New Solution for Anxiety Sufferers

I can help you overcome fears, phobias & anxiety-related problems with a safe and effective method. The methodology I use is both effective and efficient. So much so that many people that come to me for help find they require just a handful of sessions to rid themselves of fear & anxiety. However, every case is unique.

How the Rowshan Method Works

I’ll share with you the secret to overcoming fear and anxiety. Bear in mind that the discovery is not mine. World renowned neurologists and brain researchers such as Antonio Damasio, Michael Gazzaniga and Dennis Charney, among others, have contributed greatly to expand our knowledge of how the brain functions.

In order to free yourself from phobias and anxiety, two fundamental things must be changed:

  1. Your perception of what appears to be menacing and dangerous, and also
  2. Your reaction to it.

These two aspects become a vicious self-reinforcing loop that takes a life of its own. Once you manage to change how you perceive the problem situation or stimuli, your physiological reaction to it will change as well.

Before telling you how I go about achieving these two goals, let me tell you briefly what I do not do:

  • I do not expose you to the object or the situation that causes fear or anxiety. Exposure techniques rarely work because by triggering this vicious circle of fight-or flight response (fear and anxiety) you could actually reinforce it.
  • I will not just talk and listen to you. Simply giving you a sympathetic shoulder and a listening ear to your problem will not solve anything.
  • I will not give you advice. Telling that you should read such and such book or to take life easy will not help you.
  • I will not try to convince you that your fear is irrational. That would insult your intelligence as you already know that.
  • I will not delve into your past or childhood memories to uncover the deep layers of issues surrounding the problem.

You must realize that there is no scientific evidence that knowing the causes of a problem contributes to its solution. The key factor with fears and anxiety is not what causes them in the past, but rather how the problem keep persisting in the present.

Over several online sessions, I will take you through specific techniques that allow you to overcome your fears or anxiety. Between sessions, you will practice what you’ve learned. And as we progress I will fine tune your exercises to fit your unique case until you have overcome the problem.

My method is a combination of many proven techniques. I use relaxation exercises, suggestions and other techniques that I have honed through years of study and practice. The key is the correct order of these techniques.

As Blaise Pascal, the great philosopher said: “Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.” Likewise, techniques differently arranged will have different effects. Some of the techniques used by most psychotherapists are effective; however they are presented in the wrong order. Therefore they do not have the desired effect and rarely help you overcome your fears and anxiety.

My Method Is Effective

I believe there’s only one proof that matters: the results I can deliver. I’m neither a doctor, a psychologist nor a psychotherapist. I am a specialist in anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behavior and other anxiety-related problems.

My approach is decidedly pragmatic aimed at freeing you from fears and anxiety. My method has proven over the last 23 years to be an effective solution to extreme fear and anxiety. To learn more, you can read the success stories related to anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder describing how I’ve helped specific individuals.

Many believe that the origin and the very first cause of fear and anxiety is the key to solving it. However, in some cases, people don’t even remember the cause. I have had clients who had every reason to be happy in their life but still felt anxious and depressed. As every person suffering from fear and anxiety can tell you, the symptoms often evolve through time and usually become worse. Untreated problems can worsen. So time becomes the enemy – as you let your fears and anxiety rule your life, your symptoms worsen.

I remember a man who came to see me for agoraphobia. His fear had started with a panic attack in the street but gradually his fear limited his life to the extent that he could hardly go out of his town on his own. It is immensely gratifying to be able to assist individuals improve their lives and reach a little bit further into their vast potentialities.

You can contact me for more information and to book an appointment for online sessions.

Kelly Hrudey’s Daughter Struggles with OCD

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Former NHL player and Hockey Night in Canada commentator, Kelly Hrudey is a wonderful father. His 20-year-old daughter, Kaitilin, has suffered from obsessive fears of diseases. At the age of 10 she started having obsessive thoughts about going blind and in order to calm herself, Kaitilin started blinking her eyes compulsively.

At first, her parents thought it was a temporary tic that would go away by itself. However, Kaitlin started having many psychosomatic problems such as migraines. She also avoided socializing opportunities and stayed home instead of participating in school activities. Kelly and his wife Donna, realized that they must take action and seek professional help for their daughter.

They contacted Calgary psychologist Kelly Moroz to treat Kaitlin’s problem. They were told that they were in a long haul and must be patient because their daughter had a mental illness which required many sessions of psychotherapy. They were told that their young daughter had to battle anxiety her whole life.

After 4 years of work with the psychologist Kaitlin learned how to cope with her obsessive thoughts. She learned breathing and relaxation techniques, and also techniques to distract herself from obsessive thoughts.

In an interview, Kaitilin explained that, after 4 years of therapy the psychologist didn’t help overcome her problem:

“He helped me a lot and he still helps me a lot with my thoughts and trying to get through them — but he can’t take the thoughts away.”

“It’s something that I just have and it’s something that he’s taught me tools so that I can live a good life with these thoughts and get through them. But I wouldn’t say they’ve disappeared over the years. I just know how to cope with them now.”

The task of a competent psychologist is help a person overcome her problem — not just cope with it. I’m sure that Dr. Moroz is well intentioned professional that did everything he could to help. However, when a psychologist cannot help overcome a problem, he should not make people believe that they have to live with their anxiety.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a problem that can be overcome. I have helped many people overcome this anxiety-related problem once and for all. My goal is not to teach people how to cope with their symptoms. I do my best to banish their obsessive thoughts or rituals. There is hope for all people with OCD. And, yes, including Kaitilin Hrudey can overcome her OCD for good.

