End fears and phobias with hypnotherapy and hypnosis
Can I cure my phobia with hypnotherapy and hypnosis? It’s a question I get asked more than any, and the answer is always ....”Yes!”
Phobias used to take about six months to cure using a system called systematic desensitisation...for instance you would be taken to see a spider if you were scared of them, then a bigger spider after the first spider being in a different room and so on and so on. Often, if you didn’t complete the therapy you could end up more scared than when you started.
No one really uses this method any more. Now there are many new techniques such as NLP, EMDR and EFT alongside hypnotherapy methods which mean that we can cure them much more quickly, often in just two or three sessions. I even work on Skype if you are not local to my practice!
A phobia or fear is a good example of what we call a one trial learning experience. So, you get bitten by one dog, or mistreated by one dentist, or stuck in one lift, and your brain sets up a generalisation.
As children we generalise in situations, so for instance we open a door and say “oh yes that’s how doors work” or otherwise we would have to learn to go in and out of a room every day. So our mind can be very sensible in the way it works. But occasionally we have a very negative experience in relation to a dog, dentist or lift and we set up what we call the flight or fight response in connection to that, so anything that reminds us of the original incident, like the smell of the dentist’s office, or the thought of getting on an aeroplane is enough to get us frightened again.
So, the thoughts of our unconscious mind are not logical but purposeful, and its purpose is to help you to survive. So what it is doing is creating too much fear in response to a perceived threat.
Using, old fashioned methods of delving into why that is, can take months and months. However the techniques that hypnotherapists for phobias use to help cure your fears and phobias now mean that you can let go of that fear in a very short period of time.
Of course, this can happen at any age, not just as a child. Often as adults something happens which sets us back, such as a driving incident and then we end up being affected in exactly the same way.
The largest phobia in the Western world is the fear of public speaking. This is because many of us were at school and then made to stand up and speak out loud, whilst the teacher pointed out our mistakes and the rest of the class giggled at us. Does this ring a bell with you?! You then worry you are going to be judged. It isn’t surprising that people worry about standing up in front of a group. Sadly, the way we teach public speaking in schools can install the phobia.
Hypnotherapy for phobias works across so many different issues. Fears such as public speaking as I mentioned, fear of spiders, fear of flying, fear of driving, fear of enclosed spaces. There are so many that it would take pages to name them all, but perhaps you have one of your own? Would you like to be rid of that fear for good?
You can read a newpaper article about how I helped one lady with a fear of flying and lifts by clicking the picture below...
In the past people didn’t like to talk about their problems and admit to them. The good news is that times have changed and people are much more supportive of you wanting to get help and solve your problems. You don’t need to live with a fear or phobia any more. You can get help and you can end that fear and phobia. It is much easier than you may ever have thought.
Here are links with more information on a couple of the most common phobias...
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