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Therapies For Anxiety – Eliminate Anxiety Disorders

40 million people suffer with an anxiety disorder that will last at least 6 months and even worsen without treatment. Anxiety alters the brain, fear wires in more fear and promotes avoidant responses. Therapy has to reach the whole brain and recondition the anxiety neural pattern to rewire the brain and stop emotional pain so that you can live unlimited by often unrealistic fears. The mind that works skillfully and intentionally can change the brain and body and even stress proof it for years to come.

Ever wonder if medication is better than psychotherapy?

Most clinicians feel that medications should not be used as first line treatment as there are problems such as side effects and addiction potential with anti-anxiety medications. Further, anti-anxiety medications can interfere with reprocessing of trauma memories. Additionally, anxiety that is due to separation or abandonment may not even respond to medications when given. If you are already on medication, it’s not too late to get free of it. The approach that Dr. Elizabeth Michas utilizes emphasizes brain-based skills, not pills.

Psychological treatment has the longest duration effect for keeping client’s anxiety and stress reduced, especially by integrating and combining interventional approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and hypnotherapy.

Combining talk (a cognitive intervention) and stuff you do (experiential intervention) will provide the most effective results in shortest timeframe, as this utilizes the whole brain and it’s dual processing capabilities to promote change. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most researched, so often most people looking to follow an evidence-based treatment are therefore drawn to that approach. A growing number of people are using mindfulness, guided imagery and hypnosis to overcome anxiety. These approaches emphasize experiential and psychosensory modes of brain processing. The American Psychological Association notes plenty of scientific examples of the usefulness of clinical hypnosis.

Cognitive hypnotherapy, where hypnotherapy is combined or integrated with CBT, is reported to be one of the most effective treatments, needing just 2 to 3 sessions for a foundational change. Usually, clients note change after just one session. Feeling more relaxed and at ease, they are also hopeful of living free of problematic anxiety symptoms.

Dr. Michas uses her Emotional Pain Intervention (EPI)™ framework, which already includes treatment adherence to integrative common factors shown by psychotherapy research to get the best results with fewer sessions. Multi-level brain processing systems are targeted with many interventions, designed to promote brain change and eliminate problematic symptoms. It is an integrative therapy approach that combines all of therapy approaches mentioned above, plus others.