Hypnosis and hypnotherapy for public speaking anxiety
Whilst public speaking can cause a certain level of nervousness in most people, for some, their public speaking anxiety can be so crippling that it has a disastrous impact on their professional life. Common symptoms of public speaking anxiety include:
- Stuttering or stammering over words
- Severe apprehension prior to speaking
- Increased heart rate
- Irregular breathing
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Shivers or uncontrollable shaking
- Dry mouth
- Loss of words or inability to speak
- Disorientation or hyperventilation
Public speaking anxiety often starts with a serious anticipation of speaking and a fear that something will go wrong. This may be borne out of a fear of looking foolish or being humiliated, or perhaps a fear of being judged as incompetent. The fear of speaking in public can be so great that it causes missed opportunities. You may avoid jobs or interviews. You may miss out on promotions or the chance to manage projects. For students, it could cause an avoidance of certain classes that may involve delivering presentations or standing up in class or reading out aloud.
Public speaking is not, however, just limited to the work place. Others may struggle to ask for directions or advice from a shop assistant. The overwhelming self consciousness that accompanies asking questions can cause some to withdraw and shy away from social situations. It can also impact heavily on potential relationships. Whilst some sufferers may be considered shy and introverted individuals, public speaking anxiety can also affect those who, in many other areas of their life, are incredibly confident and extrovert. Sufferers of public speaking anxiety can often experience a great deal of psychological and emotional distress, impacting on their confidence and self esteem.
How do you control your public speaking anxiety?
Managing public speaking anxiety is often a constant battle. You may be incredibly prepared for delivering a presentation and try to rationalise the need to stay calm and confident, but the more you focus on it often the more apprehensive and anxious you become. Some people may take medication to help control the anxious feelings. Others may use relaxation or self hypnosis recordings to boost their confidence. Unfortunately, because these methods do not resolve what is causing the symptoms, your public speaking anxiety will continue to become a constant, tiresome battle.
Hypnosis for public speaking anxiety – does it work?
You may have heard about hypnosis in the media, perhaps heard of celebrities or friends who have used it to stop smoking or lose weight. There are many hypnotic approaches in treating issues and symptoms and the standard, quick-fix methods of hypnosis that are often heard of aim to ‘restrict’, ‘suppress’, ‘manage’ a problem. They serve to change the way our mind works and reacts. Unfortunately, if you try to override the subconscious’s natural way of behaving, the ‘change’ will eventually wear off and the old patterns will emerge once again.
So how can hypnosis help me resolve my public speaking anxiety permanently?
Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy is a gentle, logical and effective method that works WITH the subconscious, not against it. We must first find out *WHY* you suffer public speaking anxiety.
For those who are naturally confident with speaking in public, it is easy. They may have offered unhelpful advice to you in the past; “you don’t seem nervous”, or “just try to focus on what you want to say”, “stay calm” etc. But for those people, there is no part of them making them anxious or self conscious. No part of them causing them to blush or stutter over their words. They have no anticipation or apprehension.
It is virtually impossible to fight against your subconscious desires, which is why trying to tell yourself to remain calm and confident, or using pills or suggestion-based hypnosis will only help temporarily. For many people. public speaking is natural, easy; like blinking and breathing. The fact that speaking in public is not natural or effortless for you, begs the question WHY?
Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy asks the subconscious why it *needs* your public speaking anxiety. Once that subconscious need has been identified, using logic we can help to re-examine the mistaken information that lies behind it. As long as the misinformation exists, so will your anxiety. Once the subconscious believes, rather than being told, that talking calmly, rationally and confidently is in your best interests, then it will actively dispose of your anxiety FOR GOOD.
If there is no longer any cause, there can no longer be an effect.
How Does Curative Hypnotherapy Work?
Hypnosis itself is simply a natural state of relaxation, which we enter into everyday. It’s like daydreaming, where you stop paying attention to your surroundings. This daydreamy state enables the subconscious to be more receptive. All hypnotherapists utilise this state, but it is the way in which it is used that is so different. Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapists use hypnosis not to suppress, but to correct. We treat the problem at the root source so that it can’t come back. The most effective way to treat your public speaking anxiety and dispose of your symptoms completely and permanently, is to resolve what’s causing it; if there is no longer any cause, there can be no effect.
So why do you suffer public speaking anxiety? You have probably puzzled over this many times before. Looked for reasons, triggers behind it. Perhaps you know why; your mum, sister, or other family member has suffered from anxiety or nervousness too. Or maybe it was triggered by an upsetting event or a time when you were embarrassed or humiliated. But knowing this doesn’t make the problem go away, and other people who’ve been in similar situations don’t go on to suffer an anxiety disorder because of it, so why did you? What made your subconscious react differently? Or maybe you can’t think of any reasons to explain it. But that doesn’t mean there is no cause, because for something to exist it has to have been created. It has to have come from somewhere. And there has to be something causing your public speaking anxiety now. Something driving your anxiety. Something stopping you from rationalising away your symptoms. Why don’t other people suffer public speaking anxiety? Why do you?
Beneath all the triggers and confirmation there is a single, root cause stored away in the subconscious mind. It’s something you can’t think of. Something small, easily forgotten, easily overlooked. It’s like that bit of grit in your eye. Once you find it, it can be hard to believe that something so small could have caused so much trouble.
It can take years for our problems, conditions and symptoms to get a good hold over us. Something that starts out as a minor irritation gets worse and worse until it causes us so much suffering that we eventually seek help to put it right. With curative hypnotherapy, you can find freedom from your public speaking anxiety. Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy is distinguished from all other forms of hypnotherapy primarily by its use of logic. The therapist approaches each person without theories or preconceptions – except for one – that the answer to your symptoms lies only within your own subconscious mind. With Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy there is no need to suppress or manage your public speaking anxiety. By helping to resolve and correct the root cause, your anxiety can be disposed of naturally and completely without any effort and all related symptoms can automatically fade away, until eventually your public speaking anxiety is nothing but a vague and distant memory.
With Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy you will not be required to relive any traumatic or upsetting event. All you will feel is beautifully relaxed.
Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy Trademark
Over the years many practitioners have incorporated the word “Curative” when describing their treatment, despite providing more basic methods of hypnotherapy. Due to concern over the confusion that was being caused by this, the trademark “Lesserian™ Curative Hypnotherapy ” was registered to mark the difference. The name “Lesserian™” Curative Hypnotherapy is therefore protected by law and denotes the method of treatment that requires the understanding of how people create their problems, which is the necessary first step on the path to correcting the cause of, and resolving, a symptom / condition. Only hypnotherapists licensed as Lesserian™ are qualified to use this technique.
Susannah Saunders is the longest practising Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapist in London.
If you would like to explore further about how Lesserian™ curative hypnotherapy can help with public speaking anxiety, then please contact us to book an initial consultation. For information on fees and appointments, please click here.
At the City Hypnotherapy Centre, Susannah provides a safe and relaxing environment in which to explore your issues openly without judgment, and free from reliving unwanted emotions. Everything is treated in the strictest of confidence.