Paul McGlone, BSc(Hons)Soc, DipCD, FETC, CertED, MTSH.Dip.(Hyp), HPD, GQHP, Cert NLP, Cert.PLR., GHR Reg
I am a hypnotherapistin Moulton, Northwich, Cheshire, near Chester, Crewe, Runcorn, Warrington and Manchesterusing hypnosiswithin hypnotherapyfor a wide range of conditions including programmes to help you to overcome fear / phobia of public speaking / presentation anxiety / stage fright. We are within easy traveling distance of Altrincham, Sale, Lymm, Knutsford, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach, Nantwich, Tarporley, Tarvin, Wilmslowand other towns in the Cheshire , Staffordshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, and Lancashireareas.
A fear of giving a talkor presentationto an audience in public is a very common fear. Some people may dread receiving the "honour" of being asked to speak at an event such as a wedding for instance. For some people it is not an occasional anxiety, as giving a talk or presentation is an unavoidable part of a course they are studying or a part of their role in their work. For still other people, for instance actors, actresses, musicians, giving a public performance, whether it be speaking or performing on a musical instrument, is an intrinsic part of their work in a theatre or concert hall. The term "stage fright" indeed started as a reference to intense anxiety experienced before going on stage. However, there is much that all these situations have in common and the fear and anxiety experienced in these situations could all be described as forms of Performance Anxiety.
Prior to a performance people with this kind of anxiety may feel a dread of the situation that they are going into and have an apprehension about all kinds of things that they are convinced are likely to happen. As with other anxiety conditions they may experience a variety of physical symptoms such as: fast heartbeat or heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tense muscles, faintness or feeling dizzy, sweating, etc. They may experience thoughts and feelings of a need to escape and a feeling of being out of control or fear of freezing and not being able to remember what they want to say or being unable to get it out.
As with other phobias part of the problem is that once we have experieced fear/anxiety in a particular situation our minds create an association and we come to anticipate the same reaction. This anticipation in itself creates fear and anxiety and we end up with a fear of the experience of fear which can create a vicious circle which it becomes hard to break.
The level of anxiety experienced can obviously be draining both physically and emotionally. Some people with the condition soldier on forcing themselves to experience the problematic situations. Others may start to adopt avoidance behaviour to save themselves from the trauma. Either approach is undesirable. The "I'm going to get on with life regardless" approach while commendable at one level, actually can make the condition worse in some ways. The avoidance response on the other hand can rob the person of important life experiences and they can sometimes get into a pattern of increasing avoidance of problematic situations.
If you experience any kind of performance anxiety a thorough assessment is essential to determine the factors which are affecting you in order to devise a programme of hypnotherapy tailored to your individual needs.
An assessment may include some of the following:
Depending upon the above we will then agree a programme of hypnotherapy to help you to overcome the fear of speaking or performing in public and to build your confidence in being in such situations. This could include:
The above is not exhaustive but will give you an indication of the general approach. All of the above would involve the use of direct and indirect suggestions, visualisation, imagery, etc. Because we are working together with your unconscious mind we are tapping into resources to help you change which are usually not easily accessible to your conscious mind.
The number of sessions required is likely to be three to four depending upon the degree of the anxiety and the complexities involved. Please see the Hypnotherapy Fees Page for details of fees.
If you feel we may be able to help you through hypnotherapy please do not hesitate to contact us. You can always telephone us for a chat without any obligation. You can phone us on 01606 590 288 or Mobile: 07904 162904 or please click here to send me a message using a Contact Form.
Our postal address is:Paul McGlone
"Tranquil Spirit" is only 15 mins by car from Junction 18 (Holmes Chapel Junction) on the M6 .
We are 2.9 miles/7 mins by road from Winsford Railway Station 3.7 miles/10 mins by road from Hartford Railway Station both stations being on the Birmingham New Street to Liverpool Lime Streetline operated by London Midland. You can view a timetable by Clicking Here
We are 12 mins/4.6 miles by road from Northwich Railway Station and 10 mins/3.6 miles by road from Greenbank Railway Station both stations being on the Manchester Picadilly to Chesterline operated by Northern. You can view a timetable by Clicking Here
There are also regular bus services from the Northwich, Winsford, Crewe and Warrington directions.
If you do not live nearby and it would be difficult for you to travel to us it may still be possible for us to do a home visit if you live in the Cheshire, Merseyside or Greater Manchester areas. If you opt for this you will need to ensure the use of a room which will be relatively quiet and free from disturbance. Please contact me for further details.