Hypnotherapy for Phobias on Teesside
What are Phobias?
Phobias are so commonplace that almost everybody has something that they feel “funny” about, that they know is a bit irrational, but nevertheless, find causes them a problem.
It could be that you have a fear of Spiders, perhaps you “need” to sleep with the light on, or perhaps you dread having to make a best man’s speech or presentation of some kind.
On the whole, people generally manage to deal with these “minor” issues and they tend not to be too damaging to a person’s life.
There are, however, many people who also find that their fear of phobia plays havoc with their lives preventing them from getting on with things, or perhaps forcing them to miss some great opportunity in life.
For example, many people feel a bit uncomfortable about flying in a plane, but nevertheless, still fly and enjoy the benefits of whatever lies at the end of the plane journey, but for those who have developed a more severe phobia of flying they may be so phobic that they never take a foreign holiday, or will only travel by sea or turn down a promotion because it might entail inter-continental travel.
People suffering from severe Agoraphobia may never leave their homes becoming socially withdrawn and fearful.
So in all cases, it is important to recognise that phobias may be mild or severe and that no two people suffer phobias in the same way.
Phobias bring people to Hypnotherapy more frequently than any other condition, and we have a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that can be of positive benefit to the sufferer.
The most common Phobias that we are consulted for are:
- Being judged by other people
- Public speaking
- Needles or Injections
- Death or dying
- Urinating in public toilets
In fact, the list of Phobias is without end as people can actually have fears about ANYTHING.
Why are there so many Phobias?
That’s a good question!
From our point of view we recognise that the object or experience that produces the phobic response is almost always a substitute for some other fear or worry that we carry around with us.
In other words we are not actually frightened of the thing itself; but having something definitive for us to label as the thing that causes the fear helps us to make sense of the hidden fear within us.
For example, people who have a fear of flying may actually afraid of being out of control or have a fear of enclosed spaces..
Please do not misunderstand what we are saying here, the “fear” and “anxiety” that you experience when confronted with your phobia trigger is REAL, it’s just that the cause of it is something else.
There are THREE possible causes of phobias from our perspective:
1. You have actually had a very negative experience of one of the things you are phobic about and this has been engrained in your mind as a perfectly reasonable response. For example, you’ve actually been involved in an aircraft crash, or bitten badly by a spider.
2. You have some repressed or buried emotional trauma or experience in your past and this anxiety seeks some way of being expressed, so your mind finds and outlet in a fear or phobia.
3. You have developed a certain thinking style known as anticipatory anxiety and it is in fact this pre-worrying that causes the anxiety NOT the thing you believe you’re afraid of!
Hypnotherapy is a popular and 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 phobias, patterns or habits. Negative and limiting behaviours can begin to be changed by changing thought processes and learning to channel emotions in different ways.