Overcome Anxiety *
In some situations, like starting a new job or attending college for the first time, nervousness can be seen as a perfectly natural and normal part of life. But when anxiety takes its hold it can have debilitating effects on our lives, relationships and ability to undertake simple day to day tasks.
If anxiety is taking over your life, we offer a range of solutions that might help you feel calmer, more centred, and better able to deal with whatever life throws your way. Contact us today to find out more about Cognitive Hypnotherapy, NLP and Emotional Freedom Therapy.
The Clerkenwell Group offers a professional, caring and comfortable environment in which to discuss your personal needs and work out an individual treatment set-up just for you. This may help you get a fast and effective treatment for your anxiety, using the broad range of skills that our therapists have available to them.
Anxiety attacks affect many of our clients in various ways. Some say they feel lost, desperate and more frightened than they have ever felt before. Others experience the physical symptoms of a racing heart, sweaty hands, tightness of the chest and a feeling of sickness. Combined with the psychological feelings of paranoia and a detached feeling of mentally floating, this can be truly unpleasant all round.
Anxiety is usually triggered by specific situations; whether it be facing up to relationship issues, socialising or involving work, it can affect any part of our lives. People often do what they can to avoid those situations. This is not a solution as it can infringe on their day-to-day functions and ultimately lead to a poorer standard of living than they would like, and in some cases make the anxiety worse if those situations cannot be avoided.
Trying to control anxiety consciously can be extremely difficult and can often end up making matters worse. If someone focuses on their symptoms consciously it can serve to amplify those symptoms, rather like pouring petrol on a fire. This means that by trying to think yourself out of an anxiety attack you could start a vicious circle which only serves to increase the symptoms. Our qualified therapists are experienced in helping all types of people overcome anxiety and achieve lasting results.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP is the study of how our mind interprets the information it receives through our senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) into a ‘language’ that it can understand.
We were not born with low self-esteem, tendencies to over-eat, or suffering from compulsive behaviours – these are all habits we have learned and practised so often that they become part of ‘who we are’.
For example, someone might be overweight and want to be slimmer and healthier, but their brain still suggests food when they feel uncomfortable, because eating for many years made them feel better about themselves. This is an ingrained pattern of behaviour.
NLP techniques may be used to assist the individual to adapt whatever it is they are doing, helping them to overcome anxiety and learn new behaviours that could give them the results they want. NLP aims to increase the choices available in any situation, whilst minimising the limitations which could prevent sound choices being made.
The techniques may be used alone or in conjunction with Cognitive Hypnotherapy to help with many issues. Some people find they work on phobias, anxiety, anger, trauma, grief and guilt and can help to improve performance in work or sports.
NLP may help you become more aware of your thoughts and how you translate those thoughts into actions. Experts believe that the mind and body are inextricably linked and affect each other; the quality of our thoughts impacting on our bodies stress levels. Negative thoughts, by placing a strain on the immune system, may create conditions for disease and ill health. Replacing these negative thought patterns with positive ones might assist good health and speedy recovery from illness. This does not replace traditional medicine but is complimentary to it.
NLP comes from the study of excellence and the subsequent teaching of those patterns to others. Each person is unique and sees the world from their own unique perspective. Throughout a lifetime a person may use their experiences to make sense of events, developing patterns that they continue to follow- whether the results are good or bad.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT can be seen as a form of “psychological acupressure” – an emotional clearing technique that releases any ‘stuck’ feelings which are preventing a person from moving forward in their lives.
We use EFT by tapping on the energy meridians used in acupuncture, but in this case the tapping is done using fingers, so no needles are used. Many people find it simple and easy to apply and can be done by the therapist on the client, or by the client on themselves, following the therapist’s instructions. EFT may be used alone or alongside both Cognitive Hypnotherapy and / or NLP.
Physical vitality and peace of mind rely on the clear, balanced flow of these energies. If the energy is disrupted it might result in reduced functioning, creativity and potential.
EFT is based upon the idea that the cause of all negative emotions may be a disruption in the body’s energy system. A thought or memory might trigger this disruption, resulting in a physical or psychological pain.
EFT may balance the disrupted energy and relieve the client of all sorts of long standing issues. Once the energy disruption is released, many people find that their memories lose their emotional intensity and negative feelings disappear. Some psychologists consider EFT to be an important breakthrough, often working where nothing else will.
Our thoughts constantly create patterns of energy, which in turn release hormones, chemicals and neurotransmitters. EFT can interrupt this chain of events, helping to prevent emotional reactions. The effect of our thoughts might be demonstrated by thinking of something negative, bad or unhappy.
EFT may be successfully applied to an enormous range of issues from small, niggling difficulties through to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The process might work just as well for deep-rooted issues as for minor irritations, and once all aspects of the problem have been addressed, the results are often permanent. Enthusiasts of this technique also believe that it has achieved excellent results for many physical conditions, but it is important to note that it should not be seen as a substitute for appropriate medical care.We advise you to seek medical advice for physical conditions.
Problems that have caused intense distress in the past, sometimes for many years, may totally disappear. Potential events that would usually lead to anxiety might also become more easy to face.
The Clerkenwell Group was founded by Darren Stamford and Gordon Matthews. We use use cognitive HYPNOTHERAPY and NLP in a way that may help our clients overcome anxiety, boost self-confidence, stop smoking, control weight, manage phobias and achieve a calmer state of mind.