Hypnotherapy for Stress - London & Cheltenham

RTT for Stress and Anxiety

Feelings of stress and anxiety are experienced by most people, from time to time. When the demands of life become too much, body’s natural response is to feel overwhelm and the physical symptoms of anxiety that come with it. Of course, a life without any kind of worry is impossible. We are all living with daily challenges, and it is completely normal to feel anxious before an interview, or a big test. Its also inconceivable to think that waiting for a child, who is late home, or stressing about whether that big deal will actually go through, wouldn't put the body into a state of anxiety. We are wired for survival, and the body is doing what it is designed to do.

Whenever I think of stress or anxiety, I think stomach aches, headaches, racing heart beat, sweating, trouble sleeping and even shaking. The body certainly lets you know that its feeling out of sorts. Mostly we are able to pinpoint exactly why we feel this way, and very often the feelings subside once the cause is removed. After all, even exciting experiences can be stressful like moving house, getting married or having a baby.

Experiencing stress or anxiety in the short term is part of life, and probably teaches us how to be stronger and more resilient. The event passes, and normal life resumes, until the next time it rears its ugly head, of course. However, when stress becomes long term, because you can’t get a job, or you've had a serious injury or your marriage is over and cannot be saved, then the effects to the body can become more serious.

Sometimes its hard to accept the things that cannot be changed in life, and to move on. Its only right that a period of mourning, or grieving should exist, but holding on to pain for too long can make your body ill. Studies have shown that chronic stress has a significant affect on the immune system, which can ultimately manifest illness. Physical illnesses associated with stress include IBS, migraines, high blood pressure, kidney disease and chronic muscle tension to name a few.

When you do nothing, problems can get even worse and staying in situations because its easier than making changes, can keep you trapped with more of the same. When people are ready to accept what is, through the process of hypnotherapy, I teach them to let go to the past, and have the courage to accept and trust that their future will not equal their past. For things to be different it is so important to do things differently, and that starts with thinking differently. Thoughts like, “I can’t change this” and “why is this happening to me” will keep you passive and stuck, and can even often lead to addictive behaviours. This is simply an avoidance tactic and is a slippery slope to more problems.

RTT can really make a difference to people suffering from anxiety.

Generalised anxiety order (GAD)

For some people anxiety becomes a constant way of living that they can’t shake off. Things may have calmed down in their life, but they get stuck in the worrying phase, stressing about what could go wrong next, and even making up things to worry about; “What if it happens again?”, or “What if that happens to me?”. These kind of unhelpful thoughts can keep your mind and body trapped in a state of constant overwhelm, with moments of happiness becoming only short-lived, as the person focuses on it not lasting or something going wrong. Thoughts like, ”It cant stay this good” are based in fear and only serve to spoil the moments of joy.

Panic Attacks

These can be terrifying, and can come out of nowhere. You might even be safe, at home in your own bed, and suddenly, your heart is racing, you can’t breath and you feel extreme fear. For a great many of my clients, their panic attacks are a complete mystery to them. They have no idea why they suddenly have to get out of the building or train, or why they can’t breath or feel faint. Its always so interesting for them to discover why the subconscious mind has created these panic attacks and always a great joy to take back their personal control. When you understand whats going on, then, and only then can you fix it.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

All memories, good and bad are locked away in the subconscious mind. Its a bit like a filing system on the hard-drive of your computer. If you’ve suffered trauma in the past, PTSD is a type of flashback memory that puts you back into the anxious state of the past. Using RTT, a past trauma can safely be reviewed, at subconscious level, and then reframed. The painful emotions can be reduced dramatically, so that you are no longer affected by them. The mind does what you tell it, and so if you let it know repeatedly that this memory no longer has a purpose in your life, the incident can stay in the past where it belongs.

Social Phobia

When you have a belief that you are inferior to others or you don't feel good enough, its easy to see how social situations can be the cause of great stress and anxiety. Feeling less that others is a very destructive way to live your life, and can stop people from pursuing their dream jobs, dating, or even enjoying hobbies. At its extreme, it can lead to depression and at best it creates a very limited life. When we change how we view ourselves, we can have a better life. Confidence and self esteem, can be built gradually, so that you can develop the skills to beat this type of fear.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This can be a very exhausting form of anxiety, where a person feels the absolute compulsion to follow a particular ritual repeatedly, to make themselves feel safe, or to avoid a future calamity. Breaking these patterns requires a deep understanding of oneself, and that can be found by exploring the subconscious mind. When you know, why, how and when you thought you needed these behaviours, you can then stop them. Change can be instant or gradual, but either way, you can direct your mind to stop these repetitive thought patterns.

Even the unhappiest of people can become more positive again. They can learn to start looking at what they do have to be grateful for, and get better at creating solutions. When you take action in the direction of what you want, you take back a sense of control, which in itself makes you feel empowered. I help people to become more confident, so that they challenge themselves to do new things and go for their goals. Instead of staying passive and just hoping for things to change, I help them re-wire their brains to take consistent action.

First you think new thoughts about being happier, then you make it something you do by practicing it daily, and then you become it. You make this new state familiar and the old state of anxiety unfamiliar.

No-one can give you this. At the end of the day, you have to take responsibility for your own mental state, but RTT is a great tool for helping you to let go of your negative thinking patterns and then rebuild new empowering thoughts.

Is RTT for you?

  • You are ready to break free from negative thinking patterns.
  • You are fed up with feeling overwhelmed, fearful, anxious and lacking in self-esteem.
  • You are ready to take daily action and move towards a positive state and attitude.
  • You want to be able to focus on the good things in your life and stop dwelling on the past.
  • You want to be excited about the future and stop excessive worrying.
  • You want to be back in control of your mind and be able to calm yourself down quickly.
  • You want to live with more confidence, contentment and feelings of enjoyment.
  • You are ready to feel good enough and become more assertive.

In my one-to-one sessions, I help you get to the bottom of your anxiety. When you can understand and let go of it, you can get the life you want.

Make the decision to be Changed For Good and break free from your anxiety! Contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you.

What my clients have to say


"Bertie was amazingly helpful in my journey for answers and support. Having suffered a traumatic childhood (silently) I began in my adult life to suffer severely from a lack of self worth accompanied by strong bouts of anxiety and even panic attacks. Bertie’s time and expertise helped me to understand why I was suffering therefore allowing me to confront the cause and ‘cleanse’ myself of it. Since my session with Bertie I haven’t suffered from any anxiety and have managed to find some peace emotionally to help me move forward with my life. I have also felt much more comfortable in my skin and appreciate my worth - an added bonus too is that I no longer seem to be scared of flying!!! You will be in safe hands with Bertie and can feel confident that you are working with the best."

Olivia, Skype

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