Fears and Phobias

I have now retired but will continue to keep this web site live for  year as a resource in case it is helpful to people. 

Many people have fears and phobias which can include  fear of public speaking, flying, spiders, heights, being a passenger in a car, train journeys, claustrophobia and fear of social interaction, amongst others.  I have helped many clients whose fears and phobias have been dramatically improved, sometimes relatively quickly.

Using hypnotherapy alone, some phobic reactions can often be improved within three to five sessions. Some people respond even more positively to psychotherapy and counselling due to the phobia being a learned behaviour which may be ingrained and automatic often because of the influence of early role models, trauma  or events.

Some types of reactions can be eliminated very quickly, within one session, using a variation of an Emotional Desensitisation Technique (EDT). However sometimes the phobia can be a symptom of a deeper cause and the phobia may re-emerge in another form. It is often better to get to the root cause(s) and deal with them to help to stop future phobias.

Hypnosis can also be used to access the subconscious mind, where response patterns reside. It is sometimes used to facilitate deep relaxation and reduce levels of anxiety allowing the emotion to be taken out of the experience. It is often possible to re-programme the individual’s subconscious to be totally unaffected by the particular object of fear so that he/she will be impervious to it in the future.

Many people have Fears and Phobias about going to the Dentist,  for some people it is one of the most stressful events they can experience and they develop a severe phobia. The result is that they avoid going to the dentist for regular dental check-ups to the detriment of their teeth.

Hypnosis can be used in dentistry for its  effects in calming people down before the visit and in some clients can even take the place of anaesthesia.

With hypnotherapy & EDT combined it is often possible to eliminate Fears and Phobias in 1-5 sessions provided there are no deeper seated issues.

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Updated 5/6/19