Anxiety Sheffield

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, or unease, which can be mild or severe. Symptoms of anxiety include overthinking, restlessness, a feeling of dread, difficulty sleeping, irritability, and being overly emotional. Still, they can also manifest themselves physically through dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, sweating and having a dry mouth. We all suffer from feelings of anxiety from time to time, as it is a natural human response that occurs when we feel that we could be under threat. Many of us experience anxiety when we are sitting an exam, being interviewed, or delivering a presentation, and this is perfectly normal. However, if you suffer from persistent worries which impact your daily life, this might mean that you have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues. If you suffer from GAD, you will usually feel anxious regularly, and once one anxious thought is resolved, it will quickly be replaced by another one.

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What are the Most Common Causes of Anxiety?

Many different factors can cause anxiety. Firstly, many medical conditions cause anxiety, such as:

  • Panic disorder: Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder; as with this condition, you regularly experience panic attacks of fear.
  • Phobic disorders: If you suffer from a phobic disorder, such as agoraphobia or aerophobia, you will likely experience unrealistic, intense anxiety when you think about the object, situation, or circumstance that you fear. Please visit our page to find out about how hypnotherapy for phobias works.
  • Stress disorders: If you have been diagnosed with a stress disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you will experience anxiety when triggered by a frightening or distressing event.
  • Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety disorder leaves you feeling anxious, nervous or uncomfortable in social situations.

Additionally, anxiety is commonly caused by external factors, including:

  • Stress in the workplace;
  • Stress from school or university over an exam or test;
  • The strain on or breakdown of personal relationships and friendships;
  • Financial issues;
  • Global occurrences or political issues;
  • Emotional trauma, such as the death of a family member;
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse;
  • Unpredictable or uncertain world events, such as natural disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Having a serious and/or chronic mental illness;
  • A side effect of certain medications, such as medicines for seizures, Parkinson’s Disease and high blood pressure.

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I had suffered from panic attacks regularly in the past due to anxiety, it got to a point where I felt like I couldn't cope anymore. I visited Richard for an initial consultation where he gave me some tips on how to cope until our first session and even that was an unbelievable amount of help. I... have had only one session with Richard and I feel as if the anxiety has near enough disappeared from my life. I finally feel like my old self again. Highly recommend, such a lovely man and so easy to get along with, felt like I had known him for more
Jordan H.
Jordan H.
I came to focused hypnosis as i'd been suffering with anxiety and was having panic atacks....I found the actual process of being hypnotised incredibly relaxing and Richard himself was extreptionally supportive and professional...he explained the process very thoroughly and i felt at ease..Since... the process i have seen and felt like the man i wanted to breathing is relaxed,i have a positive focus for the future and, the tools in place to deal with life again.... i cant recommend this process and this company highly enough..It really is life more
Gary N.
Gary N.
I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him.We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my... unique requirements.The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want!Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does.I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I've flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn't have been able to do this before seeing Richard.Thank you so much Richard!read more
Tim C.
Tim C.
I found Richard to be very professional and friendly. He helped my feelings of anxiety in just a few meetings. It really made a difference in my life. Many Thanks
rebecca B.
rebecca B.
I got in contact with Richard because I was struggling with confidence and anxiety around my placement as a student paramedic. I had previously been having CBT sessions, which were okay but not impactful enough for me. Whilst having an occupational health check, I was encouraged to try hypnosis,... and a Google search later, I came across Richard. I was a little dubious at first, because I thought that I would not be able to go into trance and that it wouldn't work for me. But Richard had no doubt about the former. He talked me through all my questions and concerns and reassured me that if it wasn't for me, I would get my money back. He also highlighted to me that hypnosis is not a magic wand, it doesn't solve the problem for you; it gives you the tools to help you help yourself.Listening to Richard is like being immersed in honey; his words and the way he speaks makes you feel safe and calm. Being in a trance is like that period before you fall asleep. And it was so easy to get there. I was aware of everything at the time, but now I look back on it, I wouldn't remember the things that Richard was saying to me. If I wanted to move, I could have done, but I was so relaxed that I didn't even want to move my hand to scratch my nose. After every trance, I awoke feeling absolutely amazing and so good about myself.I don't feel like hypnosis particularly helped me when I think about it. However, it must have done, because I have since become a qualified paramedic. My mentor said that the change in my behaviour and confidence was profound. Maybe my conscious mind is unaware of the changes in my subconscious and that's why I don't feel different? I don't know how this stuff works, but I suppose it did! So, thank you Richard, you've helped me open the door to my brand new career.The only reason why Richard doesn't get 5 stars is because he forgot about one of our appointments and turned up 15minutes late, and I wasn't emailed a copy of our second recording session and was therefore unable to listen to it in my free more
Gabriella L.
Gabriella L.
I sought help from Richard with regard to anxiety and depression. I was looking for help to clear the 'chatter' in my mind so that I can more easily focus and make progress towards goals that are important to me.I found the deep mindfulness I gained from the sessions helped to clear my mind and... give me tools that I can use in everyday situations. I am more able to calm myself for work presentations and better focus on what is needed for my family.I feel like I have tapped into the core of who I am and can now channel my inner energy for postive outcomes for me.The recordings of the sessions were great in helping me continue my practice after my sessions with Richard and his nuturing and assertive style made me feel very comfortable and at more
Eleanor R R.
Eleanor R R.
First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.I went here for hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day.For those questioning wether... you should go, don't hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable.Would definitely recommend!read more
Awly T.
Awly T.
I recently went to Richard for hypnotherapy because I was suffering crippling nerves and anxiety when attending job interviews. It was really affecting my ability to secure jobs at the interview stage because, although I was getting the interviews following what must have been good applications, I... was not managing to get the jobs.I had three sessions and found them fantastic. In addition, Richard forwards his recording of the sessions afterwards in case anything has been missed whilst under hypnosis, and also giving time to reflect again and reaffirming what he said during the hypnosis.The interview I attended after the last session went well and I secured the job. I can’t say that I wasn’t still very nervous because I was, but I managed to calm myself using the techniques Richard recommended.I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and his hypnotherapy to anyone. If you are experiencing confidence or anxiety issues, I would say just go for it as you have nothing to lose and everything to more
Gaynor M.
Gaynor M.

