Freedom From Anxiety

Overcome Your Fear With ‘the confidence code’ program & virtual reality therapy

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Freedom From Anxiety

Overcome Fears & Phobias With Virtual Reality Therapy

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

 

Because most of us are scared of something or other.

But when you have intense, prologned fear that’s stopping you living your best life, or is becoming a major hassle in an important area…then we have a problem.  It interferes with your happiness and when it’s extreme…it has you in blind terror and running for the hills.

Fear is natural. Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety & Phobias are NOT. 

 

 

 

You’ve tried to overcome fear…

But even after trying really hard, you might still be experiencing any of the following…

  • Troubling emotions (anxiety, hurt, sadness, anger)
  • Burn out, feeling lost or aimless
  • Withdrawing from social situations and interactions
  • Worrying constantly about real or imagined events
  • Abandonment issues (clingy, possessive, controlling)
  • Fear, panic and physical anxiety symptoms
  • Scared or unable to work or do day to day tasks
  • Fear of going insane
  • Poor relationships because you’re constantly on edge
  • Phobias that are limiting your freedom, work and happiness

If so, then…

You’re dealing with a part of of your life that feels out of control.  And you’re probably somewhere on the scale of a general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder or phobia.

Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when you’re having on-going fear, that has no real external cause.  It’s different from a phobia, because often with phobias, you can avoid specific situations to get relief.  General anxiety, on the other hand, doesn’t always need a trigger.  Constant worry is your new companion and panic seems to descend from nowhere.

Phobia is diagnosed when you have unreasonable, excessive fear about people, situations, places, animals or objects.  That means avoiding those things, even if it causes massive inconvenience.  It’s coupled with distress, an anxiety response, avoidance and at times, severe life limitations.

Social Anxiety (formerly known as social phobia), is diagnosed when you have excessive fear of interacting with people or being watched performing or doing tasks. It’s a bit more complex than a pure phobia because it involves not only fear of performance, but fear of interacting, being judged, facing criticism or sometimes…even being ‘seen’ at all by others.

And it beggars belief how much we’ll put up with before we admit there’s a problem.  There are millions of people whose lives are stunted because they can’t travel, or get specific jobs, or go to great places, or go out at all (agoraphobia), or socialise or even get their dream job because it involves speaking in front of others… (public speaking is the NUMBER ONE PHOBIA IN THE WORLD).

And there’s a revolutionary therapy that’s setting people free of their long-held fears.

It’s called VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY.

WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?

Virtual Reality Therapy, sometimes known as Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET), is a new way to tackle fears and phobias in ‘harmless’ but simulated environments that would normally cause anxiety.  Before VR, it was difficult for someone to overcome their specific fear, because the real environment was hard to re-create.  Now VR allows you to relax back and experience in ‘real time’, the problem scenario, building up the exposure SAFELY, so your brain no longer responds to the visual and auditory cues that trigger stressful emotions.

It’s for you if you want to:

  • Finally get free of panic attacks
  • Start living with peace and confidence
  • Be able to go where you want, be who you want, do what you want
  • Overcome phobias and start exploring life the way you want
  • Improve your social life, love life, work life, friendships, by letting go of social fears and boosting your self-esteem, so you RISE in relationships
  • Get your mind working FOR you…instead of against you.

Research shows it’s making a HUGE impact on healing fears and phobias, at around half the cost of standalone psychotherapy, which can involve many sessions and having to arrange real life situations to expose the client to.

With Virtual Reality Therapy, you’ll wear a headset  with the screen inserted, where your simulated environment is played. Your therapist is there to guide you all the way, measuring your physical responses, talking you through each step and making sure you stay within your comfort zone throughout.

Depending on your specific anxiety or phobia, CBT therapy will also be used to help your brain shed old patterns of fear and boost your ability to think rationally and grow emotional resilience…in any situation.

At the beginning and end of the sessions, you’ll be taken on a relaxing journey to landscapes and environments that calm you at your core.  

The result?  Freedom from phobia, panic, anxiety, more confidence overall, increased relaxation and a life worth living.

