Conquer Phobias

Terrified of spiders? Too frightened to fly? Can’t bear tight spaces? Dread heights? Limited by your fears?

Phobias are an overwhelming and debilitating reality that can take over your life. They are worse than fears. Phobias stop you from living life to the full. They may lead to you avoiding certain animals, objects, or situations. They can bring on panic attacks and cause stress and anxiety.

Phobias are irrational, but there is always an underlying reason deep in our unconscious. Hypnotherapy can help you discover the root cause and conquer your phobia, leaving you calm and confident to face the future free from dread.

I can help you break free and regain control of your life. Don’t suffer anymore. Act now.

Call me on 07957 205345 or email me HERE for your first consultation

Phobias

We all feel fearful from time to time. Fear is natural. It is an instinctive survival response when we face real danger. Phobias are an unrealistic and irrational fear of something that does not pose a threat. Nevertheless, they can trigger terror and dread and even cause a panic attack. Sometimes just thinking about the about the source of a phobia can bring on anxiety. In severe cases, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing or situation that triggers their phobia.

Phobias are linked to our unconscious, and because they are irrational, they can be dealt with effectively by hypnotherapy. I’ll work with you to discover the underlying reason for your dread. I’ll help you access the power of your unconscious to reframe and de-sensitise your feelings enabling you to conquer your fear. Don’t let your phobia get you down a moment longer.

Types of phobias

There are two main types of phobia: simple phobias and complex phobias.

Simple phobias
Simple phobias usually develop in childhood and tend to reduce in intensity as we get older. They can be caused by:

  • animals, such as snakes or spiders
  • objects, like needles
  • places, such as heights, deep water, or tight spaces
  • activities, such as visiting the dentist or flying
  • bodily functions, including the sight of blood or vomiting
  • sexual concerns, such as getting anxious over performance or contracting a disease.

Complex phobias
Complex phobias usually develop during adulthood. They are often associated with a deep-seated fear or anxiety about a situation or circumstance. The two most common are agoraphobia and social phobia.

Agoraphobia is an expressed fear of open and public places. It is usually associated with a deeper fear of being in a situation the person cannot control or escape from leading to acute feeling of anxiety or panic attacks. Typical situations are being in crowds, busy shopping centres, trains, and buses.

Social phobia, as the name suggests, is associated with feeling uncomfortable in social situations. Examples include social gatherings where the person feels anxious about not knowing what to say or how to behave.

Complex phobias can be more life restricting than simple phobias causing the sufferer to avoid situations and become lonely and isolated.

Treating phobias

Most people are aware they have a phobia and do their best to live with it. Continual avoidance of the source of the phobia can make it worse. It is important to seek help. Your first stop is your doctor who can provide an assessment and explain what options are available. Your views should be considered before starting any treatment. Approaches include:

  • exposure therapy – gradually exposing you to the source of your phobia. This technique needs to be carefully managed to avoid causing distress and anxiety
  • talking therapies – such as cognitive behaviour therapy CBT. Unfortunately, NHS waiting lists for this can be long in many parts of the country
  • medication – to reduce anxiety, such as antidepressants, tranquillisers, and beta blockers
  • hypnotherapy – is a well-recognised alternative and complementary treatment for phobias that avoids the need for medication and the demands of other approaches.

Hypnotherapy is particularly useful because many sufferers want to be rid of their phobias but without the potential stress of exposure or digging into the past. Hypnotherapy works by relaxing your body and mind. It allows you to identify the root cause of the phobia in the safe place in your unconscious mind. You can do this without having to confront the source of your phobia in real life. In this safe place, I’ll help you reframe your feelings and use de-sensitisation techniques to conquer your fears.

Call me on 07957 205345 or email me HERE for your first consultation

Phone: 07957 205345
Maidstone, Kent