Guns forming a triangle containing terrorism wordsWe are living in times when it seems that our own media and militant fanatics are colluding together to increase ratings and press sales. The fanatics can’t help it – they think they are doing what their belief system requires of them. The media can’t help it because they are large and expensive operations built to make money and working for the fanatics is helping them do that because the more we know about the threats that we are facing as a nation the more we want to know so we keep watching and keep buying so that other news starts to work its way to the peripheries. The more stories they tell, the more we read and the more the terror builds.

So what can a hypnotist in Worthing do?

Terror is a perception of events. I had a client in this week who was caught up in New York during the 911 fallout. Since then travelling has become harder and harder and until eventually he stopped travelling all together. Due to life events he has reached a point when he needs to travel but as he thinks about it he is starting to obsess about the idea of being involved in a terrorist attack. He has been googling ‘how to survive a terrorist attack’ and planning strategies what to do if his hotel is stormed or the boat or plane is hijacked. He is finding himself compulsively drawn to articles and news about the latest terrorist attacks which are just feeding his terror. The idea of being involved in an attack was as real to him as tonight’s dinner.

He came to me because he realised he did not need to be this afraid and he needs to travel again. During our session I was able to bring his anticipation down from expecting it to happen to accepting the fact that it probably won’t happen. At the end of the session, his subconscious mind agreed that there was no more need to keep looking up survival strategies on google, agreed that there was nothing more stopping him from travelling and enjoying the safe parts of the world again.

Terrorists do what they do because they create terror. Without terror they are nothing. Our media seems to be giving them this power for their own ends but the final choice is with you. Terror is a choice, an interpretation of events. If the news now scares you, if the events in the news are causing you anxiety and preventing you from living the life that you want to live then you can change that perception and if you cannot choose to change that perception then hypnosis can probably help you see things more objectively once again.

About Alex


Alex Vrettos is The Worthing Hypnotist using direct hypnosis, metaphor, parts therapy, subconscious negotiation to change any unwanted feelings and behaviours specialising in treatment of anxiety and fear related issues. He has an informal style that is solution focused and usually gets results within the first session or two.