Hypnoanalysis, which is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis, aims to seek out the root cause of the problem, which is often stored in the subconscious mind. By unblocking emotions, enormous change can be evoked, relieving years of frustration and liberating the individual’s feelings, in turn leading to an ability to move forward in life and relieving psychosomatically caused symptoms.
Hypnoanalysis can help with great many conditions because they are really only ‘symptoms’ of an underlying anxiety e.g. a buried trauma, emotion, shock, bereavement, which was not expressed at the time. Once the core cause of a problem is uncovered and the resulting issues processed, the symptoms progressively disappear, but lastingly.
Hypnoanalysis is therefore effective in helping with deep-seated problems such as anxiety disorders, phobias, social phobias, social anxiety disorders, a lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem – these are explained below.
The feeling of anxiety can be debilitating and have a serious effect on the individual’s life, as commitments, responsibility and way of life have to be altered to fit-in around the anxiety problem. This, in addition to depression, sleep disturbance, or psychosomatic conditions, can have further knock-on detrimental effects on committing to relationships, work, sex life, social life or education. Anxiety disorders consist of panic attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and phobias.
A phobia is an irrational fear which has been ‘symbolically attached’ to an object, or situation which causes little or no real danger. Phobias are often caused in childhood where the child experiences a real fear, but the mind manages to repress the feeling of terror, from the situation that caused it. This leaves the mind with a strong fear and nothing to attach it to. The mind rationalises this and will attach this fear to a real object or situation that it does know about, be it a rat, an injection, a lift . . . whatever it may find. Whenever the person now comes into contact with the object or situation (e.g. an injection, a spider) they feel the fear that the subconscious mind has associated with it and they have a ‘phobia’.
Phobias can be divided into several main types including fear relating to:
Social phobia revolves around a fear of how others might see you, a fear of being judged. It includes a fear of: meeting people, going to work, using public toilets, or entertainment situations.
Social anxiety disorder is often due to a lack of self-confidence and low self esteem and includes a fear of: public speaking, giving presentations, driving, being introduced to people, eating and drinking in public.
People with social phobia or social anxiety disorder may go on to develop depressive illnesses or because they avoid social places, agoraphobia. They may use drugs, alcohol or tranquillisers as crutches which may lead to addictions.