More and more people are seeking hypnosis for phobias to help them alleviate their irrational fears. Phobias respond very well to hypnotherapy because often there is a single incident in your past (usually in childhood) which caused the fear in the first place.
A skilled hypnotherapist uses specialized tools and techniques to take the client back to the incident that caused the phobia and help them reconcile with the situation and eliminate the fear.
You Don't Have To Be A Slave To Your Fear
Specific phobias are easily treatable using hypnotherapy because there is most often an initial sensitising event (ISE) that caused the phobia. Examples of specific phobias:
- Fear of flying;
- Fear of spiders;
- Fear of needles;
- Fear of Birds
You can work with your hypnotherapist to locate the initial sensitizing event (ISE) and using specialised hypnosis techniques she will eliminate the subconscious ‘need’ for that irrational dear fairly quickly.
These are a little more complex because they’re not caused by one specific event, but can have any number of contributing factors over many years. For example, if you have agoraphobia you may not necessarily have developed this fear or aversion when you were young, but later in life.
This condition can often be caused by a series of events, situations and circumstances that have occurred over an extended period of time. Many of my clients suffered from generalized phobias and responded very well to treatment..
In this instance there isn’t necessarily one definitive cause of the problem, but more a case of ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ – one specific event or episode among a long list of many over a long period of time may awaken a phobia that was previously dormant. Examples of generalized phobias;
- Social Anxiety;
- Fear of Commitment;
Generalised phobias often have other problems at their root, such as anxiety and low-self-esteem. This is why it’s important to treat this condition holistically to ensure a lasting effect. They also respond well to hypnosis and can be treated very effectively with the help of a qualified professional.
The Role Of Systematic Desensitization
This technique is an essential part of treating any irrational aversion. In a nutshell it means gradually exposing you to the source of your phobia over a period of time so that you become desensitised to the feelings of fear that arise.
For example, if you were afraid of spiders I would start by working with you to find a specific situation which would trigger your fear but not overwhelm you. So, if you can look at a picture of a spider without getting anxious but you can’t watch a video, I would begin by exposing you to a short section of a video.
As you are gently exposed to the video under my supervision, we work through the feelings of anxiety that come up using hypnosis, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Then when you’re feeling stronger I would expose you to more and more situations until eventually, your fears are manageable.
You Can Overcome Your Phobia With The Right Help
A qualified hypnotherapist can help you eliminate your fear and move on to live your life in a positive and constructive way. By working with the subconscious mind to remove the beliefs and mind blocks that are contributing to the problem, you can change your mindset and let go of your phobia. To read more about how this works please read the what is hypnosis page.
During Your Hypnosis Sessions I Will:
- Use hypnosis to uncover the origin of your phobia;
- Work with you to desensitize to your fears by setting goals and homework in between sessions;
- Provide a hypnosis MP3 download for you to listen to in between sessions;
- Create a customized hypnosis plan designed to address your irrational fear, its causes and triggers.
Catherine Couldn’t Even Look at a Photo of a Spider
She was a quivering mess, pregnant with her first child and terrified of passing her phobia onto her first born. I used a combination of hypnosis and systematic desensitisation with Catherine, starting with a small portion of a spider photo (one quarter of a leg) and building upon that each week.
Catherine was extremely apprehensive at the beginning. In fact she was so terrified that when I mentioned I had a photo of a spider sitting in the adjacent room this sent her into a panic attack (which we managed and alleviated). Nonetheless we persevered and Catherine enjoyed great success.
By the time she finished her last session with me, she had watched the movie ‘Arachnophobia ‘ from start to finish without a hiccup. She felt confident that she could deal with the unwanted presence of a spider in her environment without going into a meltdown.
Take Back Your Power
If you have an irrational fear that is stopping you from living your life the way you want to, seek hypnosis for your phobia as soon as possible. I will teach you specific tools and techniques that will have you conquering your phobia in no time.
Get in touch with me on my contact page if you would like to make a time to see me.