First, we look with you at exactly what you have anxiety about and in what situations. The important thing here is to pay explicit attention to those situations or moments where you do not experience anxiety.
With these insights, we can work out the next steps in counseling specifically and more purposefully.
Attention will be paid to learning new associations with stimuli so that conditioning for fear is modified.
This translates into, among other things, recognizing moments where the fear need not be present.
Similar to trauma treatment, we install your “safe place. This is usually (but not always) an imaginary place, state, color, feeling etc. where you feel completely safe, can be yourself, feel complete. You teach yourself to go here anytime easier and easier.
The actual treatment now follows in desensitization. We do this in two phases.
The first stage is desensitization in vitro. This has the advantage that it can take place in the safe setting of counseling.
We guide you step-by-step imaginatively through the experience of your anxiety. This can be through conversation, cognitive, but especially hypnosis and psychodrama related techniques.
Similar to trauma treatment, we often do this first through double dissociation. When the anxiety is experienced as less here, we move to a more direct imaginal experience until the anxiety also reduces and subsides here.
Often this first stage is enough to already overcome your fears in vivo (in reality).
In a second stage, we take the step to in vivo. Here we guide you with an equally indirect confrontation in reality with your fear. Then we make the confrontation more intense and direct. Always you are guided so that nothing can happen to you.