Anxiety and stress are things that are a part of the human condition. Everyone experiences it to varying degrees. Stress isn’t always a bad thing, and there are good types of stress. However, when bad stress begins to turn into anxiety, and that anxiety won’t leave, that’s when we start to face problems.
Built for success or stress
The mind is fantastic at recognizing and creating patterns. This is a really good quality and it is what allows you to move, speak the English language, and exist in society. If you had to think about every footstep you took it would be time consuming and mentally exhausting to even walk down the block. That is why we trust the subconscious mind, that part of our brain that helps create and maintain those automatic behaviors that help us live our lives.
Not all patterns are a good thing. It is possible for our mind can be caught in a negative loop. That loop can cause things like panic attacks, chronic anxiety, compulsions, insomnia, and phobias.
Panic & anxiety attacks
A panic or anxiety attack happens when your brain interprets a normal signal as a life threatening one. That kickstarts the sympathetic nervous system and floods your body with adrenalin and triggers you into fight or flight mode. Some people may have had a panic attack and not even realize it. Here is the description of a panic attack from WebMD:
“Panic attacks involve sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning. These episodes can occur at any time, even during sleep. People experiencing a panic attack may believe they are having a heart attack or they are dying or going crazy. The fear and terror that a person experiences during a panic attack are not in proportion to the true situation and may be unrelated to what is happening around them. Most people with panic attacks experience several of the following symptoms:
- ‘Racing heart
- Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
- Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
- Feeling sweaty or having chills
- Chest pains
- Breathing difficulties
- Feeling a loss of control”
When a person experiences many panic attacks, it can turn into an anxiety disorder. They may think about and fear having an attack and start to change their life to avoid a potentially triggering event. Social anxiety, generalized anxiety, stage fright, fears, phobias, are all things that can arise from high levels of anxiety.
Retrain the brain
You can’t think your way out of a panic attack, but you can learn techniques that actively reduce the frequency and intensity of them. I teach clients different tools and strategies to take back control of their life, and in that way also take control of their body.
Evidence based techniques such as mindfulness based stress reduction, cognitive behavioral techniques, kinesthetic visual relaxation, and hypnotic guided visualizations. You don’t have to know what all these things mean, all that matters are the results. I teach people what works so they can take back their lives.
My clients actively REDUCE their anxiety, are able to handle stress better, SLEEP more soundly at night, and calm a racing mind. By building up these new beneficial habits it retrains the brain to a new default mode of thinking. No longer worrying constantly about stress in the future or mistakes of the past, instead being able to live life in the present moment.
It allows you to be more emotionally resilient and handle stressful events that would have caused a meltdown in the past. There are no magic bullets, but many of my clients have actively changed their lives for the better after just a few sessions. Whether that be speaking on stage in front of thousands of people, or be able to drive to the grocery store without a panic attack. I customize my approach to help you live your best life.
What my clients have said
In my private practice in Boise, ID, I've worked with many clients to reduce short term and long term anxiety.
“Ben did a great job of helping me with my anxiety. He really cares about his clients and hypnotherapy really works!” - Laura H.
“Ben helped me immensely with my anxiety. I had a lot of things I didn't want to feel or address and with hypnosis I was able to witness them for what they were. Ben made it very easy for me to stop making mountains out of a molehills. I would (and have) recommended Ben to everyone who will listen. Ben is amazing and the way he approaches hypnosis makes you feel so comfortable and educated on the process.” - Cassandra A.
"I was taken through simple relaxation techniques and I got to work on my OCD tendencies as well as controlling some fears I had.... I was even more surprised that the suggestions made by Ben while I was under became part of my daily life. They did not all happen right away, but after a few sessions all of the problems I was initially in for started to fade. I felt more comfortable within my skin and became more confident. It was not as if Ben had changed things inside my head, but as if he gave me the tools to do them myself. It’s a remarkable feeling." - Rebecca T.