Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape and being closed in small spaces or rooms, often resulting in a panic attack, and can occur in many situations including elevators crowded to capacity, windowless rooms, and even tight clothing.
Claustrophobia is typically thought to have two key symptoms: fear of restriction and fear of suffocation. The feelings these fears create in a claustrophobic can be very powerful and can induce extreme levels of discomfort.
Our subconcsious always acts with the best intent – to keep us safe and well. This is why logically explaining, say, how safe an elevator really is, doesn’t help.
Sure the logical, conscious mind gets it, but our powerful subconscious isn’t convinced.
Hypnotherapy is highly effective in treating claustrophobia, and works in two ways.
First I use hypnosis to uncover the causes of the claustrophobic’s conditioned response; and then – again using hypnosis – show the subconscious that there is no need for the fear.
Once the causes of the claustrophobia are dealt with and the subconscious is satisfied that enclosed spaces are not a threat, the claustrophobia disappears.