How to Heal Anxiety
What are some causes of anxiety?
Anxiety can come from a number of areas such as: negative thought patterns, past traumatic situations, emotional overwhelm, a stressful lifestyle, suppressed grief, physiological challenges (not enough rest or sleep, poor nutrition or not eating or exercising frequently enough) or from illness. Anxiety can also form part of a mental illness, such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and is often paired with depression.
What do I help client's reduce anxiety?
When I work with clients who have anxiety, I offer hope, educate the client on anxiety, the contributing factors, and I advise the client on what they can do every day to reduce the symptoms or heal the anxiety. I outline anxiety's impact on the limbic system (part of the brain) and how this negatively impacts the nervous system resulting in the physical reactions. I outline how anxiety and the neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) work for or against the client.
By educating clients on why anxiety could be happening, and then working strategically on each area that needs improving, the client begins to feel more empowered and is more likely to progress towards fast healing.
I also teach the clients strategies to help them through a panic attack, and to give them grounding techniques when they need it the most.
What techniques can be used to assist clients to recover from anxiety?
To assess my clients, I use my Crisis Wheel/Life Balance Wheel to assess eight pivotal areas (from my 2nd book, Are You Listening? Life is Talking to YOU). This gives me a score of how well the client is coping in this psychosocial assessment. I can refer back to this score in a few sessions to see the progress in the clients life. I then get to work on assisting the client with their specific needs based on this assessment. I use any number of therapies to achieve the desired result. (I also ask that the client does homework to cause fast change).
Getting into the subconscious and uncovering dysfunctional patterns
I use my Iceberg tool to discover the clients subconscious patterns such as: self concept and life concept, as well as use therapies such as brain spotting, CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), behaviour therapy, Gestalt therapy, solution focused therapy, relationship therapy, grief therapy, assertiveness training, as well as working intensely with changing thought patterns and improving self-esteem.
How long does it take to help most clients improve (or heal) their anxiety?
As my work is tailor-made for each client, and as I am using my first and second books, the methods I use are eclectic (covering behavioural, psychological, medical, subconscious, quantum physics, mind/body/spirit, and more) and therefore efficient. Clients often find that they achieve their goals in less than six sessions. In saying this, there are clients who have chronic anxiety, which they have battled with for a lifetime. These clients have remarkable results, but may not necessarily experience complete healing in 6 sessions. They will instead, experience dramatic improvement.