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Social Anxiety and Hypnosis

answered 10:27 PM EST, Sun October 14, 2012
anonymous anonymous
Is hypnosis something that can help me with social anxiety? As soon as I get in a social situation outside of work I get terrified and I just feel so uncomfortable.

Loren Gelberg-Goff Says...

The short answer is yes, hypnosis can help you deal with social anxiety.  First, however, it's important to pay attention to what it is about social situations outside of work that causes you anxiety. Have you always had this social phobia or is it something new? Was there a triggering event, or has this anxiety simply built up over time? Do you have friends with whom you socialize, or do you just go to work and then home? Do you ever suffer from any other kind of anxiety, or is it limited only to social situations?  I realize that I am asking you many questions, but these are questions for you to consider as you decide the type of therapy that would be best for you.

Hypnosis can help you to get to the root or source of the social anxiety that you experience and create some new beliefs and behaviors that will eliminate your terror and discomfort.  Hypnosis can also help you to heal whatever it is that has triggered this anxiety.  Additionally, you might look into neurofeedback which can physiologically help to offset the anxiety that you feel.  You can also do some mindfulness work which is very effective in dealing with and overcoming anxiety. Many people also benefit from EFT (Emotional Freedom therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

I hope that you find the treatment modality that will work best for you. Therapy is very beneficial in dealing with issues that come up in life.  I don't know if you have done any therapy in the past, but in choosing a therapist, please make sure that you choose someone with whom you feel comfortable, respected and understood.  Therapists have different perspectives and styles and you need and deserve to find a therapist who has a specialty in dealing with social anxiety. I wish you the best as you move forward with renewed comfort, confidence and empowerment.

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