Hypnotherapist Olga Willemsen shares tips for overcoming anxiety without medication
In recent years, anxiety has become the number one mental health disorder affecting 300 million people worldwide. When left on its own, anxiety can lead to complications such as depression, panic attacks, and burnout. Olga Willemsen, hypnotherapist and founder of private mental health practice New Empowered You, shares her knowledge on the subject and provides insight into effective treatment for anxiety without medication.
According to Our World in Data, 4% of the population suffers from anxiety disorders. Types of anxiety disorders vary from generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be caused by certain medical conditions like autoimmune diseases or cancer. Symptoms can differ in their intensity from mild to strong leading to panic attacks.
Although pharmacological treatment with anxiolytics has proven its effectiveness, there are limits to the method. Among these limitations are placebo-like anxiolytic effects, side effects, and addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Certain psychotherapies, including hypnotherapy, are viable alternatives to the pharmacological treatment of anxiety, due to their scientifically proven efficacy and lack of adverse effects.
In addition to pharmacological treatment, psychological and combination treatments are gaining popularity. Popular psychotherapies for anxiety include mindfulness, relaxation, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). All these methods do not produce lasting effects except for hypnotherapy which can also be combined with other types of treatments such as pharmacology.
In Olga Willemsen’s practice, clients’ anxious concerns are addressed through individual sessions of transformational hypnotherapy coupled with coaching. Olga Willemsen attests that such an approach combines the most effective methods and allows rapid and permanent healing. The results and customer successes speak for themselves.
“I was about to have a second burnout. Being a new mom and taking care of my stepchildren, life was hectic and my anxieties were creeping inside me. I could not find rest, inner peace and joy in life. Panic attacks have become more frequent,” shares one of Olga’s clients. “I wanted changes, right away! After the session, I felt the difference, I was no longer so stressed. My husband saw the change immediately and I felt happy, energized and safe. I am very grateful for Olga’s method and coaching.
What is anxiety and what causes it?
Anxiety is a state of excitement of the nervous system activated in response to situations that induce fear and insecurity. Although most people experience anxiety as unpleasant, this emotion has a very important function. Anxiety serves as a trigger for survival mechanisms. It increases our sense of discomfort and makes us aware of potential dangers to our survival so that we take action and move towards safety.
Olga Willemsen explains that our brain is programmed by default to look for alarming signals and potential dangers to our survival in the outside world. This is true for all living beings, including humans. This means that we instinctively tend to notice and focus on negative events. At the same time, positive events escape our attention more quickly while our perception of negative events may be exaggerated.
“Think of a case where you received a ton of compliments followed by a small negative remark. Your mind will stick to this small remark, ignoring all the positive comments,” says Olga. In this way, the human perception of reality ( which is neutral) is constantly distorted and biased to draw attention to negative events. Paradoxically, this bias towards negativity undermines our confidence and self-esteem and increases self-doubt.
This tendency to focus on the negative is reinforced by adverse childhood events that cause limiting subconscious beliefs. These limiting beliefs are the root of high anxiety. If the root of the self-doubt remains unaddressed, the anxiety becomes a self-limiting belief and can turn into a disorder.
How to treat anxiety without drugs?
Olga Willemsen’s approach combines hypnotherapy and coaching (Hypno-coaching) in a series of sessions that take place over a month. Olga’s method first addresses subconscious limiting beliefs with hypnotherapy, then teaches clients through coaching to direct their minds towards positivity. The combination of these techniques allows for lasting changes.
What makes Transformational Hypnotherapy exceptionally effective in treating anxiety without medication is addressing the root cause – subconscious beliefs. Through Olga’s framework, clients can effortlessly let go of old limiting beliefs and transform their way of thinking. Lasting change with such treatment is possible by breaking the negative thought pattern and stimulating the desired new behavior with reassuring thoughts.
Noticing positivity requires constant practice and effort due to our mind’s default tendency to focus on negativity. During one-on-one hypnotherapy and coaching sessions, Olga educates her clients on ways to manage and reduce anxiety. One of the effective techniques that help reduce anxiety is the practice of gratitude. “By expressing gratitude, we train our mind to notice positivity, neutralize negative bias, and eliminate doubt,” says Olga Willemsen.
The New Empowered You practice has helped countless clients achieve treatment breakthroughs in record time and create lasting changes in their behavior and mental attitude. Olga Willemsen’s unique transformational hypnotherapy framework will help you improve your mental health and reduce your anxiety. Book a free online discovery call with Olga Willemsen and get help right away.
About Olga Willemsen, Ph.D.
Olga Willemsen is a Certified Hypnotherapist, RTT Therapist and Transformational Coach based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Certified in neo-Ericksonian hypnosis from the Mike Mandel Hypnosis Academy, Olga Willemsen combines her knowledge of neuroscience, psychotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and cognitive behavioral therapy in her practice. Ms. Willemsen is also a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, which brings together multidisciplinary methodologies from holistic practitioners with the common goal of empowering humanity. In Olga Willemsen’s office, hypnotherapy and coaching sessions are multilingual and available in English, German, Russian and Dutch. The practice of New Empowered You hypnotherapy helps clients relieve stress associated with various forms of anxiety, panic attacks, burnout, depression, sleep disorders, trauma, lack of confidence , self-sabotage and many other conditions. Olga Willemsen is available for an interview upon request.
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