“The dentist I had as a child frightened me - now I’m frightened of anything to do with teeth.”

Fight or Flight​​

His heart rate increases, his pupils dilate (letting in more light), his sweat glands increase production (to prevent over heating) and his liver increases the production of Glycogen to provide energy to deal with the threat.  All the offence and defence mechanisms are on full alert.

Of course most of the time this reasoning is not correct. Consider this: if our explanation for anxiety was correct - wouldn’t it have made the anxiety go away? Even though you were frightened at the dentist (for example) as a child, you are an adult now and you know there is nothing to be frightened of. Yet the person still feels anxiety. 


No amount of ‘thinking’ or ‘reasoning’ our way out of it makes a difference.

​No wonder the person suffering with anxiety disorders feels frustrated and anxious that they cannot understand their feelings.

​For example: Getting lost in the supermarket is a much bigger deal at five-years-old than at thirty-five years old.​

"Whenever I get stressed my skin flares up - that's just me."

​Link to Anxiety

Panic attacks and Phobias are simply symptoms of anxiety.


There is no logic to why someone suffering with panic, or why they are fearful of a particular thing.


The internal stress (anxiety) is causing the panic attacks or phobia, and is often exacerbated  by the stress levels in our everyday lives.

Panic Attacks & Phobias

Anxiety 

Book a free initial consultation to find out more about how Hypnoanalysis can help with your anxiety

Good luck to anyone who is going through the therapy and anyone who is thinking of therapy, I recommend seeing David for a free consultation - what harm can it really do?

The advice I can give you, is that if you get embarrassed or shy in situations and you can't work out why, give this a try, it will literally change your life.  And I was very happy with the service David offered, as he was honest, trustworthy and non-judgemental, everything you need during therapy.

Throughout the sessions David gives you honest feedback on how you are doing. I have no idea how the technique works....but 9 weeks after my first session I am a changed person for the better and much more confident.

The most difficult thing of me was starting my therapy and going into the unknown. I must have mulled it over for months before I looked into the different types of therapy and therapists. Once I had gained the courage to make the initial contact I knew David would be right for me. He was very personable and trustworthy.

a social anxiety sufferer treated with Hypnoanalysis

​Testimonial

It is also common to develop shy bladder or fear of public toilets (paruresis). Sufferers are often insecure about relationships and are very self critical, sometimes giving the impression that they are quick to take offence.

It would be wrong to attribute this feeling to being embarrassed or shy (although these are symptoms many will experience), it is an irrational fear that can become very frustrating and upsetting.


Many sufferers of social anxiety also identify with physical symptoms like excessive sweating, blushing or shaking.​ Others may stutter or stammer in those situations they find most difficult.

There are lots of different situations that sufferers identify as difficult; from talking in public, to making phone calls and meeting new people.


The experience leaves the person feeling like a fish out of water, wishing they were in more familiar surroundings or sink into the background

Social anxiety is something that most people can associate with to a lesser of greater extent. It is often described as a feeling of dread or a nervous feeling in situations where you feel on the spot or judged in some way.

​Social Anxiety

Kettering and Oundle Hypnotherapy

This leads us to assume that the real CAUSE of the anxiety must be something we have missed. Something we have forgotten about or haven’t understood properly. 

By understanding what we have missed in our recall of events, we have the chance to make sense of it properly this time and resolve the anxiety. 


Many have heard of the fight or flight response as a way of understanding how our bodies react during moments of danger. Our body goes on alert when there is a perceived threat in our environment. 


This is automatic - a unconscious process which evolved to promote our survival. And it’s very useful. Imagine prehistoric man faced with the snarling teeth of a predator. He had two choices : to fight or to flight (get away). His body reacts to help him do this. Adrenaline is released which suppress the non-emergency functions and diverts energy to those which are going to be most useful to deal with the threat.

We was recommended to David by a friend so i took my daughter age 11 to David cause of her fear and anxiety to cats and dogs. well I'm totally amazed with the difference in her confidence and after day 4 she was walking a dog how proud we felt is Just amazing ID totally recommend David


​TP - Kettering

David is a very caring therapist who shows a genuine and deep interest in the well-being of those who come to see him.


