A young girl came into my office for a session. She complained about having anxiety. During our initial session, she explained that she read an article about a man who was sleepwalking and killed someone. This ignited so much fear and anxiety in her that it affected her ability to function and disrupted her days.
From my years of experience working with people, I knew the story of the violent sleepwalker was a metaphor for something from her past she needed to work on.
This metaphor gave me a starting point from which I could explore her mental landscape. I sensed that she may have previously experienced a “death of self”, so to speak. Through our conversations, I gathered her history bit by bit and was able to identify moments in her life when she felt violated. A part of her “self” was hurt, lost, abandoned, taken away.
A hypnosis session uncovered several traumatic situations that she didn’t realize still affected her. In only a few sessions she was able to accept the cause of her discomfort. Once she gained an understanding of the reasons behind her anxiety, it naturally dissipated. If anxious feelings surface again, she now knows how to manage them.