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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
fear of flying can be helped with hypnotherapy
Aerophobia - an irrational fear of flying is very common and can be resolved with hypnosis
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 fear response. 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 sometimes easy to identify but in other cases may be unrelated to the specific phobia that has developed.

A fear of flying, for example, may develop if you experience very strong turbulence during a flight.  Or it might develop after a completely unrelated traumatic experience such as the sudden death of a loved one, or some other form of trauma that affects a person’s confidence. The unconscious mind can create this very real feeling of fear that has nothing to do with actual flying.

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.

How Many Sessions Will It Take?

As each person has individual needs there is no one answer to this question.  However, I usually find that clients need between three and five hypnotherapy sessions to remove the phobia. The more complex the issues the more sessions are needed.

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.

I have helped many people overcome these irrational fears by calming the ANS and 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.

Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
Hypnotherapy Council of Australia - Registered Hypnotherapist
The Richards Trauma Process - Trauma Therapy Redefined

Trish Dewberry is a Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Brunswick, Melbourne

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