What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an inevitable part of life in our society. It is important to realize that there are many situations that come up in everyday life, in which it is appropriate and reasonable to react with some anxiety. If you did not feel any anxiety in response to everyday challenges involving potential loss or failure, then something would be wrong.  


Anxiety can be distinguished from fear in several ways. When you are afraid, your fear is usually directed toward some concrete external object or situation. The event that you fear usually is within the bounds of possibility. You might fear not meeting a deadline, failing an exam, being unable to pay your bills, or being rejected by someone you want to please.


When you experience anxiety, on the other hand, you often cannot specify what it is you are anxious about. The focus of anxiety is more internal than external. It seems to be a response to a vague, distant, or even unrecognized danger. You might be anxious about “losing control” of yourself or some situation. Or you might feel a vague anxiety about “something bad happening.”


How do you experience it?

Anxiety affects your whole being. It is a physiological, behavioral, and psychological reaction all at once.

 Physiological level, anxiety may include bodily reactions such as

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Muscle tension

  • Queasiness

  • Dry mouth 

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Sweating


Psychologically, anxiety is a subjective state of apprehension and uneasiness. In its most extreme form, it can cause you to feel detached from yourself and even fearful of dying or going crazy.

Anxiety can sabotage your ability to act, express yourself, or deal with everyday situations.


Anxiety is a key part of several different disorders. These include panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, specific phobia, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, illness anxiety disorder (hypochondria).

Whilst the causes, types and symptoms of anxiety are varied and help to provide a diagnosis at Independent Personal Therapy I prefer to work without labels.


How can hypnotherapy help you?

Hypnotherapy can help you relax and focus your mind while in this relaxed state, it is believed that you are more willing to focus on your subconscious mind. This allows you to explore some of the deeper issues you are dealing with.


My training followed an integrative approach and I have variety of techniques and tools that we can use to help overcome whatever is bothering you. I use a mind-body, holistic approach with the emphasis on Solution Focus techniques.

I look forward working with you.