HYPNOTHERAPY FOR FEARS & PHOBIAS

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Everything  you need to know about HYPNOTHERAPY FOR FEARS & PHOBIAS

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FAQs About Hypnotherapy For Fears & Phobias

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A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. Phobias are characterized by a strong and persistent fear that is excessive and unreasonable, leading to avoidance behavior. Phobias can significantly impact a person’s life, causing distress and interfering with their daily activities and routines.

Phobias are extremely common and can develop due to various factors, including genetics, past traumatic experiences, learned behavior, and cultural influences. Sometimes they start in childhood for no apparent reason; sometimes they emerge after a traumatic event and sometimes they develop from an attempt to make sense of an unexpected and intense anxiety or panic attack (e.g. “I feel fearful, therefore I must be afraid of something”).

We understand that when a person has a phobia, it’s not their fault. It’s not something a person can just snap out of. However, without treatment, phobias can last many years and affect a person’s career, relationships, and day-to-day life. It is certainly unfortunate, therefore, that more people do not try Hypnotherapy for Fears and phobias. Probably because many phobia sufferers find avoidance strategies. 

How do you know if you have a phobia?

When the phobic person actually encounters or even anticipates being in the presence of the feared object or situation, they experience immediate anxiety which is way out of proportion. The physical symptoms of anxiety may include a racing heart, shortness of breath, sweating, chest or abdominal discomfort, trembling, etc. and the emotional component involves an intense fear – of losing control, embarrassing oneself, or even passing out.

Commonly the fight or flight response kicks in and people try to escape and then avoid the feared situation wherever possible. This may be fairly easy if the feared object is rarely encountered (e.g. fear of snakes) and avoidance will not therefore restrict the person’s life very much. At other times (e.g. agoraphobia, social phobia) avoiding the feared situation limits their life severely. Escape and avoidance also make the feared object/situation more frightening.

Phobias can have varying degrees of severity – many people ignore low-level phobias, but for others it can become debilitating and it is sensible to look for a solution. It doesn’t have to be this way though if you use Hypnotherapy for Fears and Phobias.

How do you define a Phobia?

A phobia is defined as an excessive, unrelenting or unreasonable fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes you to want to avoid it. We must remember though that we are born with just two natural fears – the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Any other phobias, fears or anxieties we might experience have been learned through either direct or indirect experience. Somewhere along the line, we have become ‘conditioned’ to respond in a certain way to a particular thing or situation.

There are various types of phobias, including:

1. Specific Phobias: These are phobias related to specific objects or situations, such as a fear of heights (acrophobia), flying (aviophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), or needles (trypanophobia) fear of commitment (commitment phobia).

2. Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): This phobia involves a fear of social or performance situations, where individuals are afraid of being embarrassed, judged, or negatively evaluated by others. It can include a fear of public speaking or fear of social interactions in general.

3. Agoraphobia: This phobia involves a fear of being in situations or places where escape might be difficult or help might not be available, such as crowded places or open spaces. People with agoraphobia often avoid these situations and Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces.

4. Other Phobias: There are various other specific phobias, such as fear of thunder and lightning (astraphobia), or fear of blood (hemophobia). fear of animals (zoophobia), fear of snakes (ophidiophobia), fear of germs (mysophobia) and having dental work done (dentophobia) and clowns (coulrophobia). Fears of haunted houses, buttons, cotton wool, and feet are just a few of the less common fears/phobias that I have come across and may be considered weird or strange by some but can be extremely debilitating.

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Can Hypnosis Help with Phobias?

YES! Hypnosis can assist individuals in overcoming phobias by accessing the subconscious mind and addressing the underlying psychological factors that contribute to the fear. Here’s how hypnotherapy can help with fears & phobias:

1. Relaxation and Reduced Anxiety: Hypnotherapy induces a state of deep relaxation, which can help reduce anxiety and stress associated with the phobia.

2. Identification of Triggers: Hypnotherapy can help individuals identify the specific triggers and root causes of their phobia, which may be linked to past experiences or learned behaviors.

3. Cognitive Reframing: Hypnotherapy can address negative thought patterns and beliefs related to the phobia, replacing them with more positive and rational perspectives.

4. Desensitization: Hypnosis can gradually expose individuals to the object or situation of their phobia in a safe and controlled environment, helping them become less fearful over time.

5. Visualization Techniques: Hypnotherapy can guide individuals through positive visualizations, allowing them to imagine themselves successfully confronting and managing their phobia.

6. Self-Empowerment: Hypnotherapy promotes feelings of self-empowerment and control, enabling individuals to face their phobia with greater confidence.

Hypnotherapy for Fears & Phobias at the Wisdom Room is often used as part of a broader integrative treatment plan that may include other therapeutic techniques including cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT)and a personal development plan. Every appointment with Jane is tailored to suit the individual’s specific needs. Contact here for more info.

What is a panic attack?

A panic attack is a sudden and intense episode of overwhelming fear or anxiety. It often includes physical and psychological symptoms, such as: 

Rapid heartbeat or palpitations.

Shortness of breath or hyperventilation.

Sweating and tremling

Chest pain and discomfort

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded

Nausea or stomach distress

Numbness or tingling in the extremities

A sense of impending doom or a fear of losing control.

What happens when we have a panic attack?

When we are anxious, the physical symptoms are partly caused by the brain which sends lots of messages down nerves to make the heart, lungs, and other parts of the body ‘work faster’. In addition, you release stress hormones (such as adrenaline) into the bloodstream which affect the body. All of these changes form part of the classic ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. This is a natural and automatic response we have built in all of us since cavemen as a protection mechanism.

While useful when faced with real danger, (like a hungry tiger) this response can be problematic if it’s stimulated by events or situations which don’t hold any real danger or where the threat has been created internally and is not ‘externally real’.

 Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly or in response to a specific trigger. They are usually brief, lasting a few minutes, but can be extremely distressing. Recurrent panic attacks may indicate a panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder that often requires treatment, which can include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

Why Hypnotherapy for Fears & phobias might be for you…

However this fear or phobia presents for you individually, I think everyone would agree it makes for an incredibly unpleasant experience so you have done absolutely the right thing looking for ways to alleviate this problem. Why suffer in silence when Hypnotherapy for Fears & phobias can really help you feel better?

Here at the Wisdom Room, we take an integrative therapeutic approach using a combination of  Clinical HypnotherapyNeuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)Transformational Coaching, and the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you overcome your anxiety by simultaneously retraining both the conscious and unconscious parts of your mind. As a result you should be left feeling physically more relaxed, mentally calmer and altogether more confident to address whatever fear you may be facing.

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"As someone who was open-minded but with a healthy balance of skepticism, I was incredibly impressed by the results of our session..."

Attentive and empathetic, Jane is not only an effective hypnotherapist but also a great listener, instantly putting me at ease whilst discussing my issues in depth and in complete confidence.

A combination of techniques were used, some involving trance and others involving more conventional therapy.

 

Jon

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