​DL - Kettering

anxiety sufferer treated with Hypnoanalysis

It is sometimes useful to see stress and anxiety as one of the same thing...


Stress is something we associate with ​external things: job, relationships, stress and strains of everyday life.


Anxiety is stress coming from within the persons mind. Because it is coming from inside it is difficult to overcome it on it's own - you don't know where it is coming from.

Stress vs Anxiety

The heart beats alarmingly quickly, like palpitations, and you become aware that you are breathing more quickly; it's as if you couldn't get enough air. There can be a cramped feeling across the lower part of the diaphragm and a tingling sensation, sometimes accompanied by hot and cold flushes to unexpected parts of the body. You can feel almost rooted to the spot with an overwhelming feeling of panic

Anxiety and Social Anxiety is most commonly treated with Hypnoanalysis, an analytical form of Hypnotherapy.

And finally, thanks David  - it was truly a life changing experience.


AL - Kettering

Child with fear of dogs 

I find it useful to think of them as largely the same thing - BUT it’s where they come from that makes the difference. Stress is as a result of external pressures. We feel agitated and unhappy but we can attribute it to external things such as our job, relationships, financial issues. We know they are stress because when our external circumstances change then the stress does too. 

Anxiety on the other hand is the same feelings and symptoms but the stress is coming from inside the person’s mind. They feel the nervousness, anger and agitation but they maintain even when the external circumstances change. It is something inside themselves but outside their own control.

Remember: we are not just affected by the things that happen to us - but our interpretation of them.  For example: One can have the same experience as another, but it will affect one far more than the other because of what they ‘told’ themselves about it. How they understood it at the time.   Many of the causes of anxiety are the result of childhood experiences, but we ‘understood’ them with a child mindset. 



We understood it and interpreted it as the 5 year old. The anxiety relating to it is still there in our mind but as a five-year-old experienced it.  Like being in a ‘time-warp’ we are still experiencing the fear (anxiety) we felt as a child, except we have just missed it when we were trying to make sense of why we feel anxious.



No wonder the person suffering with anxiety disorders feels frustrated and anxious that they cannot understand their feelings.

“I had a terrible experience on a plane once - that must be why I don’t like flying now.”

Imagine the person who is anxious: they have the same feeling of ‘fight or flight’ but there is no obvious threat in their environment. Because they have no idea where the fear is coming from they have no way of getting past it. They can’t fight it or run away from something that is not there. Instead they stifle it down - until the next time.


The anxiety inside the person’s mind needs to find a way out. They have to consciously have to make sense of it and so (unknowingly) attach it to a symbolic representation of it. This becomes the trigger; the symptom. For example, phobias, some physical symptoms, panic attacks, depression and many more.


The symptom acts as a ‘pressure value’ for the anxiety. It allows a person’s mind to make sense of the feelings they experience as anxiety. It is an attempt to make sense of it.

​Testimonial

​Testimonial

Using Hypnoanalysis  we can resolve the bottled up emotions that are causing the anxiety symptoms. By working together we can use the minds own ability to link one experience to another and release the 'emotional rubbish' that has been making you feel anxious.

“I was never happy as a child, that’s why I struggle with a low mood sometimes.”

Once the threat has gone then a branch of our nervous system calms everything back down. The levels of adrenaline go back to normal and we go back to functioning how we would in everyday life - until the next threat and then we are ready to spur back into action.

"I'm terrified of the dentist."

​Anxiety Explained

One way to understand anxiety is to think of it as ‘free floating fear’. The Psychoanalyst Carl Jung referred to anxiety as ‘fear spread thinly’.  What this means of course is a growing fear that builds up inside the person and is projected onto something else. Fear within someone latches onto a symbolic representation of the fear.

It’s as if our mind said: “Oh don’t think about that - it was too unpleasant. Let’s pretend it didn’t happen.”

Rather than just being left with a rumbling anxiety within ourselves, we make sense of it through our symptoms.  As part of that we also try and make sense of WHY. We say to ourselves:

Many of us deal with stress by changing the circumstances or getting away from them, but with anxiety it is coming from inside the person’s mind. They cannot get away from it so all they can do is stifle it down. 

Of course one has an affect on the other. We feel our inner anxieties more when the stresses of the outside world are greater.

Why am I anxious?