Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety and Stress

Stress and anxiety is necessary for our survival.

While a certain level of stress is required to motivate you to get out of bed in the morning, high levels of stress over a long period of time can damage your health and cause anxious feelings.

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Anxiety/stress. Are you ready to change direction?

As the level of stress you are under increases, your ability to recognise it will often decrease, which is why you might find yourself not being able to deal with situations that in the past you could, giving you that feeling of Anxiety.

It’s not unusual to feel trapped and overwhelmed at times, but when you feel that your ability to cope is prolonged and you can’t see a way out, your life can appear very different.

We all need a little help sometimes.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses therapeutic interventions, personally focused to you that will help you to regain balance on issues like:

  • Anxiety and stress short term, such as giving a speech or going for an interview
  • Anxiety and stress long term, such as divorce or an illness of a family member or loss of someone close

Anxiety/stress is personal, what causes you stress might be okay for someone else so don’t worry if others don’t feel the same as you about a certain situation.

Our minds are so interesting and amazing, if you are reading this when you feel stressed or anxious you may not see it this way.

In the view of evolutionary psychology, I am talking about the days of the caveman, we are programed for survival.

This means if on some level we feel fear, anger, or pleasure/love, each has a positive survival value.

Example; Someone pops a balloon behind you and this may cause a feeling of fear and all you hear a loud bang!.

You might jump or freeze or run away from the noise, you don’t just sit there and say “Mmm, what was that?”.

You may even retaliate, this would be anger, all behaviours tends to happen instantly, you are acting first thinking later.

(In caveman days, these instant reactions would probably have saved your life!).

Then someone sees your distress, comes over and comforts you, reassures you and invites you to join in the fun with the balloons and this may give you pleasure.

So sometimes your subconscious mind is only trying to protect in some way (often the wrong way) by offering up an instant reaction to a situation it thinks is a threat, or a match to something that has happened in your past.

All you feel on a conscious level is:

Worry, fear, shallow breathing, sweaty palms, dry mouth, can’t think straight, shaking in your arms and legs or whatever is your stress or anxiety response.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy deals with your future and your past, giving you strategies you can learn to use to deal with situations differently and sometimes we will work together to change emotional repossesses to past events.

For more information about Hypnosis to help with anxiety and stress or a confidential chat

phone Joanne on 07711 704 585 or


Joanne has therapy rooms in Queensbury (Bradford) and Halifax town centre, West Yorkshire and can help you to move forward today for tomorrow.

How can you change?

What comes first for you a thought or a feeling?
Or what are you aware of first?

These are the type of questions I might ask you when you come to see me.

In order to help you I need to find out about the unique you, we are all different.

In Cognitive Hypnotherapy every session is unique to everyone I see, and you will always receive a personalised service based on you!

By working with your thoughts and feelings on a conscious and subconscious level, we can work together to get your best results.

I even offer email support between our sessions, so I can help you achieve your goals in the shortest time possible.

Life Balance Hypnotherapy.
Change today for tomorrow

I provide therapy for a wide range of problems

Help with the symptoms of:
Anxiety and depression
Pain control
Obsessive compulsion disorder (OCD)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Sleep problems
Help you with the changes you want in your life
Phobias - Fear of Flying, Fear of dogs, fear of heights, fear of Confined spaces any phobia
Weight loss
Stop bad habits
Stop smoking
Children respond well to Cognitive Hypnotherapy / Hypnosis

If you want to change I want to help you

Joanne Ritchie Dip.Hyp,Dip.NLP,Cert.S.M

Phone: 07711 704 585

I am Registered and Qualified

I will be friendly, open and honest, showing empathy and trust, whilst giving you the best service I can.

By using Cognitive Hypnotherapy I will work with you so you can make lasting changes.

I have been practicing Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) since 2008; I am passionate about my profession and think everyone practicing should also feel this way.
If you see me or another Hypnotherapist please make sure they registered and qualified.

Member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy

I am also member of QCHPA (Quest cognitive hypotherpay practitioner association)