Fears and Phobias
Fear is a perfectly natural and healthy response to danger that we all have and will demonstrate when faced with something we fear. It is a response that activated to ensure our survival and tells us to avoid or escape threatening situations, but phobias on the other hand are very different. Phobias have a more intense feeling than fear, they can lead to severe anxiety and panic attacks for some people.
A phobia is developed by a person who has an over exaggerated or unrealistic fear surrounding a certain object or situation, if this situation or object is a common day-to-day encounter then life can be very restricted and difficult.
Symptoms of Phobias:
An upset stomach
Fast heart beat and/or palpitations
Phobias can be of anything whether it is a place, animal, insect or even a number, there may not seem to be any rhyme or reason for the phobia and there may even be more than one reason it has developed (if it isn’t obvious to you why you have this phobia).
A traumatic event could be the cause which stuck with you such as being on a boat when the waves were particularly rough which developed into a fear of water, or at a young age you could have witnessed someone’s reaction to a spider and believed that to be appropriate reaction and you have taken that on board so it is now your future response to spiders.
Phobias exist in our subconscious and are a learnt response, hypnotherapy can be very effective when working to treat phobias as the purpose is to communicate directly with the subconscious. Though hypnotic suggestion it is possible to unlearn the fear response, build up your exposure to the phobia and in time reduce the anxiety that is associated to it.
Regardless of what has caused the phobia it is important to know that they can be treated which means either completely removed or having the reaction reduced so much so that it doesn’t register as being afraid.
People who suffer with severe phobic reactions tend to be concerned at the thought of using therapy to treat their phobia, because the belief is, they will be exposed directly to the thing they fear. When using hypnotherapy, you are guided using hypnotic suggestions to create a place of safety that will allow you to change the internal message about your phobia. Reducing the fearful feelings and thoughts that cause distress and lead to avoidance of any possible exposure to the object of fear.
You will not be directly exposed to any aspect of the thing you fear.