Stress and Anxiety

Successful treatment for stress, anxiety and panic attacks in Bournemouth, Poole, Wimborne and Dorset using hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Understanding anxiety and stress

Most of us experience some degree of stressful and anxious moments in our lives. When these levels become too high it can affect our quality of life, and ultimately the way we perform. How you feel is your perception to what is going on around you. What may be intolerable for one person may be acceptable to another. It is important to recognise our own response towards a stressful situation and if required develop some new skills to deal with it. It is also important to recognise your own “line” and not step over this, thus avoiding any unnecessary anxiety.

For example, if you know you are prone to stress more than other people, you wouldn’t necessarily apply for a job that you know will land you in a stressful situation day in day out. Although it is important for some people to challenge themselves in their lives, there must be a balance between trying something new and ending up making yourself unnecessarily stressed which can lead to a great deal of anxiety.

Business Managers of many large companies are now sitting up and taking notice of the fact that stress related illnesses are one the biggest causes of lost work days in this country. Work-related illness costs somewhere in the region of £3.8 billion each year and it is no wonder that most businesses are now looking to incorporate some kind of stress management into their work place.

Panic attacks

At some time in our lives we have all experienced some form of panic; perhaps the time we misplaced our keys or wallets. Panic attacks are a severe form of anxiety that strike quite often out of the blue. These can be quite frightening with symptoms of feeling out of breath, feeling dizzy or faint, or short of breath. Sometimes there is absolutely no reason for a panic attack, and other times it can be a build-up of stress and anxiety over a period of time.

Other symptoms can be:

  • Palpitations or a thumping of your heart
  • Chest pains
  • Feeling sick
  • Hot flushes
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Numbness, or pins and needles

Then after a short period of time you start to calm down and wonder will it happen again? You will then try to stay clear of what caused the panic attack in the first place, sometimes creating a fear of the place where it happened to avoid any reoccurrence. Using hypnotherapy we can look at ways of dealing with panic and anxiety and controlling, reducing and ultimately stopping the feelings that build inside you before a panic attack occurs.


Having suffered from anxiety for the majority of my adult life it was such a relief to be shown by Rob techniques that I can use to move forward with my life in a more relaxed and controlled manner.
I can’t thank Rob enough for being so understanding and helping me to achieve this state of control……..Jamie

Hypnoanalysis has without doubt changed my life. I never thought it possible to feel so at peace with such a troubled past.
I would totally recommend this therapy to anyone who is suffering from fears/anxiety/phobias. It wasn’t always an easy journey for me, but I found Rob to be a thoroughly professional and caring therapist and I’d like to thank him for helping me to make my life worth living at last.

All the best to you Rob, I really can’t thank you enough!

Link to testimonials page

How can you tell if you are under too much stress?

There are many different forms it can manifest itself in; the following are some of the physical symptoms that may be stress-related:

  • Racing pulse
  • Headache
  • Chest and back pain
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sweating
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nervous twitch
  • Breathlessness
  • Restlessness
  • Tiredness
  • Nail biting

You may find yourself depressed and feeling anxious, and taking little interest in life and what’s going on, fearing you will fail and dreading the future. Perhaps you may find that you are aggressive and irritable and have lost your sense of humour.

Damage to your health

For the individual, though, the symptoms of anxiety & stress are extremely debilitating and can be damaging to relationships, career development or many aspects of life. While there are many causes of stress, it is most damaging when an individual feels powerless to control a situation; when there is a feeling of some strong internal conflict “inside us – but out of our control”. The effects of stress & anxiety can affect us physically, emotionally and psychologically.

The more stressed we get the more susceptible we are to its effects, thus someone who is continually suffering with high levels of stress can put their health at risk.

What can we do about dealing with stress and anxiety?

Anxiety-StressHypnotherapy is an excellent tool to use to help deal with stress. Using positive suggestions and visualisation skills can allow you to reduce your stress levels. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are forms of natural healing of your state of mind. Anxiety and worrying come from the subconscious of our minds, so by helping you to reframe these thoughts and emotions with the aid of hypnotherapy, you can take positive control of the situation and reduce the stress you have been experiencing.

Although it may not feel like it, stress and anxiety are both a state of mind and absolutely can be dealt with in a positive way. A little bit of stress in our lives can be a good thing, giving us the drive to perform certain tasks and pushing us to do better, but we need to ensure our minds are trained to put a stop to excess stress and handle certain situations in a positive way.

Anger Management

Anger is a normal and natural emotion that we all from time to time experience, but if it becomes a compulsive part of our behaviour pattern then it creates a problem.

Some of the symptoms of an anger problem can be:

  • Flying into a rage for no real reason
  • Explosive outbursts that cannot be controlled
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Road rage
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cover up an anger problem

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What treatment is available?

There are two ways to help to treat deep routed problems related to anxiety, the first one being Hypno-analysis (analytical hypnotherapy) which is in essence cause and effect therapy and can be very effective in helping to treat stress. Once the bottled up emotions are released then the symptoms can cease to be, allowing you to be free from your past problems.

The other way is to use Clinical Hypnotherapy combined with a Positive Thinking Styles course which can also prove a very effective therapy in treating these unwanted feelings.

Once you start to change to a more positive thinking style the result of which is a happier, much more confident and outgoing person.

For any more information about stress and anxiety or to book a free initial consultation please call Rob on 01202 245020 or 07920 885015.

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