Is Something Holding You Back from Leading the Life You Want?
Most people have an irrational fear or two. Perhaps the thought of needles makes your knees go wobbly, heights may make you feel dizzy, and mice may leave you jumping for the nearest chair. For the most part these fears are minimal, and have no long term effect on day to day living. For some however, the effects of such fears can be devastating, causing tremendous anxiety and preventing the individual from living a happy existence.
If a fear has become irrational and disabling, it has become a phobia. A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, motorway driving, flying, snakes, needles, the list goes on… Often a phobia develops in childhood as a learned response from someone close to you or through a traumatic event; they can also develop in adults for the same reasons.
“More than 10% of people will experience a simple phobia at some point in their life.”
Phobias can occur at any age but mostly they appear in adolescence or adulthood. Only about 20% of phobias actually go away without any treatment. Although many people suffer from simple phobias, social phobias are a lot more common. Fear of blushing, sweating, vomiting, rejection, criticism, public speaking anxiety, performance anxiety, extreme self-consciousness etc. are all examples of social phobias that cause stress and anxiety to sufferers.
In addition to simple and social phobias, some of you might suffer from agoraphobia and panic disorder. If you have experienced panic attacks, you will understand how easy it is to let them affect the way that you live your life, and you may even be missing out on enjoyable experiences in the fear of bringing on another attack. However, the important thing to realise is that if you experience panic attacks, you have a fear of the feelings of anxiety in your body. By learning to recognise, manage and accept these feelings of anxiety, you will find that your panic attacks become less prevalent and often no longer occur.
Hypnotherapy Can Help Overcome Fears and Phobias
Hypnotherapy can help you get control of your fear and start enjoying your life again. Hypnotherapy and NLP are effective techniques used with people who are suffering from a variety of phobias such as a fear of flying, needles, dentists, open spaces, a fear of public speaking or taking exams. During trance, it teaches the mind a different way of responding to the feared object or situation.
During Hypnotherapy I can teach you how to relax and release tension from your body so that you are able to put yourself in a less anxious state. Together we can uncover the source of your phobia and help you eradicate those intense feelings of stress and panic which are causing you to limit the way you live your life.
- You will learn to be calmer and deal with your own fear in a controlled and rational way.
- You will effectively learn to desensitise those fears and replace them with more natural and rational feelings.
- You will be able to imagine yourself engaging in situations in a calm and comfortable way, and therefore eliminate or reduce your fears.
Phobia treatment is quite a rapid process and many clients see positive results with only a few sessions.