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Confronting Phobias

Updated: Feb 14

Do you ever find yourself gripped by an irrational fear? One of the things hypnosis is most associated with is helping people with phobias, and they make up a large number of the people I see.

A person having an MRI
I've helped people with a fear of MRI machines, and other types of claustrophobia

Phobias affect millions of people. They can be common fears like heights and spiders or more unusual ones such as fear of clowns or buttons. These intense and often debilitating fears can have a significant impact on your daily life.

Phobias are classified as anxiety disorders and are an overwhelming and irrational fear of specific objects or situations. While some phobias are relatively common, such as fear of flying or public speaking, others are less so, like fear of balloons or bananas.

Types of Phobias

Simple Phobias

These are the most common type of phobia and involve a fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. Examples include arachnophobia (fear of spiders).

Complex Phobias

Complex phobias tend to be more disabling than simple phobias. They usually develop during adulthood and are often associated with a deep-rooted fear or anxiety about a particular situation or circumstance. The two most common complex phobias are: agoraphobia and social phobia.

A car on the motorway
I've helped people with a fear of motorway driving

Agoraphobia: This is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or embarrassing, leading to avoidance of places or situations that could trigger panic, such as crowded areas or public transportation.

How Can I Help?

I will work with you to do an assessment to understand your phobia, its triggers, and the impact it has on your life. We'll talk about phobias, why we have them, what is happening from a neuroscience perspective. Fears are common, and I will help you to get back in control. Together, we will use hypnotherapy techniques to access the subconscious mind and reframe negative thought patterns associated with the phobia. Through relaxation and suggestion, I will help you confront fears in a controlled and supportive environment. We will also talk about mindfulness and relaxation exercises to manage anxiety and stress associated with your phobia.

Phobias can be debilitating, but they are not necessarily insurmountable. With the right support and guidance, you can confront your fears, and regain control.

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