 

David Keyes (Actor)

“This program changed my life, it’s just extraordinary.  Years of fears can be acknowledged, faced and dissolved and I made a huge shift, after just the first session. The hypnotherapy and VR works wonders! On both a personal and professional level I found these sessions so valuable.”

 

 

WHat can it help with?

Alongside Cognitive Behaviour Therapy it can help with anxiety disorders and specific phobias.

There are many simulated environments that train the brain to relax and give you a new response to fear triggers.

There are specific Virtual Environments to help you overcome:

  • Public Speaking or Performance Anxiety
  • Fear of Flying
  • Fear of Driving
  • Agoraphobia
  • Test Anxiety
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of Needles
  • Fear of Darkness/Storms
  • Fear of Heights
  • Fear of Animals/Insects

There are environments to help with specific ‘disorders’ and these can be used alongside Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Hypnotherapy.

  • OCD
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia)
  • Eating Disorders

As well as the above there are environments that allow the brain to be re-coded for relaxation and peace.  You can enter a world that enhances MINDFULNESS, which is being held up as the 21st century answer to our stressful lives, depression and anxiety.

So, whatever your pain and limitation…VR has your back! 

 

Mariko Hulme (Artist)

“I was totally stuck in some limiting mind and after just one session, I could see where I was making myself scared and overwhelmed.  I’m now able to move on…anxiety free!  But more than that, my confidence has been boosted overall. I’m finally free of self-doubt and I’m coming out my shell, creating my art and my life.”

 

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

 

Because most of us are scared of something or other.

But when you have intense, prologned fear that’s stopping you living your best life, or is becoming a major hassle in an important area…then we have a problem.  It interferes with your happiness and when it’s extreme…it has you in blind terror and running for the hills.

Fear is natural. Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety & Phobias are NOT. 

 

 

 

You’ve tried to overcome fear…

But even after trying really hard, you might still be experiencing any of the following…

  • Troubling emotions (anxiety, hurt, sadness, anger)
  • Burn out, feeling lost or aimless
  • Withdrawing from social situations and interactions
  • Worrying constantly about real or imagined events
  • Abandonment issues (clingy, possessive, controlling)
  • Fear, panic and physical anxiety symptoms
  • Scared or unable to work or do day to day tasks
  • Fear of going insane
  • Poor relationships because you’re constantly on edge
  • Phobias that are limiting your freedom, work and happiness

If so, then…

You’re dealing with a part of of your life that feels out of control.  And you’re probably somewhere on the scale of a general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder or phobia.

Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when you’re having on-going fear, that has no real external cause.  It’s different from a phobia, because often with phobias, you can avoid specific situations to get relief.  General anxiety, on the other hand, doesn’t always need a trigger.  Constant worry is your new companion and panic seems to descend from nowhere.

Phobia is diagnosed when you have unreasonable, excessive fear about people, situations, places, animals or objects.  That means avoiding those things, even if it causes massive inconvenience.  It’s coupled with distress, an anxiety response, avoidance and at times, severe life limitations.

Social Anxiety (formerly known as social phobia), is diagnosed when you have excessive fear of interacting with people or being watched performing or doing tasks. It’s a bit more complex than a pure phobia because it involves not only fear of performance, but fear of interacting, being judged, facing criticism or sometimes…even being ‘seen’ at all by others.

And it beggars belief how much we’ll put up with before we admit there’s a problem.  There are millions of people whose lives are stunted because they can’t travel, or get specific jobs, or go to great places, or go out at all (agoraphobia), or socialise or even get their dream job because it involves speaking in front of others… (public speaking is the NUMBER ONE PHOBIA IN THE WORLD).

And there’s a revolutionary therapy that’s setting people free of their long-held fears.

It’s called VIRTUAL REALITY THERAPY.

WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?

Virtual Reality Therapy, sometimes known as Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET), is a new way to tackle fears and phobias in ‘harmless’ but simulated environments that would normally cause anxiety.  Before VR, it was difficult for someone to overcome their specific fear, because the real environment was hard to re-create.  Now VR allows you to relax back and experience in ‘real time’, the problem scenario, building up the exposure SAFELY, so your brain no longer responds to the visual and auditory cues that trigger stressful emotions.

