Panic attacks are extremely common. Most people at some stage have suffered the symptoms of panic, but when these symptoms continue for no apparent reason and begin to encroach on daily activities and happiness, it is time to seek some kind of help.
Panic attacks can ruin people’s lives. People can become fearful of being in public places in case these seemingly uncontrollable feelings occur, or they may find it hard to travel on buses, in cars or on planes. With some people, panic attacks are brought on by specific events (such as flying), but for others, panic attacks can occur at any time or place and appear to have no pattern.
People suffering a panic attack may experience some, or all, of the following symptoms: feelings of imminent danger or doom, the need to escape, palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea or abdominal discomfort, dizziness, a fear of dying, tingling sensations and hot and cold flushes. Some people even end up fainting, if the panic becomes too intense.
Niamh Mester is the director of NLP International, Galway. She is a licensed practitioner, master practitioner and NLP trainer. She was trained by Dr Richard Bandler (co-developer of NLP) in London and Los Angeles and has over 12 year’s experience training groups and individuals. She runs a busy practice in Moycullen, Galway.
Niamh believes that the fearful symptoms that grip a person in panic can be banished forever through NLP. NLP is a set of techniques designed to facilitate a person to use their own resources to achieve increased effectiveness in their lives and to resolve challenges that are diminishing their quality of life and happiness.
Neuro refers to neurology and how we use our senses. Physiology and linguistic refer to our use of verbal and non-verbal language. Programming refers to our patterns of behaviour and how it is possible to change these patterns.
“NLP is based on the discovery that changing ‘how’ one thinks can transform ‘what’ one thinks,” explains Niamh. “In one or more sessions, skilled NLP trainers can help people define and achieve their goals – whether in life or career, boost confidence, reduce stress, eradicate phobias, solve weight problems, accelerate learning, achieve personal growth and well-being and more,” she adds.
Niamh says the reason NLP is so successful in easing panic attacks is because the techniques go right to the unconscious core programming of why an individual is panicking. “We quite literally, together with the client, change the programming into a more positive and life-enhancing pattern,” she says.
“Usually negative patterns are established in response to a past event that the unconscious mind is continually playing out, even though the incident is no longer occurring,” continues Niamh. “For example, someone may fear talking to groups because of an event that happened many years ago. This unconscious memory triggers a response and therefore, every time the response is triggered, an individual physically and emotionally relives the past event without any conscious awareness that they are actually doing this.
“NLP practitioners will help an individual banish this pattern completely from the unconscious mind, thus freeing the person to introduce a new conscious chosen reality, such as ‘I am confident and happy when I give presentations to groups’,” she adds.
Niamh believes that people who experience panic attacks have their own personal unconscious patterns that trigger off the conscious reaction (panic attack) to the distressful situation that they find themselves in. A highly skilled NLP master practitioner can access these unconscious patterns and verbally (linguistically) change the pattern, setting the person free from any further attacks.
This all sounds very serious, but Niamh says that NLP sessions are very relaxing, enjoyable and fun. “What better way to help people than to offer a set of powerful, non-invasive tools that actually empower people to become fully who they are. NLP has the potential to make real, grounded and long lasting changes. Dreams are for living and NLP in my own personal life has given me such hope and a level of happiness that I previously had never experienced,” says Niamh.
Niamh Mester is available for individual appointments. Phone (091) 868054. She also teaches a practitioner course and provides business consultations.