NBA Player Royce White Says ‘Hell No’ to 100 Flights

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Royce White, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA, suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and fear of flying. His anxiety has become a major obstacle for furthering his career because NBA players must fly frequently to different cities to play basketball.

White’s own words describe best the intensity of his fear:

“One hundred flights would be like if you’re allergic to peanut butter – it’d be like spreading your whole body with it.”

Like most people with anxiety and phobias, White’s strategy has been avoiding planes and requesting to be able to travel by bus. However, being in the NBA means traveling great distances and that has many disadvantages. White’s anxiety is seriously jeopardizing his future in the NBA.

In 2012 White went public with his struggle with anxiety. Since then, he has become an mental health advocate. His public crusade is much praiseworthy as long as he doesn’t accept his anxiety as a permanent condition. However, after reading several interviews where he explains his anxiety conditions, it became evident to me that this 21-year old basketball player believes that anxiety and fear are unbeatable. Unfortunately, White doesn’t know that he can overcome his anxiety-related conditions once and for all.

And I don’t blame him.

White, like all many other anxiety sufferers, listens to what ‘experts’ tell him. In numerous occasions I read psychologists explain that you cannot overcome anxiety, and that you must live with it for the rest of your life. The best they can do for you is to teach you a set of coping skills.

No wonder then that people like Royce White have given up. I wish I could let White know that I can help him banish his anxiety and fear of flying once and for all. White would better defend the rights of mental health sufferers in sport and elsewhere by overcoming his anxiety-related problems. This way he can give hope to other phobic and anxious people that that there is a solution.

Alternative Treatment Methods for Anxiety Disorders

Here are a few alternative treatment methods that are currently being applied to anxiety disorders. Please do not mistake this for a recommendation or endorsement.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early 70′s. They observed a series of competent professionals in the field of psychotherapy and codified their successful therapeutic approaches.

NLP became a house-hold name when Tony Robbins began using and promoting it. Some NLP practitioners claim to cure a phobia in less than 7 minutes! Aside from anecdotal cases there is no evidence for such claims.

Moreover, psychoanalysts believe in the “iceberg theory” of fears and anxiety. They see a phobia and anxiety as the tip of an unconscious iceberg. In order to help you overcome fears and anxiety they have you go back to the time it all started. The goal is to change the past in order to have you feel better in the present time.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro. The technique involves you focusing on the inner image, thought, and body sensations related to a phobia while simultaneously moving your eyes in different directions. Sometimes auditory tones or tapping are included to enhance the effects.

You must follow a mechanical procedure to recall a negative memory. The aim is to have you conjure up negative experiences while they distract you by eye movements and sound and tapping. It’s a type of hypnotic technique. Eye movements are just a series of motor distractions with a suggestion that would increase the placebo effect.

Moreover, any kind of technique to unblock a negative reaction must take into account the perception-reaction system. Otherwise, any future difficulty may trigger the relapse. If you do not substitutes the dysfunctional equilibrium with a new functional one, you run the risk of relapse.

Thus EMDR may alleviate initially the symptoms of fear and anxiety but does not help you overcome your problem definitely.

According to the EMDR Institute, as published in their web site: “EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.”

To answer whether EMDR is effective in the treatment of phobias, panic disorder, here is the information from their institute: “There is much anecdotal information that EMDR is effective in the treatment of specific phobias. Unfortunately, the research that has investigated EMDR treatment of phobias, panic disorder, and agoraphobia has failed to find strong empirical support for such applications.”
As with any form of psychotherapy, there may be a temporary increase in anxiety which using EMDR. According to the EMDR institute this may include:

  1. distressing and unresolved memories may emerge
  2. some clients may experience reactions during a treatment session that neither they nor the administering clinician may have anticipated, including a high level of emotion or physical sensations
    subsequent to the treatment session, the processing of incidents/material may continue, and other dreams, memories feelings, etc., may emerge.

Thought Field Therapy (TFT)

Thought field therapy (TFT) was developed in 1981 by clinical psychologist Roger J. Callahan. It all began when he was treating a woman for her water phobia. He asked her to think about water, then tapped with two fingers an acupressure point under her eyes and much to his surprise, her fear of water completely disappeared.

Callahan claims that the cure was due to the tapping, which he thinks unblocked the energy field in a specific meridian. According to his theory a negative incident generates a negative emotion which in turn causes energy blockage. Allegedly with only 6 minutes of tapping a TFT practitioner can cure phobias with 87% success rate.

Callahan claims to find the exact point where to tap for each kind of health problem. Here’s how he claims it works: A practitioner taps on various points on the body with his fingertips following a rhythmic and orderly sequence called ‘algorithms’. The taps and body parts could vary depending on the health issue being treated. During the tapping, the patient must hum a tune or repeat the alphabet as well as thinking about an anxiety producing situation.

There have been some studies conducted and reported by Callahan himself. However, the entire success rate is based on anecdotal cases and testimonials. There is absolutely no scientific evidence for his extraordinary claims. The American Psychological Association has also announced that thought field courses are not approved for continuing education credits. According to James Herbert, a psychology professor at Drexel University, thought field therapy has no scientific proof for its claims.

His latest Callahan’s discovery is called “Voice Technology” (VT) that let practitioners “accurately identify a TFT sequence for any ailment”. And all this is done over the phone!. Therapists who take this three-day-course of individualized training with Callahan must also purchase a “voice technology” machine at a cost of appx. $100,000.

According to Callahan’s Web site, “A TFT Voice Technology practitioner has the potential for the whole world as their clients”.