweat, our breathing rate increases alongside our heart beat which speeds up to such an extent that some of us we may experience palpitations. We may have pain, experience the sensation of 'butterflies in the stomach', feel the urge to go to the toilet, suffer light-headedness, dizziness or nausea, numbness, tingling or tremors. You might stutter or your voice may shake. Your face may flush. Some people have just a few of these symptoms, some have all of them. But whether they are mild or severe, they are still described as a panic attack.

What makes things worse is the lack of an obvious reason for such fear. Even identifying the kind of situations that trigger panic attacks is not the whole answer. But it is a start.

'Normal' fears are straightforward and logical. We become afraid when under threat by something or someone whose destructive potential we clearly understand.

'Worries without a cause' can overwhelm us with an anxiety which pervades our whole being, as though waiting for an unguarded moment to possess us entirely.

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treatment options

Panic attacks can and should be treated as quickly as they start, if at all possible. The causes have taken many years to develop into full-blown attacks, so the quicker they are dealt with the better. Leaving the problem can create more problems.

Sufferers may take drastic action out of sheer desperation and avoid situations in which they had attacks. If these situations are crucial to their working lives, or to their personal lives, they may jeopardise their own future.

Also, the longer the panic attacks continue, the more the habit is reinforced. Yes, it's a habit, just like many other habits and it's a habit well learned. It's never too late to undo this kind of damaging habit but the sooner it is sorted, the better.

Exposure therapy allows you to confront fears and having identified the situations that trigger attacks, goes some way to alleviating the power they have over you.

This can be achieved with hypnotherapy which addresses the unconscious mind directly - and therefore accesses the unwanted habitual thoughts and behaviours that have over stayed their welcome and belong in the past.

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