“ I have come such a long way from who I was when you first met me. With your help I have been able to put my past into perspective and not let it control me any more. I am so much happier now than I have been in a long time”
Case Study 18
Client: : Catherine
Catherine contacted me in relation to high anxiety levels every time the phone rang. Over time this had escalated to feeling anxious at looking at emails and also answering the door.
This kind of escalation in anxiety is very common as part of the subconscious role is to protect us and thus at a subconscious level, Catherine’s mind was linking all contacts from the outside world to something that had scared her.
The work with Catherine spanned 4 sessions. During these we identified key instances in her past that had led to this reaction being developed – namely traumatic experiences relating to close family members, whereby she had received the news via a phone call. Whilst there are many techniques that can desensitise such traumas, activity done under hypnosis is very effective as the connection between the events is made at a subconscious level which is also where we work in hypnotherapy.
Catherine experienced an improvement during our work together and in the follow-up call 6 weeks after the last session, she confirmed that she had, “Experienced a significant improvement.”
Whilst we focus on a specific goal in the therapeutic work, the knowledge gained can often be used by clients to affect other areas of their life. Catherine already had a keen interest in areas such as meditation but she added,
“I have a greater understanding of why my body responds in the way it does and a greater awareness of how to perceive this accurately. I feel that I have a tool to develop my responses in a direction which benefits me and an increased awareness of how powerful my mind really is.”
Catherine was very open-minded to the concept of hypnosis but even she was surprised: “Being hypnotised felt no different to feeling very relaxed and comfortable, I retained a full awareness and felt in control throughout. If anything, it felt surprisingly normal and natural.”
Catherine’s closing words:
“I would like to thank you, Caroline, for your kindness and professionalism as well as your generosity with your time. I know that I feel better and that I do have the resources to overcome anxieties before they embed and become problematic. I could not have achieved this on my own and this whole experience has been 100% positive.”
Caroline Cavanagh promotes emotional and mental health via the wonder of hypnotherapy through her company Adding Zest of Salisbury Wiltshire.