Being rational about phobias
Phobias and fears are produced by internal anxieties that become associated with particular situations. Some may seem to serve a genuine purpose – fear of heights, fire, spiders, etc. Mostly, however, they appear to be completely irrational – such as buttons, oranges or even balloons. Do not be fooled!
All phobias do have a cause and all phobias do, or perhaps did, serve some purpose – otherwise they couldn’t and wouldn’t exist! Our hypnotherapy for phobias programme looks for these causes and deals with them.
A phobia usually gets worse over time, unless help is sought. Essentially it is a “conditioned response”. This means that each time a phobia is experienced, the behaviour of the phobic person reinforces and strengthens the phobia. It is important that they seek help. The techniques we use with hypnotherapy for phobias are simple and effective.
Hypnotherapy for Phobias of Animals
This is where the phobia is of rats or mice, bees, wasps, insects, dogs, ducks, cats, reptiles, snakes or any creature. Often there is situations in the past that have triggered you to attach inappropriate levels of danger to the creature in question.
For example, you may have seen a parent react in a scared way around a particular animal. This will signal to your subconscious that that particular animal is something to be feared. It may only take one instance of this happening to set up the phobia, particularly if the parents reaction is very severe.
Hypnotherapy for Environmental Phobias
This is where a person has an irrational fear of the dark, of fire, of heights, of water, of lightning or of a thunderstorm. These can be learnt behaviours from our parents, peers and authority figures. They can also be created from stories, events and even from disaster movies, or simply from the imagination.
Obviously some things it is appropriate to be afraid of, like heights and fire, but the level of fear has to be rational and appropriate otherwise it would be classed as a phobia. For example, some people that are afraid of heights are unable to go up in high buildings, even though they know they can’t fall out. If they do go up a tall building they become very uncomfortable if they are near a window.
Hypnotherapy for Phobias specific to the body
Many people have phobias of medical treatment, such as visiting the dentist, blood tests, injections, having blood pressure checks or even the sight of blood. Fainting is a common occurrence when people suffer from this phobia.
Because there is a natural level of anxiety in all things medical, it is a question of reducing the level of anxiety to a more appropriate level.
Hypnotherapy for Phobias of certain situations
These phobias are where a person becomes afraid in a particular place and goes into panic mode. Things like:-
- Lifts, on the underground and ski lifts
- Fear of flying
- Driving, typically on a motorway and fast roads
- Being in a tunnel
- On a bridge
Often they may have to encounter these situations on a daily basis. These types of phobia can be far more complex and are typically based on agoraphobic and claustrophobic tendencies.
How many sessions will it take?
Normally phobias can be dealt with in a couple of sessions. Nowadays our techniques have advanced so much that for most people the phobia can be removed on the first session. Some of the common phobias we deal with are :-
- Injections, dental
- Flying and lifts
- Insects, small animals
- Vomit and illness
These are just a few of many that we deal with.
Some phobias tend to be more complex, such as claustrophobia and white coat phobia (fear of hospitals and all things medical). See our anxiety page for further information.
We DO NOT expose clients to the object of their phobia. That is always done by the client when they feel ready to do so. We do not keep spiders or snakes etc at the Institute.
It’s important to realise that we understand that when the client comes to us for a phobia that they are still frightened of the particular item. We will not traumatise the client in any way.
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy runs the hypnotherapy for phobias programme at all their clinics.
The most common cause is some forgotten incident (a sensitising event) from one’s youth that provoked overwhelmingly powerful emotions. So powerful and intense are they that ‘nature’ or the powers that be within that psyche decides enough is enough. The incident and associated emotions are therefore conveniently buried or bottled up and tucked away out of reach, at least, out of conscious reach. Phobias that respond particularly well to analytical hypnotherapy include:
- Aerophobia, fear of flying
- Acrophobia, fear of heights
- Agoraphobia, fear of open spaces
- Arachnophobia, fear of spiders
- Claustrophobia, fear of enclosed spaces
- Emetophobia, fear of being sick
- Hydrophobia, fear of water
- Ophidiophobia, fear of snakes
- Pyrophobia, fear of fire
- Spheksophobia, fear of wasps
- Xenophobia, fear of strangers
There are hundreds more. We have even treated clients with a phobia of boiled eggs. This related back to a time in her childhood where she ate a hard boiled egg that was off. Did you know that there is even a ‘fear of phobias’! Yes, you’ve guessed it, phobophobia! Our hypnotherapy for phobias programme is very flexible and can deal with virtually any phobia.
