Reading Hypnotherapy - Phobias and Fears

As a hypnotherapist specialising in anxiety including the anxiety produced by fears and phobias, I’ve helped lots of clients overcome many different phobias and fears. Clients come to see me for help with a wide range of issues including fear of flying, travel, exams, interviews, public speaking, driving tests, spiders, dogs, fear of heights, claustrophobia, fear of water, dental phobia.

Phobias and fears are really common and hypnotherapy is a well established treatment option.

Your Phobia and How I Can Help

You know when your fear kicks in you have no conscious control over your mind and body’s response.  It’s an irrational, automatic response of fear and anxiety. This may be limiting your life, preventing you doing things you want to do and being who you want to be.

So what’s happening?

At some point your brain has made a mistake and has incorrectly associated what you are phobic of with DANGER. This means each time your brain comes across it, it’s giving you the reaction that makes sense to it – fear. After all fear is the right response to have when something is dangerous, that way you stay away from it.

And each time you have that fear response and  stay away the pattern is strengthened. The anxiety response was successful, you did indeed stay away and so your brain uses that response again and again to keep you away from this perceived threat.

How I can Help

Hypnotherapy allows you easier access to your unconscious thoughts and feelings that make up that automatic response. And by shining a light on those automatic thoughts and feelings, we have the opportunity to interrupt them and change them.

Once changed, your reaction changes to be just be the same as everyone else’s. The mistaken association with danger is gone and your anxiety is replaced by calm.

Ready to Find Out More?

I offer a free initial consultation when you're ready to find out more about how I can help you. It gives you a chance to explain the changes you want to make and to ask any questions you have about hypnotherapy.

Want to know more about my approach?

Every client is different and so the approach we use will be dependent on both your particular circumstances and also just as importantly on your preferences. Some clients are curious as to where their phobia originated from, others would rather not know and just would like to get rid of it.

All the approaches work to replace your automatic, negative reaction with a positive one.

  • Aware of where it all started? If so, we can work on changing the impact of that event by replaying the event whilst you watch it from a safe distance in your mind. It’s like watching yourself in a film whilst the film is played forwards and then played backwards. This process allows the emotions from that event to be disconnected from the present and so the powerful link between your past fear response and present day situation is severed. You no longer get that automatic phobic response. This is called the Rewind Technique.
  • Don’t know where it all started? We can trace back to find the long forgotten event when the phobia was formed, when your brain first associated what you are phobic about with danger. Re-reviewing that experience allows you to gain new perspectives, and this insight can give you successful resolution.
  • Some Mind-training: Your mind knows just as well how to produce positive emotions as it does negative emotions. The key is to re-train you mind to produce these useful positive responses instead of the existing negative one in response to what triggers you. This approach is called Systematic De-sensitisation
  • Negotiate with the part of you holding onto the fear: We can look at the part of your unconscious mind that is working hard to protect you against coming to harm from whatever it is you are afraid of.  This part of your psyche is currently doing a great job of protecting you. However it isn’t aware that what it’s protecting you from is not a real threat and so can’t do you any harm. We can work with this part of you, so it can understand there is no need for it to do that for you anymore. This approach is called Inner Parts Work.