Exam anxiety is nasty, unfair and completely unnecessary. You could ditch it with Resolved! Hypnotherapy 



Are you here because a child of yours is becoming panicked by the arrival of his or her exams? If so then please take comfort in the fact that hypnotherapy for exam anxiety is a tried and tested remedy.

At the time of writing this it’s April 2023 and exam season is rapidly approaching. Already there are students who are contacting me, in need of help with that anxiety which this season brings. 

For many people this will be their first major group of exams held in person, in exam halls, around other people. Students who had their GCSE’s or A’ Levels two years ago very often never had to sit them, for covid 19 rendered exams supposedly impossible to hold. Those students received grades awarded in accordance with their predicted grades and so have never had to become accustomed to the inevitable stress of major public examinations.

Perhaps this is why I’m presently receiving a record number of calls from parents of anxious, tearful students, panicking at the arrival of exams to which they have had no way of becoming habituated. 

The good news is that hypnotherapy for exam anxiety is a great way of addressing the problem

I always liked exams but for some people the mere thought of them will strike terror into their hearts. This is a pity, because these people are generally the most diligent and hard-working. People who don’t much care about exams or results don’t tend to be so very anxious about them. Those who do feel fear when faced with looming exams would almost certainly do very well if they could only learn how to get out of their own way. This is, of course, where I come in. I have helped teenagers (and adults taking professional examinations) to leave their fear of anxiety behind them.

The great majority of people fail to become as enthused by exams as I once did. However, it’s s nevertheless true to say that exams don’t cause anxiety. It’s true! Exams are merely bits of paper on a desk in a hall somewhere. It’s the person who suffers the fear who causes it. That may sound harsh but it’s both true and helpful. It means that they hold the solution too! It’s my job to help them to grasp this and to work with the adrenaline rather than against it.

I also offer hypnotherapy online  for exam anxiety, using vsee, zoom or whatsap. Please get in touch for more details as to how this works.

The good news is that they can take control.

I’ve used hypnotherapy in Reading, London, Thame, Wallingford and Oxford to help people overcome these exam anxieties. It really can be done. You or your child needn’t suffer insomnia, anxiety and panic any longer. 

Exam stress comes under the grouping of a performance anxiety. It’s similar to the anxiety suffered by people exam anxietyundergoing job interviews, sporting or artistic performances and the like. As with all of them, exam stress gets in the way because nobody can think clearly whilst those fight-or-flight hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are coursing through the body.

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I use a combination of mindfulness and hypnotherapy to work with performance anxieties. Your or your son/daughter will not only learn to cope swimmingly well with that exam, you’ll also have learned tools and techniques which can be applied to any other future situation. First dates, job interviews, wedding days, driving tests and so forth: once these approaches have been learned they can be applied elsewhere and for life.

I have so much experience with this subject. It can be resolved

As a qualified teacher I understand what it is to experience exam stress and have – in the past –  designed and delivered a program, for use in schools, which helps students to overcome it. Every year I help a clutch of private clients – those undertaking GCSEs, AS/A’ Levels, university finals or post-graduate professional examinations – to overcome their fears and succeed. Perhaps you or your child could be next.

An example of my work in helping people to beat exam stress (details changed)

exam anxiety hypnotherapyA few years ago I was contacted by a young woman who was about to sit her finals. A career in a great beckoned if only she could pass. The problem, however, was that these exams were so important to her that he was suffering anxiety attacks whenever she thought about them. 

She only had a few days between the point of contact and her first exam. It wasn’t ideal. I usually like to have two or three sessions for this problem.

Neither could she come to see me in Oxford for us to work face to face. Nonetheless, she was so desperate and I was keen to help.

The pressure was on!

I didn’t use Vsee in those days and so the only option was a telephone conversation.


Fifty minutes later…

I only had a fifty minute conversation with her. That’s all we had time for. In that time, however, something must have clicked because she aced her exams and went on to begin her career in her chosen profession. It was one of the best moments in my career to that point.

I did the same thing in 2019 with a person living in a European country. He was studying to join the medical profession. He had failed one particular exam several times. He hadn’t been taught this unit particularly well. The university wasn’t overly keen to help him, it seems, and he didn’t have many resources from which to learn. If he failed this exam one more time then that was that – he would have to leave the university and the past three years of study would have been wasted. I had two telephone sessions with this person and he contacted me a few weeks later to say that he had passed. 

Is there something deeper going on?

Sometimes I see a client for exam nerves and that’s all they need. Sometimes, however, it becomes obvious that this is just the tip of the client’s anxiety iceberg. Sometimes more work is then required. 

I promise to work as quickly as possible but I also want to do a thorough job. If the anxiety is deep-seated then more work may be required and I’d recommend that it gets done. Otherwise the anxiety may return of cause you problems in other ways. We’ll know, either way, by the end of session one.

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It’s not just for teenagers!

I see people of all ages for these issues. I’ve seen accountants, doctors, lawyers, police officers and other professionals who find themselves unexpectedly crippled by a terror of examinations. If you suffer from the fear of a test of any kind, hypnotherapy can help you.

Where does Resolved! Hypnotherapy practice?

I’ve used hypnotherapy for exam anxiety in Reading, Wallingford, London (Holborn / Clerkenwell), Oxford and Thame. If you live in or around these places and if you’d like to hear more of how I could help you then please feel free to get in touch. I can be contacted on 07786 123736, o20 71939331, 01183 280284 or 01865 600970. I can also be emailed at paul@resolvedhypnotherapy.co.uk. Alternatively, simply use the contact form below. I’ll respond to the query just as soon as I can.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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