It is these hidden away or repressed memories and emotions that can and often will, sooner or later, create a phobia. So the phobia then continues to serve as a warning of the approach of some potentially similar and ‘unfaceable’ incident. In our hypnotherapy for phobias therapy, we can find and release the emotions which originally caused or created the phobia. And with the release of those old, bottled-up emotions, the phobia itself just disappears.
Do you have an intense fear for animals, driving, heights, blood, spiders, planes? Would you rather climb ten flights than to get into a lift? If so, you may be suffering from a phobia.
All people have fears or situations they would rather avoid. It is part of everyday life and it’s an important natural process that helps to keep us safe. Some people are frightened by interviews, whilst some are uncomfortable to be home alone at night. Most people manage to control their fears and go about their normal activities.
But for some people, anxieties and fears are overwhelming and persistent. Normal coping mechanisms don’t work, and the need to avoid the objects or situations that cause anxiety can be so intense that they drastically interfere with daily life, even though they know the response is inappropriate. Sometimes people may make important career or personal decisions to avoid a phobic situation. Others may refuse to go to the doctor for fear of having blood drawn.
Phobias are more than extreme fear, they are irrational fear. Adults with phobias realise their fears are irrational, but often facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.
Phobias often begin in childhood or adolescence, but many adults find that their lives are impaired by phobic symptoms. Many phobias are more common in women, but some (e.g. fear of blood) are more common in men.
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|I was becoming increasingly inhibited with anxiety issues and not wanting to take the tablet path a friend of mine ( who had previously been successfully treated at SICH for a similar issue ) recommended I try hypnotherapy. I am after four sessions of hypnotherapy a born again anxiety free individual, with a clear mind and a positive outlook going forwards ... The process is conducted in an extremely relaxed, calming and above all professional environment .... I would therefore also recommend SICH as a very viable alternative to the regular well trodden path of GP's etc ....|
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|Ms Miller on July 19, 2017 at 19:28:02|
|I have been going to hypnotherapy at SICH on and off for a few months. This was after a recommendation from a friend. One therapist, Paul Howard, specialises in anxiety, for example, and after suffering with an anxiety related tremor, I was so happy when he stopped it using hypnosis. I had seen psychotherapist's, taken medication which only helped me so far. It never cured me. But, amazingly, Paul Howard stopped the tremor and gave me back my confidence. I am now even able to go on dates without the fear of spilling my drink all over the date! Drink...mmm. that was something I became too accustomed to and reliant upon after a hard day at work. I was putting on weight and once I started drinking I found it difficult to stop. But, Paul White is a problem behaviour specialist so SICH referred me to him. I have now been sober for 2 months and 2 days and I don't even fancy a drink anymore. I goto the pub and nightclubs more than I did as a drinker and can dance as much as my friends. I even had a week in Ibiza without having a drop. Its cheaper as I only drink water and I have since lost half a stone without even watching my diet. Another problem SICH treated me for was depression. I was diagnosed 20yrs ago and have been on and off medication and in and out of counselling. I completely value counselling but the 4 hypnotherapy sessions I had at SICH got me out of my bed and back to work after 4 weeks of severe depression. I have since (with my GP guidance) stopped taking my medication. I feel as if the hypnotherapy has changed my life. It's reached parts of me that the psychologist's have taken years to help me discover. I can whole heartedly recommend it to anyone. But, I wouldn't just trust anyone and was very lucky to be recommended to SICH by a friend. Thank you to both Paul's at SICH.|
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|Pauline Mccullough on October 24, 2016 at 15:47:59|
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|Julie Wright on October 06, 2016 at 08:45:49|
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