Anxiety

Anxiety Specialist
For individuals suffering from anxiety in Austin, Texas, George P. Glaser, LCSW offers clinical hypnosis as a treatment option. As a psychotherapist, he works with individuals dealing with varied forms of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Through hypnosis, he is able to assist clients lessen the need for anxiety drugs, using their mind to help build internal resources to balance their body and emotional states.

Anxiety Q & A

by George P. Glaser, LCSW

What is an anxiety disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a condition that encompasses a range of medical problems involving thoughts, feelings, and physical responses. These thoughts may be disturbing due to an underlying concern about fear and panic. Individuals suffering from anxiety disorders may have a constant sense of discomfort, or more episodic experiences of panic. These negative thoughts overwhelm and dominate the person, as well as their behaviors. For example, someone with an anxiety disorder may experience shortness of breath, be physically unable to leave their house or be involved in social activities with others because of their unwarranted fears.

What are the different types of anxiety?

There are several different forms of anxiety that disrupt the lives of more than 20% American adults. Anxiety also affects children and teens. Those with a generalized anxiety disorder have constant tension and exaggerated fears associated with a negative mindset. These worrisome thoughts affect a person’s daily routines, and they are often accompanied by nervous trembling, headache, or nausea. Other forms of anxiety include social phobia, specific phobia, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Common characteristics of each of these forms of anxiety include unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts or feelings that disrupt daily life. These thoughts and emotions are often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as chest pain, nightmares, depression, distraction, or lack of control in one’s life.

How does George Glaser treat anxiety?

Since most forms of anxiety are somewhat the result of an imbalance, either biochemically or within a person’s life, hypnosis can help rebalance the individual. In his past 40 years of therapeutic work, George has developed a combination of approaches anchored by hypnotherapy to assist the development of internal resources and a sense of emotional and physical balance. His approaches contain strong elements of cognitive-behavioral and family systems therapy. He also provides hypnotherapy to help the individual identify the source of distress or imbalance in their life. This is the first step to allowing the client to honor and experience the distress so they can learn to constructively resolve the issue. This can help a client t by treating the distress that is causing or associated with their anxiety disorder.

Some of Mr. Glaser’s beliefs that help direct his approach with patients include:

  • Anxiety can be a wake-up call to change
  • A client must be provided ways to stay comfortable enough in order to stay focused on the internal message
  • Providing a therapeutic setting for the distress to be constructively recognized
  • A therapist must provide ways for a patient to stay comfortable as he/she experiences discomfort connected with the internal and relational exploration.
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