Hypnotherapy NYC Anxiety Treatment

Hypnotherapy Treatment for Anxiety

Anxiety is unpleasant to experience. Some people pace nervously, most are restless, tense, maybe nauseous, racing pulse, and more. It is a complex that is the endpoint of many disorders. There are a variety of ways to alleviate the unpleasantness of the anxiety experience. Hypnotherapy is one, Psych-K, NLP, and Energy Therapy are others.


Hypnotherapy only has a possibility of having a beneficial effect on anxiety provided that the cause, or etiology, of the anxiety is not of somatic, or bodily, origin. Anxiety can be induced by a variety of medical conditions such as hypertension or cardiac events, and many other such conditions. Other somatic sources of anxiety can be pharmaceutical in origin. Psychotherapeutic diagnosis is indicated prior to invoking hypnotherapy as a solution, and apply it mainly in the case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.


Hypnotherapy primarily seeks to relieve the tension through relaxation. An important feature of psychotherapeutic hypnotherapy is the rapport between therapist and patient. Given the trust implicit in the rapport, the therapist has a variety of methods available that may provide relief for the anxiety experienced by the patient; see the resources section below for a link to the source article at Not everyone is able to enter into the rapport that makes hypnotherapy successful, but many can. If you are one who can trust your therapist, seek out one that has a reputation for success.


One technique that the therapist can teach to the client is self-hypnosis. Here the rapport issue is not a potential block to the therapeutic effect of hypnosis.   Basically the method is to relax and attempt to induce a receptive state of mind. One suggestion (see resource section) lays out 7 steps:


  1. Get comfortable. One position that provides maximum comfort for long periods of time is to sit upright with straight back, and head erect. See the appendix for a longer description of sitting.
  2. Start the journey. The site cited in the resources section suggests visualizing an idyllic site that appeals to you. You might try instead to focus your awareness upon where you are: right here, right now. That is one place in the world that you know is real.
  3. Descend step-by-step into your scene. Perhaps record your descent so that you can replay it. Or just sit, place your focus on your breathe, and be. Right here, right now. Never mind any thoughts that enter your mind. Note them, and let them pass. Only your breathe is worth notice.
  4. Count down. Imaging ten steps in your imaginary locale, and step slowly relaxing as you go. The claim is that hypnotherapy works by taking your time, letting your body settle into peace and calm. Alternatively, the sitting practice if followed leads to an experience of the Basic Goodness that is a part of everyone. It also leads to compassion, kindness, and generosity. The more you concern yourself with others, then less you are consumed by the pain of your own existence.
  5. Create a trigger. Feel the peace of your place. Say to yourself, “I am peaceful, happy, and perfectly in control of my life”. Pinch yourself between thumb and forefinger, then repeat your affirmation. Or, while sitting, try the following aspiration: “May I enjoy happiness, and the root of happiness”. Repeat this aspiration several times. Then change it to May a loved one enjoy…., follow this with may a friend enjoy…, then may someone I hardly know enjoy…., then may someone I find difficult enjoy…, then may all of us enjoy…, finally may everyone on the planet enjoy…. Follow the pattern of the first one all the way through. When you have compassion for others, your own pain diminishes.
  6. Come back. Count down the steps to the place where you were in step 5. You can go there anytime. Or, sit, breathe, pay attention to where you are right here, right now. Feel the basic goodness of who your are, and feel the compassion you have to others. Being generous is as simple as smiling at someone for no reason, a gentle touch, an offer of food. It need not be a gift of money; often something else is what is really needed.
  7. Pinch yourself when you feel anxiety, and you will return to your special place. Or, sit, breathe, and be. Be compassionate, kind, generous, aware, and insightful.


In 1988 Robert M. Williams proposed that Psych-K has the capacity to change self-sabotaging subconscious beliefs. The K stands for Kinesiology, and represents in this theory the proposition that there are bodily postures, and movements that may induce changes in state of mind. The theory invokes NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic-Programming. These techniques require a trained practitioner for application to someone who is suffering from anxiety. Such practitioners are often trained also in hypnotherapy, but the claim is that while the trust and rapport in traditional hypnotherapy place authority in the therapist, Psych-K utilizes the trust and rapport to place authority in the client. Unlike self-hypnosis, Psych-K does not have a self applied procedure, but if you are willing to explore, and develop a facility with Psych-K and NLP you can work with other people and with yourself. These methods do not stand up to intense scientific scrutiny, but if you become part of the community, belief can take you a long way towards healing.


Energy Therapy

As an alternative medical therapy, energy therapy shares features of other therapies like energy medicine, energy healing, or spiritual healing. Amongst the claims made in critique of energy medicine is that the terminology used in descriptions of how the therapy works comes directly our of scientific discourse where the terminology has specific uses and application. It is further claim, by practicing scientists, that use of such terms is irrelevant to healing practice, and the true application of such terms is to serve as rhetorical persuasion amongst people who have little or no understanding of science, scientists and the way they work, the language they use in performing their, nor the methods they use in their work.


