People with phobias often know their response is irrational, which makes it harder to accept. “Why am I reacting like this when I know it can’t hurt me?” is something most hypnotherapists hear from a client who has come to see them for treating a phobia.
Phobias are far more common than many people realise. It is estimated that more than 10% of the population have some kind of irrational fear. The physical response to a phobia is known as a stress response; people often describe their reaction to something as being “paralysed with fear” or “having butterflies in my stomach” or “just wanting to run away” from whatever is triggering the fear.
Benefits of using Hypnotherapy
Generally people manage their phobia on a day-to-day basis and only seek help from a hypnotherapist when it prevents them doing something they want to do, or when they know a situation will force them to face it. People are also aware of the possibility of unconsciously passing on their phobias to their children, who learn from their behaviour.The most common phobias I see as a hypnotherapist are:
- Fear of flying
- Fear of being sick
- Fear of insects
- Fear of needles
- Fear of dentists
As a small child we learn about fears from our parents, as they teach us how to live and relate to the world. If you see your parent being frightened of a spider, your natural response and the message hardwired to your brain is that this is a threat and can harm you as well.
Hypnotherapy for fears and phobias
Hypnotherapy can help with phobias often very quickly and efficiently. You will learn new, more relaxed ways of becoming calmer in situations where you are likely to encounter your fear.
Also, because the original cause of the phobia or fear can often be traced back to a particular event in your past, hypnotherapy gives us a fantastic opportunity to help you release the unhelpful and pent-up emotions connected to the stimulus (the thing you fear). After the treatment you will be wonderfully in control and free of fear. The techniques you will learn, such as self hypnosis and visualization will benefit you in many other areas of your life too.