Clinical Demonstration 04 – Lynn Lyons, LICSW – Beyond Calming Down: Hypnosis, Anxiety, and the Need for Action Over Avoidance
Anxious people use avoidance as a coping strategy and view feeling “calm” and “relaxed” as the ultimate goal of treatment. Hypnotic interventions, although often relaxing, offer much more than a calming experience to the anxious person. A cognitive shift toward tolerating uncertainty, positive expectancy, and a framework for taking action are essential to helping the anxious person recover; hypnosis is an opportunity to introduce and solidify these elements of active treatment.
- Describe the importance of action versus avoidance in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
- Create a metaphor that suggests to the anxious client the need for action and practice.
- Create a post-hypnotic suggestion that supports the tolerance of uncertainty when feeling fearful or anxious.