Fears & Phobias

We have all experienced feeling fearful and this can be a natural, healthy and helpful response which we all have to danger: fear can help us get away from threatening situations.

It is when this fear becomes more intense, exaggerated with an unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object that it becomes a phobia.

A person with a phobia has an overwhelming and debilitating fear of a place, situation, feeling, animal or an object.

Having a phobia not only limits your life, it can also have a negative impact on your confidence and your own competence. 

For some people having a phobia can lead to severe anxiety and panic attacks.

 

People can experience several symptoms related to their phobia. These may be mild or extremely intense such as:

  • Dizziness/Light Headedness

  • Fast heartbeat and/or palpitations

  • Nausea

  • Sweating

  • Shaking

  • Shortness of breath

  • An upset stomach

For some people these symptoms occur when coming face to face with their phobia, for others just thinking about the phobia will bring the symptoms on.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

Hypnotherapy is highly effective for the treatment of fears and phobias; many phobias exist in our subconscious and are learned responses. Hypnotherapy can help you to learn a new response to replace the phobic one.

It is not possible to be anxious and relaxed at the same time, so during a hypnotherapy session I will teach you effective relaxation and anti-anxiety techniques which will help you when you encounter your phobic trigger.  I will also teach you self-hypnosis which will help build your self confidence and give you a greater sense of control.

I use a method called systematic desensitisation in which under hypnosis you will learn to relax whilst imagining the situations which cause you to have the irrational fear. By repeatedly imagining these scenarios whilst I am teaching you to relax you will develop a new automatic response which is one of calm.

Using all of these methods My Mind and Me will help you not only take back control, but you will achieve the results that you desire on a more permanent basis.

Types of Phobias

There are many different kinds of phobia and I have listed some of the most common ones, however if yours is not on the list please contact me as I am sure I will still be able to help you.

  • Aerophobia – Fear of flying

  • Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders

  • Astraphobia – Fear of thunder / lightning

  • Acrophobia – Fear of heights

  • Agoraphobia – Fear of open or crowded spaces

  • Aquaphobia – Fear of water

  • Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns

  • Claustrophobia – Fear of small spaces

  • Cynophobia – Fear of dogs

  • Dentophobia - Fear of the dentist

  • Disposophobia – Fear of getting rid of stuff

  • Emetophobia – Fear of vomiting

  • Entomophobia – Fear of bugs and insects

  • Gerascophobia – Fear of getting old

  • Globophobia – Fear of balloons

  • Glossophobia – Fear of public speaking

  • Hemophobia  Fear of blood

  • Latrophobia – Fear of doctors

  • Ligyrophobia – Fear of loud noises

  • Monophobia – Fear of being alone

  • Mysophobia – Fear of germs

  • Nyctophobia – Fear of darkness

  • Omithophobia – Fear of birds

  • Omphalophobia – Fear of tummy buttons

  • Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes

  • Podophobia – Fear of feet

  • Sociophobia - Fear of social situations

  • Thalassophobia – Fear of the sea

  • Tokophobia – Fear of pregnancy

  • Thanatophobia – Fear of death

  • Trypanophobia – Fear of needles

  • Vehophobia – Fear of driving

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