It’s for you if you want to:

  • Finally get free of panic attacks
  • Start living with peace and confidence
  • Be able to go where you want, be who you want, do what you want
  • Overcome phobias and start exploring life the way you want
  • Improve your social life, love life, work life, friendships, by letting go of social fears and boosting your self-esteem, so you RISE in relationships
  • Get your mind working FOR you…instead of against you.

Research shows it’s making a HUGE impact on healing fears and phobias, at around half the cost of standalone psychotherapy, which can involve many sessions and having to arrange real life situations to expose the client to.

With Virtual Reality Therapy, you’ll wear a headset  with the screen inserted, where your simulated environment is played. Your therapist is there to guide you all the way, measuring your physical responses, talking you through each step and making sure you stay within your comfort zone throughout.

Depending on your specific anxiety or phobia, CBT therapy will also be used to help your brain shed old patterns of fear and boost your ability to think rationally and grow emotional resilience…in any situation.

At the beginning and end of the sessions, you’ll be taken on a relaxing journey to landscapes and environments that calm you at your core.

The result?  Freedom from phobia, panic, anxiety, more confidence overall, increased relaxation and a life worth living.

 

David Keyes (Actor)

“This program changed my life, it’s just extraordinary.  Years of fears can be acknowledged, faced and dissolved and I made a huge shift, after just the first session. The hypnotherapy and VR works wonders! On both a personal and professional level I found these sessions so valuable.”

 

 

WHat can it help with?

Alongside Cognitive Behaviour Therapy it can help with anxiety disorders and specific phobias.

There are many simulated environments that train the brain to relax and give you a new response to fear triggers.

There are specific Virtual Environments to help you overcome:

  • Public Speaking or Performance Anxiety
  • Fear of Flying
  • Fear of Driving
  • Agoraphobia
  • Test Anxiety
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of Needles
  • Fear of Darkness/Storms
  • Fear of Heights
  • Fear of Animals/Insects

There are environments to help with specific ‘disorders’ and these can be used alongside Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Hypnotherapy.

  • OCD
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia)
  • Eating Disorders

As well as the above there are environments that allow the brain to be re-coded for relaxation and peace.  You can enter a world that enhances MINDFULNESS, which is being held up as the 21st century answer to our stressful lives, depression and anxiety.

So, whatever your pain and limitation…VR has your back! 

 

Mariko Hulme (Artist)

“I was totally stuck in some limiting mind and after just one session, I could see where I was making myself scared and overwhelmed.  I’m now able to move on…anxiety free!  But more than that, my confidence has been boosted overall. I’m finally free of self-doubt and I’m coming out my shell, creating my art and my life.”

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can you say more about what it helps with?

General Anxiety:  Panic attacks, persistent stress and worry, feeling constantly on edge and dreading going out in case you can’t cope.  All of these can be resolved with a blend of VR, Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  Step by step you’ll build up resilience and ability to float through panic and get on with your life!

Phobias: (as listed in previous section), plus additional phobias that are not listed, but can be managed with CBT, Hypnotherapy and VR Relaxation Environments.

Social Anxiety: This is broken into two areas.  1.  Fear of interacting with people  2.  Fear of performing or being watched doing tasks.  Both are part of social anxiety (formerly called social phobia).  You’ll practice relaxing in lecture theatres, on the stage, in a meeting, at a bar!  Step by step you’ll learn to let go of your fear of being judged or criticsed and your confidence and self-acceptance will SOAR.  If it’s a severe phobia, then CBT therapy and/or Hypnotherapy can be used in conjunction with the Virtual Reality Therapy.  Safe to say this can change the life of someone chronically shy or terrified of speaking up and being seen.

Relaxation and De-stressing – Stress, worry, boredom and fatigue are all underlying causes of bad habits and all add to anxiety.  VR helps calm down the nervous system and mind centres to bring you back to balance.  That means a clearer mind, calmer YOU and more confidence going into your world outside.

Better Sleep – Sleep is essential to the body’s repair and energy systems.  It also helps keep the brain alert and on track.  Hypnotherapy and VR helps you get into harmony with your rest and sleep, so your mind is clearly moving towards your goal.

