shutterstock_56455648Anxiety disorders are “the most common mental illness in the US, affecting 40 million adults” (18% of the US population),[1] and they account for almost one-third of the country’s $148 billion mental health bill.[2]

Stress can take a toll on your body, your mind, your emotions, and your behavior. Symptoms can range from a general feeling of unease or tension in the body, to major changes in mood or even feelings of panic. This is the body’s self-protective response to having previously experienced the fight-flight-freeze hormones known as catecholamines. The subconscious does not distinguish between real and perceived fear. In either situation, the individual experiences a catecholamine release. Whenever those same environmental or situational conditions are present in the future, that individual may be triggered into the fight-flight-freeze response again, often subconsciously. Persistent triggering can lead to feelings of sadness, panic, or even symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Hypnosis is highly effective at relieving the symptoms of stress. A review of the literature found that “the tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome.”[3] More importantly, hypnosis can help you learn the underlying cause—or initial sensitizing event—behind the stress, thus collapsing the old, fear-based response and replacing it with more resourceful strategies.

As a Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, I have worked for years to help pregnant women release their fears and stress around birth, and reprogram their “triggers” into a state of calm, confidence, and resourcefulness for their birthing day. I am also a Certified Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) Practitioner, which uses eye movement techniques to release long-held limiting emotions or beliefs, trauma, and identity issues—leading to very rapid relief from chronic stress.

Call (301) 365-2428 for a free consultation about releasing stress.


[1] Anxiety and Depression Association of America. “Facts and Statistics.” Accessed 12/03/2014: http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

[2]  Greenberg, Paul E.; Sisitsky, Tamar; Kessler, Ronald C.; Finkelstein, Stan N.; Berndt, Ernst R.; Davidson, Jonathan R. T.; Ballenger, James C.; Fyer, Abby J. “The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders in the 1990s.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, July 1999; 60(7):427-435. The abstract can be accessed at: http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1999-03777-001

[3] Hammond, DC. “Hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety- and stress-related disorders.” Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, February 2010; 10(2):263-273. The abstract can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20136382