Hypnotherapy for Phobias

Curing Phobias and Fear with Hypnosis

Just about everybody has an irrational fear or extreme dislike. Common ones are fear of spiders, dentists or flying. The majority experiences these fears as a minor nuisance and they do not have a real impact in their lives. Its only when those fears become extreme and uncontrollable to the point where they are causing real problems with everyday life do they become known as “phobias”.

A phobia is an intense emotional response of fear and anxiety that some how has been wired up to an external event or stimulus that in reality has no real threat or danger. This emotional response can wired up to just about any external event or situation. The ones you are most likely to come across are fear of flying, public speaking, closed-in spaces, wide open spaces, driving a car, snakes, needles and spiders. However you can develop a phobia of just about anything. I have in the past worked with clients that have had fears of buttons, using public toilets and even children’s dolls. One client I worked with could not be in the same room as a child’s doll and would run uncontrollably out of the room in a panic should they discover one near or even the mere mention of a doll! This wasn’t a really useful reaction as she wanted to have children.

Most phobias originate in early child hood but can also be created later in life as a full adult. If you have a phobia you already know that it’s irrational but you still have no control over the fear and anxiety triggered by the external event. Even just thinking about it may create a knot in your stomach changes in breathing palpitations and sweaty palms. And when you are face to face with the thing you dread the panic and sheer terror is instantaneous and you feel totally out-of-control. Common phobias include:

  • Fear of spiders
  • Fear of snakes
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear or closed spaces
  • Fear of vomiting
  • Fear of needles and injections
  • Fear of public speaking
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of germs
  • Fear of illness or death

Phobias are so intense and nerve racking that those that suffer will do almost anything to avoid the situation that triggers it. This can have a huge impact and place serious limits on your life. For example if you suffer from a serious flying phobia you may lose many nights sleep and take medication weeks before a flight. In severe cases you might even miss out on holidays all together. I had one client not be able to take up a lucrative job offer abroad because they couldn’t board a flight. Another one of my clients once had a fear of going over a bridge and would spend many hours taking longer routes in the car to avoid going over one. Another client had an intense fear of spiders and just mere suggestion of one in the room would cause her to go into full panic and run out of the room. At home she would phone her husband at work because she was not able to go back in the house because she thought she had seen a spider.

The first step to curing your phobia is to realize it can be cured once and for all. And in most cases very quickly with little stress no matter how impossible it may seem at the moment. Our phobia hypnotherapy in Edinburgh programs only takes just one session over a couple of hours and a life long phobia will usually be cured and be gone forever. That’s all it takes we Guarantee it!