Paul McGlone, BSc(Hons)Soc, DipCD, FETC, CertED, MTSH.Dip.(Hyp), HPD, GQHP, Cert NLP, Cert.PLR., GHR Reg
I am a hypnotherapist in Moulton, Northwich, Cheshire, near Chester, Crewe, Runcorn, Warrington and Manchesterusing hypnosis within hypnotherapy for a wide range of conditions including programmes to help you to overcome fear / anxiety in relation to panic attacks and to develop confidence in being in situations where you may have previously felt anxious. 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.
As with many other anxiety conditions when people experience a panic attackthe immediate physical sensations that they are aware of are triggered by the "fight or flight" response, the body's automatic response to preparing us to deal with danger by either fighting or escaping. Adrenalin is pumped around the body triggering a number of changes. The heart beats faster, blood pressure rises and blood is diverted away from immediate non essential tasks eg: digestion. Along with the tensing of the main muscle groups this puts the body in a state of readiness for action. Breathing quickens to get more oxygen into the blood stream. The surface veins of the skin constrict. The pupils of the eyes dilate to let in maximum light. Therefore the symptoms which people who have panic attacks complain about eg: heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tremours or shaking, sickliness, etc are a direct result of these physical changes brought into action by the body's survival mechanism. If the person experiencing a panic attack breathes too often/too quickly this can cause hyperventilation . The person may feel that they are stuggling for breath; that they don't have enough oxygen. In actual fact the reverse is the case; they have too much oxygen in the blood stream. This can lead to feelings of dizziness/ feeling light headed.
As with many other panic disorders in the case of panic attacks this survival reaction of the body has become associated with a situation which the unconscious mind has inappropriately labelled as dangerous. Examples of some possible situations are: driving a car, walking down a street, shopping at a supermarket. The ramge of situations can be many. The panic attack may have its origins in a particular experience which had made the person anxious in such a situation. It may have its origins in an episode of illness. There may be a number of factors involved. It is likely that the person may already be pre-disposed to being anxious but the event(s) have triggered the onset of the panic attacks. As with other anxiety disorders there is a strong risk that the range of situations which may trigger the panic attacks may widen and generalise as the unconscious mind identifies commonalities between different situations eg: an initial panic in a supermarket may eventually lead to panic attacks in other situations where people are present.
Many who suffer from anxiety disorders will develop a fear of fear itself. 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.There is however a further issue with panic attacks which usually places them in a separate category to situational phobias. People who experience panic attacks focus not only upon paticular situations but upon the physical symptoms themselves, fearing that they may have a heart attack, faint, go crazy, etc. The person who experiences panic attacks will furthmore develop a fear of experiencing these physical symptoms. They may also experience thoughts and feelings of a need to escape and a feeling of being out of control.
These fears of having a heart attack, fainting, etc are unfounded. While prolonged stress of course is not beneficial for the well being of the physical body a heart attack is only likely to arise in someone who already has a pre-disposition to a heart attack. The "fight or flight" response and associated symptoms are not of themselves going to produce a heart attack. Likewise generally the person in the middle of a "fight or flight" response is less likely to faint than other people. The increase in heart rate and blood pressure make this a very remote possibility.
As has already been mentioned hyperventilation can produce feelings of dizziness due to excessive levels of oxygen in the blood stream. our bodies need an appropriate balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in order to function properly. The answer to this is to correct this balance and slow down the breathing. Hence the common advice is to breath deep and hold the breath for ten seconds or so, or breath a few times from and into a paper bag. People who experience panic attcks can usefully practice their breathing techniques. They may need to re-educate their breathing because they have got too much into the habit of shallow breathing. Therefore it is useful to set aside a little time each day to practice breathing slowly and deeply from the diaphram (not the chest) perhaps also breafly holding onto each in breath. Taking regular vigorous exercise is also beneficial. These techniques also help to improve general relaxation.
People who experience panic attacks are in a sense carrying their feared situation around with them ie: the potential onset of the feared physical sensations. They also may be more prone to "safety" or "avoidance behaviours" ie: avoiding or escaping those situations which are particularly likely in their view to trigger a panic attack. However, it is particularly important for them to continue to experience such situations (without making a mission out of it, as this could in itself produce adrenalin and a heightened state with a consequent misinterpretation of the symptoms). If they get into a pattern of avoidance they deny themselves the opportunity for change and having a positive experience. Part of the difficulty can be that the person loses confidence, particularly in the likelihood of change and may indeed eventually experience depression as a result.
As said earlier the condition often can be traced back to a specific occasion earlier in life which brought about its onset. It can also be indicative of more general underlying issues around self-esteem, self-confidence and self-trust which may also need to be addressed in order to ensure success.
Hypnotherapy can be very beneficial in overcoming the anxiety and fearful sensations associated with panic attacks. People find that the experience of hypnosis in itself is very therapeutic as it brings a deep feeling of relaxation which they have often not experienced for some time.
If you experience panic attacks 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 panic atacks and to build your confidence. 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 four to six depending upon the severity of the panic attacks and the complexities involved. Please see the Hypnotherapy Fees/Costs 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.
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"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.