ANXIETY and STRESS MANAGEMENT

One in four of us will suffer a mental health issue in any given year

As human beings, we are constantly monitoring our environment for threat. Even whilst sleeping, we are scanning our surroundings and if we were woken up in the middle of the night to an unusual sound, our instinctual “fight or flight” mechanism would kick in, sending Adrenaline pumping around our bodies that in turn sends extra Oxygen to our muscles in the event we must protect ourselves and our loved ones.

It is a healthy response; anxiety is a healthy response. It keeps us safe. If we were in the path of say, a fast-moving truck, it is this response that makes us get out of the way much more quickly than if we didn’t have that in-built mechanism.

However, when we perceive threats out of proportion or context to their true danger, we can develop what we call anxiety disorder. At an extreme, this can result in panic attacks where, although there are no physiological issues, we can feel like we are having what we believe to be a heart attack, for instance. Other examples of more serious anxiety are Agoraphobia which could mean the individual isolates in their house, fearing the outside world as a perceived threat.

At a lesser level this can manifest as social anxiety, a fear of public speaking is an example of this, at say, your daughter’s wedding or it could be a fear of flying, a phobia of spiders or other creatures. It can manifest in many forms and many levels of intensity.

In between these extremes, we could suffer from other issues such as health anxiety, worrying about our physical or mental health and thinking something bad is going to happen to us, convinced there are health issues, we seek the advice of Doctors. Minor ailments get exaggerated into serious potential illnesses in our minds and we seek constant reassurance, worried harm will come to us.

There are many other examples of anxiety, it can be just about anything but all these issues have a common theme. That is, we simultaneously over-estimate the “awfulness” of whatever the situation is, whilst under-estimating our ability to cope. The result is we can sometimes seek safety, avoiding what our perception of the danger is (Agoraphobia is a great example of this. We simply don’t leave the safety of our house) or it can also manifest in what we see as depression, our mood changes as our anxiety levels rise and we become variously withdrawn, bad tempered or suffer from mood swings. It can manifest in many ways but whatever that is, it takes away from our fundamental ability to enjoy life. We are unhappy, miserable, dis-engaged.

At my practice, I specialize in helping people overcome these debilitating issues. Using techniques that have been the subject of clinically random controlled trials, I use evidence based methods that enable my clients to find their balance again. We believe life is all about balance. Being in the middle of the boat. The treatments we use have been proven in random controlled clinical trials to be more effective than anti-depressants or any other chemical state of mind. Over a relatively short period, I train my clients in techniques that they can use for the rest of their days to manage and overcome anxiety, adding priceless value to their lives and the lives of those around them, maybe weaning them off anti-depressants with the collaboration of their GP or prescribing medical professional. I would never advise to stop prescribed medication, this can be very harmful, but I have successfully worked with Doctors to reduce or eliminate the need for medication. It would always be a collaborative process.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy. It combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) where we look at thought patterns and our emotional reaction to these, identify the unhelpful thoughts and then, use Hypnotherapy to re-enforce new, more positive thoughts (cognitions). Hypnotherapy has been recommended by the NHS for over 50 years as a complimentary therapy. I also use other proven techniques and all my methods are based in evidential research. I am a member of the Register for Evidence Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (REBHP) and the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) regulated by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC). These are gold standard organisations ensuring quality of treatment and service. If you are not happy in any respect, I will refund you in full. I am also fully insured.

Many people suffer in silence as there is a stigma attached to mental health issues. The simple fact is that one in four of us will suffer a mental health issue in any given year. The importance of identifying the problem then working together to a solid and lasting solution cannot be underestimated. I see my methods as partnership solutions, a relationship between myself as a therapist and my client that together we walk a journey of understanding and then solution followed by a lasting ability to maintain the gains made in the therapy room. I am not simply there to tell you to “pull yourself together” like a pair of curtains or patronise you. I am there to help you identify the issue and solve it, forever. Permanently. If you are suffering from anxiety then don’t suffer in silence, if you identify with any of the above, give me a call for a 15 minute, free of charge, no obligation chat. Always in complete confidence, I am always happy to help, it’s what I do best.

Here is a recent quote from one of my clients, “As soon as you meet Tim, you know he knows his stuff. He immediately puts you at ease, and even after the first session, I felt much more relaxed and my anxiety levels had fallen” Philip – Leigh on Sea.

I look forward to hearing from you. You can reach me on 01702 292100.

Tim Grigsby DipCBH GHR REBHP

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