I’m stoked!

This week my proposal to the Wellington Community Education Centre (CEC) to run a workshop teaching people how to use self-hypnosis to relieve every day, situational, anxiety was accepted. The workshop ‘Use Self-Hypnosis to Overcome Occasional Anxiety‘ will be held for the first time in the last quarter of 2020.


Regular readers of my posts will know that I’m passionate about hypnosis and its use as a vehicle for enhancing and expediting personal change. You’ll also know I’m passionate about enabling people to free themselves from unnecessary anxiety through my Anxiety Solutions Coaching program.


Anxiety defined

Anxiety is defined by clinicians as the “fear that persists even when a threat is not present.” It’s different to stress in that:

  • We feel STRESSED in response to a something happening NOW
  • We feel ANXIOUS in response to something that may happen in the FUTURE

The physical experience of acute stress and situational anxiety is similar but in addition to physical sensations our experience of anxiety includes negative thoughts and some degree of fear (from mild apprehension to outright terror).


To experience situational anxiety is normal.

Anxiety is a product of our inbuilt survival system doing its job. The purpose of situational anxiety is to prompt us to plan and prepare for a potential threat, so we can either avoid it or deal with it, should it materialise.

There are many future situations that you can experience situational anxiety such as: an upcoming exam, presentation, job interview, speech, sporting event, first date, flight, dentist visit.

Sometimes the anxiety you experience in response to these situational threats is disproportionate to the threat, and rather than helping you, anxiety adversely impacts your behaviour, ability to perform at your best and can be distressing.


I know this from experience.

When I was at business college, I studied hard for my law exam. I knew the material inside out, and back to front, and right up to the point I turned the exam paper over, I was confident I would pass with flying colours. When I looked down at the paper, I had an anxiety attack and my mind went blank.

I remember just sitting staring at a blank sheet of paper for the best part of an hour. I failed the exam. And so, ended my goal of becoming a lawyer. Had I known then, what I know now about coping with anxiety, the outcome of that exam would have been different, and so would the path of my life.


The good news is you don’t have to find yourself in a position like the one I experienced. You can learn how to control situational anxiety so that it doesn’t adversely impact your behaviour, thinking and feelings. Because when you combine proven, evidence-based tools and techniques with self-hypnosis you have a powerful and effective system for coping with and avoiding situational anxiety.


One of the things that’s exciting me about sharing this information and skills in my new Use Self-Hypnosis to Overcome Occasional Anxiety workshop is that there’s an impressive body of evidence supporting the use of hypnosis in reducing and alleviating anxiety.

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Self-Hypnosis can reduce the fear that fuels anxiety

On the flip side there’s still a lot of misunderstanding and myths around hypnosis. The fact is it’s simply a communication process that facilitates and expedites changes in thinking and habits. The communication process involves a combination of instructions and suggestions together with focused attention. If a person follows the instructions and accepts the suggestions, then amazing things can, and do, happen.


Self-hypnois – hypnotise yourself

Hypnosis can be delivered by a hypnotist (like me) or by one-self. When delivered by oneself, to oneself, it’s called ‘self-hypnosis.’ Self-hypnosis is a life skill, that once acquired, can literally change your life.


Want to learn more?

If you’re interested in exploring self-hypnosis then why not come along to my next Self-Hypnosis – Hypnotise Yourself one day workshop at the CEC. It’s happening on Saturday 21 November. This popular workshop provides an evidence-based model of hypnosis and practical, easy to apply methods for experiencing self-hypnosis and using hypnotic trance to achieve your goals whether they are career goals, personal goals, health goals. I’ve had great feedback from previous attendees.


If you’d like to explore how I can help you free yourself from anxiety and stress – simply schedule a free, no obligation Zoom Discovery Consultation by clicking here – https://bit.ly/2Z2lmmy 

A small investment of your time could yield amazing returns. And if ZOOM isn’t your thing, then let’s have that consult over the phone. You can call/text me on 021 056 8389.

Go well ~ Tony


I’m on a mission to help as many people as possible enjoy lives free of unnecessary stress and anxiety. If you’d like my help, or you know someone who would benefit, call/text me today on 021 056 8389 or email tony@tycoaching.nz