WHAT IS A PHOBIA?
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is an extreme form of fear or anxiety, triggered by a particular situation or object.
You may even feel this extreme anxiety when you think or talk about the situation or object.
Many of us have fears about particular situations or objects. This is perfectly normal. A fear becomes a phobia if:
the fear is out of proportion to the danger
it lasts for more than six months
it has a significant impact on how you live your day-to-day life.
Phobias can develop around any object or situation. Some people may experience multiple phobias. They can be broadly categorised into two groups:
Specific phobias: These are phobias about a specific object or situation, such as spiders or flying.
Complex phobias: Complex phobias tend to have a more disruptive or overwhelming impact on your life than specific phobias. They tend to develop in adulthood. They are more general in that they aren't attached to a specific object or things. Examples of complex phobias are agoraphobia and emetophobia.
HOW CAN HYPNOTHERAPY HELP?
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy for phobias and fears can be a highly effective treatment option, as it allows individuals to access and reprogram the subconscious beliefs and patterns of behaviour that contribute to their phobia or fear.
At our Initial Consultation I will explain what is happening in your mind when you have a phobia. In understanding why your body has this response and what happening to you, you'll be in a position to change it.
Hypnosis creates a restful response in the body and mind, relieving stress, which in turn can have a calming response on the phobia response. Using powerful suggestion during trance, we work to relieve the symptoms of your phobia, helping you manage everyday life.
For simple phobias, I would normally expect to help a client in 4 sessions. For complex phobias it will take longer.
I practice Solution focused psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, it is an evidence-based approach that uses cognitive hypnotherapy and applied neuroscience to produce results more swiftly than some other therapeutic modalities.
This type of therapeutic hypnosis has origins in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I studied with CPHT, considered by some to be the gold standard in hypnotherapy training.
I am a certified and accredited Life Coach (by the IAPC&M), and hold a certificate in Applied Neuroscience. I am a member of the AfSFH (Association for Solution Focussed Hypnotherapy) and NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) and adhere to their code of ethics.
I work from my therapy room in East Surrey or online, via zoom