Clinical Demonstration 04 – Lynn Lyons, LICSW – Beyond Calming Down: Hypnosis, Anxiety, and the Need for Action Over Avoidance

10 Dec 2016
9:15 am - 10:15 am

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.

Educational Objectives

  1. Describe the importance of action versus avoidance in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
  2. Create a metaphor that suggests to the anxious client the need for action and practice.
  3. Create a post-hypnotic suggestion that supports the tolerance of uncertainty when feeling fearful or anxious.