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Phobias

Hypnosis has proven to be extremely effective at curing phobias. Hypnosis works by simply reprogramming your mind to react in a new and positive way to an event or situation. Clients have found a deep sense of relief at being able to live their life in peace without the old phobia controlling their life.

A phobia is any persistent fear of a specific stimulus object or situation. Phobias vary in severity among individuals. Some sufferers avoid the subject of their phobia and suffer only relatively mild anxiety over that fear. Others suffer fully fledged panic attacks with all the associated disabling symptoms. Most people understand that they are suffering from an irrational fear, but are powerless to override their initial panic reaction.

One of the most common reasons for people to seek hypnotherapy is for help overcoming a phobia. The most common phobias are those such as fear of spiders and fear of flying, which can be easily cured with hypnotherapy.

Sometimes, if a phobia is deeper and more disruptive as can be the case with severe agoraphobia or social phobia, then it may be necessary to look at some of the issues surrounding the onset of the phobia and work to resolve them.

An example of how a fear or phobia can be programed in the subconscious mind. Phobias are programmed subconscious responses to a situation. Say a child is stuck climbing a tree and experiences extreme fear. This fear will be stored in the subconscious mind and a new belief will be created linking fear to heights. If anything similar is experienced, even as an adult, this fear will be triggered. So years later, the adult may be standing on a high balcony or bridge and once again be terrified even though logically they know they are safe. Again, logic and willpower does not seem to ease the fear as it is triggered through a subconscious belief. However, using hypnosis, this memory can be accessed and the old belief can be changed to a new belief that is empowering thereby curing the fear.

Hypnotherapy can treat any phobias whether it has been assigned a label or not. Below is a list of some commonly known phobias, but this is by no means exhaustive.

Commonly treated phobias
Fear of…
- Animals (cats, dogs, snakes etc)
- Spiders - agoraphobia
- Insects
- Flying
- Driving
- Heights
- Confined spaces - claustrophobia
- Blood
- Train or Tube
- Commitment phobia
- Intimacy
- Sex
- Thunder and lightning
- Hospitals
- Darkness
- Dentists
- Death
- Injections
- Needles
- Pigeons