Eventually they became an ‘everyday state of mind’ and Bryony realised she had no control over her life so needed to take action.
Consulting her GP her only options were medication or counselling. Not wishing to take pills, Bryony attended counselling but came to conclusion talking while someone passively listened was not the answer, especially when she had friends she could share with.
After some research Bryony decided hypnotherapy could offer a more dynamic solution.
“I am a pragmatic person so I wanted something straight-forward which I would be actively involved in to get the feelings of panic under control.
“When I first met Georgios he was very direct with me and it took me a while to be less guarded and more honest about how I felt when usually I would say I felt fine even though I wasn’t.
“He is quite a unique character and told me outright that I was responsible for making myself feel so anxious. While this seemed quite harsh, he had read me well because I soon understood I also had the power to stop myself from feeling so bad.”
It took three sessions to work through the issues and pick up some self-help techniques to enable Bryony to stop her anxious feelings from getting hold of her and disrupting her life. The effect on her life was transformative.
“It is such a relief to be free of the fear. While I am not cured of panic attacks I am now able to manage them better. This is because I haven’t changed my nature, just the way I think about things.
“The first test of my new state of mind was when I went flying off on holiday. Usually this can be an ordeal for me but I didn’t even register any of the typical fears. I was more able to focus on the good things such as the fact I was going on holiday, rather than the bad things which could happen, but in reality, were unlikely.
“I even confronted a panic attack by deliberately bringing on the feeling. At that stage, because I knew what it would feel like and that it would pass, it really wasn’t that bad. I was so pleased that I had genuinely got my life back.
“I would advise anyone who wants to take positive action and get on top of anxiety that hypnotherapy is for you.”