The use of hypnosis for social anxiety or social pbobia. – Feeling nervous in a social situation is normal and many people worry about such things as public speaking, talking to authority figures, feelings of shyness or lacking in confidence. However. for some people, such feelings may be more troubling and difficult to cope with and in acute situations lead to a panic attack. Everyday activities, such as working, socialising, shopping or even being on the phone can create an anxiety to such an extent that it causes avoidance. Anxiety about being judged or criticised can create uncomfortable feelings which can lead to low self-esteem. This makes situations such as public performances and social gatherings to difficult to bear.

Sufferers tend to experience excessive feelings of nervousness or dread in relation to those social situations, leading to a fully blown panic attack. Physical symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, blushing or trembling, shortness of breath are some of the symptoms of a panic attack. The sufferer may also experience hypersensitivity to criticism, avoidant behavior, be very self-conscious and a deep insecurity of being rejected by others.

For sufferers, it is important to seek professional help from an empathic and experienced therapist. Here at the clinic, a combination of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural therapy is employed to help regain confidence and enjoyment in social situations. Hypnosis works very well as it helps to by-pass the critical mind, which resists new thought patterns. The sub-conscious mind is easier accessed in hypnosis and allows the sub-conscious to identify the causative factors of the problem.

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