I have suffered from social phobia and social anxiety for about 10 years. My anxiety started off quite mild but became a much bigger problem in my life over the last 6 years. My main symptoms were blushing and nervousness in almost all social situations, but especially those at work. At its worst I was even very anxious around my close family and friends.
To help me deal with my anxiety I sought the help of psychologists, doctors, herbal remedies, yoga and anti-depressants. All these therapies seemed to help but I was never able to fully control my symptoms. Psychologists were helpful with identifying some of my behaviours avoidance behaviours and identified the causes of my anxiety. I do not want to debase the role of psychologists, but personally I found talking about my problems kept me fixated on the issues. Using the anti-depressants partly helped with my symptoms, but I did not like the side effects. Also the anti-depressants were not helping me control my anxiety, just reducing the intensity of the symptoms.
So after trying several things I decided to look into hypnotherapy. At first I was fairly sceptical and this was probably due to me knowing nothing about hypnotherapy. Before my first session with George at Mr Hypnotherapy Sydney I was quite anxious, however he immediately created a comforting and relaxed environment. I have found my sessions to be very helpful with accepting my anxiety as a normal response and not focusing on it to prolong the experience. I have received the most benefit from the techniques I have learnt to help me manage and control my anxiety when it happens and I will be able to take these skills with me for the rest of my life. After a few sessions I started to notice significant benefit and while I still suffer from anxiety in social settings, I am able to control my thoughts and reduce the response. I know that it will take time before I am fully in control of the anxiety but I believe the skills I have learn will allow me to become the calmer person I hope to be!