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Stress, anxiety, phobias, panic

    If you are looking for a faster way to winnow away your piled-up stres s and anxiety, you are in the right place!

Stress comes from the pressures you perceive in life. Anxiety is an anticipated fear of a negative future outcome. Anxiety is induced by the perception of a potential or imagined threat to well-being or survival. Social anxiety, phobias and panic attacks are particular types of anxiety.

Experiencing stress or anxiety is considered a normal part of life when this occurs occasionally and temporary. Occasional stress or anxiety are not disorders in themselves, nor are they normative concepts. Stress and anxiety are very personal experiences and you are best positioned to assess whether or not you feel stressed or anxious. However, very intense or lasting stress or anxiety can fuel various health disorders and medical conditions, situations that require medical assistance.

Stress and anxiety always have a cumulative effect and if you won’t dissipate them timely, your stress and anxiety will begin to accumulate. Thus, the lasting stress (the one you accumulate during the day and you won’t be able to evacuate overnight) will become your morning stress, over which you will continue to accumulate fresh anxieties, and so on. As your ability to cope with stress and anxiety is limited, and unless you find an effective way to avoid stress and anxiety or to evacuate them effectively, the accumulated stress and anxiety will ultimately affect your well-being. In the long run, the cumulative effect of stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your mind and body.

When talking about stress, there is neither a clear barrier nor an objective system of metrics that can be used to make a net difference between the so-called “normal” and the pathological stress in terms of persistence or intensity. You are the only one to set the limits of what is and what is not suitable, acceptable and bearable as “positive” stress. As a rule of thumb, whatever is the nature of your stress, as soon as you’ll perceive it as a negative emotion or as an unpleasant feeling, this is definitely a clue that this is a bad stress experience for you, with huge potential for causing harm and life quality damage.

Stress is not about what happens to you. Stress is always about how you react to what happens in your environment. The common perception is that stress and anxiety are caused by external factors, processes and events that happen to you, such as: health issues, aging, family, career, financial issues, social tides, loneliness, life’s purpose, self-esteem, etc. Yet, you are not passively undergoing any of these. You are the one who makes sense of these everyday life facts and perceive them as stressful, emotionally neutral  or joyful events.

Stress never stays in your head.  When you are stressed, your entire body is stressed, and you feel it undoubtedly as a physical manifestation inside your body. Your cognition is acknowledging and confirming the presence of the stress in your body by shifting your mind into a specific stressed state of mind and from now on, your decisions will be an easy prey of those powerful feelings of stress from inside your body. Chronic stress can affect your psychological, emotional and physical well-being and it can as well end-up causing a variety of medical problems.

According to various contemporary models, stress and anxiety are experienced at different, but closely interrelated levels: the mental, the somatic (physical), the neurophysiological, and the behavioral level. Since you certainly do not want to be stressed or anxious, then it seems that what is happening in the cognitive part of your mind is rather the consequence than the cause of your stress and anxiety. As long as your emotions are well anchored in reality, there is absolutely nothing wrong with experiencing powerful emotions. Yet, when there is an obvious discrepancy between the objective reality and your feelings that arise against your will, your feelings will have a powerful grip on you and most probably, they will end-up controlling your thoughts and your behavior.

My therapeutic approach is focused on feelings  and is based on the physiological and neurological models of behavioural response. From this biological and neurophysiological perspective, emotions are at the heart of life's regulatory processes of all living creatures. When they occur, emotions cause a change in the state of your physiology, your mind and your body. Therefore, you can control your emotions only to the extent that you can change the physiology (chemistry) of your body, change the thoughts that have induced that specific emotion (change the way you think), or change the perception of the emotion, by changing the emotional feelings.