Mood Lifting – If you’re feeling at a low ebb, it can help boost your motivation and clear away negativity so can get perspective and feel more empowered.

Peak Performance –  Sports, fitness and movement can all be super-charged with hypnotherapy and VR.  The brain can be shown your goal and start to rewire itself to respond in ways that get you more of the results you desire.  Then the VR environments act as relaxation training, so your peak performance is ensured.

Wellbeing BOOSTING –  If you’re feeling sluggish, over-worked and need a soothing ‘Mind Spa’…then this is more effective and long-lasting than any pamper session you’ll see out there!  Even though there’s transformational work to be done and challenges to face, you can get enormous benefit from offloading pent up fears,  being nurtured and ending with an adventure into a blissful world.

VR is also used alongside Hypno-Fit & Hypno-Quit to help with re-training the brain and relaxing the mind and body for utlimate results.

 

What happens during the session?

 

First of all we’ll talk through your goal for the session.  Then I’ll tell you about the process and talk you through each step, so you’re fully comfortable .  CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) is used to uncover your blocks and fears.  We then use Virtual Reality Therapy.   You’ll wear a wire on your finger to measure your physical responses to the VR environment and wear the VR headset.   I monitor all visuals and your responses,  via a computer program, so I can adjust the exposure to your fear according to your comfort levels and what you verbally report to me.  You are always in control and you’ll feel fully supported and your feelings will be at the forefront of the whole process.

The physical response measurements allow you to see how well you’re doing and over time you’ll see the formerly high stress numbers decrease, until you can enter your formerly feared situation, with confidence.  At the end of the session, we can use a relaxation environment to boost your mind and mood, so you go through your week with more optimism and personal peace.

It’s a challenging, yet EXCITING adventure to the other side of fear.

How long is a session?

The session is 90 minutes the first time, so we can talk about your goals and desired outcomes.  This means each session is specifically tailored to your needs.  Additional sessions are 60 minutes.  This includes time for an initial de-brief to see how you are doing and also post session feedback and next steps planning for you to continue progressing.  

How many sessions will I need?

The majority of people will have significant relief and transformation after a few sessions.  It’s based on 6 sessions so there’s a rapid solution focused approach to your healing and progress.  However, you’re a unique and complex human (not a lab rat!) and you may need more sessions depending on your anxiety levels and how quickly you progress.  People who take the  sessions, usually love the experience and will continue for a few more sessions until they are up, up and away!  We’ll discuss this at the free consultation and at the end of your program, where we can see what’s happening and customise an on-going plan.  BUT…that said…usually 6 sessions is enough for moderate levels of panic, stress, phobia, social and performance anxiety and other emotonal ovewhelm.  Sometimes people go off and try out life, with their new skills and will come back for top ups.  Whatever works for you is always at the forefront of our work together.  The VIRTUAL REALITY PHASE, coupled with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, will be extended according to your specific situation.  We deep dive right in from session one and we stop when you have RESULTS that set you free and leave you happy!

Is it guaranteed to work?

Yes…if YOU decide to work it.  Like anything, it’s up to you what you want to get out of it.  We only use methods that science, psychology and research have shown work for others facing the same issues.  We don’t use big false claims, or make it a passive process. At all times you work as a team with your therapist/coach to co-create the outcomes you want.  The most recent research has shown around 90% ‘cure’ rate.  Governments around the world are fully embracing Virtual Reality as a cure for PTSD experienced by war veterans (great results being shown for this).

Along with VR, you also have the benefit of traditional psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, so we’re coming at it from all angles.

 

How do I know this is for me?

Clients are often those who are open or curious about personal growth and changing how their mind responds to specific situations.  It’s for you if you want to finally be free of limiting fears and phobias.  At no time do you HAVE to use VR, we can always use other approaches to overcome your fear and anxiety (but hopefully you’ll love it!).

It’s NOT for you as a stand alone therapy if you have extreme anxiety or other emotional overwhelm.  However, it can be used in conjuction with CBT therapy and/or hypnotherapy.  We can discuss any additional therapy needs during the free consultation.  This just means a few additional sessions might be required to get the results you want.

Is the therapist in control?