How Could Hypnotherapy Help You Tackle Your Anxiety?

Research has shown that clinical hypnotherapy can be effective at easing anxiety in patients. Whilst there are free treatments for anxiety available on the NHS, often waiting lists are long, so Focused Hypnosis could offer you an accessible and efficient form of natural treatment. Your hypnotherapist will help you achieve a deeply relaxed mindset, where you can clearly imagine the thing or situation which makes you anxious. Then, your hypnotherapist will talk you through coping methods that will help you control your anxiety. At Focused Hypnosis Sheffield, we will work with you to tackle the negative thought patterns that occur with anxiety and replace them with positive images and verbal repetitions. By mentally facing your anxiety in a safe environment, you will be more likely to tackle it in real life. Visit our blog to find out more about how does hypnotherapy work.

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Gunnar M.
Gunnar M.
I saw Richard during the course of four sessions to help me get my weight under control without going on some magic diet. Richard is a lovely,... friendly, and knowledgeable person, who made me feel at ease from the word go. The sessions where highly enjoyable and allowed me to explore the inner knowledge and strength that I already possessed but wasn't aware of, by being nudged in the right direction. I immediately saw a change in my eating habits which have resulted steady loss of around 1 kg per week (16 kg in total so far) without much change in what I eat. Through the sessions, I have learn to regain control of my eating and to allow myself to enjoy food again. If you are serious about losing weight and need someone who you can trust to help you, I can HIGHLY recommend hypnotherapy with Richard! Many thanks :)read more
Awly T.
Awly T.
First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.I went here for... hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day.For those questioning wether you should go, don't hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable.Would definitely recommend!read more

What to Expect from an Anxiety Hypnotherapy Session?

In your first hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will begin by explaining how hypnosis works. After that, you’ll have a conversation to establish what you think might be causing your anxiety and agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use.

Then, the hypnotherapist may:

  • Use guided relaxation techniques, such as speaking in a soothing voice, to lull you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body;
  • Use your agreed method to help you achieve your goal. For example, teaching you coping methods for meeting new people;
  • To conclude the session, your hypnotherapist will gradually bring you out of your trance-like state.
Anxious person

Benefits of Curing Anxiety with Hypnotherapy

  1. Hypnotherapy sends you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body, which will help relieve your stress, fear, and anxiety.
  2. Hypnotherapy can allow you to learn how to remain calm when facing your fears.
  3. At Focused Hypnosis, we will offer you the tools to think more confidently, so your fears become more tolerable when you experience them in real life.
  4. Unlike many other forms of psychological treatment, hypnotherapy is self-led, so you can control the methods that your hypnotherapist will use, and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to. 
  5. Hypnotherapy offers you independence and allows you to directly influence your future. It teaches you self-sufficient techniques that can be practised for the rest of your life, which will allow you to take charge of your self-management and self-care.
  6. Hypnotherapy delves into your unconscious to discover when your anxieties developed and treats these emotional issues so that the anxiety does not resurface later in life.
  7. Hypnotherapy is all-natural and has little side-effects or complications. 
  8. Hypnotherapy is cost-effective and a cheaper option for psychological treatment, as it only requires around six sessions. Visit our blog to find out how much does hypnotherapy cost.

Will Hypnotherapy Help Me Cure My Anxiety?

Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment if you need help tackling anxiety. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone. For example, if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not achieve a trance-like state. Also, for some serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypnosis can have detrimental effects as it can create false memories.

Hopefully this page has given you some new information to help you go about tackling your anxiety issues. Our team of hypnotherapists have all dealt with anxiety related issues so please contact us to arrange a friendly chat.