 

When they manifest, you feel as if your emotions were a kind of a physical presence in your body. You feel them as physical sensations including heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, or shortness of breath, knots in your stomach, chest pressure, body tightness, body pains, smothering sensations, restlessness or a sense of impending doom. You might feel flushed or chilled, you may feel weak, faint, or dizzy, you might feel a sense of unreality or loss of control. If the causes of these feelings are not addressed in a timely manner, your feelings will gradually detach from the initial causal root and will become persistent and part of your daily life. You will work, sleep and live with these feelings on a daily basis.

When you live with unpleasant feelings on a daily basis, I would not bet that by thinking about them, by talking about them, by a better understanding of what is going on or by learning how to cope with your negative feelings; your knots in the stomach will disappear or will turn into butterflies, overnight. For, whatever feeling arises against your will, it will not succumb to your reason. Only what is born of reason can eventually be banned by the critical judgment. Unfortunately, I do not see how you can get rid of your stress or anxiety until you get rid of those unpleasant body feelings. This is why my pragmatic approach aims to help you to identify, evaluate, uproot from the subconscious mind and winnow away your unpleasant feelings, as you wish. 

The abundance of many different models on how the human mind works is fuelling a lot of controversy regarding cognition, feelings, perception, emotions and the behavioral decision-making. Even though the cognitive psychology model seems to be the most popular, this model has been around mostly between 1967 when Dr. Ulric Neisser founded the cognitive psychology and 1992/94 when the American neuroscientists Prof. Dr. Joseph LeDoux and Prof. Dr. Antonio Damasio's somatic marker behavioural model brought a modern and scientific dimension to the traditional emotional models of behavioural decision-making.

According to this neurophysiological approach, decision making in your daily life is much more about emotion-driven habits, than about rational choices. For as long as your good emotions are driving your life on the path of happiness, you assume this is the expected result of your rational good choices. Only when your life starts taking the burden of your bad decisions you realize that your emotions have a powerful grip on your decision-making processes. Once there, if you want to regain the control over your life, you have the option to invest yourselves in a long process of educating your rational brain on how to better negotiate your decisions with your emotional brain, or to take the somatic hypnotherapy shortcut, with instantaneous good results.

What has the potential to fulfill or to haunt your life is the emotional reading of your memories and not the memories themselves. Therefore, unlike conventional hypnotherapy approaches that focus on adding a fresh layer of positive emotions on top of your lasting fears and traumas, the somatic hypnotherapy is all about releasing the past by rearranging the emotional reading of the past traumatic experiences. This therapy works with your model of the world and you are getting involved in your therapy process, so that changes are more likely to be easily accepted and long lasting.

With my approach, you won't undergo a passive script therapy; instead you’ll be in charge and in control of your therapy, you’ll be the one who will clearly identify and clear of your negative feelings. Your fears, your negatives or painful emotions that you are going to clearly identify, quantify and body-map at the beginning of your therapy session will gradually cease following my therapy. Once you release the negative emotions you piled up during your past experiences, you can change your perception of those experiences, which in turn will readjust your behaviour.*

You can forget about the lump in your throat, your stomach knots, muscular tension, hesitant voice and confused ideas when you speak in public, and many other things. As soon as the unpleasant body feelings associated with your negative emotions have been eliminated through your therapy, your anxiety, grief, stress, sorrow, jealousy, pity, guilt, rage or other negative emotions will be eased or cleared, as if by magic!*

Somatic hypnotherapy won’t overwrite or change your thoughts or your pattern of thinking, but can help you to think, feel and live the way you want, by effectively helping you to ease or clear whatever negative emotions that keep you from not thinking, feeling or living the way you want.*

Right after your therapy session you'll feel different. You'll feel that inside of you something has already changed, or is about to change the way you asked for. You'll just feel like the stress you've come to work out in therapy is gone!*

Free yourself from that burden that prevents you from revealing your talents, to be more charismatic and confident. Whatever your stress, anxiety, phobia, or other issue may be, don't allow it to cripple your life.

The "No Results - No Pay" principle applies to all my therapies.

Contact me and book your appointment today! Let this be the most exciting experience of your life, and I will be happy to help you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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