On 5th November 2014, The printed the following article about the fear that actress Gillian Anderson had been experiencing and how she had used hypnotherapy to help her to over come it.

Gillian Anderson had hypnotherapy before returning to the stage this year.

The 46-year-old actress has won rave reviews for her performance in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at London’s Young Vic theater but had to seek specialist help before her run started after suffering panic attacks brought on by a fear of forgetting her lines.

She said: “I was terrified because I’ve had panic attacks on stage before so deciding to do this was a lot of pressure.

“I went to a couple of different hypnotists to deal with the anxiety because about six months before I started I was already projecting the fear of the future onto really small moments and struggling to even give a thank you speech.

“I think the combination of hypnotherapy and working my a*s off so that I was comfortable with the material meant that it hasn’t been an issue.”

Gillian – who has children Piper, 20, Oscar, eight, and Felix, six, from previous relationships – has previously suffered from panic attacks so bad that she “hallucinated”.

She recalled in an interview with Stylist magazine: “There was a period of time when I was pregnant with my daughter where I started having panic attacks and they pretty much happened every day for well over a year.

“And it was absolute hell – like hallucinatory – really bad.”


It is sad to hear that Gillian Anderson was unable to find a suitable therapist straight away, but all credit to her for persevering and finding a practitioner who could help her cope with her panic.

It has long been known that hypnotherapy is immensely effective in helping a person to reduce the anxiety and prevent full-blown panic, but many people require more than a generic, pre-recorded download or simple symptom suppression and relaxation techniques from a therapist.

LCH (Lesserian Curative Hypnotherapy) is a far more specialised treatment and works with someone in an individual way – after all, no two people suffer the same problem in the same way and therefore no two people can benefit from the same treatment.

In Gillian’s case, she knew what was triggering her panic – a fear that she would forget her lines.  But why?  Why would this thought intrude on her mind in the first place?  Why did she expect it to happen?  Why would the fear of the situation take such a hold over her that she would suffer a panic attack?

She may well remember the first time she experienced the fear.  She might even remember an occasion when she DID actually forget her lines – but why is she so convinced it will happen again?  After all, the anxiety/panic actually INCREASES the likelihood of it happening!

LCH would have identified the answers to these ‘whys’ and then dealt with that information so that the thought did not intrude again.  No thought means no fear.  No fear means no panic!

If you are interested in finding out more about how LCH deals with the ‘why’ rather than the ‘what’ or the ‘when’ – then you might find the explanation “Hypnotherapy – different types” of interest.



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