In Virtual Reality Therapy, the therapist will be watching a screen and see everything that you see.  They’ll also have access to your physical response measurements via a computer program.  You’ll be talking with the therapist at all times, reporting how you feel and can adjust or stop the session any time.  The therapist will also be monitoring your reactions and can wisely choose to lower the challenge you’re facing or increase it depending on what’s happening.  It’s teamwork!

If you’re having hypnotherapy, the therapist is an expert who knows how to relax your conscious mind so you can gain access to the more subconscious parts that run your existing habits, feelings, thoughts and beliefs.  YOU are fully aware of what’s happening and the hypnotherapist works only on your agreed goals.  So you can relax!  Hypnosis is similar to deep meditation, but with the purpose of attaining a specific outcome.

What if I have more than one fear or phobia?

Then we start with the first one and work through them one by one.  However, you might find that if you resolve one issue, the confidence you gain CAN be generalised across all your fears.  So, that means it has overall benefit across your mind and your life.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

If you’re generally under-confident and suffering with low self-esteem, it can be painful.  However, mild social anxiety can be easier to tolerate when it doesn’t interfere with day to day functioning.  (Although it’s still highly unpleasant and can be improved significantly).

‘Social anxiety disorder’…is a bit different. It includes being unusually afraid of social interactions or performing.

And it has more serious consequences for your life.  It’s not just a ‘one off’ case of nerves.  It’s persistent. It shows up often.  It’s a full blown sucky, life ruining, debilitating condition.

And here are just some of the signs and symptoms….

  • Intense fear of being judged
  • Avoiding social, work or other situations where you might be the centre of attention
  • Worrying about making a fool of yourself or looking stupd
  • Blanking out whilst speaking
  • Intense fear of interacting with people (even strangers!)
  • Over-planning ahead of events to try and control the situation
  • Holding back your success because it means more interaction
  • Isolating yourself to avoid the gaze or judgement of others
  • Terror at physical symptoms that might cause embarrassment (sweating, trembling, shaky voice, blushing)
  • Analyzing everything you said, or did, or how you came across and playing it over and over in your head
  • Picking yourself apart, finding flaws, not liking yourself (definitely not limited to social anxiety disorders, this one is common across a lot of disorders)
  • Extreme discomfort when in a group. Or ok in a group but NOT one to one
  • Expecting the worst outcomes about how you’ll perform and what others will think
  • Intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers
  • Even the smallest criticism burrowing into your heart and brain, and staying for weeks, months, years
  • Inexplicable fear of meeting someone in a shop, the street or anywhere
  • Nervous talking on the phone, petrified of being in a meeting, doing anything in front of people and as for presentations or performance of any kind….FORGET IT.
What is Performance Anxiety?

Social anxiety disorder (formerly social phobia) is fear of social interactions. ‘Performance anxiety disorder’ is now recognised in its own right, which is the fear of being observed by others when performing or doing tasks.   

See if you can relate to any of the following…

Performance Anxiety

Can include:

  • Public speaking or performing on stage   
  • Playing sports/being at the gym 
  • Participating in meetings or classes
  • Exam performance, work projects or tasks
  • Writing, talking on the phone (if being watched)
  • Doing any task in public like shopping, or just walking down the street if people are there to see you
  • Fear of people noticing that you’re nervous
What is a Phobia?

A phobia is where you panic in the presence of a particular external thing, situation, place or object.  It’s part of the anxiety disorders and can be brought on by:

  • Specific traumas
  • Learned responses, picked up in early life
  • Responses to panic or fear which get attached to the object or situation (irrationally)
  • Anxiety, stress and depression when not dealt with, can result in all kinds of phobias developing

Phobias respond well to exposure therapy *including Virtual Reality Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Hypnotherapy.

What is General Anxiety Disorder?

‘Normal’ anxiety is usually a reaction to an external event. It is a useful emotion that keeps us safe, by helping us with the fight, flight or freeze decision.  Abnormal anxiety is prolonged and often turns up when there is nothing to be afraid of.  You can be walking down the street and have a panic attack.    The indicator of anxiety disorder is the physical conditions that are present.  They can include pent up feelings,  muscle tension, headaches, tight chest, breathing problems. sweating, shaking and the feeling of terror.  They can lead to social anxiety and phobias, especially agoraphobia as you might start to fear leaving the safety of home in case you have an attack.  You might even end up checking into a medical unit thinking you’re having a heart attack!  This is all conditioning in the brain and it needs an intervention to help get the rational mind to start responding normally once again.

