Hypnotherapy for Phobias
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What is a phobia?
A phobia is the most common type of anxiety disorder. It can be described as an extreme, overwhelming or debilitating fear of an object, place, situation or feeling. You will experience it as an exaggerated sense of danger about a situation or object. It is a normal for you to experience fear in situations which put you at risk, however your phobia will mean that you can induce a fear response where there is no apparent logic behind it. Hypnotherapy for phobias can reframe your thought processes allowing you live your life free from your debilitating condition.
It’s very probable that you are reading this as you have have decided that your phobia is stopping you from enjoying your life as you would like it to be. You may well be worried about what the future holds if you can’t find calmness and peace. My goal is to always make you feel safe and secure and to support you while you make the positive changes necessary to leave your phobia behind.
Your phobia triggers your fight/flight survival mode, this is an early warning system located within your unconscious mind. When you feel threatened different parts of your brain react to the danger. One part works much like the camera roll on your phone and it scrolls through its images, sights and sounds to see if it can recognise the threat. When it recognises your current situation as being a threat, your body will be flooded with stress hormones. These hormones will mean you become more alert and you will notice an increase in both your breathing and heart rate, which is why you may often feel your chest pounding. You may find that your skin becomes more sweaty or even tingly as a result of your excess hormone production. Your body is now primed and ready to either fight or flea from danger. Sometimes the effect can be so overwhelming however that you just freeze, unable to make a decision whether to fight or run.
Your fight/ flight mode is a potentially lifesaving reaction if there is a genuine threat but as you know there is often no logical reason for your brain to can react in this way. It can react in the same way over any perceived threat this could be; buttons, lollipop sticks, needles, lifts, heights, dentists, flights, the list is endless.
Perhaps you recognise this reaction in yourself and you have now reached the point where you no longer want to live with your phobia. Together we can use online hypnotherapy to help remove your phobic response and reframe your thoughts, leaving you to enjoy life free from your phobia.
Where has my phobia come from?
Many of our phobias develop in childhood. They can be learnt behaviour from adults. One way that a young child learns is through observation. If as a child you were playing with a spider and your mum screams and runs out of the room, then an association has been build up. You now associate a spider as a threat, something to be afraid of. A fear template is then lodged in your mind. In effect the image of a spider in your brain now has big flashing red lights surrounding it. So from now on every time you see a spider, your brain recognises it as a threat and your fight/ flight mode is automatically engaged.
Alternatively, you might have perceived an event to be frightening. This is very individual. Others may have experienced exactly the same situation but not perceived the event to be life threatening. You might have been on several flights without any problems but then during one particular flight you experience severe turbulence. Much like the spider in the example above, a fear template is now lodged in your brain which sees flying as a threatening situation.
Unfortunately, logic and reasoning cannot help. Once your fight/ flight system is engaged it shuts down the intellectual part of your brain. As far as your brain is concerned there isn’t time for logical thought, your life is in danger and it’s taking charge. We might know that there aren’t any poisonous spiders in the UK, we might try to reason with ourselves that we’ve been on hundreds of flights with no issues. Once that template is lodged in your brain then unfortunately you will only be able to react with fear.
How hypnotherapy for phobias can help
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can free you of your phobia by using a Neuro Linguistic Programming technique. This will safely remove the fear template that has been lodged in your brain and create a new positive pathway which details how you would like to react in the future.
Hypnotherapy can be very effective in lowering your anxiety levels. By removing your fear template and by lowering your anxiety levels, you provide yourself with the best opportunity to remain calm should you encounter your phobia in the future.
During the therapy we will focus some of our attention on talking about the more positive aspects of your life. By shifting your conscious awareness to being more positive we naturally help to lower stress and anxiety levels. When looking out for and recalling positive aspects we help to produce a constant flow of serotonin, which can lead to increased happiness helping you to look forward to enjoying life without increased fear.
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