NLP Anxiety Cure

I often say that the cure for anxiety is simple. It’s also quick and easy. Today I found a question posted on a group. A woman was asking if a colleague of hers would benefit from NLP for an anxiety issue. She asked if the woman’s reported ‘regression’ to anxiety could be resolved because it caused her colleague to ‘need’ anti-depressants and sleeping pills.

My response:

I have a couple of questions that might be useful just from the language in your post. First, know that NLP is useful in such cases. And the word ‘regression’ is interesting. People often use psychological words incorrectly, but I want to respond to it anyway. Regression is going back in time if you think about it. Although the habitual anxious response your colleague reports may be common to past events (and the objective will be to break the life pattern); anxiety is future based.

NLP Anxiety Cure

The NLP approach is to go into a future beyond the time a fearful event will have already been resolved one way or another. It will be resovled satisfactorily or the outcome may not be the most preferred outcome, but eventually looking back on it will no longer have a negative emotional charge. It may be funny by then. When a person can separate and anchor the resolved state (laughter about how silly the fear was is an excellent resolved state) then the resolved state can be brought back to present and anchored and enhanced. When the person has this one example of changing the anxious feelings to good positive feelings, the state can be generalized to many or most life circumstances and the new strategy for successfully handling situations can be integrated as a new life pattern.

Drugs Can Reduce Effectiveness

The second thing in your post that concerns me is the statement that she ‘needs’ anti-depressants and sleeping pills. An NLP Practitioner cannot tell your colleague to discontinue a doctors prescriptions, however, helping the person distinguish the physical symptom of ‘heart palpitations’ from needing drugs is useful. These are separate issues. Drugs can cloud the effects of an NLP intervention and chances are that by future pacing the person to a positive resolved state on even one event will produce a strong physiological response that is likely to give your colleague the good feelings and confidence to make the changes in other events. When the new habit of stopping anxiety before it gets going is in place, the ‘additiction’ to the negative chemicals produced from anxious behavior can be broken permanently. Drugs should not be necessary.

Get to the Core Programming

Here’s my last point. The NLP anxiety cure for one event is simple, quick and effective. Once a client experiences the positive states possible from a single event, she can run the pattern for herself as any new anxiety arises. What may be going on with your colleague is a deeper life pattern that could require a slightly longer coaching period and your NLP Coach can run time line processes that would be effective in unhooking the ‘gestalt’ or string of events that make up the bigger pattern in a fairly short perioid of time or number of coaching sessions. Your NLP Practitioner will want to check for and deal with secondary gain to the old life pattern and make sure the positive intent of the old behavior is satisfied in new ways.

BIll Thomason
NLP Success Coach
Certified NLP Trainer