Political Anxiety and Hypnotherapy
You would have to be living in a cave to not know that there is a tremendous amount of anxiety regarding politics and the state of the world at the moment. Whether it is the actions of the President of the United States or Brexit, there is a great deal of uncertainty in the world which is causing a significant amount of anxiety about the present as well as the future.
I am seeing more and more clients come to see me with a pervasive sense of distress. This distress seems to transcend the presenting issues that people are coming in with. It would appear that the political and social uncertainty is causing an additional layer of anxiety which seems to really be effecting my clients.
Anxiety is one of the most common things that I work with, but this new social and political anxiety is a new challenge. It is not for me, or any therapist, to put our views of the world out on my clients. But, in order to assist with this type of anxiety it is necessary to tease out the beliefs of our clients without judging where they are coming from. The issue of this secondary anxiety is not being looked at in the detail needed and the long term implications are yet to be seen. I think therapists will have quite a lot of work ahead of them with this new political and social reality.