Hypnosis for Phobias

There are probably few of us who do not have any fears or phobias, even if it’s as simple as being a little fearful of spiders, or perhaps liking to sleep with a little light shining somewhere nearby as the dark is not comfortable.  Many such fears are manageable and the majority of us experience them at some point in our lives with little impact.

However, some people have phobias that limit their opportunities in life:  the person with a fear of flying may find being in a plane uncomfortable, however someone with a more serious fear, or phobia, of flying may completely avoid getting on, or perhaps even seeing, a plane; equally, someone with a fear of open spaces may avoid large parks, fields and sports grounds, however someone with a more serious fear, or perhaps agoraphobia, may never leave their house.

Below is a list of the more common fears and phobias that we get consulted about:

  1. Spiders – Arachnophobiaphobia.304151103_std
  2. Flying  – aviatopophobia
  3. Water – Hydrophobia
  4. Heights – Acrophobia
  5. Enclosed spaces – Claustrophobia
  6. Open spaces – Agorophobia
  7. Crowds – Demophobia
  8. Darkness – Nyctophobia
  9. Dentists – Odontophobia
  10. Speaking in public – Glossophobia
  11. Needles – Aichmophobia
  12. Death or dying – Thanatophobia
  13. Being sick – Emetophobia or Emetephobia (may also be known as phagophobia, vomitophobia, vomit phobia, sickness phobia)
  14. Being judged or put on the spot – Social Phobia, or Scopophobia.

The list of fears and phobias is endless as people really can be fearful of anything in their thoughts and lives so please don’t think that you can’t be helped if your fear or phobia is not listed above.

The important thing is that if your fear or phobia is having a negative impact upon you, or if it is limiting your full participation in life, or if your fear or phobia is becoming more severe and is beginning to dominate your life then it’s probably time to do something about it.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

Perhaps there is an upcoming event that they would like specific help with.  For example, perhaps you want to go on holiday, but have a fear of flying and want help to get you onto the flight; perhaps you have a fear of spiders and are about to go camping and want some help to reduce your anxieties in relation to spiders; or perhaps you have a fear of dogs and are soon to go and stay with a friend who has a dog.  For these types of issue, hypnosis, combined with suggestion therapy could enable you to reduce your fear or anxiety and to feel more in control.

Hypnosis can give you a greater sense of self; it can boost self-confidence and self-esteem; it can help you build on your self-belief, giving you a strong visual image of yourself being calm and self-assured in your upcoming event.

An added bonus is that hypnosis is wonderfully relaxing and reduces stress levels.

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Hypnotherapy and Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of public speaking is a phobia, an illogical state of mind, when we are overwhelmed by completely irrational fears. The fear of public speaking is, in fact, a trance-like hypnotic state, brought on by subconscious triggers. The best way to resolve the fear of public speaking is to use hypnosis to access the subconscious mind and to neutralize those triggers.

Logically, the fear of public speaking does not make much sense. You may be well prepared, an expert in the field, and there is no real threat whatsoever. But the body reacts with complete panic. Your heart races, you cannot breathe or you hyperventilate, your hands shake or become damp, you start sweating or blushing, the tone of your voice changes, and your mind goes blank. Sometimes it happens suddenly without any warning, but most often nervousness grows far in advance of the event, leading to ever-present anxiety and stress.

Hypnotherapy provides a fast solution, which completely dissolves this irrational fear. Even one hypnotherapy session with an experienced hypnotherapist will reduce the fear significantly. There are just a few more sessions required to change the fear into excitement and to build the self-confidence and self-esteem needed for optimal public performance. Continue reading →

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Hypnosis and Phobias

Phobias, a profound, and usually inexplicable  fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation, are quite common and can have a debilitating effect on our lives.

Some fear flying and so have never been able to take that vacation of their dreams. Some fear insects or spiders to the point that they get up during the night to check that there are none in the bedroom.

A particularly common phobia is a fear of needles. This maybe purely a fear of injections but it’s also quite common for it to manifest as a deep fear of going to the dentist, which can lead to gum disease and more general deterioration in health as a result.

Hypnosis is a proven, side effect free method of eliminating phobias of all kinds. Properly applied, hypnotherapy will usually result in permanent relief for the phobia sufferer.

Over the years, I have helped many clients overcome phobias of all kinds in both children and adults.

Click here to read an excellent report by Donald R. Morse D.D.S., M.A. (Biol.), M.A. (Psychol.) and Bernard B. Cohen Ph.D. published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website that describes two cases where hypnosis was used to eliminate needle fear in two dental patients.


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