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Gender: Female
Age: 35-40
Presenting problem: Therapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and a Fear of the Future
Treatment modality: BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®
Number of sessions: 1

C had a clinical diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder which meant there were a number of different situations that induced anxiety and panic attacks.

During the consultation, C revealed that her childhood had been made very difficult by a cold and nasty, narcissistic, mother. Used to being on the receiving end of life’s short straws, she was dealt further hardships at the hands of abusive partners throughout her early adult life.

An unexpected turn of events prompted C to suddenly realise enough was enough and she made the decision to take the future into her own hands, starting with therapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder, the elephant standing in her way.

We began by tackling the triggers which were causing overwhelming panic attacks and C’s conviction that something terrifying was going to happen.

C was certain that she would befall an horrific car crash on her daily commute, and become the victim of a violent burglary when she was at home. She obsessively consumed news media for accident and crime stories from her local area and would vividly imagine them happening to her.

The scene was set every morning with the thought ‘today will be the day’.

By the end of the first working session, two major shifts had taken place. First, C’s absolute conviction that she would have a car accident had been replaced with a more pragmatic ‘accidents happen but I’m not certain it will happen to me’, and a self-scoring reduction in anxiety from 10 to 1 (10 high).

She experienced the same dramatic result when thinking about her belief that she would be tied up and burgled: Instead of feeling frightened, C’s preferred response, whenever she heard upsetting news, was to feel sad but not fearful, and to simply get on with whatever she was doing.

The following week, C declared that she had stopped sitting in the dark at home – a strategy she had employed to deter strangers from knocking on her door, the idea of which used to ‘freak her out’ – and was no longer devouring local news reports. Moreover, the notion of having a terrible accident had ceased to dominate her thoughts.

There was more work to do before she would feel ready to step into her future, beginning with resolving the traumas of the past, but at least now the way was clear for C to walk an easier path to her final destination.

 

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Claire Louise Gaskin is an accredited Youth Worker, Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, a founder member of the British BrainWorking Research Society (BBRS), a member of the College of Medicine, Licentiate of the Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (APHP), and registered with the DoH approved Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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