Nancy Russel explains that energy therapy acknowledges negative life experiences by working with energy blocks. The image is that ones energy must flow in order to have an experience a life that is not paralyzing with fear, aggression, or some type of passion; in a word, it is all a type of suffering. She goes on to explain that you can learn to lighten up, to experience the 4 a’s of ease. These are:

  1. Be aware of yourself. This very much accords with the mention of the sitting practice mentioned above. When you sit, focus on your breath, note and release the upwellings of consciousness in your mind, some of those things are not as trivial as the smell of toast in the next room, but may be emotional bindings that have been causing you pain. All of these arisings are to be noted, perhaps labelled as ‘thought’, then released. The discipline (willingness) that you apply to return your focus to your breath is what keeps you present in what is right here, right now.
  2. Be curious about all that is within your perception. Feel compassion arising out of your basic goodness. This is a path. You will be taking a journey.
  3. Embrace your experience with compassionate understanding. Stay in neutral, this is equanimity, or ‘no judgment’. It is an old notion, it is a Buddhist idea with a very long history. With equanimity, you can be fearless, compassionate, kind, and generous.
  4. This is life, this is your process, this is your journey; it is sacred. Appreciate it!

The energy therapy method, though part of a domain that suffers from intense scientific critique, also is expressible in terms of the living tradition of Buddhism. There are Shambhala centres in many locales. The path I have been describing underlies much of the best of modern thought. To follow that path does not commit you to any god. There is no god in Buddhism; it is all about how to live, and the consequences of your actions. This is about living with an open heart, and performing only acts that arise out of your own basic goodness. Amongst the things that will happen as you follow this path, is that you will find supportive community, you will loose isolating conception of your self, and replace it with connection to others that is nourishing; you will connect with your own wisdom and insight. It is not quick, but will engage you for as long as you are willing to give yourself to the pursuit of the path.

Below, I provide in the Appendix, a document I wrote called, Meditation: Warrior in a Nutshell

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Appendix Meditation: Warrior in a Nutshell

Reasons for wanting to meditate are as varied as the number of people who entertain this desire. It is one of the paradoxes of meditation that in order for your meditation to provide you with the clarity of mindfulness, you have to leave desire with your shoes as you seat yourself on your cushion.

The Shambhala tradition is a transmission from the Buddhist kagyu, and Nyingma lineages. The founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa, also utilized many of the best traditions he had noticed in his study of the history of the world to found a new enlightened society. In many of his talks he spoke of the concept of the Shambhala Warrior. This warrior is a person who’s every action deflates aggression, calms passion, and enlightens ignorance. What is it like be a warrior; how can you see the world with a warrior’s eyes?

It is a path, and the path begins with meditation. There is a sense in which meditation is like any other activity. Sprinters and gymnasts prepare their bodies before beginning the run or routine. Even going on a picnic involves preparing the food at home, going to the picnic site, then laying out the food on a blanket on the grass or a picnic table; then the eating begins. It is the same with meditation.   First you prepare, this step is called building your posture. Then you meditate, that is, you sit, and breathe. Your eyes are open. Meditation requires discipline. This kind of discipline is really a simple willingness to return your conscious awareness to the object of focus: your breath.

If you choose to sit on the floor, use cushions so that your knees are below the level of your hips when you cross your legs. Otherwise sit in a chair slightly forward of the back. The following steps outline the sitting preparation procedure, and the practice of sitting meditation.

  1. This is the preparation step; you build your posture. Sit; align your back until it is straight, and your head is upright. Feel your back, your spine; it should be easy, and light. Feel grounded, connected to the earth.
  2. Your eyes are open, gazing slightly down to a point about a six feet in front of you. Your gaze is soft, open.
  3. Breath in, and out. Again this is easy, not forced. Your breath is your object of meditation; it is your focal point.
  4. Notice your out-breath. Focus on it; watch it. Thoughts may intrude while you sit; notice them, label them “thought”, then let them go, and return your focus to your breath. This is the discipline. All you are doing is sitting and breathing while your awareness takes in whatever your eyes can see to the front or in your peripheral vision. You may hear sounds, or you may smell something. You may feel the air moving on your cheeks or your hands. Your hands, placed as they are on your legs may feel your body’s warmth.

You cannot do it wrong. This is a mindful experience; it is the mindfulness of body, simply sitting, not analyzing or categorizing or naming. If you are in a room, you are simply in a room. This is the Mindfulness of Life. Note the thoughts, then let them go, and return to the breath. The awareness that your focus has moved to a thought, coupled to your will to return your focus to the breath is the Mindfulness of Effort, an experience of thatness. Notice how you can focus only on one thing at a time; in time we will learn how to expand our focus. The nowness you experience is the Mindfulness of Mind. Feel it, get used to it. Do this practice five or ten minutes a day. Do it for an hour; simply give it some time every day

The mindfulness of the warrior is a matter of taking your mindfulness out into the world. Your object of meditation now becomes the world itself, whether it is traffic conditions or dinner at home, conversation with a friend, with strangers, or a movie; see, hear, smell, feel, taste, and know. It will require a couple changes in our meditation technique to describe how to have the mindfulness of a warrior. More will follow.