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Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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The use of hypnotherapy has a long successful history in the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks. These are primarily a physiological response, rather than a psychological one and the “fight or flight” response is generally the cause of the extreme anxiety. Hypnotherapy reverses the “fight or flight” response, by triggering the opposite “relaxation response”.

Panic attacks generally start after you have had a heightened “fight or flight” response even though you may not consciously be aware of any specific cause. Often they are an accumulation of several anxiety provoking experiences. This response can be so powerful, that simply thinking about a panic attack can cause all of the feelings to return, resulting in yet another attack. It can seem that there is no way to break the cycle, the more you think about your anxiety, then the more it increases.

If you suffer anxiety or panic attacks, the most important thing you need to know is that hypnotherapy can change the way you think and feel and the way that your body responds. You can also learn techniques of self-hypnosis that will allow you to regain control over the anxiety response. Understanding how anxiety and panic actually work and learning how to effectively control the feelings they evoke, is the key to permanently overcoming anxiety.

Combining hypnotherapy with psychotherapy, is the most effective way to make long term permanent changes. Most other approaches, including drugs and counselling alone, mainly treat the symptoms of anxiety and if only the anxiety symptoms are addressed, the original root cause of the anxiety may still remain. Hypno-psychotherapy will address your symptoms immediately and change the anxiety responses, on a permanent basis.

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The Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has advised that “ALL allied health businesses nationally can continue working and are encouraged to do”. He has encouraged providers to continue vital face-to-face services where possible.

These are challenging times for everyone, but your personal and relationship issues continue to need assistance. My practice is still open for hypnotherapy and individual or relationship counselling, including Rekindle the Love workshops.

However, face-to-face sessions are available only for local residents, at this time.

If you are sick or have come into contact with the Coronavirus at any point, and/or if you have recently been overseas, please stay at home and contact me on 0407 009 050 to reschedule your appointment.

The safety of my clients and wider community is of utmost importance to me, and my home-based clinic is fully compliant with the new social distancing rules and hygiene practices. I have ensured that appointments are staggered so that you and your partner, where appropriate, are the only clients visiting my practice, at any one time.

Video sessions are available for both individuals and couples, I am currently preparing a program for couples to complete a Rekindle the Love workshop, online.

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Coronavirus and social isolation will add to existing pressure points on relationships, so don’t let your marriage become a coronavirus casualty.

Read the article by Hayley Gleeson of the ABC “How to stay married through Coronavirus“.

I thank you for your continued support in these uncertain times and know that together we will get through this.