 

FREE STRATEGY SESSION

Want to know if Virtual Reality Therapy is for you?

Book a 30 minute complimentary session and you can tell me about your specific issue and find out if this is the right solution.

Come tell me all about it and we’ll make a plan for your life beyond fear.

 

 

 

THE CONFIDENCE CODE

6 Steps To Freedom From Fear

1.  90 MINUTE DEEP-DIVE

We build your vision and make a plan to get you there. You also get a ‘taster’ Virtual Reality session to start you off the RIGHT way.

2.  RELEASE LIMITS & BLOCKS

We uncover and release your unhealthy fears. This will involve a mixture of CBT therapy, Virtual Reality Therapy and Hypnotherapy.

3.  PERMANENT CHANGE & THE FUTURE

After the initial 6 sessions, we assess your progress and see if there’s a need for further sessions of VR, Hypnotherapy or Psychotherapy.  You also get your free hypnotherapy recording, so you have me in your pocket moving forward.

FAQ’s

Can you say more about what it helps with?

General Anxiety:  Panic attacks, persistent stress and worry, feeling constantly on edge and dreading going out in case you can’t cope.  All of these can be resolved with a blend of VR, Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  Step by step you’ll build up resilience and ability to float through panic and get on with your life!

Phobias: (as listed in previous section), plus additional phobias that are not listed, but can be managed with CBT, Hypnotherapy and VR Relaxation Environments.

Social Anxiety: This is broken into two areas.  1.  Fear of interacting with people  2.  Fear of performing or being watched doing tasks.  Both are part of social anxiety (formerly called social phobia).  You’ll practice relaxing in lecture theatres, on the stage, in a meeting, at a bar!  Step by step you’ll learn to let go of your fear of being judged or criticsed and your confidence and self-acceptance will SOAR.  If it’s a severe phobia, then CBT therapy and/or Hypnotherapy can be used in conjunction with the Virtual Reality Therapy.  Safe to say this can change the life of someone chronically shy or terrified of speaking up and being seen.

Relaxation and De-stressing – Stress, worry, boredom and fatigue are all underlying causes of bad habits and all add to anxiety.  VR helps calm down the nervous system and mind centres to bring you back to balance.  That means a clearer mind, calmer YOU and more confidence going into your world outside.

Better Sleep – Sleep is essential to the body’s repair and energy systems.  It also helps keep the brain alert and on track.  Hypnotherapy and VR helps you get into harmony with your rest and sleep, so your mind is clearly moving towards your goal.

Mood Lifting – If you’re feeling at a low ebb, it can help boost your motivation and clear away negativity so can get perspective and feel more empowered.

Peak Performance –  Sports, fitness and movement can all be super-charged with hypnotherapy and VR.  The brain can be shown your goal and start to rewire itself to respond in ways that get you more of the results you desire.  Then the VR environments act as relaxation training, so your peak performance is ensured.

Wellbeing BOOSTING –  If you’re feeling sluggish, over-worked and need a soothing ‘Mind Spa’…then this is more effective and long-lasting than any pamper session you’ll see out there!  Even though there’s transformational work to be done and challenges to face, you can get enormous benefit from offloading pent up fears,  being nurtured and ending with an adventure into a blissful world.

VR is also used alongside Hypno-Fit & Hypno-Quit to help with re-training the brain and relaxing the mind and body for utlimate results.

 

What happens during the session?

 

First of all we’ll talk through your goal for the session.  Then I’ll tell you about the process and talk you through each step, so you’re fully comfortable .  CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) is used to uncover your blocks and fears.  We then use Virtual Reality Therapy.   You’ll wear a wire on your finger to measure your physical responses to the VR environment and wear the VR headset.   I monitor all visuals and your responses,  via a computer program, so I can adjust the exposure to your fear according to your comfort levels and what you verbally report to me.  You are always in control and you’ll feel fully supported and your feelings will be at the forefront of the whole process.

