Hypnotherapy for Fear of Heights on Teesside
The Fear of Heights, like all phobias, almost always causes anxiety and stress for the sufferer. It is also known as Acrophobia.
Whilst the feared object or situation may seem to other people to be ridiculous or silly, the person who suffers from the phobia knows only too well that the anxiety that they experience is real enough.
It has been known, for many years, that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the phobic person believes that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience the fear.
Most people who suffer a phobia such as the fear of heights realise that their fear is irrational but they continue to experience it nevertheless.
Symptoms of the Fear of Heights
The symptoms of the Fear of Heights are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Feelings of panic, dread or terror near edges of tall buildings
- A recognition that the fear goes beyond normal boundaries and is generally disproportionate
- Fear of heights causes reactions that seem to be automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts
- Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, tightening of the stomach muscles and an overwhelming desire to escape the situation are all the physical reactions associated with extreme fear or danger
- Extreme measures are taken to avoid the feared object or situation – these are known as avoidance strategies or behaviours
The Fear of Heights may be the result of negative emotional experiences that could be directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear itself.
Over time the phobic reaction usually becomes normalised or in other words accepted as a limiting factor in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”
In just as many cases, the fear of heights may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated avoidance strategies and behaviours are developed.
In almost all cases the avoidance behaviours actually contribute to the phobia rather than solve the problem!
Hypnotherapy is an effective method for treating many conditions. Part of the process is to induce a state of deep relaxation (also known as trance) that makes it easier to access a person’s subconscious mind which is open to suggestibility. Then by using the power of suggestion the therapist can help the client to break out of damaging patterns or habits. Negative and limiting behaviours can begin to be changed by changing thought processes and learning to channel emotions in different ways.