For people already struggling with anxiety, Ketamine infusion therapy can seem overwhelming. It is a catch-22 that even the thought of something that may help your anxiety can cause a panic attack and deter you from this revolutionary treatment. Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as a spike in blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nausea and headaches. If you suffer from high anxiety it is important to manage these symptoms prior to and during your Ketamine infusion. Hypnotherapy may be incredibly beneficial to get you through your treatments safely and calmly.
Hypnotherapy provides reprogramming of the subconscious mind which allows positive change at the subconscious level. I used hypnotherapy at the beginning of a Ketamine treatment where a patient was suffering from extreme anxiety. By combining a breathing technique and guided imagery the anxiety level decreased significantly, which lowered and stabilized her vital signs. The patient felt very comfortable, relaxed and safe throughout the remainder of the treatment.
We all have the fight or flight mode. Our bodies can’t relax and have anxiety at the same time. Concentrating on our breathing overcomes the anxiety which allows one to go into a relaxed state of mind. Once in the relaxed state I guided the patient into positive imagery with positive suggestions that the subconscious mind holds on to and wants to act upon.
The subconscious mind is creative, intuitive, irrational, and emotional. It is responsible for storing your memories for all the experiences you have ever had, as well as containing your values, core beliefs about yourself, every thought and emotion. Therefore, it also becomes the place we store our negative thoughts and behaviors. After your first few treatments you should become familiar with the process and trust the providers and know everything will be fine. Ketamine infusion therapy may be the treatment you need to help with your anxiety and related symptoms and hypnotherapy may give you the strength and the opportunity to try.
For more information on hypnotherapy please call us at 480-788-8539.
Barbara Black is a Certified Hypnotherapist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.