The physical response measurements allow you to see how well you’re doing and over time you’ll see the formerly high stress numbers decrease, until you can enter your formerly feared situation, with confidence.  At the end of the session, we can use a relaxation environment to boost your mind and mood, so you go through your week with more optimism and personal peace.

It’s a challenging, yet EXCITING adventure to the other side of fear.

How long is a session?

The session is 90 minutes the first time, so we can talk about your goals and desired outcomes.  This means each session is specifically tailored to your needs.  Additional sessions are 60 minutes.  This includes time for an initial de-brief to see how you are doing and also post session feedback and next steps planning for you to continue progressing.  

How many sessions will I need?

The majority of people will have significant relief and transformation after a few sessions.  It’s based on 6 sessions so there’s a rapid solution focused approach to your healing and progress.  However, you’re a unique and complex human (not a lab rat!) and you may need more sessions depending on your anxiety levels and how quickly you progress.  People who take the  sessions, usually love the experience and will continue for a few more sessions until they are up, up and away!  We’ll discuss this at the free consultation and at the end of your program, where we can see what’s happening and customise an on-going plan.  BUT…that said…usually 6 sessions is enough for moderate levels of panic, stress, phobia, social and performance anxiety and other emotonal ovewhelm.  Sometimes people go off and try out life, with their new skills and will come back for top ups.  Whatever works for you is always at the forefront of our work together.  The VIRTUAL REALITY PHASE, coupled with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, will be extended according to your specific situation.  We deep dive right in from session one and we stop when you have RESULTS that set you free and leave you happy!

Is it guaranteed to work?

Yes…if YOU decide to work it.  Like anything, it’s up to you what you want to get out of it.  We only use methods that science, psychology and research have shown work for others facing the same issues.  We don’t use big false claims, or make it a passive process. At all times you work as a team with your therapist/coach to co-create the outcomes you want.  The most recent research has shown around 90% ‘cure’ rate.  Governments around the world are fully embracing Virtual Reality as a cure for PTSD experienced by war veterans (great results being shown for this).

Along with VR, you also have the benefit of traditional psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, so we’re coming at it from all angles.

 

How do I know this is for me?

Clients are often those who are open or curious about personal growth and changing how their mind responds to specific situations.  It’s for you if you want to finally be free of limiting fears and phobias.  At no time do you HAVE to use VR, we can always use other approaches to overcome your fear and anxiety (but hopefully you’ll love it!).

It’s NOT for you as a stand alone therapy if you have extreme anxiety or other emotional overwhelm.  However, it can be used in conjuction with CBT therapy and/or hypnotherapy.  We can discuss any additional therapy needs during the free consultation.  This just means a few additional sessions might be required to get the results you want.

Is the therapist in control?

In Virtual Reality Therapy, the therapist will be watching a screen and see everything that you see.  They’ll also have access to your physical response measurements via a computer program.  You’ll be talking with the therapist at all times, reporting how you feel and can adjust or stop the session any time.  The therapist will also be monitoring your reactions and can wisely choose to lower the challenge you’re facing or increase it depending on what’s happening.  It’s teamwork!

If you’re having hypnotherapy, the therapist is an expert who knows how to relax your conscious mind so you can gain access to the more subconscious parts that run your existing habits, feelings, thoughts and beliefs.  YOU are fully aware of what’s happening and the hypnotherapist works only on your agreed goals.  So you can relax!  Hypnosis is similar to deep meditation, but with the purpose of attaining a specific outcome.

What if I have more than one fear or phobia?

Then we start with the first one and work through them one by one.  However, you might find that if you resolve one issue, the confidence you gain CAN be generalised across all your fears.  So, that means it has overall benefit across your mind and your life.

What is Social Anxiety Disorder?

If you’re generally under-confident and suffering with low self-esteem, it can be painful.  However, mild social anxiety can be easier to tolerate when it doesn’t interfere with day to day functioning.  (Although it’s still highly unpleasant and can be improved significantly).

‘Social anxiety disorder’…is a bit different. It includes being unusually afraid of social interactions or performing.

