Phobias can be resolved with hypnotherapy
Many different phobic responses can be resolved with hypnotherapy. Below is a short list of the most common phobias that clients come to me for help with.
- Fear of public speaking – Glossophobia
- Fear of flying – Aerophobia
- Fear of spiders – Arachnophobia or snakes – Ophidiophobia
- Fear of the outdoors, open spaces – Agoraphobia
- Fear of germs – Mysophobia
- Fear of driving – Vehophobia
- Fear of needles- Trypanophobia
What is a phobia?
A phobia is a form of anxiety disorder and is defined as “an extreme irrational fear of something that creates a tendency to avoid situations and prevents the sufferer from taking part in normal activities”.
How can hypnotherapy resolve my phobia?
Hypnosis is very commonly used to treat phobias and remove the irrational fear. Because hypnosis changes the way the brain responds to information, it is possible for a trained hypnotherapist to remove the irrational fear and help the client create a more functional set of behaviours.
Sometimes the results can be quite quick, but as phobic responses are extreme and can often be long-term, it may take several sessions to remove the underlying source of the anxiety. The cause is often, but not always unrelated to the specific phobia that has developed.
A fear of flying, for example, may grow from a series of events that seriously affect a person’s sense of control over their life. The sudden death of a loved one creates a deep sense of loss and grief, and the bereaved person may try to unconsciously exercise more control over their lives to limit their distress, and this can develop a fear of an unrelated activity like flying. This fear is very real but has nothing to do with actual flying.
Of course, the phobia may come from a directly related event such as experiencing very strong turbulence during a flight.
For many of my clients the anxiety can create a tendency to avoid situations that create the fear. This can then develop into a pattern of avoiding multiple situations and so can become a very restrictive condition that gradually limits the potential for a full and happy life.
For example, you may experience a very severe bout of gastro when travelling so begin to fear going too far from home in case it happens again and you can’t get to a toilet. This can then develop into a fear of any public space, then develops further into a fear of driving in case you get stuck in traffic and the problem returns. So the initial incident is over but the unconscious mind wants to protect you so gradually restricts your ability to go anywhere.
If a person has been suffering with a phobia for a long time it is a very well learned response and so it can mean that it is resistant to therapy initially. Talking about the problem won’t make it go away. We need to access the deeper parts of the mind and address the fear response directly.
Fear and anxiety stem from the amygdala which is in the part of the brain known as the mid-brain. This is not the conscious, analytical part of the brain that can think rationally, this is the cerebral cortex. The mid-brain is an older, more primitive part of the brain and it creates a more reflexive response.
I have helped many people overcome these irrational fears by calming the ANS, eliminating the fear response where it begins, so that they can begin to enjoy normal activities again
Disclaimer: Hypnotherapy results vary from person to person. Services provided by Change in Mind are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Each client should consult their GP for medical advice and for any symptoms that may require medical intervention.
Clinical Hypnotherapist Melbourne