Case Study 17
Condition: Performance anxiety
Katie is a lovely lady who runs a business and also competes in female physique and fitness competitions. She commits to a punishing fitness regime and also holds a place on a top committee in her field. However, when it comes to being in the limelight, her confidence leaves her. Having to speak at her committee meetings is terrifying and the anxiety she feels when competing means she does not reach her full potential, leading to huge frustration after every competition knowing she could have done better.
Here are Katie’s words:
“I sought the help of Caroline at Adding Zest because I was participating in a competition which meant taking to the stage of a large theatre. I have always been extremely nervous and self-conscious in any setting where I am the centre of attention. I participated in this competition last year and did not want to feel the same negative feelings this year when I stepped off stage. The difference in my feelings between this year and last year was dramatic. In contrast to feeling disappointed and deflated I felt positive and happy and proud of my performance …. euphoric in fact! The hypnotherapy really did work for me. “
The work we did together did focus on previously instances of anxiety when being the centre of attention, but much of the success came from using the technique of visualisation. The subconscious cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination, so by imaging her competition, her brain was literally ‘programmed’ into what to do and how to feel.
Visualisation is a technique now being used by many of the top sportsman as its efficacy is proven.
Katie had just two sessions to achieve this dramatic change in perspective and also practiced the visualisation technique herself.
Aside from her success, Katie also commented on how it felt to be hypnotised:
“I felt as if I was aware of what was happening at all times and I could recall the suggestions that were made to me after coming out of the hypnotic trance. When I awoke, I felt as if I’d been in a deep sleep and very very relaxed. I also felt very positive.”