And it has more serious consequences for your life.  It’s not just a ‘one off’ case of nerves.  It’s persistent. It shows up often.  It’s a full blown sucky, life ruining, debilitating condition.

And here are just some of the signs and symptoms….

  • Intense fear of being judged
  • Avoiding social, work or other situations where you might be the centre of attention
  • Worrying about making a fool of yourself or looking stupd
  • Blanking out whilst speaking
  • Intense fear of interacting with people (even strangers!)
  • Over-planning ahead of events to try and control the situation
  • Holding back your success because it means more interaction
  • Isolating yourself to avoid the gaze or judgement of others
  • Terror at physical symptoms that might cause embarrassment (sweating, trembling, shaky voice, blushing)
  • Analyzing everything you said, or did, or how you came across and playing it over and over in your head
  • Picking yourself apart, finding flaws, not liking yourself (definitely not limited to social anxiety disorders, this one is common across a lot of disorders)
  • Extreme discomfort when in a group. Or ok in a group but NOT one to one
  • Expecting the worst outcomes about how you’ll perform and what others will think
  • Intense fear of interacting or talking with strangers
  • Even the smallest criticism burrowing into your heart and brain, and staying for weeks, months, years
  • Inexplicable fear of meeting someone in a shop, the street or anywhere
  • Nervous talking on the phone, petrified of being in a meeting, doing anything in front of people and as for presentations or performance of any kind….FORGET IT.
What is Performance Anxiety?

Social anxiety disorder (formerly social phobia) is fear of social interactions. ‘Performance anxiety disorder’ is now recognised in its own right, which is the fear of being observed by others when performing or doing tasks.   

See if you can relate to any of the following…

Performance Anxiety

Can include:

  • Public speaking or performing on stage   
  • Playing sports/being at the gym 
  • Participating in meetings or classes
  • Exam performance, work projects or tasks
  • Writing, talking on the phone (if being watched)
  • Doing any task in public like shopping, or just walking down the street if people are there to see you
  • Fear of people noticing that you’re nervous
What is a Phobia?

A phobia is where you panic in the presence of a particular external thing, situation, place or object.  It’s part of the anxiety disorders and can be brought on by:

  • Specific traumas
  • Learned responses, picked up in early life
  • Responses to panic or fear which get attached to the object or situation (irrationally)
  • Anxiety, stress and depression when not dealt with, can result in all kinds of phobias developing

Phobias respond well to exposure therapy *including Virtual Reality Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and Hypnotherapy.

What is General Anxiety Disorder?

‘Normal’ anxiety is usually a reaction to an external event. It is a useful emotion that keeps us safe, by helping us with the fight, flight or freeze decision.  Abnormal anxiety is prolonged and often turns up when there is nothing to be afraid of.  You can be walking down the street and have a panic attack.    The indicator of anxiety disorder is the physical conditions that are present.  They can include pent up feelings,  muscle tension, headaches, tight chest, breathing problems. sweating, shaking and the feeling of terror.  They can lead to social anxiety and phobias, especially agoraphobia as you might start to fear leaving the safety of home in case you have an attack.  You might even end up checking into a medical unit thinking you’re having a heart attack!  This is all conditioning in the brain and it needs an intervention to help get the rational mind to start responding normally once again.

 

FREE STRATEGY SESSION

Want to know if Virtual Reality Therapy is for you?

Book a 30 minute complimentary session and you can tell me about your specific issue and find out if this is the right solution.

Come tell me all about it and we’ll make a plan for your life beyond fear.

 

THE CONFIDENCE CODE

6 Steps To Freedom From Fear

1.  90 MINUTE DEEP-DIVE

We build your vision and make a plan to get you there. You also get a ‘taster’ Virtual Reality session to start you off the RIGHT way.

2.  RELEASE LIMITS & BLOCKS

We uncover and release your unhealthy fears. This will involve a mixture of CBT therapy, Virtual Reality Therapy and Hypnotherapy.

3.  PERMANENT CHANGE & THE FUTURE

After the initial 6 sessions, we assess your progress and see if there’s a need for further sessions of VR, Hypnotherapy or Psychotherapy.  You also get your free hypnotherapy recording, so you have me in your pocket moving forward.

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