Therapy For
Fears And Phobias

Are you managing fears and phobia?

Are you coping with a strong fear or phobia? Is it holding you back and preventing you from doing the things you enjoy? Do you go out of your way to avoid it?

If you are, you are not alone. Phobias and strong fears are much more common that you think. Sometimes they relate to specific experiences in our lives and sometimes it’s hard to tell where they have come from. They can be about a specific thing like animals including dogs, spiders, snakes or rodents, environmental phobias such as heights, water and germs, situational phobias like going to the dentists of flying or phobias about our bodies such as blood, being sick or having injections. Some phobias are more complex, like fears of being with people, fears of going outside or fears of enclosed spaces. Sometimes fears and phobias come with anxiety, confidence and other problems as well. 

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What are phobias?

Whatever their origin, phobias and fears are uncomfortable and distressing and living with them can be very difficult partly because people tend to organise their life trying to avoid them.

The NHS describes phobias as ‘an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal’. Phobias and strong fears are not about coming into contact with something scary in the present (like a barking dog that jumps up at you as you walk by). They seem to happen when a person’s mind becomes hypervigilant about the issue from the past and constantly looks out for it in the present. Then if our mind sees or thinks about coming into contact with the scary thing, we experience a very strong reaction.  

On a conscious level people often know that their response is extreme, unnecessary and unhelpful but they cannot seem to avoid the reaction taking place.

 

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

Hypnotherapy can help people manage or even overcome phobias and strong fears. This is achieved by helping them see and experience their phobia (or a version of it) from a state of mind in which they feel very calm, relaxed and in control. We often use a technique known as the Rewind and Reframe technique which can be very effective in helping the person become desensitised to the fear and taking out some of the emotional heat.  

We always approach phobia and fears carefully, safely and at a pace which the person feels confident and in control. If people are anxious, we often start therapy by helping them re-learn how to feel calmer and becoming familiar with hypnotherapy before focusing on any specific fears.

In my practice I have helped people overcome a wide range of fears. These include fears of being sick (Emetophobia), fears of exams and undertaking tests (Testophobia), fears of driving (Amaxophobia), fears of getting hurt (Agliophobia) and fears of stopping habits that they know are doing them harm.  

Phobias and fears are deep emotional responses. They are not rational and we don’t consciously want them to be there – so where do they come from and why can hypnotherapy help? 

Self Care

Phobias involve strong reactions arising from our subconscious protective part of the mind and it can be difficult to overcome them on our own. The NHS suggests a range of things that can help as set out here: Self-help – Phobias – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

These include getting help from your GP, accessing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and doing things help improve your general health and wellbeing. This could include taking regular exercise, eating regular healthy meals, getting enough sleep, reducing alcohol, caffeine and stimulants. Taking up activities like Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga and positively engaging with your friends, family.