Anxiety disorders have become widespread. According to experts, they occur all over the world, with roughly the same frequency. In poor and in rich countries alike. People do not like to talk about their fears. They could be interpreted as a weakness. However, fear is the body’s natural response to threats. It is often referred to as a fight or flight reaction and is one of the main functions of the sympathetic nervous system. It is visible through an increase in heart rate, alertness, breathing rate, blood sugar levels, sweating and more.
Pathological fear occurs in many forms. For instance, as a fear of spiders, snakes, cats, flying, heights and claustrophobia. There are countless fears and phobias. Moreover there are also social phobias, such as the fear of being among people, being in a large crowd in a professional or private setting or speaking in front of a big audience, which have also become very common. On top of all that, in some cases the fear of fear itself manifests.
The symptoms associated with it are anything but useful in their everyday life and can be triggered without warning. Research has shown that if anxiety is left untreated, for a long period of time, it can lead to depression.
With the help of hypnotherapy, I offer you a safe space to explore, examine and let go of the underlying, unresolved feelings or even conflicts that lead to your fears and phobias. By observing what is going on inside you I aim to help you live more peacefully in the future, free from morbid fear.
I accompany you with effective methods at the pace of your choice. The sessions with me are held in a calm and non-invasive atmosphere. You will learn to overcome what prevents you from living a meaningful and healthy life.
The first step into unknown territory is often not easy and requires courage. I consider it a good idea to have a short conversation over the phone before your first personal visit to my practice in Walchwil, at your house or online. The purpose is to find out your concerns and goals, to discuss the preparation for your first visit and a possible future collaboration. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and understood in the context of our cooperation.
This call lasts about 10-15 minutes.
Whether in person or online, the preliminary conversation focuses on getting to know each other and getting an in-depth understanding of the issue, your history, your life circumstances and your goals. You can lean back and relax. Here, your concerns may be “put on the table” and we will discuss the next steps. I invite you to ask me any questions you may still have regarding hypnosis therapy, coaching or mentoring.
A typical preliminary session lasts about 60 minutes.
What should you bring along?
Motivation and the will to make a healthy change coupled with a positive attitude and curiosity. In addition, it is also beneficial if you come to me at your own request. Inside the building and during the sessions, wearing a mask is currently compulsory: please bring your own from home. It is recommended to refrain from caffeinated drinks 24 hours before the sessions. You should wear comfortable clothes and after the sessions, allow yourself a little rest.
A session lasts between 60-90 minutes.
What can you expect from me?
Empathy, attention, reliability and methodical competence.
Depending on the topic, it is useful to start the week after our preliminary conversation. Some topics require only one or two sessions, others possibly up to seven. At the beginning the interval between the sessions should be close, ideally one week. If some things have already been resolved and the pressure of suffering has decreased, then intervals of two to three weeks make sense, with the exception of irritable bowel syndrome and pain management. In these cases, I advise you individually.
After about 2-3 months a catamnestic session follows. This serves as a follow-up and a refresher if needed.
Everything you always wanted to know about hypnotherapy!
The trance is induced by specific speech and behavioural patterns. During hypnosis verbal repetitions and mental images are used by the therapist. Your focus and concentration are significantly increased. This makes you more open to engage in experiences. As a result, you can usually reach your therapy goals faster. Hypnotic trance causes you to be particularly attentive and (typically) pleasantly relaxed at the same time. You hear your therapist’s voice, are aware of and alert to everything around you. You can also speak to the therapist or communicate non-verbally. Your consciousness is not switched off but calmed. You can choose to open your eyes and stand up at any time. Afterwards you remember everything that happened during the hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is usually done with closed eyes. However, some treatments can also be carried out with open eyes. This can be, for example, a concentrated state during a conversation between you and the therapist (coach). The permissive approach (often referred to as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) has proven to be very helpful in hypnosis. Here the unconscious is invited to join in and choose the path it wants to take. The hypnotic suggestions are thus usually not used directly but packed into stories. The conscious mind often does not understand these hypnotic stories at all, but they go directly to the subconscious. The choice to get involved is very important.
No. People who choose hypnosis typically do not come to lose control, but quite the opposite: to gain control. Namely, over parts of their life where they have had little control. Hypnosis helps you to remain the “master of your senses”. It can also help you to find new ways to access your feelings. For many, this is a crucial step to achieve their goals with hypnotherapy. In any case, you always have full control over what you say and do in a session.
Let me reassure you: you only disclose what you want to and what is important to you in the process. In addition, a professionally trained and responsible therapist will not ask you about things that were not discussed before hypnosis.
This can happen and is often a sign of relaxation. After the session you may not remember every single word that was spoken. However, your subconscious will remember everything.
No. There is never a danger of not waking up from hypnosis. Hypnotic trance is comparable to the state between waking up and sleeping. You always wake up from the trance, you are either woken up by the therapist or wake up by yourself. Most people report feeling rested and refreshed afterwards.
It depends on what you mean by side effects. After a hypnotherapy session you may experience dizziness or a little tiredness, like in the morning, just before getting up. These are natural reactions that usually subside quickly.
You may also experience a few nights of more intense dreaming or more daydreaming during the day. These changes usually do not last long. If hypnosis is performed correctly, there are no negative side effects, unlike with medication. Often clients report positive side effects or changes, they feel more „relaxed” or less harsh towards themselves.
Hypnosis is a very effective method. However, it is not a miracle cure. The number of sessions you will need will depend on your individual circumstances and the topic you bring along. In many cases a few sessions are enough to achieve the desired goal. However, a positive change can usually be felt after the first session, even if the cause has not yet been completely addressed.
It is not uncommon that the effects lasts for years. Every now and then it is necessary to reinforce new behavioural patterns again and usually a single refreshment after months or even years is sufficient. Often, however, no further sessions are necessary if you have established new behavioural patterns so successfully that the old behaviour is completely abandoned.
Yes, I cooperate with family GPs often and well, as the situation requires. A partnership with them helps to focus on your recovery and your well-being, and is, hence, very important to me. Conventional medicine and the scientifically recognized method of hypnotherapy can complement each other sensibly and meaningfully.