Do your feelings of anxiety seem to be taking control of your life? Do you find it difficult to socialize, work or complete any task because of your feelings of anxiety? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions then hypnotherapy could be just the thing to help alleviate your anxiety. To help understand how hypnotherapy can help alleviate anxiety and what a typical session would be like, I have interviewed therapist Sharon Sanborn, MA, LMHC.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“As a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington for the last 6 years I have focused on using Verbal or “Talk” Therapy in combination with Art and Photo Therapy as well as Hypnotherapy. I work with individuals and couples experiencing anxiety (such as excessive worrying, negative thinking, obsessive compulsive behaviors, Social Anxiety, fears and procrastination), problems in relationships (such as ineffective communication, gender and sexuality issues). I enjoy supporting people to envision and develop the life they want to live. I also offer clinical supervision for counselors and therapists as well as workshops on Assertiveness, Decision-Making and the Art of Gender.”
What is hypnotherapy?
“Hypnotherapy is a heightened state of awareness whereby a person experiences a relaxed, focused mind and body state with the help of a Hypnotherapist in order to resolve problems, enhance performance, skills or behaviors or build the life one wants to live.”
How can hypnotherapy alleviate anxiety?
“Anxiety is often the feeling of being out of control or powerless. Hypnotherapy can provide support for identifying areas a person can influence and change, such as thoughts, feelings and behaviors and practice doing this so one can develop habits for sustaining these changes.”
What is a typical session using hypnotherapy experience like for someone?
“After reaching a relaxed, focused state a person can work on the issues they want to improve and most often a session ends with a feeling of relaxation, motivation and confidence. I use a variety of tools, metaphors and symbols to help people access their inner wisdom and strength.”
What last advice would you like to leave for someone who is coping with anxiety and is considering hypnotherapy?
“Know it is a proven way to feel empowered to manage your thoughts and feelings, change unwanted habits and to develop new behaviors and reduce symptoms.”
Thank you Sharon for doing the interview on how hypnotherapy can help alleviate anxiety. For more information on Sharon Sanborn or her work you can call her at 206-283-9767 or check out her website on www.SeattleArtTherapy.com.
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