Exam Stress

When I first saw Jack he was incredibly stressed about taking his AS level exams. When we sat down to chat about it his stress stemmed from a general fear of failure, which he had suffered from since a very early age. As well as working on specifics for the exam stresses we worked on the underlying fear itself. Using the six-step re-frame model he got to understand the reasons behind the fears and by understanding he had his "aha" moment. That combined with Time Based Techniques reduced the underlying fears from a massive problem to a fast dwindling speck.

For the exams specifically we looked at the way he entered an exam room and found the point at which he started to worry (BEFORE his panic set in) and he came to see that it was at the point he stepped through the door. By also discovering that his lead representational system was visual and using conversational anchoring we fastened a strong anchor to a clock he always saw when he entered the exam room (there pretty much always seems to be a large clock in an exam room). The anchor caused him to feel a deep relaxation and relief. Once he was convinced that it was set and it triggered a few times, as he ran through the scenario in his mind, we were done. A quick check up after an actual exam had totally convinced him that the old problem was gone. The added side effect to all of this was that he then chose to come off of prescription anti-anxiety drugs he had been reliant on for quite some time.

Here's a testimonial from his mum:
"Our son Jack saw Duncan regarding his anxiety. He was struggling with his AS levels, even after studying the same level for 2 years. At the beginning of his 3rd year, as my daughter Katie sees Amanda who helps her with her ME/CFS symptoms, Amanda suggested I put Jack in Duncan's capable hands. We did this with an open mind. I wasn't with Jack, but from seeing Duncan, Jack turned round his results, stayed off anxiety drugs, and achieved high enough A level grades to obtain a place at university to study for a marine environmental science degree - where he is doing extremely well, and still not gone back to taking any prescribed drugs in order to sit his exams. We as parents are extremely happy with this outcome and the fact that he doesn't have to rely on prescription drugs, just on focusing on what Duncan taught him to achieve in his life."

Submitted by Duncan Batchelor, Professional Member

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