Fears & phobias

About 11% of the population have fears or phobias. They exist when our body triggers the fight or flight response to protect us from something the brain perceives as dangerous. Sometimes this is a very valuable reaction and can save our lives, but unfortunately many people develop fears and phobias towards things which pose them no immediate danger. The resulting anxiety can be a real problem and prevent many people from leading a normal life.

Hypnotherapy has long been recognised as a very effective way to treat phobias (see references below). The results are good, even for unusual phobias such as a fear of clowns. People are often able to conquer a phobia in just a few sessions. Every phobia is treatable with hypnosis whether it be of spiders or heights, darkness or dentists.*

 

Hypnotherapy for fear

There are literally hundreds of different types of fears and phobias but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Arachnophobia (fear of spiders)
  • Sociaphobia (fear of being judged negatively in social situations)
  • Aviophobia (fear of flying)
  • Agoraphobia (fear of open/public spaces and being away from home)
  • Claustrophobia (fear of being enclosed and having no escape)
  • Acrophobia (fear of heights)
  • Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
  • Carcinophobia (fear of cancer)
  • Brontophobia (fear of thunderstorms)
  • Necrophobia (fear of death or dead things)
  • Algophobia (fear of pain)
  • Achluophobia (fear of darkness)
  • Dentophobia (fear of dentists)
  • Haemophobia (fear of blood)
  • Ophidophobia (fear of snakes)

Hypnosis helps by changing the subconscious perception of things as "frightening" and preventing the "fight or flight" response from being activated. There are a couple of different ways in which hypnosis can resolve phobias. Firstly when someone is in a hypnotic state their subconscious mind becomes very open to suggestions (see Why Hypnosis). Put very simply, suggestions can be made that the person will no longer feel any fear and their mind will act on it. It sounds too good to be true but this simple technique has transformed the lives of many phobia sufferers.*

Hypnotherapy is a very effective technique for overcoming fears and phobias. 

Hypnotherapy is a very effective technique for overcoming fears and phobias. 

The second technique involves tracing back phobias to their original onset and removing the trauma associated with that event. Trauma sounds like a dramatic word for this original event but the reality is that this is exactly how the brain perceived it! For example, a fear of blood may have come from a childhood nosebleed. Not something that we would perceive as adults to be traumatic, but to that child who may not have understood what was happening, it may have been very frightening indeed. What then happens is that the brain continues to "pattern match" for similar scenarios in which it thinks it should be afraid - hence the phobia. The brain is actually trying to help - it's just a little misguided! The upshot is that by finding this event and letting the brain know that it doesn't need to associate that situation with fear anymore, the phobia can be resolved, permanently.*

Kate works frequently with the following common fears and phobias but also has success working with some of the more obscure ones!

  • hypnosis for agoraphobia
  • hypnosis for arachnophobia
  • hypnosis for claustrophobia
  • hypnosis for dental phobia
  • hypnosis for emetophobia
  • hypnosis for fear of heights
  • hypnosis for fear of spiders
  • hypnosis for needle phobia
  • hypnotherapy for agoraphobia
  • hypnotherapy for arachnophobia
  • hypnotherapy for claustrophobia
  • hypnotherapy for emetophobia
  • hypnotherapy for fear of flying
  • hypnotherapy for fear of heights
  • hypnotherapy for needle phobia
  • hypnotherapy for spider phobia
  • hypnosis for fear of dogs
  • hypnosis for fear of lifts

If you would like to discuss whether hypnotherapy can help you overcome a fear or phobia please get in touch for a free initial phone consultation: info@harbourhypnotherapy.co.uk

 

 

To arrange an appointment:

Contact Kate today and she will arrange a free initial phone consultation with you.

 
The results really surprised me! I can now honestly say I am no longer afraid of spiders. I can even pick them up!
— J.R. (CROYDE)
Conquer your fear for good with hypnosis!

Conquer your fear for good with hypnosis!

 

References

Rodolfa, E.R., Kraft, W. & Reilley, R.R. (1990) Etiology and Treatment of Dental Anxiety and Phobia. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 33 , Iss. 1

Owens, H.E. (1970) Hypnosis and psychotherapy in dentistry five case histories. International Journal Of Clinical And Experimental Hypnosis Vol. 18 , Iss. 3

Iglesias, A. & and Iglesias, A. (2013) I-95 Phobia Treated With Hypnotic Systematic Desensitization: A Case Report. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 56 , Iss. 2

Gustavson, J.L. & Weight, D..G. (1981) Hypnotherapy for a Phobia of Slugs: A Case Report. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 23 , Iss. 4

Deyoub, P.L. & Epstein, S.J. (1977) Short-term Hypnotherapy for the Treatment of Flight Phobia: A Case Report. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 19 , Iss. 4

Rodolfa, E.R., Kraft, W. Reilley, R.R. (1990) Etiology and Treatment of Dental Anxiety and Phobia. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 33 , Iss. 1

Spiegel, D., Maruffi, B., Frischholz, E.J.& Spiegel, H. (2014) Hypnotic Responsivity and the Treatment of Flying Phobia. American Journal Of Clinical Hypnosis Vol. 57 , Iss. 2